SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

March 12, 2019

Impeachment — YES or NO?

Impeachment leaves us w/the Veep!


Not totally positive on this – but don’t think there’s any way around that.  IMO, the Veep is not much better than the Criminal in the White House now.  He is absolutely unacceptable to me.  .  .  for many current and prior reasons.  

TRUMP WAS NEVER A LEGITIMATE CANDIDATE in first place, he never expected to win! (which kinda proves it).  

He has hurt everyone and everything — us, our allies/friends, the world and everything in it.  He is gung-ho to prove there is no such thing as the bull-crap referred to as CLIMATE-CHANGE. . . all while the evidence is beating our earth over the head with these MAN-MADE disasters causing devastation everywhere it strikes . .  along with the attendant billions in financial cost.  This ain’t a simple thing folks!    (All that Pres. Obama had worked so hard to put in place to help avert this disaster has been undermined and undone by this  monster in the Oval office.)..  But even if we get behind the “green movement” 100% . . .there may not be enuff time to change the thrust – – it’s moving faster than even our best scientific guesses believed, (because USA is the greatest offender in the entire world)  and we’ve really lost ground in the last two years.  Our species becoming extinct has been growing even as we are forced to add more species to the {unprotected” list).

So, NO,  impeachment won’t actually solve our problems – and even if we attempted it – it could take years.  We don’t have years to waste. .  we ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME!

What we need is THROW THE BUM OUT and let’s have a 

“N E W    E L E C T I O N”



THERE IS NO NEED TO SEARCH OUR CONSTITUTION,  and all the other important papers – – we’ve never done this before.  But we need to.  Other countries have had to resort to this as well with no past experience – they figured it out  – – we can too. But it needs to be done with energy and passion and it needs to be done  NOW.




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March 10, 2019

Sharing my daily dose of Abraham

Filed under: Daily dose helps w/balance and joy — Jan Turner @ 10:37 am

What I use daily for joy and balance

There is nothing I could possibly find, do or say which could in any way. . . come close to the relevance, depth or importance of today’s message from Esther  (and Abraham and Jerry).      Forgive me, but I just HAD  to bring it over to share with you,  plus – I’ve added a link beneath it,  so that if you might want to subscribe yourself to this blissful (free) daily message (and other info) – – you can.


Appreciation and self-love are the most important tools that you could ever nurture. Appreciation of others, and the appreciation of yourself is the closest vibrational match to your Source Energy of anything that we’ve ever witnessed anywhere in the Universe.

Excerpted from Spokane, WA on 5/30/00

Our Love

Esther (Abraham and Jerry)

March 4, 2019


Filed under: Uncategorized — Jan Turner @ 7:40 pm

Have Vaccinations changed?.

I want to speak of vaccinations as a ‘point of interest’. . not as a ‘science fact.’    Long years ago when I was a kid – – I got shots,  had no choice as my uncle was a doctor and I had to line up with his own kids to get them routinely  (not often).  Yet Uncle John was indeed, one of my favorite people. Understand, these were individual – – not the powerhouse multi-things they are these days.  Lets not forget the nickle we got when we didn’t cry.  One thing I wanted to mention, I had a case of Measles 3 times and once for Chicken Pox.  Of  course I hated it . .but I was OK

So I grew up vaccinated, probably like everyone else.  But when it came to my own son, I had of course become more enlightened with info going around (I was 30 by then).  It did make sense to me, and as I continued to observe the growing tendency of health problems with our kids over the years I believed there had to be a reason.  It was too swift to be a natural genetic “changes” type of thing, so it was either environmental of some kind or what we were ingesting.  Have never been much of a joiner – wasn’t part of some “they’re out to get us club”   I kinda did my own thing. Wasn’t brain-washed.  It wasn’t too hard to isolate reasonable suspects 

Of course,  I also have a deep respect for the design and function of the human body – – like ‘in the realm of magical’. . all tied up with the gift of life in general.  (Have always been just a tad dingy).  Anyway, the point is, if we have NOT damaged our immune system, it can and will protect us beautifully til our last day.  I truly believe that – – have faith and trust in our creator/designer.  So, there is that.  I happen to believe that all those shots DO IMPACT OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. The shots are starting at birth and are much stronger and multi-dimensional now (garbage in, garbage out) 

But I can not vouch for the Medical world in general.  Go ahead, read any newspaper if you can take that daily dose.  From individuals all the way up through the corporate structure. But am most disgusted by the Pharmaceutical part of it all which is toxic to one degree or another and it is these Corporations which teach our aspiring healers  – how to heal.  And they are never taught about anything natural – it is chemical right out of laboratories.   Huge majorities believe them – why shouldn’t they,  everyone knows — doctors heal ya when you’re sick.  But when the fix leaves one worse off or dying, where’s the justice?

Most people can not or will not see life in simple, easy terms – – uncomplicated.   Point of life is to be happy, joyous,  doing the kinds of things you love to do.  Looking around you and seeing the blessings which already are – and being grateful for them.   Time for all – – leisure, work and play. Don’t be going so much for ‘shoulds’. . . go for the ‘desires’.   On food, eat the cleanest, best you can; observe your choices and try to train your taste buds and desires to serve your whole being – -change it up if you have to. . it’ll be worth it when you live healthy, functional and pain-free.

Following is an article from today’s Columbus Dispatch and I found a resemblance of it- brought it over for you.  Interesting. Actually- pitiful. But wanted to share with whomever  might be interested.  This kid is completely sold on the Medical viewpoint as the one with truth and honesty, and his mom who did what she (and I) believed was best for him, at least in his mind is kinda the villain.  such is life, eh?      Jan


Congress to hear teen’s vaccination story

                             This Tuesday

By Kalhan Rosenblatt

A teenager who confided in a now-viral Reddit post that he had not been fully vaccinated due to his mother’s belief that vaccines are dangerous will testify before Congress on Tuesday.

Ethan Lindenberger, of Norwalk, Ohio, who has said he got vaccinated when he turned 18 despite protests from his mother, made the announcement about his upcoming testimony on Twitter and in a YouTube video on Saturday evening.

“My mom didn’t believe that vaccines were beneficial to the health and safety of society and believes that they cause autism, brain damage and other complications,” Lindenberger explained in the video. “Although this has been largely debunked by the scientific community, because of that, I did not receive the majority of standard vaccines that an individual would receive. In the past few months, I caught up on all my shots now that I’m 18.”

Lindenberger, whose name appears on a list of witnesses testifying before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday, said he will be discussing things like preventable diseases, the spreading of preventable diseases, and the spread of misinformation.

In Lindenberger’s original November Reddit post, he said that his parents believe “vaccines are some kind of government scheme.”

Before Lindenberger got vaccinated, he said he tried to provide his mother with scientific research about vaccines, hoping that the material would change her mind and that she would get him and his four younger siblings vaccinated, according to The Washington Post.

Jill Wheeler, Lindenberger’s mother, told Undark, a magazine that covers science and society, in February that her son’s decision to get vaccinated was a “slap in the face.”

“I did not immunize him because I felt it was the best way to protect him and keep him safe,” she said, later adding that by getting vaccinated, she felt Lindenberger was saying, “‘You don’t know anything, I don’t trust you with anything. You don’t know what you’re talking about. You did make a bad decision and I’m gonna go fix it.'”

Vaccines and the spread of preventable diseases have been a recent topic of discussion in Congress.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Wednesday about a growing measles outbreak in 10 states across the country. Since the beginning of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 159 cases of measles in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

One of the main challenges identified in that hearing was stopping the spread of conspiracy theories and misinformation about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that have contributed in many communities to a reluctance to get vaccinated.

March 3, 2019

Don’t dis DEMS – they CAN DO

DEM’s must REBUILD the platform

No doubt I’m not paying critical attention to what’s going on “OUT THERE” . . . per the Sunday morning talk shows I tune into.  Are we Democrats really in such disarray?  Are we really all over the place?   Guess I’m confused  – – more than I thought.     

Frankly, I’ve been loving all the glorious outgrowth of new and exciting ideas – – which has never been anywhere near the surface of things before. These new expressions have only been in the hopes and wishes category til now.  WHY IS THAT?  Why shouldn’t everybody have the right to expect all the equanimity and prosperity and possibility our constitution and other foundation documents we say we cherish – – be equally shared.   We may not all look or behave the same;  but we all  come into this world,  live in it, and leave it the same . . .and bleed and experience joy and pain  — all pretty much the same. 

Well, the reasons have not escaped the attention of every one of us.  Over the decades, GREED has grown by leaps and bounds.  The wanting of more and more  (some have insatiable appetites) can lead many to unscrupulous choices which doesn’t include “SHARING”    Of a natural course, this results in CORRUPTION. . . and that is how stuff has developed in our government.  It’s gotta change!   Not enough to say – well, that’s just how it is.   Government used to be a complex engine needing much care and attention to keep it smooth.  But when its dismantled and run by a maniac or whatever else one could call him (at the very least  – a criminal) .  .   well, it’s time to start over, from the ground up.  Not going to be easy,  the idiot has seen to that.   Our focus can not be on what is – right now (it ain’t workin’). . . it must be on the change we NEED!  And so much  is wrong right now especially,  that not only all of us – – but our world seems to be in peril.   So, we have to Man-up;   attack,  create,   do and change everything!

With so many adventuresome, willing, smart, capable people. . . muscling up. . .I’d say we are in good hands and stuff IS GONNA CHANGE! 

I still feel that with all the various numbers entering the race,  our choice is going to carry greater weight and importance as we vote. I do welcome all the excitement and the spectacular qualities from which we have to choose. (I know there will be some who are just testing waters to  see if,  maybe there is a chance — why not give it a try? – -not a passionate serious desire).   So not gonna be a simple thing.  I have personally vacillated back and forth and continue to.  Nor will I be solving this soon – – certainly, not til I hear from BETO.  I so loved his thinking/expression in Texas and still feel very positive about him. ( we’ll just have to wait and see).  Anyway, I must have the opportunity to hear BETO before deciding.

What I do NOT appreciate is all the carping about the dangerous direction those Dems are trying to take us! (It may be mainly those ‘wealthy  in- control who have pretty much shaped how things are right now).   My God-in-Heaven —they’re trying to save us all – – they as well as anyone with a brain can surely see the need.  Let’s pay some deep attention my friends with huge interest – – it can only benefit us.    We do not want to shoot down, thwart-as-extreme, or dumb-brand people who love our nation as much as anyone does, because they may ‘sound’ extreme.  Most see what is wrong and needs fixing, but the Dems have the guts to stand and call it what it is . . and make REAL effort to change stuff.  All this while the GOP has just sat there and watched  as everything we counted on in government was trashed and thrown out  – – they abandoned their  sworn, elected duties of oversight to protect all of us.  Instead, they tried to protect their own interest (money/job)        WE NEED SOME REAL EXTREME CHANGES  presently.  And all voices should be valued equally w/ chance to be heard. So lets hear them all, digest. . then choose.  We’ll come out of this.

Just couldn’t sit here choking back what I think.      Jan

March 1, 2019

My ‘Clean’ healing is a Slo-Go

Whole lot of sickness all over where I live!

Well, I do seem rather normal,  almost full-function.  Even I feel I’ll probably live on a while longer;  at this point – – wanting less, doing so much less.  Only time will determine if its worth it to you or me.    My interest remains;  still gathering stories which move me. .  .  remains to be seen how much energy will be generated for carrying anything significant out.  Truly, . .   .   I want to.   But I have never been so incredibly impacted — from anything before.  At the rate I’m going, there’s a possibility that I may not recover to what I was;  after all, I’ve never been this old before, or this enfeebled. 

I’m still so very weak.   Really – hardly any energy – – can’t negotiate my basement stairwell for laundry, etc.,.  While I am attempting to take my basic protocols now, . ..  kinda wonder why I’m doing it, feeling hollowed out. . so to speak. This has been over three weeks now and it’s getting harder to remember what “normal” felt like.   Furthermore;  there are hundreds of you checking in daily. .  .   . your interest is much appreciated, but in holding out hope, I feel I may be abusing you – – my friends, when in fact  –  it may not be forthcoming.  It may be a sorrowful thing for you to continue doing and a burden for me which I may not be able to change.  Who of us knows such things? .  .  .   maybe I expected too much, too fast. . I dunno.  .  .  If I do strengthen,   just know – – I’ll gladly return to doing what I have so loved doing .  .  every minute of it. . along with a respectable, welcome readership which I have truly been grateful for.

A silly thing to close on . .  at six months from 90, my weight is now what it was at age 22. . . 122 lbs – – so how bad can that be?  Otherwise – not so bad,   still cough daily, tho not as much;   mainly weak,  my balance thing is really a problem – – use a cane or walker w/almost everything now. When arthritis acts up giving a bit of pain – still use Curcumin (w/ a dab of L-Citrulline) in a spoon or so of yogurt. . . and then, there’s the memory thing- – really kinda spacey and disconnected.  If this doesn’t clear up sooner rather than later – – I wouldn’t be attempting any serious discussions.  Anyway, don’t worry. . . .be happy, . .  love your life- – give it your all . . and it’ll fill ya back up with all you want or need, and then some.  I’ll check back in maybe a few weeks.  . . love to you all         Jan

February 25, 2019

Hello my friends

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jan Turner @ 12:56 am

Greetings from (hard-to-kill) JAN

First off, I’m still here. . . and probably better, but not much.  Don’t think I’ve ever been  ill before and not had a way of explaining it.  Kinda frustrating.

Still not up on my various protocols.  Also, weak as a new puppy, so its hard to get stuff going.  Have attempted to begin my heart-brain  amino-acids, but not full bore. .   . eating much better.     My mind isn’t destroyed,  but still spacey and dull.  Will probably wrangle with all this a bit before action transpires.   

On a more pleasant note,  was pleased to hear recently, several times, that Kamala Harris is leading the female political pack of hopefuls.  And topping the charts for men – – Bernie,. . how I love that  man!  Of course,  we can’t have every little thing we crave, but all that’s missing from my wish list is Beto.  I’m such a nut-case!  The only one I sent sheckells to is Elizabeth,  so I can’t figure out what to do any better than anybody else.     And I’m crazy over Bernie and Beto.  It isn’t just that I want some new-ager with weird sounding ideas – – not at all.  I WANT THINGS TO CHANGE! 

We have been one of the most successful, fair types of governments on earth – – until Trump – – we were pretty damned good at it. Per Rachel Maddow of late – – we’ve had a ton of garbage in our government on several prior basis – – it sickens me – – goes back at least 50 years; Spiro Agnew and so on. Trump is not the first crook we’ve had.     But it is so past time to clean the garbage out of Washington, and start treating our people equally and fairly.  All these words – – decades  after decade and it all keeps getting worse (except for President Obama, he really tried for change.)  BIG CORRECTIONS ARE NEEDED!   We can’t just polish up the edges and call it a fix! 

The GOP has proved to be spineless for 2 years now. Time to go for the GOLD.  Lets put FAIR back into the plan.  Lets remove the the big HUGE tax break the GOP gave themselves and put that money into service of the rest of the people who no longer seem to matter much since FDR (my fav pres since I was little)  Anybody can talk, but now I think – – the Dem’s might be necessary to get it done. Kamala promised to do it but it’s gonna be a real challenge.  And it runs coursing through the bloodstream of the others (Bernie, Beto and actually Elizabeth sounds like she wants that too.)  THERE ARE NO DREAMS TOO BIG!  Let’s face it – – WE ARE WORTH IT

I rarely  get ‘hate comments’.  This week someone left a comment trying to disparage Kamala .  .  which I trashed.  No room here for any of that.  I do like her. . .my shack – – my rules.  . . take care all – – sty well and happy, knowing positive energy and love is our protection and  reason -to-be.

Tried to post this on the 23 because I really don’t know why its taking so long to rejuvenate, and don’t want to worry you all.  But WORDPRESS  had other ideas.  They’ve decided to  assess new charges against me to be able to continue on keeping on – – at the end of the month when anyone is normally lower on funds.  They are demanding that I pay for my domaine name or some such.  Don’t really know how tacky one can get. It’s disgusting!  Like holding a gun to my ribs.  Never had any charges before – – why now in my 11th year?  As to the domaine name (ownership of my blog);  my son took it on himself to do that for me and has paid for it all these years – annually — have the proof.  Will tackle this on the 26th if I can figure out what to do.  Son says I must do whatever. . . can’t just walk away and let you all think I just died because of some unnamed viral coughing disease.  He is right of course.  I feel the same way.  But I could never forgive this treatment from WordPress.  Not possible.  Won’t allow me to publish anything else til business is done. (apparently)   Jan



February 18, 2019

Weak, but Hanging-in-there

Filed under: clues to how I healed — Jan Turner @ 4:43 pm


My last post was a feeble attempt to help others, if they were to find themselves in the same  place I had been with the no-name coughing disease I had gone through.    Give me “E” for effort.  But I didn’t cover some of the stuff which did get me through so I was done with it in a week rather than two.  The rest of the time is just gonna be mending.  .  .  and I am mending still.   No idea how long this will take.  The fact that I had slept 3 hours after 5 days  (in my chair),  was, they say – – a strong indication that I was, in  fact beginning to heal.   

I had left the impression that I was still coughing,  and I still do, but not like at the beginning . .  .  it’s a natural outgrowth of having congested lungs.  I know I meant well, but – – wasn’t much help to any.   From the outset,  all that continuous coughing weakened me to the point of inertia.  Had I not had a few things going for me already, I may not have made it. 

I have a strong belief in moisture in my abode, not only for me, but also all my plants.  So the “Humidifier” is #1 – – it needed tending, routinely.  Living alone, was forced to rise to the task.  Was so weak, didn’t know how I’d work it out.    . .where there’s a will – there’s a way.   Ditto with my drinking water – – have been distilling my  water for anyway – 20 years, no chance I was gonna stop now because I’m weak.  “Distiller” or water was #2.  Then, for purely comfort stuff;   I had got my “Vick’s” vaporub out of bathroom cabinet to rub on my neck and chest  when needed.  . . also, to dab a bit around the edge of nostrils  (to help keep the moisture where needed)     I was so trashed and weak, I wouldn’t have known an appetite if it hit me.  I did not have hunger.   When I calculated time passing, I determined to eat or nibble on some little thing.   Took an inch or so of a banana,  or a few  grapes. . .next day a tad of cheese swallowed in a few spinach leaves.   Needless to say, lost a bit of weight.  I am back in my own bed now. 2 or 3 days..          Son brought me some Real Soup – 2 containers. . .so good.   Then neighbor brought me some real food.  My Gawd – – to die for! 

I think I’m  gonna live.    Still weak,   and iffy about the next steps . . . but open.        Lovin’ what so many dems are saying now – – the Green Thing which I LOVE,  but so much opposition for it.

. Jan

February 17, 2019

VIRAL Coughing Disease

You may have thought I’d passed, 

somedays,  I’d wished I could.


It’s ten years now, so you have to know that I miss my blog and you who visit here. . . when I don’t pop in with my various  $0.02 observations. Have been ill, one might say.  Not “sick” sick, but evil, designed in hell sick.  Someone who had come into my abode on the 9th–while here, sneezed;    an attempt to defray whatever present germs there might be was made by lowering the head into the coat jacket.  This was around 11:00 A.M. By 10 the same night,  I began to cough.  Simple as that. 

I had acquired this hellish disease with ‘no-name’. . . but apparently is quite virulent and really going around.  Since it is a virus, medical science has no cure with which to battle it.  Mostly, it goes in cycles of 7 days or 14.  Don’t know more, so can’t detail much.  One can start to improve at any point near the end of the week if able to . . .  .  or keep suffering and slide into pneumonia, at which point one will need medical intervention.  But of course, I knew none of this – – learned a day or so later when I called a friend. 

What I did experience was for me- – unimaginable.  Until the following Friday, I was to have no sleep, little to no nutrition, no respite whatsoever from the ongoing coughing (which is with me still, but of course. . .much reduced.)    I am not out of the woods with coughs.    All of me has submerged into this debilitating, energy-crunching, endless coughing, wasting not only all the energy you have, but have no way of getting a replacement.  No appetite, one is exhausted, finally almost deranged – at least I seemed to be.   It is surprising what the mind can endure – – tho, at the time, I did not think I could or would endure. 

I hadn’t been able to take my protocols which I’ve used for close to a decade.  Thought my mind was being undermined, at times, thinking  “”How does anyone fight this stuff?”  Since there was no medical help to be derived, knew I had to help myself thru this one – – on my own.  Survival, not health was what I was after.  My tools were Vitamin C Crystals  (NOW’S Powder in a jar) – – took 1/2 tsp, 2 to 4 X day.  Took Colloidal Silver, 1/2 to 1 tsp as often throughout the day as I could – – this is the liquid I make at home.  The C and the Silver has subdued this beast.  Had not been eating, could not.  Drank as much water as I could ingest.  Lungs become congested, can’t lie down to rest (there is no sleep), . . .so I sat up in a reclining chair –  no bed.  Last night, spent the night in my bed – was wonderful.   

In case this is widespread among any of you, wanted you to know, there’s stuff you can do.     Feel there probably is some internal damage with all which has happened, but as I said – – survival was paramount, not health – can try to fix what needs fixin later.     Take care my friends.                  Jan

February 4, 2019

One way to B happy EMO/SUPP/ANIMAL

I’m 1st to admit – NOT FOR EVERYONE!

(BE SURE TO CHECK ALL THE PIX – gonna like it)

The emotional support alligator that helps a York County man deal with depression

Joie Henney’s emotional support alligator, Wally, rummages through the pantry inside his York County home.

— Wally is bashful, a big teddy bear who likes to snuggle and give hugs, an animal so at peace that he befriends the little goldfish and bullfrogs he’s supposed to eat.

That hissing noise is just his way of saying hello.

Joie Henney, 65, said these things about Wally, the 5-foot long, 60-pound alligator that lives in his York County living room, but the words don’t sink in and certainly don’t make sense while you’re sharing a couch with said alligator. When the flight or fight panic fades, though, it does appear that Wally is snuggling with Henney on the other end of the brown sectional, often resting his snout on his lap instead of tearing off his ear with a trademark death roll.

“He likes to give hugs,” Henney said.

Wally is Henney’s registered emotional support animal, like a golden retriever, but cold-blooded. His story is the latest, and perhaps most extreme, in the growing world of ESAs, which are often approved by doctors and granted access to restaurants, businesses, and even airplanes. An emotional support peacock was banned from a flight last year.

Earlier this week, the Inquirer and Daily News reported that more college students are bringing ESAs i

Joie Henney, 65, hugs his emotional support alligator, Alley, inside his home in York Haven, Pa.
Joie Henney, 65, hugs his emotional support alligator, Alley, inside his home in York Haven, Pa.

Henney’s doctor did.

“My doctor wanted to put me on depression medicine, and I hate taking medicine. I had Wally, and when I came home and was around him, it was all OK,” he said. “My doctor knew about Wally and figured it works, so why not?”

The depression rolled in quickly like a summer storm, with the death of three close friends in rapid succession. The feeling sat over Henney, and he feared it would never move on.

“Three lifelong friends,” he said, taking a long pause and reaching for tissues.

Henney grew up on a farm nearby in Dover, York County, nursing injured owls back to flight. He was in the Marine Corps and rode bulls in the rodeo and broke wooden boards in half as a skilled martial artist. He made a living in construction and later, hosted a hunting and television show locally.

The three men who died within days of each other were all weaved into those decades, he said. Somehow, Wally filled the void, the camaraderie he lost. One day, he came and slept with him when he was sick.

“We caress and wrestle. He loves to wrestle,” Henney said. “He whacks me with his tail.”

Henney has five children and 18 grandchildren, and most of them, he said, are fine with Wally.

Christopher Young, 19,who lives with Joie Henney and his mother, Liz Caswell, takes Scrappy the alligator out of his 300-gallon pond inside their York Haven home. Henney also has an emotional support gator named Wally.
Christopher Young, 19,who lives with Joie Henney and his mother, Liz Caswell, takes Scrappy the alligator out of his 300-gallon pond inside their York Haven home. Henney also has an emotional support gator named Wally.

“I kept my distance at first from him,” said Henney’s girlfriend, Liz Caswell.

Wally, who will be four in July, was rescued from just outside Orlando when he was 14 months old. Henney said Wally could grow anywhere from 14 to 16 feet long and weigh 900 to 1,100 pounds. Wally eats chicken wings and shares a 300-gallon plastic pond, indoors, with Scrappy, a smaller, younger alligator the family has also rescued. Wally’s favorite programs to watch on television, of course, are Gator Boys and Swamp People. He also likes to watch The Lion King.

Scrappy watches what Wally watches.

“Ooh, you like the head rub, don’t ya,”

Alligators are undeniably dangerous, though more so for dogs and cats than humans. Florida, home to 1.3 million alligators, has tallied 410 unprovoked bites and 25 fatalities between 1948 and 2018. In one infamous case, a young boy was snatched and drowned by an alligator while on vacation at Disney World. That boy, Henney pointed out, was not eaten.

Wally, Henney cautioned, is still a wild animal, one that could tear his arm off now, and do worse later. But he doesn’t think that will happen. Wally has appeared at senior centers, minor league baseball games in York. He’s got a meet-and-greet at York’s Central Market next month.

Once harnessed, with his red ESA leash on, Wally grows animated, eager to scamper around the house and bolt into a cabinet, by the kitchen sink.

Cans of tomato sauce and pink salmon roll across the floor.

“You know, whatever works for you,” Henney said. “Dogs and cats don’t work for me.”

Joie Henney, 65, sits with his emotional support alligator, Wally, inside his home in York Haven, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.
Joie Henney, 65, sits with his emotional support alligator, Wally, inside his home in York Haven, Pa. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

February 3, 2019

Half U.S. w/ Cardio or Arterial ills

That’s a lot of People


Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease

FILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, a laptop computer monitors a patient’s heart function as he takes a stress test while riding a stationary bike in Augusta, Ga.    (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Michael Holahan)
A report released on Wednesday, Jan. 30 2019 estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that’s mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that’s mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries.

Measuring the burden of diseases shows areas that need to improve, the heart association’s chief science and medical officer, Dr. Mariell Jessup, said in a statement.

High blood pressure, which had long been defined as a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, dropped to 130 over 80 under guidelines adopted in 2017. It raises the risk for heart attacks, strokes and many other problems, and only about half of those with the condition have it under control.

Being diagnosed with high blood pressure doesn’t necessarily mean you need medication right away; the first step is aiming for a healthier lifestyle, even for those who are prescribed medicine. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure.

The report is an annual statistics update by the heart association, the National Institutes of Health and others.

Other highlights:

—Heart and blood vessel disease is linked to 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States and kills more Americans than all forms of cancer and respiratory diseases like pneumonia combined.

—Certain groups have higher rates than others; 57 percent of black women and 60 percent of black males.

—Coronary heart disease, or clogged or hardened arteries, caused 43 percent of cardiovascular deaths in the U.S., followed by stroke (17 percent), high blood pressure (10 percent) and heart failure (9 percent).


But on the surface, it sounds more alarming than it is.   Removing those with HYPERTENSION, however,  leaves only 9% with actual cardiac involvement. Of course it’s serious — but not as severe sounding.   The really sad thing is that none of it is at all  necessary  because it is almost totally caused by  THE FOOD CHOICES YOU ARE MAKING  .  .  .  .    that’s right – IT’S THE DIET. Have to cite my own medical care  which Medicine showered on me during the years they treated me for A-FIB as they also treated my HBP but never could reduce those numbers. As I have mentioned before; first one med, . . then finally another- – still no progress and were insisting on a third. .  (over a period of years) which prompted my giving up medicine and attempting to help myself.   Which I did. 

The pharma meds  are what the doctors know – – how they are trained.  I’m sure most of them mean well.  However, if they have adequate gray matter up there — they gotta see, eventually- – it ain’t workin’ . . .and give some thought to finding something else which really does work.  But this is what they know.  What most of them seem to NOT KNOW is what caused this in the first place  (etiology unknown) — ya gotta know, because if we don’t understand “what” we’re dealing with  – – “what’s wrong,” . . . its darned  hard to fix it. 

The major problem is they ‘DON’T” know how to fix it!   They prove this over and over – and just keep shoving more medicines onto us;   since it doesn’t help — we continue to be out of balance, and our system keeps doing what it knows how to do – attempt to save our lives. Tho our body is magical and amazing. . .nevertheless, it can’t go out and get us the correct (for us) foodstuff;  it does however– continue to keep our bodies in balance by raising our blood pressure so that we CAN continue to live and function as best we can.   By ‘manipulating’ the pressure downward does not solve the problem.  .  in effect, it’s only a monkey wrench thrown into the system.   

Allopathic medicine doesn’t teach much about what a healthy body is, does or needs;   they’re taught ‘structure.’  It follows that diet doesn’t enter into the fray.  Docs know about as much as you do or anyone else relative to ‘feeding the body’ – – it’s not their forte.  Frankly,  it is seldom that a doctor discovers that what he is doing isn’t helping much,  and then pursues answers and  if determined, can find out what he is missing.  This is easy – even our kids can handle it . . . once we show them how it works.

This simple explanation, sadly is why our ‘arterial’ woes go unfixed and continue and increase –then impact our hearts and everything else.

 I had been a devotee of Dr McDougall (perhaps 20 years prior to my medical breakdown),  and vacillated to and fro with being a vegan.  I was not new to it.  I may have sounded off about anything with face. .  but my preference ran to more balance (maybe being from farmers.)??

Today, it’s a bit more than opting for veggies or meat;  whatever one picks, the choices are more complicated now. . . having found Dr Gundry and the PLANT PARADOX.  (Have sent for a new book as last one vanished and I’m needing it).  When I followed Dr Harry Elwardt’s book  “The #1 Killer of Americans Today” I wasn’t concentrating on HBP – my focus was the heart.  Within months, my BP was normal of it’s own accord. . I was faithful to his advice, tho was already doing much of it.  Our body needs ‘balance’ and ‘minerals’.  We can get our protein from  animals, fish, fowl, etc., or from seeds, nuts, eggs and so on (personal Choice).  But we gotta have those minerals and that is primarily. . . . green leafy whatever and lots of it. Be picky on carbs, cut the sugar, grains etc., altogether.  Don’t eat white potatoes – Sweet Potatoes are fine.  Maximum benefit in giving up animal protein, but I don’t use too much of it and and what I use is grass-fed;  also enjoy occasional Alaskan Salmon when I can work it out. 

I feel Dr Harry Elwardt is most responsible for helping me heal my heart and keep going.  I recently recommended a couple of books that I feel would help any or everybody stay healthy on his own without doctoring help.(barring accident or the unexpected),  But there are so many. . .   Dave Asprey, Steven Gundry, and one of my favorites at explaining anything in the most simple and amusing form – Dr John Bergman (on many subjects), but speaking of the heart at present.  Have been able to put up some  of the best minds available to us today.  I’m not alone in wanting to be sure my body is receiving the best and optimum care.  And God bless my amazing body – – with all my fumbling around, it has taken such good care of me – – right back. 

It has struck me that some people may feel they can’t do what I do to help myself – – fiddling around with all the Amino acids; Arginine and Citrulline morning and night, 12 hours apart, . . I now am taking this in middle of day too, – so its’s kinda like every 8 hours and am feeling a bit better.  This is my #1.   Take Taurine and D-ribose and L-Carnitine (mixed tog) 2 X during the day – – but always away from the L-Arginine at least an hour. Obviously, I no longer work outside the home as many of you do and have the freedom  to do that – – it works for me.  But Dr Harry developed a line for his heart protocol;  it works fine- – just take a scoop a time or two a day and away ya go. However, (having really read his book, I felt more comfortable doing my own thing.  And there was another product I liked quite well too- – was developed by a German cardiologist by the name of Dr Rainer Boger, called Arginine Cardio.  He spent over 25 years working on that formula. It was good.  A tad more costly. This is marketed thru Mr Bob Weeks in our country  I may have found him online – don’t remember.  But the phone number I have written down was 801-892-9501.  I have a number of other “cardio books” written by famous doctors and most will advise all the other important supplements which should be part of your plan to return you to full health (as I was).  Dr Harry’s book was best overall for the whole shebang. 

It doesn’t give me some funny kind of pleasure to prattle on about my health issues like I do – – not one of my needs.  It is simply a tool I use to make certain points.  I do have some issues/needs and that is that I do not know if and when I’m running out of time to be able to show or  describe how easy it is to gain back one’s health or repair it when there is a problem.  In my mind’s eye – – it’s so easy, kinda cheap – – can’t even be compared to the medical community – – but what can be compared to it? 

I have a stack of issues I want to post over the next few weeks in which I try to correlate the simplicity and doability of each solution.  I’m looking forward to it before my body starts to slow down even more.  Who of us ever knows these things?  Even as I practiced astrology, that was never my focus, out of ethical principle.  Far better to embrace each day for all the possibility, beauty and potential within it. . than to mull over what may or may not go awry. 

As to my Plant Paradox book replacement, well I hadn’t covered some of the stuff I need to know right now.   You know – my Psoriasis thing- I said it was a done deal!   Well, it seemed to be. . .for some time!  The bugger has returned  – again.. not as bad.  Reading some notes on Dr Gundry. .tried to check what the book said,  but it was nowhere to be found.  Online I found a humongous list of acceptable and unacceptable foods.  I probably eat more KALE and SPINACH than anyone I know.  (plus other greens)  My diet is fine.  On his list of NO-NO foods, is Zucchini and Yellow Squash. (guess its all the seeds).  I’m eating this almost every night for a year or two, because I love it so much.  Couple that no-no food with the cheating have openly admitted to – a little cheese (clothed in spinach leaves) here and there,  the sourdough Rye bread I make and fancy because its fermented – its okay.  Or the Kefir I make because it too,  is so healthy.  Well, the skin , my skin is doing it’s damndest to act like a kidney, because maybe I’ve overloaded my kidneys.  Can’t wait for his book to get here!   

So give some attention to what you are eating and try to clean up the frayed edges,  Your health is at stake. . I’m not kidding “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”  Don’t eat for a passtime, try not to nibble – becomes a habit,  eat the cleanest foodstuff ya can find. . cut way back on fruits; grapes and berries are best.   

And one last thing on this article having to do with black-skinned people having higher rates.  Wish they had bothered to explain that. . . would have been helpful.    Its a question of pigmentation – it blocks the Sun’s ability to penetrate the skin – – any darker colored skin.  Easy to get around this with little effort and a whole lot of pay-off.  Just take Vitamin D (3 – not 2).  Start with 2 or 3 K units and build up to what is needed to get to 50 – 75 or 100.  I take 10K daily in winter and 4-5 in simmer time.  When I started years ago, I was off the charts low @ 13. Keep it around 70 if I can now.  Pale skin absorbs the Sun’s rays seasily, therefore have plenty of natural Vitamin D.  Prescription is always D2 – not what want.    Additionally, Please — everyone, take K2 daily with D3 as this ensures whatever calcium you have in the body will get to and stay in the BONES – -not in your arteries. And never take calcium, ya don’t need it, ya just need the calcium you’ve got to stay in the bones.  Jan


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