SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

July 23, 2017

Whats ‘teeth’ got to do w/Alzheimers?

Do you think my need to share is too much?

even I think it might be, but here it is – AGAIN.

. . but to be fair,  if these brainy scientists – doctors wouldn’t keep coming up with NEW stuff all the time and I learn of it, well. .  .  I’ve just gotta dig a little deeper and tell you about it.  It’s sorta about my commitment to share w/those who maybe don’t have the time or inclination to dig around as much as I do to know about some of it that could really make a difference in the quality of life.  

As to the subject matter. . .Alzheimer’s – – sure it seems the focus on it seems too much. . .but have  ya noticed the way it is laying to waste the lives of those we love most.  .  . like it or not?  I remember the way I caved to despair’s pity-party when I finally realized it had targeted me.  One can’t explain those feelings adequately as ‘self’ is so immersed in helpless grief.  We’re told little can be done or there’s no cure and so on.  Was helping to raise my grand-dsughters (still in elementary school) — had so much yet to do!  Can be hard to carry on when you understand what’s comin’ on down the road.  My precious girls are 23 and 24 now.  They’re doing great and so am I (mostly).  

One might wonder why – – what’s your magic Jan — how’d you do it?   Both parents wheelchair bound with Arthritis and dyeing of Alzheimer’s disease.     I dunno. . .lucky?. . blessed?. .. karma?. . .possibly,  the quality of one’s vision, you know — what you’re looking at,  (hopes, dreams, desires. . what turns us on. . . which affects our thinking > our mood. . . equates to how we feel/think/act – how we be!  Instead of staying swallowed up in the pain of it, somehow, managed to allow my inner “pit-bull” to emerge and surge til I remembered  – – heck, I’m not gone, time to get my head in the game.  To tell the truth I’ve done this almost to death,  so I’m not re-covering old ground in this post. . . because it’s not one pill,  or one therapy. . or one class of food.  It’s a sticky wicket!  Often its a whole lot of innocent things we did ‘wrong’ that led up to this kind  of vulnerability (refer to Dr. Last’s discussion on Alzheimer’s) which can total up to a weakened immune system, unable to defend against the invader.  Newspaper articles jump on every possible clue (based on some or other explorative result);  others > substandard living  conditions relative to neighborhood, race, economics etc.  Most assuredly,  much of any of these reasons enter in as will today’s focus on the TEETH thing.. . getting there any minute now.

There are some things I know to be true;  we are what we eat!    So what we eat and how we live matter.   99% of humanity is born with everything in working order. . . including the genes.   The way we live, the choices we make — all of it can impact our genetic structure and its expression. . . i.e.  change them.    Seemingly not really genetic is it if an entire family/clan/or culture – eat and live in a similar manner, eating the same foods and grow rotund bodies resulting in diabetes and other similar afflictions.  Too often it is claimed, well, after all – its genetic! Look at their family!  But if nutritional correction can strengthen and enrich  one of them or all of them. . . what do we call it then?   Nutritional and/or perhaps – environmental   (with all it’s synthetic foods, dyes and other toxic stuff)?   So I rarely, if ever think of these problems as genetic.  

If people could be committed to be happy rather than pessimistic, – see stuff differently.  Stuff happens.  But nothing is over til it’s over.  Health status can be changed, no matter what the affliction.  If we lock into the dire end-result, we may be depriving ourselves of energy and stamina we actually need to get better and pull to safety and back to normalcy.  We all have a gutsy inner core   (I just think of mine as my pit bull). . you may call yours whatever you want.   Also, we should learn how to treat ourselves with as much love and kindness as we would to any other.  Appreciate the miracle of you are;  who you are with all your strengths and foibles – – love it all.  You are worth it.  I am worth it.  I do love myself and value all my parts. . .  Kinda why I can be happy with it even as I age and cope with the changes.  What a blessed body.  Served me so well, and how I appreciate all these blessings.  Seeing with gratitude, rather than as one abused by life. . feels so very much better. And in that love, appreciation (and joy),  health and balance can flourish.  Part of loving the body is the effort to nourish it with the best possible offerings of which we are capable.  Even if its not always ideal,. . offer it in love for your highest good.    

OKay,  the TEETH THING:  On July 18 2017,  I wrote on Dr Harry and my experience with his book and excellent info; its style and ease of use.  I won’t say it saved my life – but it may have.  I was willing to do whatever I had to do to survive in a healthy state — not just to be counted among the living.  When I can no longer function, be useful, happy and know it — I’d rather be gone  to see my mother, husband and Heidi.  I do not want to be among the tortured living-dead stuffed in some (so-called) nursing home.  That is a cruel fate no one deserves.  I refuse it!  If we can EAT HORSES,  we can sure as hell shoot old folks nobody wants around anymore. It’s just logic.  A number of our beloved USA  states have made elder suicide legal and I believe it should be made American Law.  It would solve a huge financial burden to “care for” [yuk, yuk] old folk who are daily ignored, underfed, abused and even slain as they lay helpless and unaware.  They either have no family who care or have no one.  They mostly don’t want to be there and are drugged out of any mind they have left.  That is not a quality life!  It is unmerited prison no matter what kind of life they have lived.  Anyone deserves better than that.  Also, why should law-abiding citizens have to end their own life by ‘breaking the law’ in killing themselves as it now stands.  I’m so disgusted with the “Moral Right” creating havoc endlessly with the sanctity of life thing. A woman’s right to choose sb inviolate!  Same with an elder’s right to go away peacefully.  The right should rest with the individual to whom it matters, not to some double-standard, tell it like it isn’t, money grubbing  politician. . many of whom have proven how they care about $$.

In  the Dr Harry post, I referred to another product I actually did take for about four or so months.  Loved it.  It actually was over my budget to do, but such a good product, easy to do. .1 scoop AM then 1 scoop 12 hrs later.  If the numbers don’t work, well, ya gotta face the facts. . . which is why I went back to DIY.  S’okay – – I learned from them and enjoyed while it lasted.  Will say – they keep their customers informed and updated.   Few days ago got another email from Mr Weeks at ARGININE CARDIO (American Distr) with a very interesting  subject matter having to do with teeth and their impact on developing Alzheimer’s by the doctor who developed this formula over  25 year span.   The following letter is from Bob Weeks @ Arginine Cardio.com,   citing info from Dr Raner Berger M.D  of Germany. . . . .  .  + Have a footnote for you at the bottom.           Jan

Hello Jan,

What’s your most important organ?  For me, I’d say it’s my brain.

We all want to stay sharp. To help you do this, I have a tip that may surprise you…

Take care of your teeth. 

Early in my medical practice, I noticed that a lot of my dementia patients also had gum disease. Seems like science has finally caught up to my observations… Research shows chronic gum disease may precede Alzheimer’s by years. It also links having fewer teeth with a higher risk of dementia.

And a new British study proves that gum disease can speed up the progression of dementia. In fact, they found gum disease was linked with a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline in people with early stage Alzheimer’s.

It starts with simple tooth plaque. That creates a breeding ground for bacteria that can trigger inflammation. It leads to red, swollen, bleeding gums — a condition called gingivitis.

That can turn into another gum disease called periodontitis. The gums pull back from the root of the tooth. Infection attacks the tissue that holds the tooth to the jawbone. Teeth start to come loose and fall out. But it gets worse. When gum tissue breaks down, bacteria start seeping into your bloodstream. Bacteria and inflammation travel to every part of your body — including your brain. 

The message is clear. Keeping your teeth healthy can help keep your mind sharp.  

But brushing isn’t enough. You have to protect against inflammation and the buildup of plaque.

The first thing I do is check my patients CoQ10.  CoQ10 is one of the most powerful nutrients I prescribe to my patients. You’re probably most familiar with using it to treat and prevent heart problems. But I discovered something amazing in my patients who were taking CoQ10…

All of them were cured of gum disease.

So I looked into the research and found a lot of studies linking CoQ10 to the reversal of gum disease.  One study looked at 40 gingivitis patients and found most were CoQ10 deficient. Another found that CoQ10 doses of 50 to 75 mg every day stopped gum disease within just a few days.

You can find this nutrient in eggs, avocados, almonds, grape seeds and sesame seeds. But nowhere near enough. The only good food source is the organs of free-range cattle and wild game. But we don’t eat them anymore. The closest thing you’ll find is grass-fed beef or buffalo. 

It’s hard to get enough through food alone. I take 50 mg of the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 daily.

Ubiquinol is the form that your mitochondria use for energy. And it’s 8 times more powerful than the old form, ubiquinone.

Footnote:   Ya think I’ve overdone Alzheimer’s?   Have done quite a bit on teeth as well.  Learned from the best, showcased here @ Smokinchoices  Of course I do special for my teeth – nothing at all storebought!   I brush only before bed (once daily is enough!)  I learned to brush after meals as I had been taught and always believed – and is still advised by dentistry. Now I get it. Brushing after a meal is harmful to teeth as they are chemically vulnerable  because of the food.  This practice in fact, is what causes all the brushing away of enamel – leaving teeth more vulnerable –  then requiring dental procedures  trying to fix.  Don’t brush with any harsh chemicals at all.  It disturbs the flora of the mouth (bacterial balance). Almost any chemical can and will disturb that.  Why is this important?  Because the mouth and the intestine work hand in glove as one to protect the immune system to strengthen – not defile it in order to raise immunity which guards our health.   Should food gather around teeth, can remove it by using dental irrigation.  I’m using a Waterpik now, but have used Colgate and others.  Great for those with braces as it flushes out anything  anywhere . .or of course – just floss (water-flossing).  

It’s good to know that teeth are alive,  do have regenerative ability, and they can be re-mineralized.  Ph is different in all parts of the body.  Stomach should be acid to to do it’s job of digestion (so why are we given antacids when we hurt? we need more acid – that’s why it’s good to take 1/2 to 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar before eating to do just that).  Our mouth, on the other hand must be alkaline which the NEEM will help to correct, establishing the proper flora. . as long as we don’t use harsh chemicals in the mouth.

I have three items for my teeth in the bathroom beside the brush and Waterpik.   (Will give recipes.)  1)  my powder may sound complicated, but goes together in minutes;  keep in an old glass jar w/lid topped by a wee-small spoon [only need about an 1/8th tsp].  Stuff works!  It cleans well, whitens and re-enamelizes. Have no plaque buildup .   2) Keep a box of Baking Soda on a shelf in medicine cabinet.   I use between 1/2 tsp to a tad more,  to stir into Hot water I use in the vessel of the water irrigator after brushing. No need to burn yourself – – use as hot/warm as can tolerate comfortably.  This helps in the shrinking process especially for those with tender bleeding or sore gums.  If have any of these – there’s a problem which needs tending.  3) and final step is a quick run around entire mouth at the junction of where tooth meets gum;  both upper and lower teeth,. . .inside and outside of each tooth as it sits there minding its own business. .  .  using a NEEM oil concoction I make which heals and helps re-establish balance to your entire mouth.  I keep in small 1-2 oz screw-top bottle next to the powder; dip the end of a Q-tip into the small jar and the whole action lasts less than a minute.  Cheapskate that I am (yuk yuk),  I crimp off that end for the trash and use the other end tomorrow nite.    

One last bit of thinking on the subject of brushing your teeth before I do the recipes;  don’t think of this as something your parents “made” you do – just one more chore- another must.  Instead, see this as something you do for yourself to protect one of your most valuable assets. . .your beautiful pearly whites.  They contribute almost as much to your overall health as any plate of food set before you.  And all of us have taken them for granted.   To brush the teeth honorably,  take your time; do it consciously gum to edge, stroke, stroke (Powder in palm of hand,  dip dry brush lightly with a dusting of powder)  This too, can become almost a Zen experience. . .and for the love of your teeth.  Ya actually think they won’t know?. . .get the message?  Just watch those babies shine. A couple of the dentists up on the blog over the years;   Hal Huggins was great (recently departed)and a forerunner in Holistic dentistry,  but a couple of others – Dr. Rainey was a favorite as well. They suggest trying to get your brushing time up to 10 to 15 minutes.  One suggested even watching TV while brushing.  Maybe I’m just a messy brusher, I dunno – but I start drooling even tho not using any water.  So guess I’m not a candidate for walking and brushing at same time.  

First: the TOOTH POWDER        (using baking soda or sea salt (ground) alone is preferable to any commercial paste, powder or gel)      1) Kaolin Clay  1 tsp  (used by dentists;) helps deter plaque buildup. . .aids to enamelize        2) Sea Salt   1/2 tsp    (don’t want anything abrasive on tooth – if coarse, grind down or use mortar and pestle)    3)  Baking Soda   2 tsp     4)    Sage    1 tsp    (dried spice,  either use mortar and pestle to refine a tad or grind a little.  This is the Whitener)      5)   Diatomaceous Earth     1/2 tsp (food grade).. . (1001 uses )    – helps to enamelize     6)     Xylitol    1/2 tsp    or to taste.  Kids won’t use it unless it tastes at least kinda good, so you may have to feel your way    7)    Org. Peppermint Oil   approx 20 drops or so of this EO (essential oil)  This is the biggie for taste.  

Couple of non-essentials – that I DO USE and continue to like                                                                                                                                         MSM     1/2 tsp     an ingredient that few get enuff of and its kinda cheap. Use it daily in shake as well (1 tsp)   its Sulphur                            Activated Charcoal    1/2 tsp     This powder, black as it is – believe it or not is a great whitener.       (plus has other uses) look it up           Egg Shells   1 tsp.      grind up fine so won’t hurt teeth       org eggs have natural CALCIUM we can utilize.        

 Mix all together, label, cap  then use.  Ya won’t hurt my feelings if don’t use the egg shells; not totally convinced we can get calcium into our teeth this way.  We should be doing as the cows prefer – eat plants – that’s where it is.  Just stay clear of germicides and almost anything that is anti anything.  No rinses or  Phrma.   Protect the ideal bacterial environment the way it should be.                                       


SECOND ITEM – NEEM OIL  (restoring gum health, tightening gums around teeth – like new again (kinda)  

1)  NEEM Oil   3 Tbsp       2)  Aloe Vera Gel   1  Tbs       3)  Jojoba Oil    1 Tbs        4)  Distilled Water  2 Tbs       5)  Olive Oil   1 tsp                       6) Coconut Oil   1 tsp      7)   Peppermint Oil (EO)   1/2 tsp  (Essential Oil)      

This is a marvellous healing oil, restoring gums to a firm grip around the teeth.  Between this Neem oil and the Baking soda oral irrigation . . . the gates swings open for normalcy  to take over its reign again.  This is gentle  persuasion – nothing forcing or toxic here.

I am accustomed to buying everything online, so I haven’t a clue where to advise going by car to acquire any of this.    My MO is to put items I want into browser and choose from offerings which generally works to my advantage.     Be happy, be well,. . Jan                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

July 18, 2017

Meet Dr Harry

A Naturopath who speaks his mind 

This is a link to the monthly video which I began after reading his book which got me going on taking care of my own heart and related cardio problems I had gone through for some years.  Knew I had to do something after walking away from medicine and all forms of pharmaceutical stuff.  Just couldn’t  do it anymore, but I wasn’t suicidal – – so what to do?  His book LETS STOP THE #1 KILLER OF AMERICANS TODAY and Dr Steven Sinatra’s The SINATRA SOLUTION, with his “Metabolic Cardiology”.   Both excellent and was helped; felt I was a bit more grounded in the business of the body’s needs.  

I had been doing much of the routine stuff with vitamins, minerals and certain supplements like Co-Q10  (tho I used Ubiquinol).  Railed against toxic anything, so I quit Coumadin   (NOT Curcumin, for heaven’s sakes! – – this is what helps with PAIN) and took NATTOKINASE  which science had proved to be far superior (with no side effects),  and even now – docs don’t seem to know about.  (Big Pharma is really “that” powerful in protecting it’s turf !)    

Specifically, I learned about the huge energy needs of the heart and brain, our most vital and demanding organs;  serving the one properly– both are helped. . . so vital are the specific amino acids in aiding the mitochondria to function fully with the necessary energy.  Dosages, quantities, how to’s and when. . .all in Dr Harry’s (Elwardt) book.   Was all laid out – not confusing, knew I could do this.  Eventually, I caught on that Dr Harry and many others had been able to effectively construct a treatment-formula that one could take all-at-once 2 times daily, eliminating most of the fuss.  Helped a lot.   Found a product online called “ARGININE Cardio” worked on for over 25 years by this german physician before introducing.  It’s frankly wonderful, but kinda costly.  He added Trans-Resveratrol and many other helpful components which really round it out to near perfection.  Gladly took it around four months til I realized it had been burdening the budget too much, so back doing my own constructing again (adding in the new things I gleaned from the German doc’s formula.  All this stuff is online for those who can and want to do so.  

One of the reasons I brought over Dr Harry’s link to the videos is that I find him extremely gutsy as a truth teller.  That takes spunk and courage in  this day and age to speak out against what seems wrong, flagrant (if not out-right evil).  Most of us of course understand — there’s corruption in Washington, has been for a long time now.  And that’s where it all gets okay’d along with it’s green-light.  When enough people really understand all this. . maybe, some thing CAN be done to fix it.   Its still just us baying at the moon like a pack of wolves, til there’s enough to make it matter.    So many doctors who “have” spoken out seem to wind up dyeing younger than they should. . . and I don’t want anything like that to befall Dr Harry.  He talks kinda funny, but I admire him.      Jan

 

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July 15, 2017

. . but I’m sorta (a) Zen “cheapskate”

Cheapskate ZEN works for me

(Aldi’s, 80 to a box)

When one goes from being an independent, iconoclastic breadwinner, able to allow a quirky, sustainable lifestyle (enjoying almost every part of it) — and then segueing into a lifestyle supported only by ‘social security’ . . many – – well,  most of us must do some fancy footwork on our budgets.   One can learn to economise on many things in order to have choice on more important items.      

My husband and I were weren’t “cheap,”  on the contrary, we had  fairly good taste. . . tho simple needs.  No furs, pools or Porsches necessary.  Simple home with ample land and gardens, flowers and trees. . always pets.  Had a whole lot going on. . . parties, dinners, friends, kids doing everything and Marty and Me doing our separate hobbies .  There was balance, fun, beauty and leisure and we both needed plenty of space and me-time.  Both fairly devotional. It worked – – what can I say?. . .was happy.  Logical by nature, I was a good budgeter.   Didn’t worry over money or needing “more”. . wasn’t a concern.  Fine for Marty, he didn’t like doing books or budgets, so no worries for him.     Point is, I didn’t struggle over nickels and dimes. . didn’t have to, had a budget and it was fine, comfortable,  met our needs.  

Somewhere along the line,  my son evolved into a discerning man of taste and quality for whom unimportant little things are just brushed away as non- existent.  When he had popped by one day, I was putting a new plastic bag into my garbage container (a 2-piece wooden thing with a flip-top lid).  I had been gingerly trying to separate the layers in order to open the bag so that I could flip it a few times to open it up and lodge it comfortably in its abode. After watching me silently for a minute or so, he expressed that he could no way go through something like that. . . why was I doing it?  Responded that I’d rather save on something like this rather than spend so much more money on the stronger, fancier, more costly bags equipt with those black pull-string handles.  Guess I thought I heard him ‘thinking’. . geez, what a waste of time and energy.  But of course, I heard no such thing.  Nor did I tell him how calming  it can be to be still and patient while scanning the edges for a place to start, then deliberately, gently undoing the folds to finally engaging the belly of the sack before flipping wide open and inserting – then finally pulling the four ear-corners down over the lower part.  All kinda Zen.  .  and nice.  But then one takes those simple pleasures where ever one can find them.  .. . something about expanding awareness.. .just sharing       Jan

July 14, 2017

They canned Greta!. . BOOM

HAVE A BONE TO PICK . .  .

I   M I S S   G R E TA  !

 

Greta Van Susteren Out MSNBC Fired For the Record With Greta

Greta Van Susteren Out at MSNBC

July 12, 2017

Tried Kombucha? well, ya should

Don’t worry, I’m only now getting “with it”

Like so many others, I’d heard about KOMBUCHA.. . wondered what it was, never looked into it.  It’s been used at least a couple thousand years, especially the far east, but grew into the whole world, country by country with America coming last.  (Boy, have we lost status – we always used to be first with almost everything).  Hearing that it has become increasingly popular this last decade or so, decided it WAS time to find out what it was.  But hearing that it is a “fermented food” put passion into the project since I’m a fan of anything ‘fermented’.

Whoa girl,  ya can hardly keep up with what’s going  on now, let alone taking on a new project – by that of course I refer to the stuff I feel I must [prefer] doing like own healing protocols for heart, pulmonary,  thyroid and Alzheimer’s and of course, arthritis.  Prior to all that have also been making distilled water, colloidal silver for decades; then added in cosmetic, dental and body care stuff. . . in other words — anything going into or onto my body. Am quite choosy regarding food (its quality, the choices, how all is prepared), so do own kitchen stuff as the kitchen has always been about my favorite room of the home.  .  .  my lab and my fun place where I already DO ‘ferment’ and experiment with many things.  Anyway,  that is why I for sure, was going to look into it.  

It is sold everywhere – the store I generally use and health food places like Whole Foods.  Bought some and gave it a go.  Saw stuff floating in bottom of bottle, so, shook it a bit.  As opening, it spritzed all around.  Didn’t see a warning on label, so be advised!  Don’t shake it up,.  . . can stir gently if you must. Being a fermented product, there’s gonna be fermentation particles, pieces and floating stuff – – NORMAL  Took an ounce or two,  good!  Liked it.  Within an hour or so, had to make a run for the potty.  Few hours later, did it again. . . same thing.  As I often admit to, can be a slow learner, so had a third dose with the same outcome.  Now am suspicious –  what’s going on?  Next day, wasn’t willing to take any more without calling the manufacturer for an answer. So glad I did.  She welcomed my query and amusingly explaining what I experienced was a healing reaction, which many  don’t have.  I should be happy for it shows that the product is doing for me what it should be doing.  Told me her mother took the whole bottle down when she first gave it to her, and she too, had a pretty good healing reaction.  Said, not to worry;   some take an ounce or two, others – 1/2 a bottle and still others down the entire bottle (because it’s kinda good).   Especially those who generally enjoy sodas, etc.,  love the stuff, because it’s carbonated.  I hadn’t had a soda of any kind in decades, so maybe that’s part of it charm.  Anyway, I had let my body rest that day,  so next day,  I hit the internet and decided to wise up a little. Some thing this tasty and healthful could and perhaps should have a place in my life.    

I am not going to try to explain all I found online, reshape it and dish it up for you. Gonna give you a link to  Brothers Green Eats in a 2-part video on how to make your own Kombucha for pennies on the gallon since it sells for around $3 to $5 for a 16 oz bottle.  If your family is a good size, you’d have to juggle your budget figures cause all will like and want it.  And not just because it’s tasty, but  the way you feel.  The benefits start to show up.  Can be vague and general. . “just feel better, don’t know why” and for others, measureable improvements in ongoing physical problems from A to Z.  And for that reason, am also bringing a link over for an article written for some health magazine which everybody who sells Kombucha (or the SCOBY needed to start making your own),  it’s  called “Kombucha — What it is and How it Works”.  The author is Dr J Perron.  This is the definitive explanation, well written,  not a hype piece, but instead is asking for critical judgement to evaluate and discern all the stories, hype, claims, etc along with some fairly uplifting sort of tales on the experience of many who claim to have been healed from an assortment of malfunctions and diseases.  Can’t find the article sitting all by itself, so had to pick one of the various venders links in order to show you the letter. So this will be the second link.  

I watched a lot of videos, read a lot of recipes, but none came close to the excitement I felt watching one of the Green Brothers cooking up his storm in the kitchen.  Its XLNT – loved it.  Within a day of finding out how to do this stuff that looked pretty easy and cheap to do, I started looking for my SCOBY, got the sugar (none in my home for years now), organic black tea, gallon glass  wide-mouth jar and 6  bottles to put the elixir in when I’m done.  I intend to do just as he said and do the 2nd fermentation which is where the fruit will come in in order to carbonize as well as have a beautiful fermented product.  Have all, waiting for the SCOBY to get here.  And I’m so excited.  (I sound like a pathetic old woman who hasn’t a clue that I’ll be 88 next month)  So what?  Bet I have as much to grin about as the next one. . .       .   .  ah well,      Jan

 

Kombucha What it is and How it Works at The Truth in Medicine .

 

July 10, 2017

GREAT Docs I “love”

Yep, I love heart, compassion & smarts

as shown  in dedicated service

Because, as is no secret,  I don’t avail Medicine the way most others do,  it doesn’t suggest that I don’t have a passion for outstanding brilliance, and great contribution in service to others.  Dr Perlmutter has been here several times (he’s great),  and Dr Steven Gundry is my newest find and love.  Have spent many hours researching and listening to his videos all over the internet.   What a guy! Like so many other genius doctors, he has also written a number of books;   held many prestigious posts.  His latest book, I simply must have. .  . it’s called  “PLANT PARADOX.”  It can and should change the way we think  

These two fascinating people culminate in a fine discussion which kinda echoes the previous post of Dr Last’s on Alzheimer’s, but only briefly.  (tickles me that so many of the great minds of today, do in fact agree on important stuff).     Jan

 

 

June 30, 2017

Dr Last on Alzheimer’s

Dr Last, amazing holistic healer on Alzheimer’s

This post will cover the many things I had fully intended to convey covering some of the mystery surrounding Alzheimer’s and  the many indications Dr Last gave as to why this so deeply and desperately plagues us, now in this marvellous age of science where  perhaps, billions are being spent in research. . . with so little to show for it.  As Dr Last discusses what he has seen and the rather simple, direct approach of an admirable, logical mind at work, – – for me, the pieces kinda fell into place.  My preferences already had included zero OTC or pharmaceuticals for my body.  I wanted whatever went into or on my body to be as clean and organic as I could bring to my life.  After reading this treatise I saw that my (nearly obsessive) exclusion of all things not natural (earth-grown), was maybe the single factor which has kept me going for so much longer than most who walk in shoes like mine.  The iconoclastic rebel who dwells inside me, kept me sheltered from all that harm that most availed with pills or three or four of them as needed. . . endorsed by (allopathic) medical science.  The knower  inside me said “No, not for me”

My intention was to bring several of Dr Last’s  conclusions and findings individually to light  (and I guess I thought I had done it!) But this grieves me so.  Medicine has not assuaged this mind-slayer.  We are dying with many forms of dementia, and no cure in sight. Yet it isn’t always what we can DO  once we have been diagnosed, . .  . there is no pill or formula which can rescue us. It’s painful to live thru pieces and chunks slipping away.  So many of us understand as we have watched our own loved parents resist, then disappear.

The discussion is large,  Dr Last covers a hole gamut of possibilities and potentials.  (Many, surprisingly, I have been doing).  Just saying, don’t give up — don’t slam the door once hearing of a calamitous diagnosis.  Open up to receive and allow the good and beauty of it all to lead you.  There continue to be surprises around every corner.  For some of us — we’ve chewed a lot of those pills and may have some catching up to do.  But then start;  read LAST’S article entirely. . . easily digested stuff in every paragraph. Then > FIRST: DO NO HARM. .stop ingesting toxic anything, sugars – – for it’s all a burden to the body, which cannot heal if it must waste its energy eliminating poisons before it can do its real job of maintaining health and all its other routine  jobs. > 2ND:  Feed your body what it is capable of recognizing as nutrient  (earth-grown, chemical-free) natural stuff.  

No one gets enuff iodine unless you live by a sea.  But safer than ingesting what may be thrown at you and called iodine, is to take plenty of TRACE MINERALS.   I buy ICELANDIC SEA KELP  Those ice cold waters are the purest on the planet and contain the trace minerals we want and need. (I take 1/4 tsp twice daily}   If you’re eating mostly fresh (and or raw)) greens veggies and some fruit, and grass-fed cattle and fowl (free-range), your dairy (butter) and eggs will all be the right kind of fats  No one needs cheap vitamins – save your money. Most vitamins are made with synthetics, consequently can’t motivate health.  Simplify, find what turns you on, then do it.  

The first link below is the post where I spoke of Dr Last and the report on Alzheimer’s was but one of the issue therein.  Beneath that one is the link to the ALZHEIMER’S Disease discussion

https://smokinchoices.wordpress.com/2015/11/17/walter-last-holistic-healer/

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/paracetamol.htm            (Alzheimer’s)

June 24, 2017

Apology here for 6-19-17 post

Filed under: Jan's apology for ugly messy post — Jan Turner @ 10:10 am

The Dr Roach post (June 19, 2017) was and is for me, a disaster.  You can’t understand, perhaps what I went through on this one.

My manner of working starts with the urge to express on a certain issue, theme or experience;  connect with this beast, Mini-Mac,  dig in and let  ‘er rip, almost non-stop.   Go  away and have a meal, break or whatever;   return for a read thru and then proceed to edit.  It’s like . . .is this really what I had in mind? . . .  does  it flow?  . . . make sense to me? . . . . overall spacing in balance? . . . kinda instinctual, actually.  Experience has taught me that I MUST save often (just automatic with me), even tho WORDPRESS says it saves  all automatically, hasn’t been my experience.    

Can’t begin to tell you what happened.  Worked on this post to correct and make it aesthetically pleasing to me.  But each time I saved and then viewed it, my work had been trashed, mashed and all  run together. It made no sense.  Re-did endlessly.  Finally, undone and exhausted (and losing even more of my mind), I gave in, baled and deleted it. Wouldn’t go away, so deleted again.  Still wouldn’t go away.  Copied and pasted into a 2nd newer, better life (the way I had meant it to be, saved again.  It was worse still.   Not happy with the  humongous  run-on, jumbled paragraphs with no spacing at all.  

Sent SOS to WORDPRESS for help as I used to do 9 years ago as a  beginner (have a 4″  3-ring binder filled with my how-to’s).  No help or response came even tho acknowledgement  was given, saying some member would respond.  Nonplussed, gave up, let it stand. But  this is not to say that it hasn’t dinged me profoundly.  I value harmony, rhythm, beauty, balance to the extent that it is difficult to breath without these elements in order to remain who I am.  

With allowing this post to stand  (couldn’t get rid of it!), I realize that  it is probably more confusing to readers than informative or helpful.  Mostly, the essence of what I said is reflected therein somehow — just not in a manner it was meant to be. Sorry.   Jan

June 19, 2017

Dr Roach; Alzheimer’s/vit C, DNA test 4 diet?

BEST TO GET FROM FOOD, but we must

SUPPLEMENT, too

No question about it, Dr Roach and his predecessors have been truly great blessings  in spurring  responses from me as I try to reveal my curious tho emphatically workable,  (cheaper by comparison) and fairly easy to do ‘health-care’.  Eat organic as much as you can;  don’t do poisons whether from OTC,   prepared for you food in a box, bag or can or favorite fast food convenience. . .or worst of all – BIG PhARMA. .  .  all contain or are loaded with chemicals, toxins, synthetic hormones, etc., etc.,.   It’s just not that hard to do.    

I committed to do the best for my body as I was capable of when I quit medicine some years back.  The heart issues scared me a bit,  but the way I was going, probably wasn’t going to be around much longer anyway. I’d had arrhythmia most of adult life. . but the stress of A-Fib for so many years atop that really lowered my voltage. . a lot. Mother had been on 18 meds daily for her last decade or so.  I wasn’t willing, no matter what to repeat that cycle for my body.  So I read some books, started learning and experimenting.  Have been deeply rewarded.   Am I just ‘that smart’ ?   No.  Many would say, I was behaving stupidly – irresponsible. If not smarts. . .then what?  How and why?  I know how powerful the mind can be,  ( . . and as a man thinketh. . .)  you get this I know.  Most of the “Laws of the Universe”  we don’t know or fully understand,  but, as it happens — the universe doesn’t need our understanding or approval to do what it does. . .it just does it since that’s how it works.  If instead of locking in on some dire diagnosis, we turn our attention to the desired result and attempt to refocus on this,  we will find  solutions emerging,. . .new ideas, new sources, stuff not considered before.  One’s motivation keeps opening up and leading the way.  Call it what you want. . . (the F O R C E  is with you?),  or just sick in the head ?  Whatever, it beats what I had before I started.  

Not going to recount all again, been discussing and sharing for a number of years now. . .so its all in here – someplace. Sometimes I may have come across as unyielding and set, as if there is only one way to do stuff.  The truth is  — we must find our own way, what we can easily take to – adjust to. There are parameters that are in fact universal. . .like GIVE UP SUGAR in every form.  Simplify in the kitchen.  I’d eat roasted veggies and sauteed salmon eery day if I could,  Budget won’t allow. When I sit down to a sweet potato, baked just perfect, delicately salted, drizzled  with lots of coconut oil and 2 – 3 toes of crushed garlic. . . and a big salad with avocado, onions, lots more garlic, peppers,  walnut pieces and some raisons. . .I just might be the happiest camper  in the world.  I use tons of spices, more garlic than anyone I ever heard of, and I don’t feel at all deprived.   I love the kitchen, everything in it and the fun I have concocting new things.  Still indulge my gorgeous pure chocolate I’ve mentioned. .use the powder in shakes (no guilt) – its very high in Magnesium. (heart people can rarely get enough) Also, have found my passion for garlic has probably made me much more healthy than I have a right to be.  Never ever take calcium – don’t believe in doing so.  Feel that is another mistake medicine makes.  We get all we need from our plants as other animals do.  But I still indulge my passion for cheese and yogurt  (my blood stats are almost unbelievable!)  

So lets see what ‘s on peoples mind seeking Dr Roach’s help.

 

High-dose vitamin C supplements unlikely to prevent dementia

By KEITH  ROACH, M.D.
Q #1)   Dear Dr. Roach: Is there any evidence that high doses of vitamin C have decreased or prevented the risk of Alzheimer’s disease? I ask this question because none of the people I know who have developed Alzheimer’s have been taking high doses of vitamin C daily (4,000 to 6,000 milligrams). So, I wonder if this safe, inexpensive, natural remedy, found in health-food stores, could have stopped these tragedies by preventing atherosclerosis in the brain. — A.S.
Answer:  Many people have had the same idea, and it has been the subject of scientific study. A recent review of the many studies that have been done shows that a diet rich in vitamin C (and other nutrients) is of benefit in helping prevent dementia (including Alzheimer’s). However, taking supplements, even high-dose supplements, is unlikely to have any additional benefit over a healthy diet. Most of the studies showed no benefit of vitamin C compared with placebo. I don’t recommend vitamin supplementation for the purposes of preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
My response:  Essentially, nothing wrong w/Dr Roaches answer and honorably reflects the general attitude amongst Allopathic doctors.  When medical science evaluates natural, herbal anything (which isn’t a pharmaceutical product,  most generally they test using smallish dosages, thereby negating anything potentially positive for the outcome.  One generally assumes that products bought in a health-food store are thought of as “natural” which is not always to say “organic.” Organic must so state on the container.  Universally, “science” tells us that C (ascorbic acid) is C – period.  End of story.  Still, Ascorbic Acid is but one component of the vitamin known as C;  it is a complex as its found and grown in nature.  Vitamin C is never found in quantities of more than approximately 100 mg. . .doesn’t need more, as in its proper, organic form, more isn’t necessary.  Sadly, unlike most other animals, humans don’t make Vitamin C within our body and must supplement with it.  I’ve known this since  the 50’s . . so much to know and learn.  Easy to forget.
 
In 2015, started to make Liposomal Encapsulated vitamin C;   force-fed it to friends and family.  Powerful stuff. One little shot = to around 6 to 8 grams.  Tastes crappy but was so glad to  have found such a good thing.  Many famous people wrote about it.  Well documented, absolutely fantastic – could cure anything including cancer, etc. What’s not to like?   Until my hair started coming out with every brushful.  I’m not bald, but 1/2 my hair is gone.  Be aware, this hair thing is only my [un-proven] reality, not a fact.  May not do this to anyone else.  Hi C was the only thing I had done which was different.   My parents had full,  thick, normal beautiful hair Dad @91 and Mother @85    I AM WOMAN – still a trace of vanity! Quit the LIPO-C and tried it with organic C.  Tasted much better and I knew it was safer no matter what, but the cost factor was prohibitive.  Ascorbic Acid C about $20 for 8 to 10 months  span, and $30 for little 8 oz jar of Org Powder got used up in few weeks —  just couldn’t do it.  
I still do make the LIPO Glutathione tho,  and am grateful as I m sure it has helped  with my Alzheimer’s and maybe everything else.  One thing I had been using for some time which  helped improve my focus was the Coconut Oil as reported by  Dr Mary Newport as she struggled to restore her  husband whom she was loosing to Alzheimers; he was too far gone to get in on trials she tried to make available for him.  Made sense to me and I started immediately.  So I added these  FATS  to my protocol.
With regard to supplementation,  as one might expect,  I feel supplementation is totally necessary in today’s world.  With less than perfect food grown on depleted soil with many toxins added in, we need all the help we can get.  Some of the hands down necessities we might need would be:  Fish oil,  Vit D3,  K2 taken together with some fatty food like cheese or an egg, avocado, etc.  Vitamins A, E, C, the whole gamut of B-Complex, Good quality Trace Minerals  (I use Icelandic Sea-Kelp powder – goes in my shake)    I also take a lot of Magnesium (anyone with heart problems – any kind).  I use powder form – easy to put in shake [hard to swallow pills – always buy powder  if can find].  In my case, I take a great deal more since I concoct own meds with all my amino acids and other supplements for heart,  COPD, blood pressure,etc) and my alzheimer’s etc. Do not forget, almost anything one takes for heart disease is also equally vital for the brain.   Brain and heart are the the two really hungry organs – require much energy
Q #2) Dear Dr. Roach: I was considering getting a DNA test in order to get personalized diet recommendations. It’s very expensive. Do you think it’s worth it? — J.B.
Answer : In theory, it’s a great idea. Knowing about our precise genetic makeup might allow for personalized recommendations not only on diet, but also on exercise, medication and medical treatments. But in practice, the science is in its infancy. There are a few genes identified that predict better outcomes with one treatment or another and that can identify metabolism of medications, but for the specific indication of choosing the best diet, I don’t know of any good evidence that the diet recommended by the results of genetic testing has any better outcome than a diet that would be recommended for someone in general. 

Until there is solid evidence of benefit, I’d recommend saving your money.

My Response:  The holy grail of testing has always been the “Blood Test.”  This is a universal concept, not some hokey, new-age idea with no feet or legs.  Almost anything one needs to know can be found in the broad array of standard panels which alternative, holistic and/or naturopathic physicians use as routine within their practice.  There is no other service or product as valuable as the fully comprehensive, detailed blood workup.  It can be and is customized to the patients needs.  

With changes afoot in medicine and current insurance instability, it’s anybody’s guess what will continue to be provided.  However, I just recently saw my first doctor in 7 or 8 years, wanted a blood test (as I keep them and labor over them myself).  We all need to do that; and get a copy of them for your own records to establish the markers of your health.  The health and make-up of your blood; interactions with the organs; glandular secretions and interactions — all is spelled out on request. One must maintain this file trough out the life.  No better detail, information will ever be worth more.  We change, as all life forms do – over time. It is GOOD to know when stuff changes and why and what it means.  Your doctor can do all this for you – talk to him, then you know and it time to take personal action of learning what to eat.  

My doc, interestingly was a huge blessing.  Respected my weirdness and independence yet, he didn’t throw me out of his office when I chose NOT to see another cardiologist. . . what for I responded,  won’t take any PhRMA and never any surgery. And the blood test?? It covered all the bases, gave me what I wanted – whole 9 yards.

Q#3)  Dear Dr. Roach: I have a family member who is an alcoholic. One year ago, he stopped drinking copious amounts of beer on a daily basis. Since then, he drinks only non-alcoholic beer every day, but continues to consume large volumes of this. Even though it contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume, is this harming him in any way? Is he addicted to it due to the fact that there is still a very small amount of alcohol content? Is it OK for a recovering alcoholic to drink this? — C.R.

Answer : Non-alcoholic beer has very, very little alcohol, and at least one brand, Kirin Free, has no alcohol at all. It would be very difficult to become intoxicated with non-alcoholic beer. A typical non-alcoholic beer has about 1.5 grams of alcohol, meaning 10 of these beverages would have the alcohol in one standard drink. Intoxication is unlikely, due to the stomach and liver having the ability to metabolize the alcohol. However, these beverages do contain sugars and calories, so drinking 10 isn’t recommended for overall health.

That being said, your family member has made a large improvement in his health, and I think he would benefit from support, encouragement and congratulations.

My response:   What can I say?   Dr Roach is correct. The alcoholic relative is entitled to a little  encouragement.  Ya can’t change people, they gotta want to do what is best for themselves – because they want to, . . .or just be left alone til the spirit moves them.  We ARE all different.    Whadayathink?   Jan

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYourGoodHealth@med.cornell.edu or request an order form of available health newsletters at 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803.

June 15, 2017

We have anger in our land

SHOOTING  SENATORS

VERY SAD

That my last post came out on such a coincidental timing with “the” horrific ‘news day’ seemed strangely weird and upsetting.   I had been simply drawing a sketch, if you will of what I see, have been seeing. . .but with a very broad brush-strokes.  We have all witnessed this evolution in big and small ways either personally or with those we know or care about.  So each of us is aware in our own way.   Ya can’t just say . . “that’s life”  and flick it away.    The shooter at the practice ball-game of our senators must have had something or many things stuck in his craw. Maybe he couldn’t take it anymore.  Most mayhem comes about via ‘snapping’ or too-muchness.  Of what?  I dunno, we’re all so different.  For some, perhaps nothing ‘ever seems to have gone right’ for them.  Maybe our adrenals are exhausted and we snap at everything. Love gone wrong;  some kind of betrayal. .  .  could be anything.    

But, there are far too many Americans who are in the forgotten class,  they don’t get their stories repeated in the newspapers too much;  some of those are the ex-workers of closed factories of which we once had many — making all kinds of stuff.   There’s the closed mines ending generations of work, which funded the economy of their home communities and way of life.   Promised that solutions would  follow, but never did.   What to do?  .  .  wander?. . . explode? . .die?

There possibly could have been solutions. . maybe still could. Was talk of retraining, but that didn’t happen – nor couldn’t,  maybe. .   . these are a few examples of the forgotten people (who are Americans) and should be included in the overall scheme of things because they are part of us, who we are.  Is there any doubt about why they may feel left out?  If one can’t earn a living,  how can he,  she or they live?  But what happens to equal under the law?   Where’s the ethic of it all?  What does this mean?

A huge swathe of people are about to  loose their health care.  Insurance companies are pulling out of the market as they can no longer maintain an adequate  profit margin.   Clinics have closed,   doctors aren’t taking new patients.  Go figure!  So what’s the future of ‘medicine’?  (An aside:   . did anyone stop to consider how well SOCIAL SECURITY has worked – all these years?  That’s what Bernie said was necessary — give it to everybody – he had a plan,. . .but was so totally shot down; even Hillary couldn’t embrace it. . but came nearer), anyway, that’s history now.  

What are we gonna do?  Try as I might, we’re not going to get people to turn into Jan Turner and start DIY self-care from the ground up.  It’s not hard, but it’s based on wholesome food — NOT GMO’s;   GRASS-FED cattle —  not hormone-laden corn-fed imitation food no cattle would ever choose on it’s own.  And pasture-raised chickens, not caged, corn fed drivel.  Organic food (what all food was 4 or 5 decades ago) is now too expensive for the large masses of our people – – mostly this is for high-income people, sadly.  Because factory farms are being subsidized by government to grow GMO’s.   However the reasons which started this was to cut costs  and raise yields, using weed-killers, insecticides etc and also  synthetic fertilizers.  This causes depleted soil (unable to provide nutritious food-crops) which has been proven to be more costly – NOT LESS and the yield has been LESS – not more!  Farmers are cheated (but get paid – no matter what);  Monsanto, etal, make out like bandits of course  – but who suffers? WE DO.  We are filling bellies, but being robbed of nutrition which makes us sick – and causing us to HAVE to see doctors and they give us PhRMA which is also toxic and with risk factors. . .and can’t heal our problems  If it comes down to “no doctors available to us” – many will wind up in ER’s (hospital), stuck with massive bills whether you can pay up or not.   This’ll  get people’s attention.  Yet still, people won’t believe how easy it is to have routine good health, plenty of energy and live mostly pain-free – like me.

Most of our problems stem from life-style activities – (not moving the body) and of course – poor FOOD CHOICES which provoke inflammation to come about – primary cause which triggers most of our chronic diseases cardio, pulmonary, dementia, arthritis,, etc.,    Main culprit – SUGAR  The body can use FATS or CARBS  as it primary energy source, and/ or both.  Carbs however convert to sugar in the body.  We need the carb family because that’s where all the minerals and vitamins are, but if we also add SUGAR in any of it’s various forms. . .we’re courting disaster leading to a diseased, shorter life-span.  

Medical science sometimes gets it wrong.  Earlier last century it was incorrectly understood and propagated that FAT was a killer – eat lean!  This brought about massive cardiac deaths and severely disturbed glandular problems. Now we know that FAT is the preferred energy source; is more satisfying and lasts longer and (is delicious), etc.  The heart and brain demand huge amounts of fat (the right fats — grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chickens and their eggs – as many as you want; coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.  Commercially raised cattle and caged chickens are fed grains and this changes their fat content, giving us too much Omega 6 which we don’t want.  (Dr Aukerman taught me that, didn’t make sense then, but I get it now).  My point is – – hopefully, the age of LOW-FAT is dead and buried.  It takes fat to burn fat.

Why do I belabor all this?  Because its one more way we as Americans have been cheated.  Why does our government subsidize this inferior form of food crop?  The old revolving door thing – payoffs – corruption.   Those sent to Washington to serve our needs, protect us with laws that ensure we aren’t injured, too often learn how easy it is to earn a whole lot more money by enabling those with the big bucks to get the ruling they want (no matter who gets hurt).  All while the struggling ORGANIC FARMER toils away earning far less, doing things the right way (but harder)  – with no subsidies whatever.   They can’t afford to grease  palms in Washington, but they do work they believe in. So many, many people have signed petitions  proving – we don’t want GMO’s.  It gets us nowhere,  We are the masses – – the PEOPLE!  And we are  ignored.  It means a great deal to me.   Don’t think I’d ever Kill over it,  but it really gets to me if you know what I mean.  So, there’s a whole bunch of people like me with some gripes. And who the hell in Washington gives a damn?  Ya never know – don’t catch me on a bad day.

But there are hundreds if not thousands of ways that our elected Congressmen, Senators and yea – even Presidents have let us down.  Almost everyone leaves Washington a whole bunch richer than when they got there.  I believe ETHICS needs  to be restored in government.  We must ask a whole lot more questions from any who aspire to “serve our needs” to make sure they are willing and able to do that over their own financial gain.  We must take part of the blame.  We must be sure that integrity and the respect for LAW are truly evident.    

We shouldn’t be turning a deaf ear when stuff like Flint Michigan arises and is allowed to go on for years without addressing it.  Where’s the outrage?  This is America – not Cambodia.  When communities knowingly allow affluent areas to boast elegant, well-stocked schools. . .yet across town, kids might be lucky to just not be beaten up  let alone have what they need in either protection, supervision, textbooks or interested teachers  willing to discern problems where they exist.  Is this a way to bring up our kids? . . to live in trepidation and fear?  Where is the morality , . . .justice?  Who cares enough to do anything about it?  

One final speculation must be dealt with.  We all understand that government is a costly thing.  Where would we be without a form of governance that we have fashioned ourselves from our very beginnings, for choice, freedoms, rights and laws which will (can) keep the balance. . .respecting all?  We need it — its a given.  Governance is paid for thru our taxes.  We don’t (can’t)  all pay the same.  Wealthy pay more since they have so much more.  Reasonable, of course.  Yet over recent decades, wealthiest corporations have wound up paying less and less and even nothing.  The carping and bitching goes on – they are paying too much!    They  NEED and are demanding tax overhaul.  Our Republican dominated president, congress and senate are in agreement they’re almost set to go on it.  Corporate structure needs a break.  

Another Aside:  Of all the modern nations of our world,  America is at the bottom of the list now we once led for leadership, building wonderful structures, buildings and roads which were the best;   our trains, our cars;  we led the world.  Now it is disgraceful.  They are saying Government is doing too much, needs to be smaller; get rid of all those departments;  even our leader who doesn’t accept the concept of scientifically proven “climate control.”   The chorus is “Shrink, cut taxes, eliminate.”  They’re cutting everything. There seems no interest or an ounce of compassion for those who suffer, have no hope;  for our crumbling infrastructure; for unrest in the cities, for gun-control even as the mayhem escalates (leading the world in homicides by gun).   We need far greater investment in infrastructure, education and of course health-care availability which is affordable.   ACA was not affordable, but Social Security could be managed to do the job.     So if this Tax reform occurs and Corporations get even more tax reduction, who is left to pay for any government at all?  The middle class is in name only – all are suffering financially.  This is a giant Fiasco.  So tell me,   What’s there NOT to like about our current America?    Let me count the ways. .  .  .    Seems our government doesn’t even like us, let alone care about any of us.   I get why someone, anywhere sometimes flips out.             Jan

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