SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

August 26, 2015

ANTACIDS may be killing you

ANTACID (meds OTC or RX) will destroy your stomach and health

One of the worst things one can do to undermine body-function, breaking down health,  experiencing  endless costs and painful but useless treatments, witness function and joy depart almost  to the point of total disability — is to take antacids.    This is known by many, mostly from prior generations of physicians who were far more acquainted with realities of body function and needs than  currently  educated doctors practicing in today’s sophisticated ‘business of medicine’ with specialities and pharmaceuticals seen as the panacea.  Mostly, earlier medical texts and a whole lot of commonsense combined seemed to have more satisfactory answers with better results.      

I’m not going to attempt to explain what needs to be said when it’s been done . .  by others – better and with more authority,  e.g. Dr Jonathan Wright, and a lady from down under by the name of Elaine Hollingsworth.  Their message was Stomach acid is Good for you   Both have written books on this very subject.  I couldn’t access an article which had been presented in an American magazine on stomach acid, written by Elaine;  my beloved son Jeff,  got the job done for me, and the following link will take you to the full article (rather large – but is a big subject).  This is not new, hot off the presses stuff, but it could change the lives of countess suffering people, and I felt at the time that I presented it on September 20, 2013 in a post called “STOMACH ACID, Good for you” that my presentation must have been poor or at least, not well done.   Don’t need to tell you, I am not selling anything here – only a path to grant yourself better health and pain reduction (which I’m always for)

Some of which I would really like people to fully understand is that our bodies were exquisitely designed – nothing superfluous, ineffective, unnecessary or extraneous inside of us; all designed to work in harmony and with great simplicity.  The human organism is super adaptable, highly intelligent. . .can suffer indignities, shortages and blights and still pick  it’s self up and aright it all.    Good thing, to, because a lot of us have slow-learning-curves and take longer to figure stuff out.  

Healing mechanisms and curing ills have ALWAYS been part of our history since our tribes dwelt in caves.  Perhaps there was a special knowing amongst some. . .a subtle sightedness or vision; whatever and/or however, those ‘special ones’ knew what to do, which herbs and plants to use and their ‘lore’ developed and endured through all our time.  Over the ages homo sapiens scattered, coalesced, became more educated and civilization progressed into the miasma of nations we have today.  Much too much sophistication, departmentalization and absurd proclamations over the earth’s bounty with assertions of rights and ownership over our mutually shared and rightful co-inheritance of same.  

Old truths were forgotten,   lore was trashed as passé,  ignorance or sham.  Ditto for any who choose NATURAL methodology, such as ‘Food as Medicine,’ herbs over pharmaceuticals.   All kinds of ‘Alternative therapies’ disfavored for the  approved, accepted  standard stuff per AMA  and BIG PhRMA.  Proof?  Insurance  won’t pay for almost anything alternative;  so this leaves the masses (in the many, many millions) with no where to go and literally – NO CHOICE. , ,other than to submit to the “eternal-patient” syndrome, being stuffed full of expensive, toxic pharma, always bestowing so many SIDE-EFFECTS along with them that we don’t know whether to laugh or cry.. . but what choice is there?  We are assured – all is safe!  Have you turned on the TV lately?  One big commercial AD from BIG PhRMA after another all day long, day after day.  Brainwashing begins in infancy.  These same ads take as much time detailing the serious side effects as the so-called relief to be expected.

http://www.fit2play.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Stom-acid-.pdf       <           <            <            <        Click this link

So please, if you are one of those who has problems with your tummy, digestion, GERG,   or more advanced ulcers or worse. . . read this article and HELP YOURSELF. No matter what the area of distress, once the first stage of processing your food has begun “in the mouth”. . .digestion is necessary to maintain health and vitality. Learn a few things which can put it all right again.  And you won’t have to leave home to do it.. . .or pay anybody anything.  Choice restored!         Jan

August 25, 2015

EEM – Autoimmune Hepatitis

Donna Eden’s  Energy e-letter

This August 2015 e-letter from Donna is impressive in it’s simplicity and ease of doing.  This lady’s health was restored as her letter attests.  Any of us can do these things which are clearly shown in her books and on  the EEM site, innersource.net tho I might point out that one will be most effective if doing these processes with a family member or nearby friend with whom one can work and practice the “testing” methods of the energy  meridians (hard to test one’s self.)

Donna writes:

Autoimmune hepatitis is inflammation in the liver that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks that organ. Its cause is unknown, and it can lead to liver failure. More than 3,000 people are diagnosed with it in the U.S. each year. Available treatments include liver transplant or daily doses of prednisone, often for the remainder of one’s life. Side effects associated with prednisone include diabetes, thinning bones, broken bones, high blood pressure, cataracts, glaucoma, and weight gain.

by Maggie Geehan

At 71 years young, I have a very complicated medical history and am extremely happy to have found Eden Energy Medicine (EEM). I started working with EEM Clinical Practitioner Lyn Milum in Altamonte Springs, Florida, on January 21, 2015. Little did I know that just six days later, I would end up in an ambulance and in the ER because of battling the flu for the last month. The ER doctor told me that I needed to see a gastroenterologist immediately, as my liver bloodwork was testing extremely high.

I spoke with the doctor and he wanted me to go on steroids, as I have autoimmune hepatitis. Extremely high blood levels like mine could cause scarring/sclerosis of the liver. I told him that I needed time to let my body handle this naturally. I have been a patient of his for more than 12 years, and he agreed to my request but asked that I not wait too long.

I called Lyn on February 5 and asked if EEM could help with my situation. She had me do Figure 8s over the liver and then hold my liver with loving intention. I am blessed to be able to see my energies, so when I did the Figure 8s over my liver, I saw beautiful, pastel, rainbow-colored energies swirling and flowing through and around my liver. When I held my liver with spiritual guidance and loving intention, the energies presented as orange and lemon creamsicles –– orange and white energies and yellow and white energies flowing through my liver.

What a sweet symbol to cool down this inflammatory autoimmune disease! My doctor followed up with bloodwork the next day, and my levels were still elevated. I asked him to grant me more time.

Lyn met with me on February 20 and, through energy testing, discovered that energy was getting “stuck” in the aura just outside of my liver. We started doing Figure 8s in the aura around the liver and I began to see bright green energies flowing through my liver aura as it began to heal. I added this technique, along with the previous two, to my Five Minute Daily Energy Routine.

Within that week, my doctor ordered more blood tests. My levels were still elevated, and he began to panic. I begged him to please give me a little more time. He said, “I’ll give you four more weeks, and that’s it!”

I saw Lyn on March 18 for continued EEM care, and she began to sedate, strengthen, and balance my liver meridian energies. She taught me how to do this technique, and I added it to my daily routine. When I sedated these energies, I saw a warm glow of light red energies flowing in to gently melt away the excess, stale energies.

Next, as I activated the strengthening points, I began to see gentle, blue/green energies flowing through and invigorating my liver meridian energies (as of the publication of this piece in August 2015, I see a bluish/grayish energy that is like a shield that protects the stabilizing of the liver meridian!) When moving to the third set of points for stabilization, I saw the meridians being gently buffered for balancing.

Three and one-half weeks later, on April 13, my doctor took me through the bloodwork. It was a miracle! My results ALL came back as normal. My doctor was so glad to see that Eden Energy Medicine worked for me and said, “Let’s go back to monitoring your autoimmune hepatitis every three months again!” It is now several months later, and my liver is doing great! I continue to do the EEM exercises daily to support my liver.

I am new to EEM and am grateful for Spirit, Lyn, and EEM for being there to show me new ways to naturally care for my loving and beautiful body. I have so many reasons to celebrate my life! A special thanks to Donna for sharing her gifts with us.

If you would like to reach out to Lyn or Maggie, both are happy to receive correspondence:

Lyn Milum, EEM Clinical Practitioner
http://www.energymedicineforlife.com
selfcarecoach@yahoo.com
407-310-2732

Maggie Geehan
wagam1@bellsouth.net

August 24, 2015

GOP says US Gov’t run by ‘idiots’

They aught to know;  run all but Oval Office

Waking to the news today!. . .has the world gone mad?

Couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  Market down over 1,000 points,   China rigging it’s currency ‘again’. . . world is trembling;   Wall street workers dumfounded, in tears and/or disbelief.   Market zigged and zagged so much over next hours that it travelled up and down over 3000 points.     Very confusing.  But this too, shall pass. . perhaps in the blinking of an eye, or maybe a bit longer. . . market  closing down at 488,      see what I mean?  This IS more than a bump in the road; it is a correction with an attitude.  Some say it was due or expected.  This would in fact seem to be coming from China as it  HAS been manipulating its markets because it has been trying to survive.   Their plan hasn’t worked and some fear an implosion.  It isn’t news that China has problems and needs to STABILIZE.  We should be hoping they find a decent manner to do just that as our economy as well as theirs depends on it all working out, if the world is to have Global Stability.  America demonstrates a great deal more civility, fairness and daylight (transparency) than China has shown in their move into the 21 century — we have a number of things to be unhappy about in our mutual inter-reationship.  But survive we must, so a peaceful path is best and easier to live with.  We MUST work for the “Greater Good” and strive toward unity. . .for we are partners.  To add fuel to the fire when they are in trouble is not the way of peace.

So our  markets took a hit today just under 4% (down from 8%).  We, however, remain the most STABLE economy in the world.   How does that happen while all the other economies ARE from struggling a bit to far worse off?  China must don a huge new thinking cap to start to set things right and let’s hope they do.. . . . the world needs that!  Could be U.S.A. has some pretty decent leadership after all,  for sure SOME ONE has their eye on the ball.

In the meantime TRUMP is erupting away with his infinite wisdom bleating and braying all over the place,  saying as if in point of proof, that  “this is what I’ve told you. . . China is bringing us down, taking our jobs, our money,  and on and on” . . . “all because we don’t have anyone in Washington who knows what they’re doing!   Our Government is run by idiots!”  He is being a rabble-rouser, bringing everyone down, stirring things up and ruffling feathers that instead – need soothing,  guess this is his MO.  His behavior isn’t remotely helpful or positive, just action that is antagonistic, negative  and causes friction and trouble – something he seems to thrive on.   But not an asset for intelligently dealing with your people and especially world dignitaries.   This  isn’t a hallmark of an effective ‘politician’ which one MUST be able and willing to handle.

This, in modern lingo is what one calls  “pushing the panic button.”   So what’s wrong with that?   Its a reflection of how he thinks. . .reacts under pressure — not a good thing!  This man is so consumed with his own persona, . . . image, sound –  one who is so immersed in self that he can’t truly identify his impact on others around him (assuming, generously, that he even wishes to).  Most of us have learned from experience that it is folly to expect normal/usual interaction with someone with so large an egotistic, bombastic construct, . . . and therefore,  pay little attention to it.   Guess that is one reason  most felt him to only be that which he has always been. . .  variously, . . a flash in the pan. . . . .he’ll be bored – then be gone. . . . he’ll never make it to the debates –  just wait til he tries to outline his so-called plans and explain them  (like any other candidate must do).   Oh, right, he refuses to play by the rules;  his way or the highway — most of us heard that!  He is above everything.

This man is such an obnoxious bore and not even a quasi-intellectual  but then again, he refuses to be JUDGED by usual means/standards  – he is so SPECIAL and so, so humongously, absurdly RICH. . . well don’t you know, he is entitled to just be himself without apology.  He insults one and all – no exceptions.   Let the chips fall where they may.   His bombastic, unethical, infantile (or childish) roaring at anyone he choses,  seems to be working  as he derides, insults his opponents and everyone else who classifies as a politician.  Most of all, he has hurt the Grande Ole Party which I must admit deserved some admonishment.  Guess I’ve never seen a party gain so much and then set about to abuse that power and hurt the American people by ignoring a foundational GREATER GOOD formula which always served our country’s people best.  Judging by the large lead he is maintaining over his co-aspirants to be the new leader of the GOP, one reality becomes apparent.   A great many people never learned that the best technique to use against a BULLY is to “Stand-Up-To-Them.”   I thought all kids learned that in school.  

Furthermore, it is painful to keep hearing the drumbeat of dirty politics, corruption, people coming to Washington to get rich – selling out to the corporate structure rather than the job they were elected to do — serve their people’s needs.  We all see it happen, but I don’t see anyone who says they will take this on, other than the progressives on the Democratic side,  so you know where my hope lies.  So, yes, all American voters have been lied to, cheated, had their RIGHTS and FREE CHOiCE eroded, inch by inch, bringing us fake food, toxic medicines, little choice in the kind of “doctoring” which they prefer and need; and being force fed polluted waters, crops grown on depleted (sterilized) soils, then fertilized with toxic (oh so limited)  fertilizers;  and animal husbandry wherein animals are force-fed wrong diets they would never choose on their own, kept in tormenting confines and then brutally slain.  Animals are sick,  our food-stuff is devitalized and mostly GMO’s no-one wants. Our voices are not in the equation since the law-making system is in the more profitable work of serving the corporate need –  who can compete?  MUCH MORE STUFF NEEDS TO CHANGE.

And from all these government sanctioned essentials of our lives being all but mandated –we have no choice other than to develop into the partially-functioning, diseased beings who are trying to figure stuff out for ourselves, because our protective agencies don’t even try to protect us from  toxic overload which tears our body and it’s resources down – wrecking it’s innate immunity.  We have been sold down the river by FDA, BIG-AG, and now the sites are torpedoing in on our last best hope – EPA.  We demand cessation of fluoridated water. . . . .sign petitions up the gazoo and still get nowhere.  We are forced to take up thousands of individual “State” lawsuits to get anywhere. . .it ain’t right!  We demand FOOD LABELS, but the huge conglomerates drag out even more billions to win their suits as we persist!  Still the European nations are so far ahead of us. Don’t think they are any smarter than us, but their voices DO get heard.  So we continue to be poisoned by every known toxin and no one is watching out for us.  e.g. . . .Amalgam fillings in dentistry.  Known for over 150 years that Mercury is so toxic (tho natural and every where on earth),  but needs to be handled with great care – never breathed.  Yet it is 50% by volume in the dental product known as amalgam, but is called “Silver.”  It is in the mouths of a majority of Americans.  We’re told it’s safe and of course, far cheaper – all fully outlined and shown in the docu-film Mercury Undercover.  FDA should have prevented this from happening, but didn’t!  Still going on.  It maims and kills!

Science is being trashed; we have GLOBAL WARMING.  It has become CORPORATE GREED  vs EARTH/HUMAN  Survival.   It turns out that our first black president who has been so ill-treated and hated will wind up with more pluses in his historic accomplishment column,  than any other person.  He is exceptional – had to be, few others could have survived the abuse he bore. . .with dignity, grace and able to maintain his wit and humor.   Good job, Mr. President.  But no one person can do all that needs doing, nor was it designed that way.  Indeed, much has to change in Washington or not only is Earth doomed — but we are too.  Then where will all the amassed wealth derived from all that greed be – – right in there with all the rest of our decaying planet with nothing left but a memory of the lushness it once was.  

So yes,  All Americans have a right to be hugely pissed about much.  We have been ill-treated by far too many, denied equal rights, fairness and the freedom to choose for ourselves – rights we never ceded to anyone — nor should we!   But grotesquely negative behavior without restraint or any trace of decency or common courtesy should never be condoned let alone tolerated or encouraged.  Big Nay to TRUMP!  Sit down an just cool it!  And other Republicans – wake up, Stand up to the Bully and take hold of your own destiny –  that weirdo can’t touch you, he’s just fiddling’ w/ya and not as powerful as he thinks.  Be straight!   Tell em what you believe. . . something might stick – won’t know until you try.

Investors,  use your noggin, don’t set your heart on selling low to prevent loss – – it’s too late, you’re already in.  We’re having a correction, if you hang tuff for a while, chances are if your investment was cool to start. . . you’ll be fine.    (Been there, done that, but alas – no guarantees)  Jan

August 23, 2015

Duped by ‘Dental Care,’. . yeah

WORSE THAN THE PLAGUE

I MUST BE KIDDING – – RIGHT?   Actually, I’m not;  and for the simple reason that it defies logic for any of us to believe that either our doctors OR our political ‘leaders’ could ever allow such as this which is fully documented in this docu-film.  These practices have been going on for well over a century and a half causing pain, all kinds of illness and disease, leading to hopeless lives and death.   The FDA has refused to intervene even tho this is their absolute area of responsibility and sworn duty to “protect.”     While as the documentary reveals. . .the info isn’t new (most of the insiders know and others suspect), it has nevertheless has been kept highly “Secret” in concerted effort to keep truth from all of us at all costs.  This is an extraordinarily profitable business.  This remains at the heart of all things . . .s0-called medical.  That much we already know.  Profit is the core of the business of medicine.  .  .  which was once (back in the day),   a calling, and much loved and respected.    

This film was created in 2011, but I am only now hearing of it.. . tho I’ve known for decades about the destruction of Mercury and how it can degrade our health,  but it was not to this extent.    This is why I have posted so often every time I learned of another holistic or alternative dentist.  These were the people who are not devoted to the ‘drill and fill’ routine. . .but rather, the ‘proper care’ and maintenance of our teeth so that they CAN last a lifetime.  

Need I remind those who don’t know me (once again). . .that I still haven’t seen a dentist for rather a few years now, having been told by the last one (a recommendation from someone I love and trust), that it would take about $28,000 to restore my mouth.  So stunned and wounded by him at this news, I resolved to just take care of my mouth on my own.  His dental hygienist who had just finished the preliminary work before he came in had already complimented me on the pretty good condition she thought my mouth to be in.  I told her what I did for pain when I had it and she was interested to learn more so I gave her my card ad told her about my blog in which I have always shared practically anything I knew.   Told her about the neem oil which I use daily to insure the tight gums and healthful oral ambiance.  Make all my own dental products from my kitchen;  use soft bristle brushes made by Dr Collins, and of course the ViaJet with warm/hot salt water – – hard-streaming for several minutes.  I’ll be 86 in about a week and gotta say, my teeth are as happy now as they have ever been.  

It is a shame that we can’t learn all these practical things from our dentists, still, many such as myself go out of our way to learn all we can. . .e.g. reading labels of products (organic and pricey) of individuals such as Nadine Artemis who supplies her “living libations” products through David Wolfe’s Longevity Warehouse and is often a guest speaker there.  I notated almost everything from her I could get.  She’s the real McCoy and to be admired, and I HAVE gained much from her

We owe it to ourselves and everyone we know and love to hear the facts for themselves.  ThIs still remains the best way to protect ourselves and families- – – to be informed.      But why stop there?   Shouldn’t we spread the word around til it is common knowledge, then coalesce into a thunderous voice and demand justice, transparency and truthfulness?  What is being done in our country (with all our rights and protections in place) is just flat-out, CRIMINAL. .WE

We have the right and responsibility to speak up not only for ourselves, but all those who aren’t able to speak for themselves such as children who deserve the best and the poor and the indigent.  If not you and me  — then who?    Jan

(Note:  After all of this preamble – I can’t get the film over here from the Mercola site.  I loved it, it’s a remarkable piece of work.  Dr Mercola said this is a  FREE limited engagement of  FEW DAYS only, but no matter what I did – couldn’t access!.  What is below is only a small trailer of the movie hat I found on Youtube.  You might go to Dr Mercola’s site directly if you choose and access it directly but must hurry if want   it FREE.   I apologize.  JT)

 

 Mercury Awareness Week

(mercury toxicity amalgam fillings)

Mercury Undercover – YouTube
Video for MERCURY UNDERCOVER Film on Youtube▶ 1:10:24
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAez0DId1NE
Jul 2, 2012 – Uploaded by Nelson Madison Films/Indie Rights
“Mercury Undercover” unveils the dirty truth about the dangers of … This compelling docu-film brings light …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2015

SLEEP DEFICIT – MAJOR PROBLEM

In this post, want to address SLEEP, something we all know how to do and take for granted.  So it isn’t unusual that we never give this a thought. . .unless we are having some kind of problem.  Sometimes it is depression, irritability, fogy brain, sadness,  finally becoming so stressed that even insomnia forbids the comfort of normal sleep.  Still, most would be unaware and not connect the dots.  As “experienced” [shall we say] as I am,  must confess this is kind of new to me and consequently, I have broken all the rules  here as I pleased over a lifetime.   Have screwed up my circadian clock and have been having a time trying to re-establish a normal rhythm not too successfully.   My son keeps scolding me about this, maybe I just really never ‘got it’ fully. My brain always needs to understand to accept and agree with new or weird concepts..  I get it now.  

First, over the past few days, I watched a National Geographic TV-movie on SLEEP which seems to be sorta ‘hot-off-the-presses’ which Dr Mercola sent over and is presented first.  Rather long, but the subject is vital and profound.  What struck me is how little was actually KNOWN about the damage we can do to ourselves – unknowingly.  And how we are allowing our children in school to become hurt or impaired by lack of sleep.  Then, when today’s newspaper had a similar article discussing the hours our school kids (especially high school kids), are being required to adhere to or be left behind, I decided to show you this too (after the movie). .  .  .  a simple thing like sleep!  I have now learned how to correct my circadian clock issue with the help I received here and I might add that advice is also given about correcting insomnia  (meds are a poor solution and only temporary at best), so this is a wonderful plus.    Hope this will help to enrich your life,  Jan

 

14-Year Study Reveals Top Heart Attack Predictor

And if you fall into this category, it could double your risk of a heart attack. What’s more, it’s also linked to pain, cancer, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s. Please don’t skimp on this…

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CDC: Many schools start too early

By Emma Brown                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 THE WASHINGTON POST  

Five out of every 6 middle schools and high schools nationwide start classes earlier than 8:30 a.m., making it difficult for teens to get the sleep they need to be healthy, according to a report published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools start later than 8:30 a.m. to help teens avoid becoming chronically sleep-deprived and exhausted. Adolescents need between 8.5 hours and 9.5 hours of sleep each night, but their natural sleep rhythms make it hard for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m., according to the academy.Research has shown that teens who get too little sleep are more likely to be overweight or depressed, and they are more likely to perform poorly in school and to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.The CDC, in its new report, calls insufficient sleep among the nation’s teenagers a “substantial public health concern,” and says that while parents can help by teaching their children good sleep habits (no cellphones in the bedroom, for example), it is important for schools to do their part by ensuring that class doesn’t start too early.“Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” said Anne Wheaton, a CDC epidemiologist and the report’s lead author. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.”

Researchers reviewed start times for the 2011-12 school year at a sample of nearly 40,000 middle schools and high schools. Their findings illuminate how many young people begin their days very early. The average start time nationwide was 8:03 a.m., but there were wide variations across the country:

The state with the latest average start time was Alaska, at 8:33 a.m. The earliest was Louisiana at 7:40 a.m. (Louisiana also had the highest proportion of schools starting before 7:30 a.m., at 30 percent.)

No schools in Hawaii, Mississippi, and Wyoming started at 8:30 a.m. or later, while more than three-quarters of schools in Alaska and North Dakota started at 8:30 a.m. or later.

  • In 42 states, more than three-quarters of schools started before 8:30 a.m.  The average start time in Ohio was 7:52 a.m.

Two-thirds of teens say they get less than eight hours of sleep per night, according to the CDC’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance.

Research on the importance of sleep has pushed parents in many communities to press for later school start times. But they often face resistance, not only because changing start times (and therefore school bus schedules) can create logistical difficulties and expense, but also because of concerns that starting later means less time in the afternoon for teens to work a part-time job or participate in extracurricular activities.

August 4, 2015

Vaccine Reaction

From NVIC, Barbara Lowe Fisher’s  almost essential organization,  here is a recent update.  We already know the lack of ‘justice’  ‘respect’ and ‘decency’  inherent in the current BIG PhRMA paradigm;  but it is vicious the way they are manipulating TRUTH by scaring people with promulgating lies everywhere.  To say it is criminal is a an understatement.  Be not deceived — they couldn’t do these things without GOVERNMENT leadership and acceptance!   So much needs to be changed.  At least – be informed.   Jan

The Vaccine Reaction An enlightened conversation about vaccination, health and autonomy

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”                                                                                                                                                   — Albert Einstein

Pertussis in Reno County: Another Outbreak Among the Vaccinated?

Propaganda campaign to blame unvaccinated children for spread of pertussis

Reno County in south-central Kansas is reporting more than 70 suspected cases of pertussis (whooping cough) this year, as of July 18. Forty-one of the cases are “confirmed or probable,” according to the Reno County Health Department.1 That number is up from 18 reported as of June 29. The county accounts for 20% of the total pertussis cases in Kansas.2

A local newspaper, The Hutchinson News quoted Reno County Health Department Director Nick Baldetti as saying, “There’s serious concern for a potential exponential spread through our schools.”2 Baldetti’s department is apparently working with school districts in the area to set up clinics to vaccinate children prior to and during enrollment for the school year in August. “This is truly a widespread outbreak. And it is truly on us, as a community, to ensure we are protecting those in our community that cannot protect themselves,”2 said Baldetti.

According to an Eyewitness News 12 report, Ray Hemman, the public information officer for the city of Hutchinson school district, all of the reported cases of pertussis in that district are of children who had been vaccinated against the disease.3 The childhood pertussis vaccine is called DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis).

Hutchinson is the largest city within Reno County and is the county’s seat of government. Other districts within Reno include Buhler, Burrton, Fairfield, Haven and Nickerson and Pretty Prairie.

  • The Hutchinson News reports that, although “scientists say people are protected from the disease if vaccinated” (an inaccurate statement, given the children infected children in Hutchinson school district), people vaccinated against pertussis can spread the disease to others.4

And this is precisely the point to bear in mind as you read about pertussis outbreaks. The outbreaks are not necessarily occurring because of the lack of so-called “herd immunity”—not enough people being vaccinated. They may well be occurring because of the vaccinated population itself.

Remember last year’s pertussis epidemic in California? There were some 10,000 reported cases of pertussis—the worst outbreak of the disease in the state since the 1940’s.5

Throughout the year, there were numerous articles in newspapers and other media sources blaming the unvaccinated community for the outbreak. The headlines provide a sense of the obvious bias. Headlines such as “Anti-Vaccination Beliefs are Contagious Like a Disease” in The Washington Post,6 or California’s Deadly Whooping Cough Epidemic Blamed on Anti-Vaccine Campaign” on RT.7

The bias is troubling on many levels. The articles implied or outright said that the reason there were so many cases of pertussis in California was that vaccination rates for children in the state were low relative to other states in the country, and that they had continually been dropping.

An article in Salon titled “California’s Whooping Cough Outbreak is Officially an Epidemic,” published on June 16, 2014,8 quoted the following from an NPR article, “Vaccine Refusals Fueled California’s Whooping Cough Epidemic”:

They compared the location and number of whooping cough, or pertussis, cases in that outbreak with the personal belief exemptions filed by parents who chose not to vaccinate for reasons other than a child’s health. (Some children with compromised immune systems aren’t able to be vaccinated. … They found that people who lived in areas with high rates of personal belief exemptions were 2 1/2 times more likely to live in a place with lots of pertussis cases. “The exemptions clustered spatially and were associated with clusters of cases,” Jessica Atwell, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and lead author on the study, told Shots. It was published online in the journal Pediatrics.9

The problem is that in all these articles there is a tendency to confuse correlation with causality. The two are not the same. In other words, the fact that there is a pertussis outbreak in an area of low vaccination rates does not mean that the low vaccination rates were behind the outbreak. There may be a correlation between the two, but that does not prove that the former caused the latter.

Let’s start with an interesting view from Dr. Anne Schuchat, who is the director of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. In an article titled “CDC: Whooping Cough Heading to a 50-Year High,” published by WebMD Health News on July 19, 2012, Dr. Schuchat is reported to have said that “better diagnosis and reporting of whooping cough may be contributing to the increased numbers, along with the fact that the disease tends to peak and wane in cycles. It does not appear that anti-vaccination sentiment among parents has contributed to either the national rise in cases or the Washington State epidemic.”10

Wonder why.

  • Simple. It turns out that in many cases, people (both children and adults) who get pertussis are up to date with their vaccinations. Note the following excerpt from “Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough” published by KPBS of San Diego State University on June 12, 2014: “Most of the people who got whooping cough in San Diego County so far this year were up to date with their immunizations, according to county data. Of the 621 people who contracted the illness, 85% had all their preventative shots—calling into question the efficacy of the vaccine.11

In a study reported by Reuters on April 2012 and published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, Dr. David Witt and other researchers looked at 132 patients at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, CA who tested positive for whooping cough during March-October 2010. Get this… 81% of the patients were fully up to date on the pertussis vaccine, 11% had received at least one round of the vaccine, and only 8% had never been vaccinated.12

  • More? In 2012, there was a major outbreak of pertussis in Vermont. As of August 10 of that year, public health officials  had determined that 90% of 178 infected children in the state between the ages of six months and 18 years old had received at least one dose of the pertussis vaccine, and that about 80% of them had gotten 5-6 doses.13

It only takes a quick scan of the literature online to notice that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of articles regarding outbreaks of pertussis, measles, and other contagious diseases around the United States in which the vast majority of the people infected had been fully vaccinated.

So when it comes to blaming those who choose not to vaccinate (for whatever reason they wish), it doesn’t make any sense. The facts just don’t bear it out.   NVIC

July 23, 2015

How d’ya pick a favorite color?

Broad interests make it hard to choose

Recently, I became aware of “BENEDICTA” a CD out now which is apparently all the rage and breaking sales records  – in America!  This confounds the experts, sorta — the voices on this are entirely monks; well trained, to be sure — all oriented in music and it shows.  The confusing part to the executive mind is this is ‘all chants’. . . solemn, devotional, heart-felt and sacred sounds from these monastic souls. . . and people are buying it up like its diamonds being given away for pennies.  

It’s not a secret – not telling tales out-of-school or anything like that;  but Americans are not the church-goers they used to be.  In fact, they are staying away from churches in droves.  .  .  .  this could make one worry about the so-called ‘body of Christ’.   (FRANCIS can’t do everything on his own, by himself!)   This has confused the experts, and I can see why.  If humanity has fallen away — how does one account for this evident but peculiar taste in music?  Why is this happening?   Well, “Stuff Changes” I’m prone to reflect.    

Our way of life may alter,  habits change,  affiliations take a different path. . .all varying externals over which we often have no control.  We can try to stay where we are – remain rigid, and perhaps shrivel,. . .or adjust and go with the flow and experience sometimes wonderful and/or exciting new dimensions.  However we travel down that path we’re on, there is inside  each of us  a longing, yearning or even a need for ‘something more’ — there always has been because that’s the way we’re built.  Humans are clannish – we tend to cluster. . we need to belong, somewhere, somehow.  We seek relationship in many ways; close others, peers, sex, family, and for many – the church. All of it works.  Sometimes. . . none of it works! Longing and reaching out or even [so-called] up remains and is with us.  We are peculiar and complicated animals, but so it is.  And we are still around, most doing the best we can.  If there happens to be someone sitting on a sparkling white throne way up there, my bet he/she looks around and chuckles at all the weird entanglements,  smiles and nods approvingly.   This schoolhouse ain’t easy. . .but we’re making it.

 Anyway, it makes sense to me that all of us do that which feels good where-ever and when-ever we can. Part of being sane and healthy.  For some, ‘beauty’ in any or all forms (the arts) draws them;  Music is the dynamic transporter for a great many others. So many choices. . activity of some kind – hobby, craft or other passion. . sports and so on.  

When I read about BENEDICTA, I knew that I needed to buy it for this was one of my dominant preferences for enhancing background ambiance in my home. So I went online and got it.  It is lovely.  Truly like it.    My CD player accommodates  5 CD’s and I have them scatter so that variation, tone and tempo suit me.  Won’t remove any of the five for I LOVE them all better than the new fella in town. . . so I gave it to my son.  He’s not blown away, but he likes it too.  

Just in case others may be kinda on my wave length too, and enjoy ‘soul music’ which lifts, is beautiful, can be used for calming or meditation or turn it up and let it penetrate your cells, whatever,  gonna tell you what I’m using for decades, so here goes:

CANTICLES OF ECSTASY (hildegard von bingen) . . sequentia  [so beautiful,  – orange and blue circles/cover)        

FROM HEART TO CROWN (Rob Whitesides-Woo). . Serenity    [once you hear it, U wouldn’t give it up either]

PATH OF THE HEART  (Max Highstein). . .Serenity       [ just plain magic]                                                                                                        

PENDULUM     (KEVIN KELLER) . . . Lectonic Soundscapes  1999    [Masterful  sounds seldom heard]                          

CHANT  ( Benedictine Monks) . . . Angel        [Mine is 1994,  original in 1973 and was  similar hit as Benedicta]

There you have it.   Try one of them, you’ll probably like it. . .mine is playing now. . you should hear it.                                                            Be happy,       .Jan   

July 17, 2015

Healthy-Hot “abs”? . .here’s how

Clear, doable info for sporting Hot Abs

So what’s the big deal with “abs”?     Plenty!  Unless we’re totally out of it. . .we ALL care.  If we’re 20, svelte and gorgeous – we care, regardless of gender.  As life gets more complicated and the decades pile up. . .perhaps we care even more.  Add to that the pressure to be ahead of the curve and not only remain relevant — but LOOK the part as well,  of course we care.  Maybe nothing says we may be losing it like the flabby gut, the beer belly or looking a few months pregnant all the time . .  .  definately not cool if one is shall we say of a certain age?   Stuff happens!  

Whether it’s lack of knowledge,  peer pressure,  lack of time or ongoing overload of responsibilities. . .which might prevent achieving our ideal self-image, we all care about our appearance because, like it or not,  how we ‘look’ is broadcasting to others ‘who we are’ and ‘how we are’ — what makes us tick and also, the things which matter to us.  Along with all that, we not only choose to look healthy, but to BE healthy as well.  So yeah,   more than hair-style,  our clothes we wear or the car we drive; our health and vitality are pivotal which IS  reflected in our overall reflection.  

What follows here in this email from Dr Mercola is a sharing from his personal trainer who keeps not only Dr Mercola and his entire staff – fit and healthy, but his extended clientele numbering in the hundreds.  It is far better than I hoped for,  as I am one of those ignoramuses who happens to intensely dislike ‘exercise’ – thus do very little of it. Pathetic, I know.  This guy has covered all bases tho, from beginners to super-advanced and he speaks clear, easy to comprehend language which isn’t off-putting at all, and he does all this with specificity to ensure  one understands the importance of each movement

 So I have bookmarked this episode and have high hopes.  If there is hope for me – anyone can give this a try.  Looks good!   Jan

 

6 ways to maximize push ups

Better Than Sit-Ups for Toning Your Abs

Believe it or not, this overlooked exercise may be better than sit-ups for building a strong upper body and midsection.          But you need to get it right – by following these five simple steps…

July 14, 2015

MANDATING “Vaccines”

Guess its just “Bad Karma” in California

Since I grew up in California, and considered it my home — it will always occupy a special place in my heart.  That is where my home, friends and beloved family were.  .  .  and life was good.   So good.  Probably, we took much for granted.  Our beautiful, incredible state was exceptional to say the least.   We had mountains, ocean and endless shoreline,  desert, open country, farming and citrus groves; world famous entertainment of all kinds.  Aside from my too-many-to-count roses, I had also trees;  a Magnolia,  Olive and  Eureka Lemon tree and a Navel Orange  as well.  I used to con my son into using his little red wagon filled with sacks of lemons up and down our neighborhood trying to give away my huge volume of lemons for free. Never could stand to see anything wasted.  Imagine!  Look what we are paying for those things now. 

Tho it may sound like we dwelt on some palatial estate – we didn’t.   We bought an early ’50’s ‘Aldon’ home for $15,275.00 for about 2.5% to 3% interest rate – Marty being a veteran, having the luxury of nothing down. Seems everything was possible then and we were blessed.  Also doers!  That 7500 sq ft property  did seem like our paradise.That same darling home sold over 30 years later for more than ten times that, and 7 – 8 years later – another $100,000.  I point this out to show that we were a know-nothing couple who had little more than a dream or two. We probably didn’t fully understand the meaning of all the choices and “rights” we were living with.  It was easy to be happy, law-abiding and hopeful.    

Los Angeles of course, was the movie capital of the world.   The night-spots of Hollywood were the stuff dreams were made of.  The Garment/Fashion industry was huge in L.A.  And of course, even today California feeds much of our nation.  How stuff changes!  They are dealing with droughts, crippling the farming industry. Pity.  While here in the eastern parts of U.S. we are being all but washed away.  We’re paying heavy costs for our planetary indiscretions. Lets hope “leaders” waken before its too late.  But this is climate change, not ignorant legislation.  

As to that,. . . the reason for this post,  I truly have always admired Jerry Brown.  .  .  a very good man, wise and ethical, devoted to the common good.   He was an excellent Governor back when I lived there.  It is impossible for me to understand [based on what I knew of him], how he could ignore the rights of parents to choose and make any decision they deem best for themselves – especially their children.  This isn’t just some ‘nice-to-have’ thing – – it is OUR RIGHT as citizens.  We aren’t unthinking cattle or waifs needing direction. We are fully functioning, voting THINKERS deserving of respect, choice and privacy!  Particularly in this case, based on unknown carriers “in the state of Florida.”  Since when do we ‘cede’ our rights and be forced to bow down to organized mafioso “Pharmaceutical Greed and Might”?  

It would behoove so-called authorities to understand that this nation of citizens, endowed with inalienable rights, who have means to put you in power, can as easily – can your butts out of power and set about cleansing our laws and procedures which have been eroding our rights and diminishing our way of life and enslaving us to systems not of our choosing.  There was never a time when BIG PhRMA had the power to inflict death and destruction upon our masses and not be liable for the damage they do.  But with their insatiable greed, they have managed to BUY their “untouchable status.”   It ain’t right and everybody knows it.  In the same way that they operate with immunity in manufacturing humanity’s “medicine,”  they claim their product is useful and SAFE.   Because they CLAIM it to be safe, doesn’t make it true – – AS WOULD BE PROVEN IN A COURT OF LAW.  But it never gets that far.  Their claims are phony and self-serving — lets call a spade a spade — TRUMPED up! (take that any way you want to).  But they ARE the best there is when it come to hyping their toxic remedies to the choice-less population. . .and to the Physicians peopling the AMA.  

If I were to touch on what I really think about why we are sick and tired and beaten down, . . . I might NEVER SHUT UP so,  please, don’t encourage me to even think about sterilizing our soil, GMO’s,  CAFO’s  ad-infinitum.  Besides, I wanted to ask you to get up-dated with informative Barbara Lowe Fisher and her latest video.   When is she NOT wonderful, honest and fair? Jan
california enacts vaccine law

It’s Like Playing Russian Roulette with Your Brain, Yet It’s Common Practice

Your health choices just vanished. And if you try to sidestep this new oppressive law, you’ll either need to homeschool your kids or get sent to jail. Don’t like those options? You could leave this state. But it may not help, based on these two trend lines.

 

Go for “happy” now, don’t wait!

My quirky nature demanded that I share this with you today, for I am in total agreement with the basic concept expressed herein.  This is an article I found in today’s Columbus DISPATCH and it struck a chord with me.  

Though I may have developed my personal lifestyle and way of being slightly differently,  I don’t really think its relevant to deliberate the issues and variables,  for we are each so unique and seem to attract those experiences to ourselves that enable our growth potential best.  In all things we have choice even when there seems no apparent control over circumstances.  For me, acceptance allows the development of gratitude which is akin to serenity, harmony and strength. . . one could call this happiness. . . the beauty of the blessings of the  “now.”  

How much sweeter life is when we aren’t busy comparing. .  . which  can seem to lead to a sense of lack or not enough.  How much more life is as we sense our oneness with others. .  .   .   and perhaps, align ourselves with activity which grants our nature to flourish and sing.          

I couldn’t agree more with Shawn Achor, the happiness researcher,  and believe the points he makes to be on target.  For I have seen far too many who toil away and yet not realizing their goals, remain unfulfilled, become jaded, negative — suggesting to me their purpose in life isn’t being realized.  Life is a gift and meant to be enjoyed. (NO MATTER WHAT)  When this happens, we are out of balance and probably can’t see the good even when it is there.   Mindset spirals downward disallowing freedom and/or fun.   Sometimes we just stand in our own way and don’t know what to do.   This following article on the benefits of  this process Shawn Achor has discussed here sound like a real winner to me.  Following this plan with those few points he makes can’t help but help turn one’s life around.    

Thank you Shawn,  this old lady is gonna incorporate your advice too.    Jan

 

To achieve happiness: 5 habits, 2 minutes

With anyone who thinks of happiness as a luxury or as something that occurs after a lifetime of sacrifice on the drive to a goal, happiness researcher Shawn Achor begs to differ.

His mission is to change minds, hearts and lives.   Being happy, he contends, isn’t just about feeling good.

His research has found that simple “happiness habits” — which take no longer than brushing your teeth — make you happier and, as a result, healthier, more creative and productive at work, and closer to loved ones.

Achor, the head of the Good-think research company and the author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, recently shared insights about his research.

Q: Talk about happiness seems all the rage. Why?

A: I think we’re living through twin revolutions. The high-tech revolution allows us to have information at our fingertips at any moment. And hidden behind that is a more powerful one: Because of that technology, we’ve been able to understand the human brain better than ever.

By changing our mindset and habits, we can actually dramatically change the course of life; improve intelligence, productivity; improve the quality of our lives; and improve every single education and business outcome.

Q: Many people see happiness as something to earn later, after you have found success. How do you make the case for the importance of happiness?

A: Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our life. When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises; we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.

Our creativity triples. Productive energy rises by 31 percent. The likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent. These figures are all from studies we’ve done.

Most people keep waiting on happiness, putting off happiness until they’re successful or until they achieve some goal — which means we limit both happiness and success. That formula doesn’t work.

Q: What might readers do to create more happiness in their lives?

A: I’ve been looking at five habits that are akin to brushing your teeth — very short habits that, if you do them every day, will improve your health but also improve your levels of happiness:

• Three acts of gratitude. Spend two minutes a day scanning the world for three new things you’re grateful for. Do that for 21 days. . . . It’s the fastest way of teaching optimism.

• The “doubler.” For two minutes a day, think of one positive experience that’s occurred during the past 24 hours. Bullet-point each detail you can remember. It works because the brain can’t tell the difference between visualization and actual experience. So you’ve just doubled the most meaningful experience in your brain. Do it for 21 days. Your brain connects the dots for you; then you have this trajectory of meaning running throughout life.

• The fun 15. Do 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day. It’s the equivalent of taking an antidepressant for the first six months but with a 30 percent lower relapse rate over the next two years.

• Breathing. We did this at Google. We had them (employees) take their hands off their keyboards two minutes a day and go from multitasking to simply watching their breath go in and out. This raises accuracy rates, improves levels of happiness, drops stress levels.

• Acts of kindness. The final habit is the most powerful. . . . For two minutes each day, start work by writing a two-minute positive email or text praising or thanking one person you know. Do it for a different person each day.

People who do this not only get great emails and texts back, and are perceived as positive leaders because of the praise and recognition, but their social-connection score is at the top end of the scale.

Q: What happiness habits do you use?

A: My wife and I are both happiness researchers, and we’re on the road more than 200 days a year. So we have to put this happiness research into practice, especially with a 1-year-old.

I journal every day, especially when I’m on planes. I exercise every day.

I’m constantly investing in people around me, especially when I feel stressed, sad or lonely.

It’s not the macro things that matter, but it’s the micro choices for happiness that sustain happiness the best.

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