SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

May 1, 2016

Can you “fix” Alzheimer’s?

So, how do you ‘fix’ Alzheimer’s?

If  you knew  how often this question comes my way.  .   .  and I spiral into a muddled state, because it seems there is no “one” right way to answer this.  I generally fall into droning on about COCONUT oil and Dr Mary Newport (whose candid revelation changed my life). Bless her and her brave efforts!  While of course — that is true,  I am fully aware that if one intends to alter so-called “genetic pre-disposition,”  its gonna take a whole lot more.  One must be committed to serving the body’s natural needs — once  having discovered what they are.   So there is that.

When my parents died — Dad @ 91, and Mother @ 85,  both had been wheel-chair bound with crippling arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.  Tho I didn’t know my father, having been separated at age two, I am told he didn’t recognize those around him, was institutionalized.  The bond with Mother was strong and loving to her last breath.  We were perhaps, extraordinarily close.  Therefore, I know a bit about Alzheimers and recognize it’s colorations.    That’s why I was thrown into a funky pity-party when it started up with me.  In my case, I was also very busy raising my two granddaughters with one already in middle school, the 2nd a year behind her.  Still had much to do, tho functioned with deep dread at what I knew was coming.  My inner pit-bull strength finally roused; and the battle rages on.  Tho I have not been defeated, I have lost much useful memory function.  Hasn’t hurt my intuition nor the flow from sub-conscious to conscious.  As a writer or communicator, it is more than annoying when the word or phrase I am trying to express – won’t come, seems to be playing cat and mouse with me, tho it will eventually come.  The short term memory thing disturbs me, but ya know — I’m so much more than that and still have so much to be grateful for.  

The will and enthusiasm which has been central to my nature throughout life has by unique twists and turns pushed me into a pursuit of discovering natural solutions for problems – big and small.  Who knew there could be such “fun” in this activity?  And who knew my body would be so agreeable to cooperating in these experiments?  Heart, head and the organic substance working in harmony. . W O W !  Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’m a natural born foodist having a strong need to know ‘why’ on stuff.  I believe our species was designed properly with a wisdom beyond our comprehension.  Its all we can do to really SEE the beauty and balance we were made with.  Our science experts should be trying to understand what is already here in its perfection before them instead of trying to alter our expression/nature to be something else.  Dr Loren Cordain has it right . . .just follow the lineage back over eons and discover how we lived, evolved and survived.  What DID  we eat and why?  What does the Paleolithic evidence have to do with us? (. . .if ya have to ask,  this message isn’t for you!)  

So, one could say, lets start from the premise that we’re made right, born darned near perfect.  If we can learn from true scientists (those who look at the world with an open, unbiased mind), or any of the specialists who study natures path and mechanisms, including those so-called healers of indigenous people – those perhaps with genuine knowledge of folklore, we discover that life can be lived in simple terms – not hard to do.  Many of us overdo almost everything,  some of us by nature – complicate stuff beyond reason and others won’t believe anything you tell ’em. . . no doubt, they must accept a fate of dissolution, disease and death, but  most of us want to be well, happy and have good lives with a work they love to do. So there is optimism and hope and willingness which allows the ‘good’ entry into their lives. S’the way it works. That being the case, you do what it takes.  

Which brings me to:   the following  message I found someplace.  Read it and loved it and downloaded it.  Since My computer was new and a mystery to me (its a MAC), I haven’t seen it since.  Didn’t know where it was or anything else about ‘how to’ with this beast of great repute.  But reading it AGAIN, love it again and want to share as it asks me to do at the end.   The funny  thing is,  so much of what is recommended here is stuff I’m doing and much of it for a very long time.  Which ultimately may reveal the reality that health is a multi-edged factor, when combined with a genuine desire for health, will by some magical process bring the entire organism into compliance toward that  end.  I believe this is so for me.  So to avoid Alzheimers, all would be smart to give this body of work/ethic a good read.  The sooner we all learn to eat only wholesome, preferably organic fruits, vegetables, nuts seeds, clean water, and grass-fed cattle and wild-caught northern fish;  eliminate sugar, fast food and all vegetable oils made with heat processing.  Use only Extra virgin Olive oil, coconut oil and of corse fat from healthy animals is good too.  Butter from grass fed animals – otherwise, not so good.  Free-range chickens and their eggs – good protein. Start young – reap a healthier life!

 

Stop Alzheimer’s B4 takes over        

Omega-3 fatty acids      (big time user at least 1/2 my life)

Those who regularly consume omega-3 fatty acids also have lower levels of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The DHA and EPA are known to reduce inflammation, and are crucial for creating essential brain cell membranes. However, keep in mind, if the disease has significantly progressed – consuming omega-3s (alone) may not be enough to reverse the condition.

Obviously, the importance of consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids prior to any disease diagnosis can’t be stressed enough to avoid serious brain health problems.

So what are the best foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids? Be sure to regularly eat organic walnuts, flax and hemp seeds. Additionally, wild caught Alaskan salmon, sardines and “100% grass-fed” beef are great sources of omega-3. Again, always be sure to know the source of your food.

Green Tea         (use daily plus Matcha green tea with milk and coconut oil – yummy!)

Researchers from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, suggest that the extracts from green tea may block the formation of plaques – which have been linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

You see it’s “EGCG”, which is the name of the polyphenols in green tea that have been shown to block beta-amyloid proteins from coming together and forming brain plaque.

A wealth of scientific evidence suggests that drinking three to five cups of green or white tea every day will support cardiovascular health and prevent protein aggregates in the brain that significantly increase Alzheimer’s disease risk.

Blueberries                 (Yes! in my shakes, always)

Most people love blueberries, and so incorporating them into your diet should be a pleasure. The reason that these tiny blue fruits fight Alzheimer’s is due to the fact that they have poly- phenols, which impact how genes are expressed. The anti-oxidants in blueberries also protect the brain’s neurons against the proteins in beta-amyloid.

Don’t forget to eat other berries as well, as they all contain polyphenols, which will improve cell function and counteract inflammation. Studies have shown that those who regularly eat everything from strawberries and cranberries to

blackberries have an enhanced ability to process information.

Leafy Greens and Cruciferous Vegetables       (plus cauliflower and brussel sprouts)

Due to the high levels of antioxidants and fiber in leafy greens like spinach and kale, everyone should be eating them on a daily basis. Research has shown that seniors who ate leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables consistently did better on memory and verbal tests.

One landmark study looked at more than 13,000 nurses who were examined in their 60’s and then again in their 70’s. Those who ate 5 servings of cruciferous vegetables per week did better than those who ate only twice per week.

Curcumin      (I take this for pain when I have it.  Buy it in bulk powder form.  Use Turmeric in my soups)

Curcumin is the compound that gives the Indian spice turmeric its orange-yellow color. If you’ve ever eaten curry, you’ve had turmeric. Similarly to blueberries, curcumin can protect the cells of the brain from toxic conditions caused by the beta-amyloid proteins. Abnormal proteins are less likely to form if you are consistently eating turmeric.

Plus, curcumin can destabilize the plaque in the brain even after it has formed. The body’s cleanup cells called macrophages can then clear and clean the fragments of the beta-amyloid.

But that’s not all that curcumin is capable of, as this spice can also boost mitochondrial health. Some researchers believe that aging mitochondria causes the death of brain cells in which patients with Alzheimer’s disease often experience. So, be sure to consistently eat foods flavored with turmeric. If you don’t like the taste of turmeric, you can also get curcumin in a supplement form.

Herbs to help improve your memory and brain function

Gingko                     (yes)


You may have heard gingko referred to as a “brain herb.” This
ingredient can boost blood flow to the cerebral region and, in the process, improve memory and cognition. Some experts believe that the reason that gingko increases blood flow is due to the fact that it widens the blood vessels, thanks to its terpenoids and flavonoids including quercetin.

Gingko’s high levels of antioxidants also fight oxidative damage in the brain. It can also prevent beta-amyloid plaque from forming.

Naturopathic physicians Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr., ND, Michael T. Murray, ND and Herb Joiner-Bey, ND wrote the book “The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine,” and they recommend taking ginkgo biloba extract in the early stages of onset at a dose of 240mg per day.

Rosemary                  (Yes)

Dating as far back as medieval times, rosemary represented remembrance. It is a culinary herb that is quite commonly available in grocery stores. Rosemary can also be found as a dried herb in capsules or even tinctures.

In terms of its benefit in treating Alzheimer’s disease, this herb can be used to enhance memory and also increase blood circulation.

Rosemary contains powerful phytochemicals that work to both treat and prevent Alzheimer’s by supporting acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that transmits nerve signals, and is essential for the activation and storage of memories. Researchers believe the acetylcholine levels are too low among those with Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, the nerves can’t effectively transmit information.

Interestingly, the chemical actions caused by rosemary mirror the goal of many Alzheimer’s drugs that work to correct acetylcholine. Since rosemary is a natural compound, it is side-effect free and, of course, healthier in general than drugs. Water mint is another herb related to rosemary that also shows tremendous ability to prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (or Melissa Officinalis) is a member of the mint family. It is well-known among herbalists for its restorative abilities in calming the nerves. Many herbal medicine practitioners specifically use it to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

Similar to rosemary and water mint, researchers believe that it acts on acetylcholine in the brain. Studies have shown that taking lemon balm can almost immediately improve cognition and memory. Lemon balm is available in a dried form, a tea, capsules, oils and extracts.

Huperzia

There are a variety of traditional Chinese herbs that have been purported to fight Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most widely used is called Huperzia serrata. This moss produces an extract called huperzine A, which is believed to have a stronger impact than the Alzheimer’s drug galantamine and function without negative side effects.

One study, in a Chinese hospital, treated 800 patients and found that huperzine A led to substantial improvements. Of course, before taking Chinese herbs, it is best to consult with an experienced herbalist.

Bacopa

Bacopa monnieri (or Brahmi) is an herb that has been taken for hundreds of years to help boost the memory. It’s also commonly taken for health conditions including hypothyroidism, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and stress. A study in 1995 revealed it can also fight cancer cells, so many people take it for its cancer preventative abilities too. Brahmi is also well-known, within ayurvedic medicine, for its ability to improve memory and cognition.

According to the article “Bacopa for Alzheimer’s Disease”, published in the National Standard, bacopa can reduce beta-amyloid levels. Two important chemicals in bacopa, bacosides A and B, help to better transmit impulses between brain nerve cells. This process supports optimal brain function.

This herb is considered to be free of most side effects, but it’s always best to work with a qualified health professional and do not think of Bacopa as a “cure all”. Studies suggest taking 300 milligrams per day.

Ashwaghanda                  (David Wolfe always speaking highly of this)

Ashwaghanda (also referred to as Withania somnifera, winter cherry and Indian ginseng) is another herb that is popular in ayurvedic medicine. It is widely taken for a variety of issues that range from everything including stress, fatigue and anxiety to diabetes, chronic pain, and digestive issues.

One of the reasons that ashwagandha is an extremely powerful way to fight Alzheimer’s disease is that it can potentially reconstruct the network between brain cells. Studies have revealed that compounds derived from ashwaghanda, called withanolides, can restructure and fix brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients. They can protect cells from the harmful impact of beta-amyloids.

Further, the withanolides, in Ashwaghanda, are packed with powerful antioxidants. These natural antioxidants are essential when trying to prevent brain cell damage.

Don’t Skip the Supplements

Regardless of whether you want to ward of Alzheimer’s disease or just be healthy in general, there are a wide variety of supplements you shouldn’t overlook. The supplement superstars that seem to have the most pronounced abilities to fight Alzheimer’s are Co-Q10, magnesium, resveratrol, Grape seed extract, folate, lipoic acid, vitamin D, ginseng, vitamin E, fish oil, and ALC.

Coenzyme Q10, commonly referred to as “Co-Q10”       (I use Ubiquinol, slightly superior form)

Co-Q10 is only found in a limited amount of foods including organ meats and some fish, such as sardines. However, this antioxidant is vital for energy production, immunity and muscle formation. It is also used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, as researchers believe that it effectively slows the progression of this condition.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins studied the impact of Co-Q10 on animals with a condition similar to Alzheimer’s disease. They found that those that didn’t receive Co-Q10 lost their ability to perform more rapidly. On the other hand, those that took Co-Q10 daily did not show reduced level of cognitive performance.

Important to note, this supplement reduces oxidative stress. At the same time, it improves levels of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, which regulates the production of energy in the mitochondria. Co-Q10 has also been shown to help greatly with Parkinson’s disease.

Resveratrol

You’ve likely heard about the wide variety of health benefits that accompany resveratrol, which is found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and wine. This antioxidant can improve health and vitality. Many people regularly take resveratrol and Grape seed oil for its renowned anti-aging effects.

A landmark study from 2008 published in “Cell Metabolism” revealed that when old mice were given resveratrol, their coordination and balance improved. One of the benefits of resveratrol is that it can protect the neurons in the brain. Scientists also believe that it can increase the ability of an enzyme called heme oxygenase – which protects neurons. Resveratrol neutralizes the damage done by free radicals, and this can go a long way towards preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Folate           (We are all short on this. . folate is the natural form)

Folate, or folic acid, helps the brain to properly synthesize its DNA and RNA. Evidence has suggested that those who consume ample levels of folate are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. One study that was reported in “Journal of Neuroscience” revealed that when mice were deficient in folate, more nerve cells in their brain were affected by Alzheimer’s. As a result, scientists believe that taking folic acid can protect the nerve cells from damage.

Statistics have also revealed that when elderly individuals take ample amounts of folate, they lower their risk for disease. Folic acid can also lower your risk for heart disease and depression. You can find folate in most high-quality, multi-vitamin supplements.

Fish Oil      (Many aren’t opting for fish oil because of pollution these days, but we need it.  DHA more important to me than                      EPA; am now taking NOW’s DHA-500 with 2 X as much DHA than EPA.  Works for me!)

We discussed the benefits of omega-3 fatty acid in our previous section about food. But, due to the toxicity issue in most seafood, you may not want to eat a lot of fish. So, it may be easier to simply take a high- quality, supplement.

The Alzheimer’s Association does suggest that people take fish oil and has concluded that a healthy daily dose of fish oil will reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine                     (I’m so big on amino acids – take for my Heart and blood pressure)

Taking Acetyl-L-Carnitine, or ALC, supplements is critical for those seeking to combat Alzheimer’s disease, as they decrease beta-amyloid and the corresponding protein build-up. At the same time, ALC increases the antioxidant levels in cells. People have observed noticeable results when taking ALC – which can help improve your memory and brain power.

Studies have specifically looked at Alzheimer’s patients who took ALC; those who took 2-3 grams a day had a less rapid decline in cognitive function. In addition, they had less attention deficit symptoms and ALC has been shown to increase energy to the cells.

Of course, most pharmaceutical drugs for Alzheimer’s disease are merely designed to treat the symptoms of this disease. By incorporating these supplements and eating primary organic, plant-based nutrition – you will increase your likelihood for better brain function.

Magnesium  (Don’t know where Id be w/o this.  Use Threonate form as it passes the blood-brain barrier)

At least half of seniors are deficient in magnesium. This essential mineral is necessary for optimal learning and memory. There are enzymes involved in the production of beta-amyloid, and magnesium modulates those enzymes. When the body receives magnesium in high enough amounts, it can start to breakdown beta-amyloid.

An article published on NaturalHealth365 entitled, Cognitive Functions Improve with Vitamins and Minerals states that magnesium “plays a role in protecting the brain’s structure and function. The absorbable form of magnesium called magnesium-L-threonate has been shown to rebuild ruptured synapses and restore neuron connections.”

Ginseng

Ginseng is a traditional Chinese herb for memory, concentration and immune function. Various clinical trials have shown this herb can have a major impact on Alzheimer’s disease patients. Ginseng reduces beta-amyloid plaque and clears it from the brain. Research has also shown that ginseng reduces the death rate of brain cells among those who already have the disease.

Vitamin D – the “sunshine vitamin” is actually a hormone  (Nothing works right w/o D3 – vital for all of it!)

Vitamin D is a neurohormone that greatly influences brain cells. Unfortunately, due to a lack of sunshine exposure, most Alzheimer’s disease patients have dangerously low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D regulates brain cell calcium channels, nerve growth and changes how the body synthesizes nitric oxide. This powerful antioxidant and anti- inflammatory also clears beta-amyloid plaque buildup.

Clearly, this has been confirmed by a number of scientific studies, vitamin D deficiency is strongly linked to a higher risk of cognitive impairment. A simple blood test will tell you if you’re low (or not) and the recommended “optimal level” is around 50 – 80 Ng/ml – based upon what most natural healthcare professionals will suggest.

Vitamin E        (taken all of adult life)

As a person ages, the damaging effects of free radicals can increase. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E will reduce free radicals and prevent cell damage. And, yes, researchers strongly believe that vitamin E can help you to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin E is an interesting supplement, as it has been shown to increase the amount of years an Alzheimer’s patient will live after a diagnosis. In a study from Baylor College of Medicine, scientists showed that those who took 2000 IU of vitamin E daily were 26% less likely to pass away compared to those who didn’t.

While you can find vitamin E in foods including peanuts, leafy greens, kiwi, tomatoes and vegetable oil, it is easier to get the recommended dose through a high-quality supplement.

Lipoic Acid        (Better believe I take this – with Cardio + Brain stuff)

Lipoic Acid boosts mitochondrial energy production, and it also helps with the antioxidant systems in cells. Additionally, this supplement protects brain cells by reducing beta-amyloid, and it binds to toxic metal ions. Studies have been done on aging animal aging brains that reveal lipoic acid slows development of memory loss and helps stabilize brain cells.

B Vitamins          ((in yesterday’s post, in response to comment> spoke of best way to put lid on this need -fermt’d veggie)

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that vitamins B6 and B12 combined with folic acid slowed brain atrophy that occurs with Alzheimer’s disease. Older adults are usually deficient in vitamin B12 and this may account for their memory problems.

Other Lifestyle Suggestions Critical for Brain Health

If you read any publication on what to do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, you will quickly find that there is a great deal of discussion about changing one’s lifestyle to boost brain function. Unlike many health issues, the medical community has observed so many ties to lifestyle that it is impossible to ignore the direct correlation.

Let’s take a look at some of the best activities you can do to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Meditation

Meditation has been highly touted for its ability to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and ease the pain associated with conditions like, fibromyalgia and arthritis. The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania studied the role of meditation on memory loss. “The study found that Kirtan Kriya, a meditation from the Kundalini yoga tradition, performed 12 minutes a day for eight weeks, increased brain activity in areas central to memory and improved cognition and well-being in patients with memory loss.”

In this study, the group that meditated was compared to another one that listened to Mozart violin for 12 minutes each day. Among meditators, cerebral blood flow was increased in the front lobe region and right superior parietal lobe. After meditation, there were improvements in neuropsychological tests, as well as others that examined memory, attention and cognition.

This study represents just one of the many that reveal that meditation can keep the brain young and healthy. In the process, you’ll also improve your immune system, lower stress and reduce cortisol levels.

The Remarkable Benefits of Exercise

Like meditation, exercise has a staggering number of health benefits including stress reduction, strengthening bones, and reducing the risk of heart disease. Aerobic exercise and strength training has also been shown to improve brain function. All forms of exercise are believed to create new connections in the brain. The key is to choose an activity that you enjoy and will continue to perform – on a regular basis.

In a landmark study from the 1990’s, researchers at the Salk Institute found that exercise can improve the brain. In one experiment, mice in running wheels were found to have more cells in the part of the brain that controlled memory. These animals performed better on various cognition and memory related tests.

Even moderate levels of aerobic activity, like walking, will double or triple new neurons in the memory center of the brain. However, be sure to do some form of strength training to maintain balance and mobility.

A study of rats at Psychobiology and Exercise Research Center, CEPE, in São Paulo, Brazil showed that those training with weights had a higher level of a brain protein than those that were sedentary or just running. The rats who weight trained had a higher level of a protein in their brains and blood; this was an insulin-like growth factor which promoted cell division and growth. Those who ran had another protein known as BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor.

Alzheimer’s disease specialist Ronald Petersen, M.D says, “(Exercise) also increases chemicals that protect the brain and tends to counter some of the natural reduction in brain connections that occurs with aging.”

Even after some moderate amounts of exercise, you are likely to observe that your reasoning and learning skills have increased and your memory has improved. For ample benefits, be sure to exercise 3 – 5 times a week for 30- 60 minutes per day.

Learn something new – every day

Learning a new skill can protect you from the disease. Naturally, by challenging your brain to think, you will greatly improve your cognitive function.  Doctors recommend everything from learning a new language, musical instrument or going back to school to simply regularly doing crossword puzzles to keep the brain functioning well.

People who are bilingual or who have a job that’s intellectually challenging have a lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that those who have been bilingual for life have better cognitive control when they age.

Reading, writing, board games, talking, and listening to music have all been shown to delay a decline in brain function. Additionally, people with higher levels of education have been shown to be less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease. So if you’ve been sitting around doing the same activities year after year, get out there and learn something new.

Minimize Your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals     (Just as important as ANYTHING you can do right)

Sure, it’s virtually impossible to avoid all toxins in day to day life. However, to combat Alzheimer’s disease, it only makes sense to avoid exposure to pesticides and chemicals as much as possible. Studies have shown conclusively that chemicals can destroy brain cells.

The amount of pesticides in the environment seems to be increasing each and every year. It is a bit staggering when you contemplate the fact that there are more than 80,000 chemicals used in the United States alone. Some researchers believe that these toxins impact a chemical in the brain connected to memory called acetylcholine.

For example, those who are exposed to a high level of toxins at the workplace are more likely to get Alzheimer’s. One study that tracked more than 4,000 seniors, in Utah, showed that those who worked with pesticides had a 53% higher chance of getting the disease.

Get the Lead Out

Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal which has been connected to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. While lead is widely known for its negative affect on children’s brains, it has also been connected to aging issues and problems with the brain as people get older.

PCBs

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, also present a risk factor tied to Alzheimer’s disease. They are still found throughout the environment even though they were banned in the 70’s. PCBs aren’t easily broken down and are clustered in certain areas where they impact people. Scientists say that even low-level exposure to PCBs can harm the brain.

Avoid Processed Foods and Alcohol

For people of any age, it is essential to eat a high-quality, organic whole foods diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to keep the body healthy and strong.

The Karolinska Institute’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Sweden published findings which revealed that fast food causes the types of chemical changes and abnormal brain structures that we see in Alzheimer’s disease.

The American typical diet that includes processed foods has caused a dramatic rise in issues like type-2 diabetes, and studies have shown that those with Alzheimer’s have abnormalities with their insulin like diabetics. That means that foods that effectively manage insulin levels could help with diabetes. It is possible to control your blood sugar levels through a diet that is full of antioxidants and low in processed foods, sugar and alcohol.

Nitrates, found in fried food, cheese and beer, have also been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. People can also get exposed to nitrates through rubber, latex, fertilizers and pesticides. There are other potential issues with fast food too, as it is full of aspartame and neurotoxins like MSG that damage brain function.

While an occasional drink may be o.k., doctors have concluded that even small amounts of alcohol can harm cognitive abilities and equilibrium in the brain. Long-term drinking can shrink the brain and cause memory loss. For best results, it only makes sense to avoid alcohol.

Remove Chronic Stress, Anxiety and Depression from Your Life

While thinking about all these harmful elements in the world can undoubtedly provoke feelings of stress and depression, research has also shown that stress can lead to Alzheimer’s. For example, one study looked at mice chronically stressed out and found they had inferior memory capacities. They also had more beta-amyloid proteins in their brains.

Another study, from 2010, showed that those who are stressed in middle age are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. This Swedish study followed women for 35 years, and then published the findings in the Brain science journal. They found that dementia was 65% higher among those who were repeatedly stressed out in middle age.

Depression can raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, research has revealed that it can raise the risk by 50%. Some scientists believe that depression actually changes the brain on a structural level, leaving it vulnerable to Alzheimer’s. Experts believe that it weakens defenses against Alzheimer’s by reducing the blood supply to the brain.

By changing the way you look at life – you can avoid getting anxious when stressful situations occur. Obviously, many of the lifestyle suggestions we mentioned can be useful in this regard. For example, socializing, meditating and exercising can all do their part to successfully reduce anxiety, depression and chronic stress.

The brain craves the right nutrition. When you give your body the optimal nutrition it desires, it will reward you by keeping your brain young and healthy. Your lifestyle does make a difference, as it can delay or stop Alzheimer’s disease. Old mice that were given quality vitamin supplements quickly had the ability to learn as effectively as young mice!

Sadly, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most costly diseases for the entire Western world. Research has conclusively shown that what you do or don’t do – in your middle years – can greatly impact your risk of Alzheimer’s. Make the simple changes discussed in this report and dramatically reduce the chance that you will end up with this devastating issue. You owe it to yourself and your family.

And, share this information with your family and friends.

April 29, 2016

Flu shots fail (its not your mind)

 CDC Admits Flu Shots Fail Half the Time  

by Barbara Loe Fisher

 Americans have never been big fans of flu shots. During the 2009 “swine flu” influenza A pandemic, only about 40 percent of adults bothered to roll up their sleeves. Last year, flu vaccine rates were still just 47 percent for adults but pediatricians had vaccinated 75 percent of children under two years old.

 Perhaps it is because parents are being thrown out of pediatricians’ offices if they don’t give their children every federally recommended vaccine – or maybe it is just because adults can talk about how they felt after getting vaccinated and infants and children under age two cannot.

How many times has someone told you: “The year I got a flu shot is the only year I got sick” or maybe you learned that the hard way yourself after getting vaccinated.

Doctors insist that just because we get sick with a fever, headache, body aches and a terrible cough that hangs on for weeks after getting vaccinated, it doesn’t mean the vaccine made us sick. They say it was just a “coincidence” because correlation does not equal causation.

Well, that may be true some of the time, but now the CDC is admitting that flu shots don’t prevent influenza most of the time…

Continue reading this referenced commentary, watch the video and make a comment here.

 My Comment,    When I test stuff in my laboratory (body),  and it doesn’t get the job done – thats good enuff for me.  Took a flu shot decades ago and directly thereafter, got the flu.  There is just no way I’d ever take a second one.  Once I spent time and energy looking into what the shots are, whats in them  — I decided they weren’t for me — the only question in my mind was “How can they get away with that?”  This vaccination thing is so far out of order, I don’t see how it can be deemed other than criminal.  Protestations of safety have never met ANY  standards of proof – ever.  To the contrary, there is amazing mounting evidence that the volume and severity of injury, especially to children who deserve our protection against abuse of any kind whatsoever, and are MOST VULNERABLE as their immune systems haven’t fully developed to the point of being able to withstand that kind of onslaught! . . .  .   . Over and over again for years on end.  Every inoculation of whatever description carries toxins (poison) and is not good for us.  As they say, the proof  is in the pudding.  Even fifty years ago, autism and  other neurological dysfunction was a rarity, but commonplace today.  Gotta consider. . .what’s changed?    

Well, it  looks like we are being not only underserved by medicine, but menaced by it – all while legitimized  by legal authority and even exempt from liability.  What kind of legal system grants such a license to maim and kill while simultaneously removing our individual rights to due process under the law?  I don’t make this stuff up, just saying what I’m seeing.   Jan

April 25, 2016

Lowdown on SUPER-DELEGATES

My last word on Delegates, super or otherwise

Okay, I’ve turned off my TV;   my soul needs soothing and I must be selective, allowing only those shows I normally view for entertainment.  No more bombardment of the endless hammering away.  .  .  eroding any chance for serenity.  The Clinton “FIX” is in and has been in place right along and I was too dumb to see it.   I can’t change it.   But, I can’t accept it either.  .  .  because its ‘my country’ and I’m grieving for it.  

 Here are two excerpts from the following article from MOYERS and Company: 

  • But like so many of those rules, superdelegates symbolize something that has to go: the entrenched, inside-the-Beltway embrace of power and influence by the Democratic illuminati that does little for the poor and middle class and everything for the one percent that writes the big checks.
  • And in late February, Jeff Naft at ABC News reported, “… When you remove elected officials from the superdelegate pool, at least one in seven of the rest are former or current lobbyists registered on the federal and state level, according to lobbying disclosure records. That’s at least 67 lobbyists who will attend the convention as superdelegates.” A majority of that 67 say they’re supporting Hillary Clinton.

But I will vote for Bernie to honor his effort and the hope I had for us all.     Jan

A Bird, A Plane? No, It’s Superdelegates!

by Michael Winship

One of the more troubling aspects of the Democrats and their nomination process is something we touched upon in last week’s piece: the 712 or so “superdelegates,” about 15 percent of the total (and 30 percent of the majority needed to win the nomination) who will cast ballots at the July convention in Philadelphia. They include President Obama and Vice President Biden, 239 Democratic members of the House and Senate, 21 sitting governors, 437 Democratic National Committeemen and women, and a category referred to as “distinguished party leaders” – former presidents and veeps, ex-congressional leaders and erstwhile presidential nominees.

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April 22, 2016

Voters forced to pick lesser evil

How relevant are voter’s choices ?

This article by Frank Bruni hits the nail on the head of an issue important to most of us.  Since it has the power to affect our lives, future and or plans – – indeed it IS important.  What seems clear in my head — that our greatest  potential for success of those issues of major  importance to our rights and  freedoms, opportunity, equality. choice in every direction, health and economic potential lies in the direction of Bernie Sanders. He has been busy doing the people’s business obscurely, pretty much without fanfare for many decades.  Who and what he is speaks clearly to those who have heard him, because his ethic, integrity, judgement and clearly stated vision has resonated.  It isn’t complicated or difficult, it rings true.   Bernie is a simple family man with a clear mind and a pretty darned good one at that.  I like his message and trust him, and believe that others feel the same way — we are willing to pitch in, participate more,. . . take responsibility, replace political-establishment ‘takers’ who aren’t giving us anything for our money – – with forward-thinking progressives who have great ideas, energy and ethical standards.  Because it will work!  

But Hillary takes every opportunity to try to demonstrate how much better she is at everything; describing clever, intricate, highly detailed and well laid out plans she has as compared to Bernie’s  ‘pie-in-the-sky’ ramblings.  It is offensive that she must belittle Bernie to elevate herself. That so many see her as more capable with her multitudinous accomplishments as the better choice to get things done is flabbergasting. I very much question that kind of judgement . . . . and who are these people?  It seems that these are mostly political cohorts, long known to Hillary, playing most of the same games well known in Washington and the ‘Power-Brokers’.  Let’s not rock the boat!   My vision of Hillary is so different.  She knows everybody,  is well-connected – sure.  But I see that as a guarantee to keep the status quo (which is what has us so mired down and mucked up).    She’s unpleasant to listen to for it can never be clear if there is any truth in what she says.  She has been known to be deceitful – telling only that which she wishes to reveal. (remembering her days in the Whitehouse).  She has no claim to ethics and integrity.  And as to her accomplishments. . .   .    .   what are they, pray tell?  Nothing sparkling as a Senator.  And in service to Obama, she travelled a lot,  but where was the accomplishment?  There were certainly a number of negatives.  

But why does Hillary continue to maintain such high negatives with the voters?. . right behind Trump.  This is a constant – it wasn’t ever any better.  She isn’t forthcoming,  is devious in her claims,  people respond to that harsh, egocentric inner core;  she screams too much and it isn’t a good effect when she sounds that brittle and demanding.  Everything about her is off-putting.    Almost everything about Bernie is appealing.

But look at the numbers;   Hillary had this thing on lockdown as she started.  Bernie has been treated as some ‘ASIDE’ without a chance.  No one thought Bernie was going anywhere.  Boy were they wrong!  Maybe its a similar thing with all those Trump voters – – Americans are just fed up with the status quo and can’t take it anymore.  I do see the frustration in both camps with complaints of a lost way of life.   I became so frustrated with the Democratic Party and the lack of fairness that has been relevant in their actions.  Bernie was abused – unabashedly!  Useless in Ohio in the same way.  Wouldn’t make room for P.G. Sittenfeld for Senator and boldly backed our former Governor instead.  Sittenfeld was creative, had unique ideas and reminded me of a 29 year old Bernie – very progressive.  PG made inroads, worked hard, but couldn’t overcome the Democratic political snubbing — wouldn’t even let him debate!  To me, that’s rotten political machinery. The stuff we want to get rid of.  

So anyway, here we are pretty far down the road and all the smart money says this is Hillary’s.  How is this possible?  Did you see the turnout gatherings for Bernie in NY?  People are loving this man – they get him!  Different rules in different states! 40% of the New Yorkers are independents and were denied the right to vote. . so Hillary walks  off with the win.  One person, one vote ain’t workin’!  I don’t want to bemoan the delegate thing again.  But how do I accept that this is alright?  A man everybody loves can’t get there?  And a woman no body likes or wants (for many reasons) has it all wrapped up?  Maybe you can see whats bugging me and got me riled up.  But I’m sticking with Bernie!  Jan

 

Frank Bruni commentary: Voters are put in position of picking the lesser of 2 evils

American voters are displeased with the candidates they’ve been given. They’re disengaged from the process that winnows the field.And that process disregards the political center, erodes common ground and leaves us with a government that can’t build the necessary consensus for, let alone implement, sensible action in regard to taxes, to infrastructure, to immigration, to guns, to just about anything.Make America great again? We need to start by making it functional.

A poll released by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal on Sunday showed that 68 percent of American voters couldn’t imagine themselves casting a vote in the general election for Trump, while 61 percent said the same about Ted Cruz and 58 percent about Clinton.

A much, much higher percentage of voters viewed each of these three unfavorably than favorably. ‘‘Unpopularity Contest’’ was the headline on the story on the NBC News website, which rightly asked how well any president of such polarizing effect would be able to govern.

We’ve had such presidents (and candidates) before. And pessimism isn’t new.

But there have been developments and differences in 2016 that may well be making the situation worse.

The media, for one. When you treat a campaign as if it were an athletic competition, you turn it into more of a blood sport than it already is. And when you breathlessly promote it the way you would a hit TV show’s season finale, it becomes just another piece of theater. Neither approach encourages sober-minded engagement.

Nor does the manner in which so many voters use the Internet in general and social media in particular, to curate and wallow in echo chambers that amplify their prejudices, exacerbate their tribalism and widen the fault lines between us.

  • To prevail, a candidate doesn’t even have to persuade an especially large share of the electorate, given how splintered and detached voters are. In an important commentary published in The Hill on Monday, the Democratic pollster and strategist Mark Penn extrapolated from Trump’s and Clinton’s vote tallies to note that, in his estimation, ‘‘We now have a system in which it takes just 10 million votes out of 321 million people to seize one of the two coveted nominations.’’

‘‘The result,’’ he wrote, ‘‘is a democracy that is veering off course, increasingly reflecting the will of powerful activist groups and the political extremes.’’ Would-be nominees needn’t worry much about the roughly 40 percent of Americans who at least technically consider themselves independents — a group that’s grown over the last decade — or the 60 percent who say that a third political party is needed.

No, these candidates ‘‘can just double down on elements of their base,’’ Penn observed. ‘‘Rather than bring the country together, they demonize their opponents to hype turnout among select groups, targeted by race, religion or ethnicity.’’

  • Penn suggested several smart reforms to increase voters’ participation and sense of investment, including the abolition of caucuses and a rotation of the order in which states vote, so that Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina don’t always get such outsize sway.

I wish we could also find a way to shorten these presidential campaigns significantly, so that they’re not such a soul-draining, throat-ravaging turnoff to almost anyone who’s not an epic narcissist or mired in politics to the point of no return.

Then maybe we’d look up one of these years and be choosing among the greater of goods, not the lesser of evils, and the victor would be left, physically and ideologically, with a voice that still carries.

Frank Bruni writes for The New York Times.

April 12, 2016

One person, one vote! SCOTUS Affirms

You think I’ve lost it?  Maybe, but can’t zip it anymore

So why do I remain so confused?  Why is everything so difficult?     If we hadn’t BEEN THERE when all this happened with Al Gore  when he won big- time and still lost the election,  it wouldn’t be so scary.  The political machinery is beyond the understanding of so many of us.   I continue to try to make sense of the explanations which are given, but it is like garbage to me. . . pure, unadulterated drivel — deviously designed to assure the so-called “choice” of the establishment comes out  on top as the winner.  They can call it by whatever name they choose. . .  it still smacks of corruption – – rigged elections!  

  • There is no possible way for “delegates”  pre-ordained or otherwise to legitimately over-ride the choice of voters, ordained by the CONSTITUTION.

Who  thinks this makes any sense at all?  We have a system capable of working, but when you continue to pass new rules and laws denying people their right to vote;  continue redesigning the political boundaries to swallow up the people’s voice. . . it is so corrupt that many have given up trying.  Hillary had her delegates all wrapped up before the ball game began.  Hillary who is so disliked, distrusted and extremely deceitful in her manner of eluding truths. . . because the truth is not acceptable.   Said she would reveal her text of speeches she gave to wall street, but then reneged, saying if she did it,  then all must do it.  At a recent  talk wherein the press was present, they electronically rigged the sound to keep it from reaching the ears of the press!  How overt, outrageous and disgusting does it have to get?  For all the politicos in Washington who are endorsing her (even though they are Democrats) I believe they should be thrown out as well as they have proven that they are INDEED, part of the rigged system, and want to protect it. .  . . .  .  . because its profitable!

Hillary is self-serving and ambitious beyond belief.  I have never known of anyone who continues to foist herself onto the public sphere even tho she is fully aware of her lack of public acceptance.  That isn’t just thick skin — its deep-rooted ambition beyond reason.   People have NEVER liked her or trusted her.  Her alliance with big-money interests are a reality  of which she isn’t a bit ashamed.   Why should she be?. . . this is where her heart and interests are,   as her life has revealed.  Her ties to the Corporate structure are sound and formidable.  It is her forte – -where she is comfortable, belongs.  But being clever, smart is not enough – – one needs also ethics, heart,  a clear and thoughtful mind, and deep caring and understanding for the plight of others.  A commitment to honesty and integrity

Among the things I find contemptible in Hillary aside from her smug self-satisfaction that she is the best at everything she does,  is her infernal innuendo that Bernie isn’t capable of accomplishing all those “pie-in-the-sky” rather impossible plans he has for our people.  Well sure it sounds impossible – – no one has ever espoused such ideas (except in their dreams).   But most of those ideas actually DID USED TO WORK – right here in America!  What changed is corporate GREED  with a singleminded path toward POWER and WEALTH coupled with highly successful mechanisms to pay for and enable the laws THEY wanted.  So politicians got richer (and tried to stay in Washington) and ordinary folks were sold down the river.  No question Bernie can’t do it by himself and this is what he states.  The people will enjoy taking down the corruption once they realize how to vote for ethical, honest people who actually want to serve others . .  . restore our rights in so many ways.  We all must learn to USE OUR VOICES for the common good, and the total benefit of all of us.  We need dynamic restructuring of the legal system — one that works equally for all;  the educational system must be revamped and restored so that kids learn something to equip them for life on their own;   we  need to make the sexes equal with each individual having full and total ownership of their own body — as no-one outside the individual has the right to dictate personal physical or medical choices;  our nation is being poisoned by toxins at unbelievable levels — both agricultural and pharmaceutical plus 100’s of thousands of other toxic chemicals which are destroying our way of life,  debilitating our health in ways most people can’t understand – let alone stave off.  And through all of this, we are sterilizing our irreplaceable soil which of course not only harms our planet (it’s flora and fauna). . all vegetation and  living forms are being annihilated;  and while I do not consider it last, but rather the top of my list,  the Medical Profession and entire complex needs to be completely revamped – most especially BIG PhRMA, for it has become rather a farce and a tragedy.  Medicine no longer seeks cause of problems (they find almost everything to be cause unknown).   There are pills for every symptom, but few causes are ‘fixed’.  All forms of medicine of a person’s choice should be made available and legal.  Everyone is different and responds to different kinds of treatment.  Vaccinations should be available to those who chose them,  but NEVER MANDATORY!   The healthcare we now have only serves the wealthy and the indigent.   It is useless for the middle class due to costs, copays and deductibles (let alone the punitive fines for those unable to sign up).  Ohio is planning to rid more than 600,000 from these medical benefits he had allowed,  which will greatly impact our huge amount of disenfranchised people who are struggling so.  And Kasich is the best of the GOP lot. . .what to think of that?

We are not cattle, we are FREE Americans with established RIGHTS.   There is so much which needs to be done to free America up to actually BE the BEST WE  CAN BE!      Someone like Bernie with the smarts, the ethics and the committed heart is just the man to get the job done,. . .if we all pull together.  He can lead the way and get it done as long as we “get it” and cooperate- – throw the bums out and go with ethics instead.    Jan

 

April 8, 2016

LISTEN, LIBERAL !

The MIRAGE of political ins and outs

What we Americans (you and I) are living through everyday isn’t isolated to our sinking masses who struggle to claim our dreams and aspirations against what ‘seems’ to be stacked odds,  to be sure.   Any intelligent, moral person whether highly placed in life or among those really struggling to ‘get by’. . . if we know anything about our own history, our beginnings. . . how we founded our nation and government and the principles that were so vital and meaningful to us then and now – – the evidence IS everywhere.  

Once again, Bill Moyers and Company has brought a very fine piece to our attention.  While it is only an introduction to this book, it grabbed my attention (almost disturbingly),  including the many comments which followed it.  I sincerely want to read it.  So I’m gonna call the library and see if I have a chance to  get on a list (budget ya know, and as a virgo-type, buying books is a rather large weakness).  Anyway,  I really NEED to share this with you. . .misery loves company I guess,  but it seems to explain why many of us are so wrought over our Democratic party preferences. . .and at a loss to get why some do what they do. . . when it seems so clear to me. . . .  but what do I know?     Jan

DEMOCRACY & GOVERNMENT

From Bill Moyers — A Recommendation

Thomas Frank’s new book is “thought-provoking — and guilt-inducing.”

From Bill Moyers — A Recommendation

Thomas Frank’s new book is “thought-provoking — and guilt-inducing.”

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April 5, 2016

Rid Shingles and its “Pain”

There is Help to reverse Shingles

Haven’t forgotten you my friends, just been really busy with my newest interest –  Liposome-Encapsulated vitamin-C.  Guess I  introduced you all to this February 29, 2016. It had taken me weeks to research, shop around (online), make my purchases, experiment and so on.  This is so much FUN! I do so wish more could realize the satisfaction of intelligent self-care.  Once I really got into the LIPO-C thing, I knew I was going to do it – and I’m loving it. I have five  (so-called maladies —  or less than perfect/ideal  body functions),  a few of which I hope to correct or lessen.  I do intend to make this for as long as I continue to occupy space on the planet.    Why?  Because in less than two weeks, I am feeling so much better.   I can tell my COPD is still an issue, but in fact,  I am breathing so much easier now,  more deeply and fuller.   Amazing.  Oxygenation is so vital to our well-being and every cell in our body, so this is very important. . . and I’m  grateful. Tho there is still much more to be done for complete return to normalcy,  this is good.   Energy has improved. . able to accomplish a bit more these days, which is great.    Actually think my heart is responding too;  have returned to multi-positional sleeping patterns of yesteryear wherein I seem to roll allover the bed however I wanted. (my enlarged heart afflicted with A-Fib for perhaps 10 -12 years now, has prevented this delicious night-time freedom. . .  as it seemed to thump too hard and loud if I should lie on my left side.)  Yes, this is progress.  Additionally,  and this is important — I’m feeling GOOD!  Keep noticing, I’m  having no pain any where.  All I’ve added is the Liposomal – Encapsulated Vitamin C.  

I started off with an ounce or so of the Lipo-C twice a day.  But decided, going for a break-thru, why fool around– so upped it to 3 X day and upped to  2 oz, 3 X a day. One ounce is equal to about  7-8 gr. . so I’ve been getting about 90 or so grams daily. . .why wouldn’t I FEEL GOOD?  Ya can’t do that with any routine type of C on the market.  The Lipo-C I’m making (anyone can) is more efficient than equivalent IV C injected by doctors – they say, up to 6 to 8 times more powerful. Mine is organic, no SOY (almost exclusively GMO and has hormonal negatives – won’t touch soy!).  Just use Sunflower Lecithin,  C crystals (powder) and distilled water.  And of course, the Ultrasonic machine for the sound waves to encapsulate the C into the Lecithin  Be glad to share what I do and how, if interest is there. Mean while  I’ve been a bit busy as make for family and a friend or two as well.  

I mention all this to bring it down to its relative simplicity.  This is an easy project to learn and do.  Once you buy a machine, the cost factors are minimal.  Again, will discuss further if it is desired.  They are eliminating cancer, Alzheimer’s disease , cardio and pulmonary – – in fact, all modern, chronic afflictions known to us. I’m giving a link to Dr Levy who has popularized this recently.  I believe he has earned an eternal place in paradise for all the potential help to our suffering masses which this represents.  He didn’t discover this, but has brought it to the worlds attention clearly and rapidly.  He does not however, discuss the how-to’s of doing it yourself.  This may or may not be somehow tied to his becoming aligned with a company which is making a commercial brand of Lipo-C — who am I to judge? Even so, I have spent weeks delving into this and many intelligent people are out there online and on Youtube teaching, extolling and showing us DIY’s How to. Even now, I continue to find exciting new slants on this whole subject.  I have found at least a handful of educated, medical oriented and creative people to learn from who have expanded my understanding on this matter and encouraged me to strive onward;  so I’m gonna do Glutathione next. . brain stuff and autism, etc., actually, can hardly wait.

I’de like to mention an experience I had relevant to Shingles going back 40- 50 years,  hence those involved are long gone.  Had a friend, aging, but still vital and enormously gracious and lovely – was a retired actress named Beulah Bondi.  To know her was to love her.   One time as I greeted her, I wrapped my arms around her small torso for an affectionate embrace.  But it was immediately clear I had hurt her somehow.  Gentle woman that she was,  seemed more concerned for my feelings than her injury as she explained that she was having an outbreak of shingles at the time. . .not to worry.  Our mutual friend later explained that she had suffered with this for years and there was no relief to be had for her.   I saw the pain in her, tho she was a disciplined, talented actress.  A pitiful condition.  Well, there is something one can do about shingles now.   And anybody can fix this problem for his/her self.   Checkout Dr Levy’s link, many categories under discussion there;  just follow down the column for other conditions.              Jan

 

October 2, 2013 | Reverse shingles with vitamin C

March 22, 2016

Time for 2 Dems to go

Time to go Deep. . stuff is changing

From  billmoyers.com

 Well,  this email from Bill Moyer’s and Company is  more than I can sit on and mull over by myself.  I have almost been having apoplexy over the situation through out this political season.   Most Americans have felt kinda like I do — that Debbie W.S. has to go!  That she has finagled against anything which might’ve given Bernie an equal shot,  instead, all was pure and simple — totally rigged;  and I’m sure deeply affected some of the negative stuff which has instead, rubbed off on Hillary, perhaps — undeservedly.  Never been a secret that while I  liked Bill, almost couldn’t stand Hillary.  She has lived her entire political life among, inside of and surrounded by all the big money people — that and all it represents IS where her heart is and remains.  Spots on a leopard don’t change. . . one is what one is.  That she is a deviously smart woman is obvious to anyone, but to claim that she is and has always been a progressive is frankly dishonest.  It is a mockery to watch her try to  outflank Bernie with his natural thrust for and of the people in his effort to equalize the economic, legal and political fields so that everyone has the same chances for prosperity and satisfaction in the individual pursuit of one’s life-dreams.    

This run for the Presidency isn’t for the ‘SMARTEST’. . .most well-known,  . . . or most accomplished any thing;  it is for the one we can TRUST,  rely on to do the right thing under any and all circumstances —  —  the one  who  WILL take the necessary time to properly reflect while being sure that  head and heart are in agreement because both are clear and unfettered enabling a correct decision to emerge.  

To hell with the machinery and games,  this  should be an easy call.   Forget NAMES.  Forget “loyalty”   How much do ‘Party” labels matter?  The world is groaning.  Our country, great as it is because of all the unique people and pieces and  parts – even WE are groaning (rightfully so). . .  .  but if we can’t come together to protect our country  from all these disparate factions who seem to want to pull us apart and set us against one another. . .how can we come out of this season as a UNIFIED NATION?  Do we really want to become a nation of haters and war-mongers?  Isn’t there enough  of that going on?  Remember what our nation stands for. . the United States of America.    Go into your  heart, you’ll know what do

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Time for These Two Democrats to Go

They represent everything wrong with the Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton should tell them to take a hike.

Left: Rahm Emanuel (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images). Right: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for OurTime.org).

Left: Rahm Emanuel (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images). Right: Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for OurTime.org).

There are two Democrats whose resignation from office right now would do their party and country a service.

Their disappearance might also help Hillary Clinton convince skeptical Democrats that her nomination, if it happens, is about the future, and not about resurrecting and ratifying the worst aspects of the first Clinton reign when she and her husband rarely met a donor to whom they wouldn’t try to auction a sleepover in the Lincoln Bedroom.

In fact, while we’re at it, and if Secretary Clinton really wants us to believe she’s no creature of the corporate and Wall Street money machine — despite more than $44 million in contributions from the financial industry since 2000 and her $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, not to mention several million more paid by other business interests for an hour or two of her time — she should pick up the gauntlet herself and publicly call for the departure of these two, although they are among her nearest and dearest. And we don’t mean Bill and Chelsea.

No, she should come right out and ask for the resignations of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic National Committee Chair — and Florida congresswoman — Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In one masterstroke, she could separate herself from two of the most prominent of all corporate Democratic elitists.

Each is a Clinton disciple and devotee, each has profited mightily from the association and each represents all that is wrong with a Democratic Party that in the pursuit of money from rich donors and powerful corporations has abandoned those it once so proudly represented — working men and women.

Rahm Emanuel first came to prominence as head of the finance committee for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, browbeating ever-increasing amounts of money out of fat cat donors, and following Clinton into the White House as a senior adviser attuned to the wishes and profits of organized wealth. Few pushed harder for NAFTA, a treaty that would cost a million or more working people their livelihood, or for the “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” crime bill which Clinton later admitted was a mistake. After alienating most of Washington with his arrogance and bluster Emanuel left in 1998 and went into investment banking in Chicago, making more than $16 million in less than three years.

He came back to Washington as a three-term Illinois congressman, chaired the fundraising Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (calling on his Wall Street sources to get in on the gravy by electing so-called New Democrats over New Deal Democrats), and soon was back in the White House as Barack Obama’s chief of staff. There, he infamously told a strategy meeting of liberal groups and administration types that the liberals were “retarded” for planning to run attack ads against conservative Democrats resisting Obamacare. Classy. Writer Jane Hamsher described him as tough guy wannabe but really “a brown nose for power ready to rumble on behalf of the status quo.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (L) and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy hold a press conference to address the arrest of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke on November 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (L) and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy hold a press conference to address the arrest of Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke on November 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

And now he’s mayor of Chicago, reelected last April for a second term, but, as historian Rick Pearlstein wrote in The New Yorker a couple of months ago, “Chicagoans — and Democrats nationally — are suffering buyer’s remorse.”

Remember that shocking dashcam video of a black 17-year-old named Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago policeman while he was walking away? Of course you do; who can forget it? Remember, too, that for 400 days the police kept the existence of the video secret and did nothing about the shooting. Meanwhile, the City of Chicago paid five million dollars to McDonald’s family, who at that point had not filed a lawsuit. But despite the large sum of money coughed up by his own administration, Emanuel claims he never saw the video. If that’s true, he was guilty of dreadful mismanagement; if he did know, he’s guilty of far worse.

Only after his re-election was the cover-up of the murder revealed. In Pearlstein’s words, “Given that he surely would not have been reelected had any of this come out before the balloting, a recent poll showed that only 17 percent of Chicagoans believe him. And a majority of Chicagoans now think he should resign.”

The Laquan McDonald murder is just one of the scandals on Emanuel’s watch: crime and abuse by police run rampant, the city’s public schools are a disaster, the transit system’s a mess. Yet while Emanuel has devoted little of his schedule to meeting with community leaders, Pearlstein reminds us that he did, however, “spend enormous blocks of time with the rich businessmen, including Republicans, who had showered him with cash…” Now many of them have deserted him, including one of his richest Republican — yes, Republican — contributors, multimillionaire Bruce Rauner, who became governor of Illinois.

Emanuel should go — and Hillary Clinton should say so. But while Senator Bernie Sanders, campaigning during the Illinois primary, said he would not seek and would not accept the mayor’s endorsement, with Secretary Clinton it’s business as usual. Emanuel has held fundraisers for her campaign since 2014 so chances are she’ll stay mum, take the money and run.

As for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, she embodies the tactics that have eroded the ability of Democrats to once again be the party of the working class. As Democratic National Committee chair she has opened the floodgates for Big Money, brought lobbyists into the inner circle and oiled all the moving parts of the revolving door that twirls between government service and cushy jobs in the world of corporate influence.

She has played games with the party’s voter database, been accused of restricting the number of Democratic candidate debates and scheduling them at odd days and times to favor Hillary Clinton, and recently told CNN’s Jake Tapper that super delegates — strongly establishment and pro-Clinton — are necessary at the party’s convention so deserving incumbent officials and party leaders don’t have to run for delegate slots “against grassroots activists.” Let that sink in, but hold your nose against the aroma of entitlement.

But here’s just about the worst of it. Rep. Wasserman Schultz — the people’s representative, right? — has aligned herself with corporate interests out to weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s effort to create national standards for the payday-lending industry, a business that in particular targets the poor. Payday loans, as Yuka Hayashi writes at The Wall Street Journal, “are quick credits of a few hundred dollars, with effective annual interest rates ranging between 300% and 500%. Loans are due in a lump sum on the borrower’s next payday, a structure that often sends people into cycles of debt by forcing them to take out new loans to repay the old ones.”

U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) and chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) speaks to reporters in the spin room after watching tonight's democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center on January 17, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina. Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley spent yesterday campaigning in South Carolina in lead up to tonight's debate. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks to reporters in the spin room after watching the January 17 Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

According to the nonpartisan Americans for Financial Reform, this tail-chasing cycle of “turned” loans to pay off previous loans makes up about 76 percent of the payday loan business. The Pew Charitable Trust found that in Wasserman Schultz’s home state, the average payday loan customer takes out nine such loans a year, which usually has them mired in debt for about half a year.

No wonder radio host and financial guru Dave Ramsey describes the payday loan business, which loans $38.5 billion a year, as “scum-sucking, bottom-feeding predatory people who have no moral restraint.” The very people, it must be acknowledged, who now have an ally in the chair of the Democratic National Committee, who has so engineered the rules of the current Democratic primary process so as to virtually assure her unlimited access to a Clinton White House where she can walk in freely to press the case for her, ahem, “scum-sucking, bottom-feeding predatory” donors and pals.

So imagine now the Democratic National Convention this July. Presiding over it will be, yes, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, tribune for a party of incumbency, money and crony capitalism. Follow her as she makes the rounds of private parties where zillionaire donors, lobbyists and consultants transact the real business of politics. Watch as she and Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel of Chicago greet and embrace. Then imagine those thousands of young people outside the convention hall who have arrived from long months of campaigning earnestly for reform of the party they see as an instrument of their future, as well as members of Black Lives Matter and other people of color for whom Rahm Emanuel is the incarnation of deceit and oppression.

This is why Emanuel and Wasserman Schultz must go. To millions, they are enablers of the one percent, perpetuators of the Washington mentality that the rest of the country has grown to hate. What a message such servants of plutocracy send: Democrats — a bridge to the past.

 

March 9, 2016

Washington is HOW Broken?

Democrats and Republicans Are Quietly Planning a Corporate Giveaway — to the Tune of $400 Billion

 

There really isn’t any need for me to add anything to this post;  I’m stunned with it – – and during our voting season!  Can anything be worse or DUMBER?  They are saying  while this isn’t a secret . . . everyone knows about it and so on.     I CERTAINLY DIDN’T KNOW

AND I DEEPLY PROTEST IT       

Can’t Elizabeth and Bernie DO SOMETHING about it?         Jan

WE ARE SUPPORTED

Behind the ‘noise’ is JOY

My memories may no longer reflect the fullness of what I once lived;   but they were never meant to,  for life is meant to be fully experienced and enjoyed,  with each nuance savored. How can we do that if we dwell  over-much in the past?  (no matter how special, poignant and beautiful they were)  Nor am I entirely sure that our species was meant to keep on keeping on for as long as I seem to be doing.  No one’s life is all a bed of roses. . .”into each life, the rain must fall”. . .  so it kinda comes down to perspective.  Those who are fortunate enough to discover what they truly want and need to be happy. . (whatever that might be, . . . call it purpose. . .goal, things, stuff or place. . doesn’t matter, your choice, for we are all so different and march to the beat of different drummers. . . . as we should),  well these individuals have a far greater chance of actually being happy as they  like how it feels and strive to be, say and do that which is gonna keep making them happy.  Its always in the feelings – that’s our barometer.  So if we’re down, sad, lost. . without purpose or aim, we aren’t in touch with who we truly are which allows all the heavy stuff. . . including increased pain.  Each of us can figure all this out. . .some are going to take longer and will do it in own fashion.   Allow me to slightly digress:

 . . . have been a foodist my whole life (I think).  By my 30’s the importance of nutrition-to-health loomed large for me and was busy thereafter trying to fit pieces together. Served me pretty well, have enjoyed a strong healthy body. . hardly noticed middle age. Experienced 70’s and 80’s pretty much like others do, but refused pharmaceuticals flat out.  Since I was raising my grand-daughters,  doctors brow-bet me into HBP meds, guilting me – what would they do if I stroke out?  Did that a few years, tho hated the way they made me feel.  A series of other organic problems (one segueing into the next).  Too much, walked away from all.  So with cardio, thyroid, HBP, COPD  and Alzheimers diseases to cope with – – I left seeing doctors behind.  I highly value my beloved body and the fantastic  job it has done all these years. Focused as I was on helping my body back to some semblance of normalcy, with no toxic anything being  ingested beyond what we are forced endure with what comes from farming these days.  I am satisfied.  

Sure I’ve I’ve learned a lot – bought too many books, went in circles for a while.  There was a point I could barely rise out of my chair.  Heart pounding up a storm, hard to breathe properly – The works!  Can now use my stairs both up and down (to the basement), back to walking Heidi and life goes on almost pain-free (attributable to many things) One was the “Borax Conspiracy” (a post I did a few months back) that it seems few believed;  but that is all I have done which is different since I take nothing for pain and stiffness of arthritis –  OTC or otherwise.  Maybe 3 to 5 months now and I did as Dr Walter Last said to do.  Easy, cheap beyond belief.  Have posted on everything I’ve done to help myself, because, in sharing it. . .perhaps someone else can benefit as well.  Heart protocol and all.    This isn’t for everyone, but my rebel nature equipped me fairly well to do stuff my own way, and I would say, its paid off.    

But I haven’t got to this rather peaceful place with ‘smarts’ or ‘luck,’  I honestly believe. . . .”as a man thinketh, so is he. .”  No matter the circumstances,  I think all have more choice than we think we do.  We can’t control others or non-self,   but no one else can control our thinking outside of us.   The excerpt below is from Abraham; a daily message I receive from the Law of Attraction people. (for some years now – its free).   When I read it this morning, it brought an overwhelming sense of joy and peace.  And I reflected on all the help which I have found throughout life, here, there and everywhere from childhood on.  Tho my core (early) understanding is that of the Christian faith, over the years I have come to understand that what we call IT doesn’t matter;  it is our unified need/search outside ourselves to that which is ‘greater than’  and we can call that which is our source by any name — it simply doesn’t matter.  For we are all connected, and some say – we are all one.  And we are meant to be whole, at peace. . .and happy.     Jan

 

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It feels so good to realize that the Energy that creates worlds is supporting you; to wake up every morning in clarity, knowing exactly who-you-are; to know that Source is thinking through you; to experience meaningful rendezvous; to dovetail with the right people who give you the right piece of information just at the right time; to never feel dependent upon anyone; to know with clarity who-you-are; to feel the Energy that creates worlds moving though your fingertips and through your mind; to see evidence all around you of the thoughts you have been thinking and to feel the power of who-you-are! That’s what you came for.

—Abraham

Excerpted from: Phoenix, AZ on February 01, 2014
Our Love,
Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)

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