SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

March 17, 2018

Can we Hack-Fix Ourselves?

So here’s why I’ve been sorta MIA lately

My life seems to have changed a bit in this 88th year.  Kinda started like any other,  but has taken some weird turns. Last fall, I had become fascinated with Dr Morse’s ‘fruitarian thing’. . sounded kinda fun and made a whole lot of sense to me.  Still does.  But I think maybe my timing wasn’t too cool,  Any guy who can get paraplegics and other severely disabled people back up and living fully again, has my utmost respect.  All happened, was documented.  As to my participation in such a plan, well it  was most certainly faulty for me  rather than appropriate,  and I actually should have known better.   I was already in pretty damned good shape for my long years.  My six ‘chronic’ afflictions were seemingly under control and doin’ okay. . .  .  without Pharmaceuticals.  Some might think that alone put me miles ahead of a lot of others.   Maybe it’s  just a question of perspective – – I dunno.  But it IS  the viewpoint I live with.

The concept I wish to touch on here is that I had in fact been devising my own protocol per my rationalized, researched efforts over those years wherein I sought no medical help other than books  written by an assortment of what I deemed “qualified and worthy” MDs you know, those who had allowed life to reveal to them ‘goodies’ available outside the so-called establishment ‘BOX’ such as it is.  Of course, it was bad enough before the lunatic in the oval office took an axe to all things recognizable in our American life.  Soon, there may be very little left which might be worth the struggle to try to muster up the funds to pay for medicine at all.  When I walked away from medicine, I had been a cardiac patient for about a decade.   IMO, I’ve done quite well for my heart and brain.   Their needs are similar – – both have really big energy needs and also require excellent circulation in order to fulfill their various functions.  This takes vital nutrient and clean pathways or it isn’t gonna happen.  It won’t happen with  with symptom manipulation which only is possibly capable of making us ‘Feel Better’  – it doesn’t fix the problems.   But I think the high cost and poor success rate already points this out without my belaboring the point.

Of course,  I am speaking of the Amino Acids  (L-Arginine with L-Citrulline on rising and bedtime), then during the day, I work in Taurine,  D-Ribose and Alcar stacked.   Because of the pollution we must live with, it is advisable to avail something like N.A.C. in effort to offset, while culling out useless, devitalized commercially prepared foodstuff.  And of all the smart things we ‘could do’ for our body – – nothing can equate with hi-octane use of time-tested fighting-tools the body recognises such as abundant quantities of Vitamins C, A, D – always with a K-2 tablet, E – dbl your small amount – the heart and brain love it same as they do Cod Liver oil and Omega 3’s.     Magnesium – – where would I be without it?  I take a lot – 2 X a day.  Have never taken Calcium – period,  and have almost indestructible bones.  And please, please don’t take blood thinners.  I neither clot nor bleed like a stuck pig – – my blood flows freely, kinda normal as I continue to take Nattokinase which is superior to ANYTHING BIG PhRMA has created.  Plus this organic soy product is plant based – with no side effects and is far more effective – – what’s not to like?   These are just obvious well-known items which the medical community enjoys debunking. . . should wonder why.  If everybody ate right, did some simple, common sense stuff like this and kept active enough to keep that lymph flowing like it should – – no one would need doctors barring accidents. 

I’ve started a new addition to the heart/brain care – at it 5 or 6 weeks now. Wanted to try it out before speaking with you about it.  I am satisfied that these two products are in fact very effective.   One is BioPQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone) and the second is a CoEnzyme Q10  called H2Q an advanced, bio available product. These can be costly depending on where you get them.  Bought at  I almost always buy online and shop for what I want, but also to get best price  The PQQ was first discovered by our space people.  It was a dust they found, researched > developed.  They first found its greatest usefulness with brain issues (including Alzheimer’s). . but then learned it could reverse heart disease.  At the time, I was at a low point and thought maybe it was too late for me, didn’t see how I could make it for two or three weeks which is the time needed to notice any help.  But sure enough, after a few days my body began to show its gratitude and I was hopeful.  Nothing major. . just returning strength and with that – hope.

Sorry, I know I’ve covered  all this so many, many times.  But this post isn’t about my personal protocol. . . it’s about, kinda – – how I screwed it up and why.  And this has only recently crossed my mind, so I wanted to share with you.       

How Sourdough Bread may actually be helping me “come back”

When I sorta crashed, ran outta steam,. . it didn’t seem to be just low energy.  I became weakened, frail, less steady on my feet.  Every thing was harder and I made a lot of messes which also made life harder.  Tended my blog less even tho it remains one of my greatest pleasures.  Remember speaking about my determination to finally satisfactorily make Sourdough Bread.   Now I have baked off 4 loaves.  First two didn’t rise. . .flat little things.  EXPENSIVE little things and they were baked with much love and great expectation. Couldn’t just throw them out – – all that expensive stuff inside them.  Of course they were kinda gummy,  but I ate every crumb. . and I did enjoy them.   Have really labored over all this (like my life depended on it).  On the internet chasing down one more lead and so on. I now await still one more book – Jake O’Shaunesy’s Sourdough book. . can’t wait!  It’s really an old book.  Have been trying to breathe in the air that Sander Katz used in his book Wild Fermentation.  Lovin every minute of it.  The last two loaves were acceptable, almost – they rose more and I used quite a bit of Rye.  Actually pretty good.  Have two more loaves for tomorrow morning’s oven.  This time the “Sponge” turned out just great, . .so I have high hopes.  I keep discovering new things  Sander had written, but it only makes sense to me after I know I did it wrong and now I get it.  He writes well – – I’m just a slow learner as I’m prone to point out. 

So why is all this helping me?   Because I was so darned weakened.  Barely had the strength to get from one chair to another while using a cane and bouncing off walls to hold self up.  Picture a cardiac patient with all that kneading!  Absolute insanity. It’s a lot of work.  And I love it.  But I’ve been in love with kitchens since at least age 5 or so.  and there’s my inner Pit Bull. 

Fortunately I don’t require labels to be happy and secure.   Aside from the fact that I believe “What good would it do”  (to run to doc, get tests up the gazoo just to get a label.  Why?. . .so I could fixate on it?  In so doing, maybe pull myself down even further or be talked into useless medicine?  Not a path I choose.  My gut or intuit is still good.  And throughout life, have honestly believed that I’ve enjoyed an abundant share of blessings, and that remains.  So I’m good.  If I’m needed elsewhere, I’m good to go, but til then. . life is good. 

So, How have I hurt myself, and what’s the plan?

IMO, I had been playing around with all my ideas and would only put into or onto my body substances which were organic, healthful and of which I approved. . so there wasn’t a lot of risk in my choices.  When it made sense,  if it worked and I seem to be profiting from it – – I kept it as part of my routine.  If there was no change or improvement – that too, was an answer, so it  was dropped.  Over time, my protocol was customised for me and what my body seemed to need.  For many – ya couldn’t ask for much more for an octogenarian. I was happy and doin’ fine.  It was foolish to rock my stable boat. . there was no reason to do so.  One can appreciate another path without having to join it to prove appreciation.  I believe the radical changes from a balanced successful nutritional path (for me) was not in my best interests.  I have paid a rather steep price.  It’s been about six months now. 

The single worst affliction I’ve ever encountered is this Psoriasis thing  which I continue to struggle with.  Its ugly, wretchedly mean – itching, burning, skin cracking and even bleeding.  It goes from the back of both hands and now has reached above my elbows.  I keep dreaming up new formulae and it’s getting better.  Had to buy some H-Psoriasis oil from Healing Natural Oils online, which is rather costly, but is plant based and effective. $60 for 1 ounce (or so).  Have been so busy with the bread, wasn’t into trying to make this too, so called them on phone and told her I was going to make it myself as I had looked up the ingredients and can do – no problem (just not right now). . but needed a healthy discount as there was a whole lot of profit in this formula.  No argument.  So 2nd bottle here soon now.  I WILL NOT  go to medicine for any RX or light.  Doesn’t cure either and is costly.  I plan to knock this out in due course.  It is a simple reflection of internal  imbalance. . and when I figure it out, it’ll probably be gone on its on.  I have given my formula out on what I do for my skin several times.  I use HA and C-Serum after oil cleansing – thats all.  But I put a lot of good stuff in my creams and lotions.  The C-Serum is REALLY helping, big time.. . just sayin’    It’ll help til a true fix comes along  Anyway, I believe this skin disease did come about due to the upset I created in my system with the radical change I put my body thru.  It wasn’t smart, but I will not abuse myself over it.  We live and learn, hopefully, and we can’t do that well if under recrimination.   So love starts in self, for self and gladly radiates outward as a natural consequence.   . . . works for me       

Noticing Self  (or Body) Hackers on Internet (a number of them)

Reading online, it seems to be the new thing these days of Self Hacking  or Body Hacking.  I know it sounds strange.  What is meant by all this;  people have learned that x y and z is truly helpful for correcting, fixing – – bettering (Hacking) whatever problem you may be experiencing.  Some of these people have really gut-wrenching stories, which seems to make their sales pitch more appealing I guess. Whatever works.   But in a recent one I was kinda getting into  I noticed that everything this young man was willing to share with you costs somewhere around $36. or $39.00 – – after joining the VIP club becoming a part of it all.  The club price was up there too. Can’t tell you what a turn off it is to someone like me.  I do what I do as a labor of love, a giving back for the good life I’ve known.  When I find stuff that works,  I share it as that is my joy.    When a physician has distinguished him/herself in ways I admire and they write a book about it,  I’m only too happy to buy their book.  In their books, they are sharing what they too have learned – because it helps others. 

I got to thinking about this. . why, I guess I’m a hacker too.  True I haven’t “invented” a new path or a medicine, but I sure as hell was  into wading thru all the ‘stuff’ out there to see/learn what might serve me best for this or that. . .and why.  Finding it, then wanting to share.  I think it’s a great system.  I have a shameful amount of books (forgive me. . I’m a Virgo)  and I’ll need another 5 or so years to finish reading all my books.   One jumps to mind right off, a book I truly love in every possible way from 2015 by Alberto Villoldo.  He is praised highly by so many other medical voices for “Leading Edge Nutritional Science”  and “an opportunity to move beyond mis-perceived limitations and write new, empowering stories for our lives” and  “demystifying age-old wisdom with practical cutting edge science.  ONE SPIRIT MEDICINE  is the big answer to our health-care problems in the 21st century.  This book will change your life.”  I couldn’t agree more.  In One Spirit Medicine, Alberto speaks of  “hacking” the body as well.  The way he spoke of it, was uplifting.  Jan


March 11, 2018

CA’s Gov Brown still wows me

CA’s Incomparable Gov Brown

In the early 70’s, I had become involved with astrology, seriously.  A friend had told me of her recent experience of a so-called reading from an astrologer which she deemed amazing.  On a lark, I also went to see her. . really not expecting anything – I wasn’t too much into weird sciences, being kind of a traditionalist.   But this lady knew stuff about me which should have been impossible to know. She literally knocked my socks off.  How was this possible?  How could anyone reach into my heart and soul and secret places and ‘see’ such stuff?  Once my eyes were opened to ‘other’ possibilities,  I was driven to learn more. 

So I did.  Studied with her and so many others, including at the ‘Temple of Astrology’ downtown Los Angeles.  I was blessed to have studied there at such a reputable academy. I regarded this ancient, relevant, noble science as almost sacred.  A calling, if you will, if practiced with the dignity and ethics it deserved.  I however, never felt compelled nor comfortable to practice as a professional.  I felt conflicted with regard to free-will and my total acceptance of that supremacy above all else.  Why would that matter?  What do I mean?Maybe it’s not relevant – – but it bothered me.  So often, we go to something  outside ourselves for answers we should find within us.  We feel unsure and possibly vulnerable and liable to believe another who may or may not have a ‘truth or direction’ we seek.  The crystal ball was not what I was after – the divination thing, but instead. . wise choices based on understanding.

Free will and choice are God-given. . . part of who we are.  And part of who we are is to find out ‘why’ we are here.  It is for each of us to find those answers — for ourselves, per our needs. . .at our own pace.   Which is why I got into the study in the first place.  As I went forward, I truly felt there was no better path to self knowledge;  understanding self and others, and with that light into consciousness. . . the falling away of critical judgementalness of others, who are also just trying to be the best they know how to be. 

Anyway, it was during those years of my immersion therein, that friends would ask questions or want answers to one situation or another that a friend gave me Jerry Brown’s birth details and asked if I would draw up a chart and let them know what I found. . if he had a chance at winning in his run for Governor of California.  I had never heard of him, but I fell into total adoration of who he was thru his chart. This was an ethical, moral, almost saintly individual, who had few personal needs, required little, slept on the floor on some kind of mat.  I saw nothing blocking his path.  When he won, his path forward earned him high praise for his service to those in his state.  He was always for the “people.” 

And all these years later,  he’s doing it again.  He doesn’t really ‘walk on water’ . . . but oh, I loved him then and I still do now.  He is one remarkable person.  (How I miss California – – still think of it as ‘home’. . . where I grew up.)  You’ll see what I mean with the article I have below as he defends against tyrannical Washington and their rampant terrorizing of our country and it’s laws, ethics and morals. . . . . is there no end in sight?    Jan

Gov. Brown blast Sessions over ‘sanctuary’ lawsuit


March 1, 2018

Pet Euthanasia file is gone

Post was defiled, then removed; original disappeared, . . was dismayed/rued. so wrote the following – trying to explain.    Inexplicably,  I see the original has “showed up” again, where it has been since written.   I remain confused;  nothing more to say on the matter.  Let your own conscience guide you. . too much bizarre stuff for me to comprehend.  Someone playing games with me?   Maybe WordPress is trying to tell me something.   The blog-style I chose to use hasn’t been supported in years and they have suggested I choose a new one. . but do I have it in me to go thru a whole new learning process.         I donno.  .  .   too much stress lately, probably not.  .  not today        Jan


I have no idea what happened to my post  about my precious pet Heidi and her suffering (and my own) over her illness which ended in her death February 1, 2017.   According to the records I keep manually, the post was called ” PET EUTHANASIA, Painless, safe – cheap” and dated 2-05-17.  There was a photo of her.    I cannot go into it all again, nor do I have the stomach to even try for it. 

Since it was so very painful for me to go through, I had tried to keep it simple – – not rambling on about what she meant to me, nor fully how it impacted me..  I just had in mind to offer to others the means I had found during that night online as  I had been searching for an answer  for weeks to end her suffering as kindly as possible .  . . which, that night, I did. . but she died about two hours later.  I had not been able to ease Heidi’s pain and suffering.         

The intelligent, thoughtful advice I had found  was sincere,  thoughtful,  most loving and had,  from his personal experience carried out this process for his own family’s  quite difficult experience.   He had given anonymously and I had finally found it.  Since it was too late for Heidi, it seemed – – it was probably meant for others. . . which is why I posted it.   When I perceived recently that readers were coming to see Heidi, 2 .  . .   I wondered what that was, so checked on it.   Somehow, it had been retitled.  Showed only Heidi’ picture, no story or reason for being there.  Tried to edit and there was nothing else there.  So I went to my posts and DID find the original – it was fine. Very confusing to me – – where did this  intrusive, damaged file come from – –  how did it get in my blog? The original is still there!  So I went back to the errant replica, which had a distinctly different name from the original . . trashed it.      Returned to original to duplicate it and bring forward , but it was gone.    In retrospect, I should have contemplated such a possibility, but. . .my brain being s bit compromised of late. . it didn’t occur to me until too late.  So all I can do is offer my apology and tell you what I know.  Don’t know how or why this fiasco happened, but I killed this post which was to be of help to others.  I am sorry.    Jan

P.S.   I had searched the internet for weeks trying to find this  kind of information.  Only advice I can suggest is to broaden search word efforts. . remember thinking – it wasn’t where you’d think it would be –  –   I found it – so anyone else can too.  

February 24, 2018

Keep or Reverse Dementia? . . choose. .

Well, obviously, I fought like hell!

And it seems to be working for me. .  . but I’ve been at this for about 15 years.   It’s no one thing  – – it’s the whole shebang.  When I walked away from medicine, I knew it was risky, nor was I trained in any way to act responsibly if one considers ‘other people’s opinion’.  I was fed up with meds which diminished me .  .  .  made me feel crappy,  weakened and dizzy, less energized; the tests, restrictions, costs  — hated it all.  I never approved of pharmaceuticals to begin with.  Just not built that way, and was 100% convinced that meds killed mother who was unable to fathom my perspective on this as she totally trusted doctors as something akin to Godhood.  But she was long gone now – this was on me. 

Of course I was somewhat knowledgeable regarding nutrition and had thought of  myself as some kind of Amazon female who could do almost anything I set my mind on.  .  .  so how hard could it be?  Maybe it takes  that kind of delusion or ignorance to wade into that much of a confusing, mysterious future to try to handle 6 chronic diseases I was being treated for. .  . on my own.  Quite sure my son believed I’d lost it, but there was no going back – I was done with toxic meds, never trusted them back then and am worse now that i have fully turned my attention to how the medical world basically works – – it’s big business. Doctors who figure out something is lacking, after a few years, go on to open up more to natural ways/paths which can allow healing.  These, I honor deeply, for that attitude implies – . .”First, do no harm”   

So my brain and heart were the primary issues – one without the other didn’t matter much.  It seemed to me then and now, that treating one automatically treats the other.  Both have great energy needs – are hungry organs.  (Many past posts have recounted what I do and how I dabbled around, developed my own protocol and cited some of the sources I used).  I’m not a big meat eater (have been ‘often’ a kind of plant-diet-wise person), so I supply much of the needed energy via Amino Acids to these organs to insure their needs are met and oxygen reaches my cells; circulation is being enabled – all to help my body keep on keeping on.  Saw a doctor last June to have my blood drawn to insure I wasn’t on cloud nine with all these efforts.   Apparently the doc could find nothing to criticize, and in fact – all DID look good.  I was pleased. 

When I quit medicine, the very first thing I sent for was NATTOKINASE.  Had begged docs to let me go on Nattokinase, but none had ever heard of it and wouldn’t consider it.  Had protested rat poison for the whole time I was on it (coumadin).  But followed new developments and Nattokinase was far superior to pharmaceutical of any description – with no side effects.  But of course PHRMA couldn’t patent it since it was natural – – so they weren’t interested in it.  And the first thing I got into whole hog was Coconut oil for the Alzheimer’s issue – – used a lot of it – – still use it, but not as much.   I realize that what I do isn’t going to appeal to many of you for any   of many reasons – time constraints, lifestyle and other obligations.  I’m 88 now, live alone and noone to please but myself. And my biggest playroom is my kitchen.  Atop my rather complicated health issues and what I do for them – – I am full-blown into making my KOMBUCHA once again and also the authentic (ancient art) of ‘sourdough bread making.  Distill my daily 2 gallons of water, make Colloidal silver and all own cosmetic and dental products — because I can!  But that’s just me – – I ENJOY IT.  Ya don’t need to do what I do, but if you want to know how and what I mostly do and have been doing.  .  well, I’ve brought over Dr John Bergman who was doing the How to Cure High Blood Pressure Naturally, recently. . which I also loved and espouse.  Here he is again. It’s a ‘big deal.’  Jan

February 20, 2018

A lovely flower grows out of dung

When Power, $ and Greed  RULE

New from Dr Mercola, a truly informative and revealing  peek into how the fates turned everything upside down with a bizaar  court ruling which really pleased my personal ‘sense -of-justice’ in at least one case where an honest medical practitioner tried to speak truth to power while treating and  informing his patients to the highest level of his understanding. .  .  no matter the cost.  This doc is seen in a short video as well as 2 more just as relevant. .  . plus quite fine comments following.    Be informed, .  .  .   and enjoy.        Jan


Natural Medical Doctor’s Hell-on-Earth Experience Ends With Stunning Ruling

It was the ultimate betrayal, insult and even an extreme violation of HIPAA laws. For a medical board to stoop so low was inexcusable – going way beyond yanking all 12 of his medical licenses. He sues the medical board. And you won’t believe what happens next – a real first.

February 18, 2018

BREAD – I’ve been thinking. . .

Let’s bring ‘Bread’ back, ourselves

For some of us – there’s no such thing as retiring, could croak, but not quit.  Recently thought my time was up (as many no doubt noticed – the long spaces between posts). . .but, promise. ..  I’ll relate soonish, want to relate what I think is working for me on a different issue.  This post is not about that.  Instead, once again – it’s about something I dearly love – BREAD. . . Sourdough Bread.  I can’t be the only one who is longingly approving of bread.  But not just any bread.  Gotta be healthy for us;  nourishing and heavenly scented.  And while we’re dreaming, why not HEALING too (helping to repopulate the friendly bacteria in our gut – – which heals, instead of causing so many of our modern day ills as store-bought bread now does?)   

I’m presently awaiting  stone ground whole wheat flour from one online source and a hunk of starter which is from a starter more than 15 years old – – guaranteed to get the job done.  It is originally from a Russian culture and then blended with a Finland culture, then adapted to the environs of several local states in our own country.  I bought this special culture from “Donna’s Live Sourdough Culture” at   Why go this route?   Well, I who am nutso over everything I do in the kitchen, am not really successful getting it done properly using the yeast in the air method to cooperate with me.  Either I did something wrong or didn’t do enough of something,. . . I dunno. When I started on  that fruit diet in September ’17, tossed my starter – had been using, as was disappointed in my efforts.  Threw my Scobies from the Kombucha into my rose garden – they loved it, even some of the roses I thought had died came back and  and reached for life again.  Couldn’t find anyone who was willing to accept my Scoby family.  I am making my KOMBUCHA again,. . . only this time, I created my own Scoby on my own with just the Black Tea and sugar + distilled water and a bit of time.  It was gorgeous and even better than the one I had bought before.  And delicious.   I’m making twice as much now as my son loves it too. One CAN buy good Kombucha in stores, but the law of 2010 limited how commercial Kombucha is made due to the minor liquor content which the carbonating process generates. .  .  .  so homemade is always better and cheaper. 

So if one uses Kombucha,  makes fermented veggies (have put up several recipes – – my own and others over time since 2008), no choice, you’re gonna be healthy.   But for utopia, I want my sourdough bread back. . so I’m gonna have it.   Don’t know how I’ll work it all out, but whatever it takes – – it’ll be worth it.  Let’s remember – BREAD WAS ONCE UPON A TIME  “Healthy Stuff” until commerce decided to make it for us.  Bread was always made with airborne yeast and slow rising (overnite).  They couldn’t do it profitably the way people had always done it (globally), so (baker’s) yeast was developed and used commercially which cut timing down to as little s 40″ for some and a matter of hours for others.   Ingredient changes happened as well.   Even the grains have been altered (genetically modified) and morphed into a product,  becoming harmful instead of healing and nourishing.   People did not know or understand the significance.  Progress may be good for some,   but mostly, the uniformed public is injured.   Allergies, leaky gut syndrome, colon cancer and lots of digestive diseases as well as the loss of one of our favorite foods.  This all happened early last century, but look how our disease level has grown.  Because one thing all love and most still use is bread.   Especially the middle class and those on down in order to keep bellies full.   It’s really only in this last year or two that I have fully realized what has really happened here.  Tho I claim to be an eternal student,  I certainly am not the first to catch on to ‘what is’  .  .  so . . .  do we just say . .’that’s the way it is’ ?   Or can we DO SOMETHING  about it?    Can everybody start breadmaking?  I don’t think they will!. . they could!. . .but they won’t for 1001 reasons.  Still,  why not. .


You know, into groups or clubs. . different sections of people  where we normally gather anyway because we share ‘something,’ or we wouldn’t be gathering in the first place.  It could be discussed . . a sort of bread-baking group done in turns or groups  or even, perhaps some might open up business with slo-baked, natural and (long-forgotten) deliciousness.  Such business still functions abroad, tho not too many of them.  It is more costly first off. . but how much is such a rare blessing worth?  Most of us would pay whatever it takes to get healthful, scrumptious stuff which we actually want.   

We all need this fiber if we would be healthy.  Our satiety levels would improve as well as well as  our joy.  I’m just thinking that there surely can be ways we could share the load burden-wise so that most of us could recapture something which has been taken from us and we didn’t even know it. . .  .  along with the milk issue.  Who knew that “pasteurization”  of bovine milk has made it unsuitable for human consumption  – – look at all those babies who have been ill-served with cow juice; setting up a cascade of allergens and neurological disabilities.  Of course. . . SOY is worse.  It’s a sad thing when a woman can’t nurse or refuses to.  In all my years I’ve never found anywhere to be able to buy old-fashioned RAW MILK just the way the cows gave it long ago.

Well, I certainly don’t have all the answers (I’m sure no ONE individual does), but I’ve managed to find a tidbit of info which is relevant to this subject in the following.   I have a habit of copying info I want to keep or use (one day)  – toss it into ‘Notes’ til needed.  Sorry, I didn’t copy the source and these words were only a part of the whole.  But it’s worth sharing just as it is. . . so I’m sharing.  Found it as my Starter for Sourdough will be here next week and I was scrounging for all the ammo I could find to do it right (if I can).   I’m hoping some or any of you will give this some thought – – why shouldn’t we as people – ordinary, be able to help ourselves retrieve some of what has been lost.   We’re still here, the Earth may be suffering, but she will cooperate if we try.  .  .  just sayin’            Jan

About 95% of the flour used in the USA is white.

Only 20 to 30% of the grains original vitamins are retained.

       Natural leavened bread, because of its inherent beneficial ferments, slowly recreates the population of friendly lactobacillus digestive bacteria in the absorption tract. The end result is a recovery of digestion and proper elimination by the effective action of friendly bacteria. Numerous studies demonstrate that populations with the highest fiber intake have the lowest incidence of colon cancer.

In an article, published in 1984 in East-West Journal, Ronald Kotsch describes why conventionally yeasted bread contributes to disease. “In (conventional) yeast fermentation, the starch cells of the bread actually explode. The patterns they form are identical to those of cancer cells. According to French researcher Jean Claude Vincent, the bio-electrical energy of the dough also is identical to that of cancer cells.”

According to Walter Last, “Undigested gluten from quickly risen bread can seriously weaken the intestinal wall. Its effect on the tiny absorption villi in the small intestine may be compared to the action of sandpaper on wood. Animal experiments have shown that the intestinal absorption villi are long and slender before they come into repeated contact with wheat protein. Afterwards, they become blunt and broad, with a much-reduced ability to absorb. This greatly contributes to the widespread incidence in our society of people with problems of malabsorption and who are missing out on vital nutrients. In such people, not only are the absorption villi blunted, the irritation caused by the sandpaper effect of gluten produces a protective mucus coating over the intestinal wall and this makes it still more difficult for nutrients to pass through the intestinal wall.” 

Thus we find gluten, and especially wheat gluten, implicated in malabsorption diseases, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, and just about every disease under the sun. When things go wrong in our guts we do not receive the nutrition we need. Malnutrition is one of the major factors that lead to disease including cancer.

Since bread and wheat products are such an important part of daily food consumption, it follows that such food items be healthy and wholesome. Today’s milling, refining, bleaching, enriching, and addition of various chemicals to flour and baked breads cause many scientists and medical workers to question their nutritional quality as well as their safety.

Traditionally starters were passed down from generation to generation but if you don’t know someone who has it one can simply mix some flour and water (some suggest starting it with fresh pineapple juice instead of water) and leave it out on the counter for a week or until its bubbling. During this process the natural yeast and bacteria in the air will impregnate the mixture) Sourdoughs are fermented by a variety of lactic acid bacteria, called Lactobacillus, which consume sugar to form carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas. They also produce lactic and acetic acids, which give sourdough breads their distinctive flavor. Traditional sourdoughs do not contain baker’s yeast.

Storage methods for breads that contain no additives are very important to maintain freshness and to avoid spoilage. The staling process begins for regular yeasted bread as soon as the bread is removed from the oven. Sourdough bread on the other hand increases in nutritional value for days. Freezing bread prevents microbial spoilage. Baked bread can be kept frozen for three months without losing flavor. Interestingly, slightly stale bread is more easily digested than fresh bread, up to ten days, after which there is a reversal (Jackel et al., 1952). When I used to make sourdough bread I would make many loafs but would wait two days before freezing any of them to let the natural yeast continue to work in the bread.

Use organic whole wheat stone ground if possible. The toxicity of pesticide residues on food depends on whether organs, including the liver, have the ability to metabolize them and their resulting metabolites (Hayes & Borzelleca, 1982). There is evidence that pesticides also interact with other chemicals and nutrients in the diet (Dubois, 1972). Chronic poisonings have occurred from ingesting aflatoxins from grain due to inappropriate cleaning (Opitz, 1984; Pfander et al., 1985).

There are several advantages to stone-ground wheat flour. The endosperm, bran, and germ remain in their natural, original proportions. Because the stones grind slowly, the wheat germ is not exposed to excessive temperatures. Heat causes the fat from the germ portion to oxidize and become rancid and much of the vitamins to be destroyed (Aubert, 1989). The nutritional importance of using fresh stone-ground grains for bread-making was revealed in the results of feeding studies in Germany (Bernasek, 1970). Rats were fed diets consisting of 50% flour or bread. Group 1 consumed fresh stone-ground flour. Group 2 was fed bread made with this flour. Group 3 consumed the same flour as group 1 but after 15 days of storage. Group 4 was fed bread made with the flour fed to group 3. A fifth group consumed white flour. After four generations, only the rats fed fresh stone-ground flour and those fed the bread made with it maintained their fertility. The rats in groups 3 to 5 had become infertile. Four generations for rats is believed to be equivalent to one hundred years in humans.

February 12, 2018

HBP, Lower it Naturally?

Would I waste your time, if it couldn’t?

Following is a fun packed video with Dr John Bergman on a very serious subject – –  ALL ABOUT BLOOD PRESSURE.  This man speaks a truth I know and is part of how I’ve lived.   

25 years ago Doctors had me on HBP meds as mandatory if I had any intention of helping to raise my 2 granddaughters. . . or I would for sure “Stroke Out.”  Terrifying thought, so  I acquiesced.  I had only gone to him as I was in a new state (to me) and was hoping to finally find a good doc to give me thyroid meds which I had been trying to accomplish since my early twenties (then in my early sixties).   I resisted as was my wont since Mother had been on 18 daily meds in her last decade.  .  .  and I privately thought all that medicine did her in. I took no meds of any kind. . .  maybe Advil with a headache.   

My diet was pretty clean other than my passion for chocolate and anything dairy.   Never got Thyroid meds from any doc as my ‘numbers’ had always been within normal limits;  every  doctor I had spoken to never ‘heard’ or responded to my list of complaints (which it turns out were fairly classic).  So forty years of neglect turned my underactive gland into overactive somehow. . and then toxic and needed to come out. . . (mid 60’s).  Refused removal,  accepted almost two years of radiation therapy – – hated it, but wasn’t willing to give up my body parts. .(praying and rooting for my precious gland the whole time).  Somehow, it wouldn’t die. . was very resilient – and I was pleased.  With the internet, found I could just buy my own iodine and my gland and I have been truckin’ along Okay.  As any fool can see,  I’m a terrible, opinionated patient – – wouldn’t wish me on any doctor.  Well, if I would have come across someone like Dr Bergman here, or any of a number of doctors who have been highlighted here at ‘smokinchoices”. . life could have been better. 

As to the blood pressure meds, Medicine could never ‘control’ my blood pressure and prescribed still an additional one which I refused and shortly thereafter quit seeing doctors completely.  Had been a cardio patient for a decade, so that meant I had to get serious and grow a bigger knowledge base if I were to survive.  Arthritis, Serious AFib,  HBP, COPD and there’s the Alzheimer’s thing along with the thyroid gland.    Heart and brain were my largest concerns.  I have learned what is good for one is also excellent for the other.   Both huge energy demands (hungry organs).  I would check my BP daily, became a juicer – not much I wasn’t willing to do.  . .  .  books, internet, lotta effort to try and get it right. My efforts led to a protocol which seemed to work for me.  I relaxed into it as I saw I was doing okay.  Months would go by and I checked BP less and less.  No longer worried.  Now, almost never do.  Glad to hear Dr. Bergman discuss that the way he did.   I loved this video so much, his demeanor, attitude. . brilliant logic of what is. . just hoping the beauty and truth of it gets thru to those of you with concerns over this issue.  Hearing and watching this is WORTH your time.  Jan 




Do we have a ‘shot at health?


 Once again, a reference to Adam Abraham,  the PHAELOSOPHER , who rarely wastes time going on about anything  –  he sees life’s complexities in such simple  terms and weaves them together in ways which help others connect the dots.    Just read an article from him on the above  relative to a subject close to all our hearts – – disease as it relates to our health.  Won’t say it made me happy but sure gave me ‘more’ to think about.  This man is so deep, complex and compelling . . thinks in ways most of us don’t.  He uses words to describe the fabric of an issue while leaving us to define its conclusion. 

Some years ago I had done a post citing him as he discussed his ideas on Psoriasis which frankly I had forgotten about til readers recently found it. . . and so I went back to see it.  It is “PSORIASIS, non-toxic fix”  (6-13-12).          Wish I had remembered it earlier – – still having the problem, but will explain in future post.  What I thought I had chased away was only it’s introduction to me.  What a cursed, cruel  condition this is.                 Jan  .Jan

January 19, 2018

Obama, an ‘Early’ talk on his roots


Young Obama explaining his “roots”

Living through this past and now current year with distrust, disgust and even disparaging grief with the side-show in Washington and being helpless to ignore it as the unrecognizable GOP stands by, allowing and enabling almost all that we the people of America has built and paid for – – to be wasted, cut and eliminated – – through cowardly, myopic self-interest rather than doing their job of serving the needs of ALL THE PEOPLE and defending our beloved country – – and it’s laws and foundations;   one can become disheartened. 

When my son suggested I catch David Letterman (beard and all) having President Obama as his guest on Netflix recently, I was simply overjoyed to see his calm, smiling demeanor engaged in frank, open discussion for an hour which so uplifted me.  It reminded me how simple, good and normal life used to be.  And how much was accomplished. . including the improved economic landscape – having inherited many discouraging problems.  How the laws and regulations had been improved for the safety and benefit of all in our land.  So many firsts President Obama had brought to us or improved upon.  Leading by example.  Protecting individual rights and freedoms.

Today, I stumbled onto the following video of a much younger version of  Obama delivering a presentation wherein he discusses issues and elements of his growth process of figuring out his mixed-race status, relevance and learning how to live with it.  Was poignant.  Tho he doesn’t say,  it must have been painful.   These were written about in his book regarding ‘Dreams of his Father’ who wasn’t present in his life.  Beautiful dialog on blackness, awareness and coming to terms.  I so loved it,  hope you like it too.                 Jan

January 17, 2018

Reclaim USA, nix Gerrymandering


This affects us all as it distorts voting before we do it

The following is from “Common Cause” who serves the ‘common good’ in all they do, was excited because something like this has never happened before.  A federal court has stricken down Gerrymandering as being unconstitutional.  This occured in North Carolina and is blissful to all of us who are fed-up to the gills with this awful, partisan technique.  Much work ahead, but there is every reason to hope – that we just might have a chance at justice working for us again.     

This has been a mystery to me since I first learned how widespread,  dangerous and evil it is . . almost defeating the purpose of voting – – it’s rigged to go one way,  the way the ‘in’ party wants it,  as it is in Ohio.  This state is so rigged – entirely GOP, legislature,  and from the Governor on down.  Everything coming off the books reflects this harsh Republican bias even tho the state has a largely Democratic  (underpaid) population.  Many  just don’t fight it anymore as it seems useless.  Much bragging about how forward thinking Ohio is and how good it is for business, etc.,.  But wages aren’t keeping up, the educational system hasn’t been one of equality  – – discriminating and falling short over decades.  Has been many lawsuits over it.  The charade of Charter schools has been costly and a total failure.   And ECOT is done for all those reasons.

Health care standards here are flat out bad, uncaring and  has an inordinately high loss of infant lives with a very high number not making it a year.  It’s not exactly ‘stone-age’ rule — but nothing to be proud of.  Our Opiod death rate is off the charts – we are ranked as one of the worst states for this. When ya look,  no need to wonder why .  .  .  .     .

Reflection on the lack of attention to the needs of the people (ethnicity, education, blatant incarcerations and it’s endless cycle,  ultra-limited health care facilities [especially for women’s health and the loss of accessible ‘choice’ issues].    When our underclasses are disrespected  – – kinda like we do with factory cattle, and have  little or no education, clustered badly in neighborhoods with inadequate markets to even get food at fair prices and quality . . . well, there is little chance for “a normal life” as many would call it. People aren’t being  seen as worthy of training, education or equipt for that normal life – –  so other elements enter;   life is dangerous; too many die young, wasted and slain.  Drugs are one of those problems, gangs  – – we all need someone.  No mystery there,  but little has changed over the years — how could it?  With substandard living conditions;  limited, poor educational  facilities to possibly inspire drive and lack of jobs for unskilled aspirants. 

But, all is not lost in Ohio.  One of our two Senators is Sherrod Brown, a Dem, and an Icon.  Across the nation, the Democratic party is ‘fired up” and ready to go.  Any republican running against Sherrod, (no matter how rich he is, or his devious  money),  nor the fact that  the buffoon in the White House is pushing him to run against Sherrod Brown, will be able to quell the hunger people are feeling here for some honest, American justice based on  fairness, equality – – a fair shot for the working class.  The rich have already been made so much richer while the underbelly is chafed raw and bleeding now. 

We have a great slate of such desirable candidates for our upcoming Governor’s race. . . I’m literally torn to choose between Cordray (whom I adore and respect) and Dennis Kucinich I have beaten the drum for for years.  Some think he’s a bit weird, but I was all in for Bernie Sanders and still am.  What can I say?  Kucinich is an unabashed progressive and America is gonna need a huge dose of that if we are ever going to gain back some of which the thief in the White House has stolen away from us.  Really liked a woman too,but she withdrew and cast her support behind Cordray. I don’t blame her,  but I was seriously considering her as my choice among the women (who are all quite good and experienced with much to offer.)  Glad I needn’t choose now. . still have a few months to consider.

So if we can get a Dem Governor and a 2nd Senator, Ohio will have a better shot at unravelling the crippling GERRYMANDERING which rules all in our state.  Our Republican AG, Mike DeWine who is also running for Governor, wouldn’t even join the multitude of other AG’s who were trying to fight to protect Net Neutrality – – so typical of the rigidity of the GOP lock on everything here. First we have to pay attention – be aware,   then we have to VOTE . . if we would have a chance for change. 

Now for the article this post is about – the good news.   Started a week ago, but haven’t been able to get back to, sorry. I sent a minor contribution, just to show I care and if it matters to any of you who anguish for state improvement due to Gerrymandering damage and limitations, ya might dig around for a spare buck or two also.  They obviously are gonna need some help to get the job done. Thanx     Jan


Common Cause v. Rucho lawsuit


I couldn’t be more excited to share this news with you — just moments ago we saw a MAJOR win in our Common Cause v. Rucho lawsuit;    A federal court sided with us entirely, striking down the state’s blatantly gerrymandered congressional map as unconstitutional.1

This is a MAJOR step towards ending partisan gerrymandering — not just in North Carolina, but nationwide. And it couldn’t have happened without the support of Common Cause Members like you.

Now, with the North Carolina legislature promising to appeal this case, we must be prepared to argue this case before the Supreme Court — and win there too.

This could be the moment we’ve been waiting for to end partisan gerrymandering for good and ensure Fair Maps for all voters. We have decisive evidence of the North Carolina GOP’s ill intent — Republican state lawmakers are on the record that they drew congressional districts for partisan advantage. We have the legal talent and policy expertise to litigate this case before the Supreme Court. And we have the grassroots political power we’ll need to seize on this opportunity to enact lasting, nonpartisan solutions that ensure fair redistricting in all 50 states.

Now, we’ve demonstrated that the Constitution is on our side, but this fight is far from over, and we must be ready for what comes next. Arguing and winning Common Cause v. Rucho before the Supreme Court will take a MASSIVE infusion of resources, and we can’t afford to wait a single moment.

That’s why I’m asking you to pitch in to our Common Cause v. Rucho Emergency Fund right now, and help us end gerrymandering for good.

Voters should be able to choose their politicians, not the other way around. But unfortunately, that is exactly what partisan gerrymandering does — letting politicians pick their voters by drawing legislative districts to benefit themselves, and box out the competition.

Frankly, today’s decision is the closest we’ve come yet to ending this shameful practice for good. I can’t remember a more decisive legal win in the fight for fair redistricting than this one. The court’s ruling backs up every single one of our constitutional claims across the board. And more importantly, this decision is the first time courts have struck down Congressional maps as unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering — which we can use to fight gerrymanders in all 50 states.

That’s why I’m asking the Common Cause team to put everything we have behind fighting and winning this potentially landmark legal battle. I hope you’ll agree — the stakes are too high to do anything less.

Please make your contribution to our Common Cause v. Rucho Emergency Fund today — and help us ensure that fair representation is the law of the land.

This is a major step forward in an ongoing battle — and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as this case develops.

Thank you for your immediate response.

Karen Hobert Flynn, President

and the team at Common Cause

P.S. Help spread the word about this big win against gerrymandering by watching and sharing our video about the case.


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