SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

August 13, 2016

Lil Bits 8/16 “Endo” and MACA

Over the years I’ve done “Lil Bits” i.e. . .  a few items I find interesting,  none of which is lengthy enough to merit a stand-alone post.  Just one  of my quirks.  Can’t help it, I like to share whether its a big deal or a little item for fun.



Research by the Endometriosis Association revealed a startling link between dioxin (TCCD) exposure and the development of endometriosis. Dioxin is a toxic chemical byproduct of pesticide manufacturing, bleached pulp and paper products, and medical and municipal waste incineration. The EA discovered a colony of rhesus monkeys that had developed endometriosis after exposure to dioxin. 79% of the monkeys exposed to dioxin developed endometriosis, and, in addition, the more dioxin exposure, the more severe the endo.

One of the best things we can do to ensure health, is to guard our body from toxins which come at  us in so many forms, so many ways.  Toxins poison us,  we then must find ways to cope with offsetting the problem. Since we don’t want “more” chemicals added to our burden – better not to allow in first place.  In this case – TOILET PAPER.  We gotta have it!  Use it every day.  (We maybe could go back to using cloth wipes, but our laundry chore could become very burdensome)  Check your labels at the market. Its the use of bleach  because of our preference for ‘white’ denoting purity which it turns out is simply an additional chemical to deal with and it hurts our body.   7th Generation is wonderful, but quite costly.  Quite often store brands can be adequate, i.e. here in Ohio, we have a Kroger product which competes with Seventh Generation for a lesser price.  If budget allows, go for unbleached — it’s tannish color can be quite pretty and unexpected.

As to the pesticides,  we’re all on our own.  Thoroughly rinse fresh produce (which isn’t organic) in some water to which  some Vitamin C Crystals have been added, let stand a bit. .  can off-set.   Also helpful, unless one needs a full-on body-cleanse for a major problem,  can do a bit of research online entering diatomaceous earth for one, and/or  bentonite clay for a second option.  I have and use both at different times for many things.  Either one absorbs immensely for which they are both well-known.  Organic and natural (earth-grown). The clay is fabulous for skin – to restore and beautify as in masks or packs, etc.  Magic for taking pain away from various mean, painful bites (using even now as have been under attack by some thing I’ve never seen before – slug ants;. . .  almost microscopically small little ochre-yellow things  that you can barely see, but they move, so I know its not just o blob of dropped  oil or food.  And they migrate around the house.  Out of the powder, made a kind of gel and I dab on. my bites – takes down the pain and swelling and redness.

When think you might die from diarrhea  — just take bentonite clay, it’ll stop it, give relief and time to heal.  Great stuff.    I’ve raved about the D.E often; kills ants, fleas (sprinkle into carpet near doors and points of entry.  Good stuff.  Taken internally, these powders can absorb -(gather into itself, absorb,) then carry away and out your system.

What’s   Maca Root Powder  good for?

Botanical Name:  Lepidium meyenii

Maca is a root vegetable which grows in the high, harsh climate in the Andes Mountain in Peru. For over 200 years, Maca roots have been an important traditional food as well as medicinal herb to the natives of the region. Maca is the relative of radish and has the odor similar to that of butterscotch. Maca root contains many ingredients, including fatty acids and amino acids. Due to this configuration, this root is  often  highly used dealing with anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome and enhances the energy, stamina, memory and fertility in people. Women use this root trying to correct hormonal imbalance and menstrual problems. Also Maca roots help in the treatment of leukemia, HIV, stomach cancer and other major diseases.

In the field of agriculture, this root is used to increase fertility in livestock. Maca can be taken roasted, baked or as a soup.  ( See more at:

But I use it for a different purpose; its in a candy recipe I got from John at Learning Herbs. I glommed onto it, not because I’m a sweets lover, but I AM  a chocoholic, have been my  whole life.  See, I won’t eat just any chocolate, I crave deep, dark “real” chocolate, not the sugar.  And for a few years now, I only buy this glorious FERMENTED chocolate from  WILDERNESS FAMILY NATURALS (.com)  Buy it by the 5# bag and have been using a couple of spoons full in my morning shake (along with a ton of other stuff).  This  is the best chocolate I’ve ever ingested.  $35.00/5# may sound high, but it lasts me a long time and truly genuine good chocolate IS very costly.  The smell alone is to die for. . very heady fragrance. I know I put this recipe up somewhere, but don’t know where it is. So I’m gonna give it to you again.  The recipe is given in grams and ounces, but I’ve tried to measure and equate that for you (except for the cacao butter. . neglected to do that one).  Anyway, this is one more thing one can do with MACA ROOT POWDER   enjoy. . .       Jan



130 grams of cacao butter
70 grams of raw cacao powder  1 CUP
15 grams maca root powder        2 T
5 grams cinnamon powder          Rounded T 
Honey to taste (I use a dollop from a tablespoon)
2 – 3 tablespoons of cacao nibs . .  . 
(I didn’t use the nibs  instead, I chopped macadamia nuts & sprinkled on top)

Silicon molds (ice cube trays may also work) . .used a 12” square glass dish w/parchment paper to ease removal.

1. Place a small amount of cacao nibs  in the molds  (see  Macadamia nuts  see above ) 

2. Cut the cacao butter into small chunks,  melt the cacao butter over a double boiler.

3. Add the Honey to cacao to slightly melt as well — easier to mix into a smooth concoction later)

4. Once the cacao butter has melted entirely, add the cacao powder and herbal powders. Stir well. 

5. Add the honey. Stir well.    

6. Pour into molds that have been sprinkled with cacao nibs and let harden. This takes a few hours at room temperature. ( or just put in Frig)

Since I never made candy before. . much I don’t know. . had a hard time cutting the ‘set’ mass into pieces. Good no mater what it looks like — I promise you.   And so healthy!  High magnesium and so much more.

August 5, 2016

About teeth, one “last” time

Brushing, Flossing,  Irrigation,.  .  .  hmm     

I say — go with what works, not with whatever the so-called ‘experts’ are telling you.. How well would you say America’s health is faring?  To me,   it could be a lot better.    Experts rarely agree.  Scant testing,  little ‘science’ being used.  Too many greased wheels – the system at work!

I have put up a number of posts relative to our oral health over my 8 + years, so not going to explain it all again. Realizing how hard it is to find some unknown post on this overly large blog,  took a little pity on you guys and found some of them for you. Some of the best minds — both  alternative  and holistic have appeared on these pages, and above all, I have greatly profited and simplified.  Could say I’ve indeed learned how to care for my own teeth – mouth,  to my total satisfaction, free of worry, fear of loss and saved a whole lot of money.  Over the years, I’ve lost three molars which caused a bit of shifting resulting in some spacing I never had before.  Used to be very hard to floss as teeth were so  tight together. Stuff changes.  

But what I found for myself, I would very much like for all of you to also have in your own lives.  Immunity is vital to our health.  It starts in our mouth.  Our oral ‘micro-biome is the first link to our immunity which works hand in glove with our gut – the home base.  Without our nutritional needs being met, our immunity suffers.  We find diet and what goes into the mouth is just as important as anything we can do to care for and meet the needs of our gums and teeth.  For all these reasons, I am giving you a list of my favorite posts on “healthy oral care.”  Check them out and you can be as happy and free from worry as I am.  You’ll know what to do, how to do and why.  Many similarities in all of them,  i.e. . . simplicity, ease of doing, remarkably cheap and uncomplicated.   Works for me. . .   .   but first — the article with this late news.



Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

By JEFF DONN AP National Writer,   Aug 02 2016

This above  ‘smallish’ article was the easiest to use as it allows revealing the main point of the current news, which is what I wanted.  ALL of the other ones were so huge and mainly being fueled by dissenting dentists and specialists who were clinging to their comfortable “knowledge”  they were espousing (valid or not).  If you need or want to see any of that — its all over the place — copy and paste the  title into your browser –  you’ll find it –videos and all.  

I was mainly interested in the fact that government decisions and recommendations to the public at large — MUST  be based on fact – SCIENCE, but this had been done over the decades without that requirement.  AND,  the little  testing which has been done has been done with passe (out-worn), inadequate guidelines — thus producing only so-s0 or mediocre results.  But because of this long-standing, accepted ‘truth’,  it still stands high amongst the ‘experts’.  And there you have it.   We also have people by the millions who floss, but are still growing plaque. . .  have bleeding gums. .  and teeth still decaying  at the same  (if not increasing) rate.  We’ve been conned?   It’s our own fault?  Maybe.   But we DO need to ask more questions;  also, need to think deeply about options.  We NEED  to “think for ourselves.”   

Please let me recount (once again), that it has been, I dunno – maybe 5 or so years since  I saw a dentist for the last time. When he quoted  $28,000 to refurbish my mouth  (all I had wanted was an extraction of a lower left molar “root”which was still entombed where it had always been) after the tooth had broken off).  He couldn’t do it – get the job done.  He said I was too tense, could tell it the moment he walked into the room.  Never saw a dentist again.   It doesn’t seem to have been a problem to me, but I don’t recommend such seeming inaction unless one is willing to give the energy, time and loving care I give my teeth for their ‘beyond-the-call-of-duty’ service.  Have been using a combination of ingredients I learned from John at Learning Herbs, and especially from Nadine Artemis of Living Libations and selling thru David Wolfe’s Longevity Warehouse.  (plus a thing or two I’ve added along the way).  For well over forty years I have used oral irrigators with either sea-salt or baking soda in hottish water to flush out my teeth and gums.   I finish by dipping a Q-tip into a small vial I use of neem oil combined with bit of olive-oil, Aloe vera gel, bit of distilled water, few drops of Peppermint essential-oil and/or cinnamon oil.  Shake well – it separates,  then dab it along the gum line inside and out where gums meet teeth.  Not delicious, but not too yucky.   But hey, haven’t had bleeding gums in years now and my teeth aren’t wobbly — they sit very snug in the gums. And they are as white as almost anyone’s.  All is pure, organic and/or non- toxic.  

So, lets isolate a few other of these helpful dentists and one non -dentist, Stephan Guyenet, starting with him. This post was called “Reversing Tooth Decay”  November 1, 2014.  Smart as a whip,  is a medical writer- reporter and highly regarded.  One can learn a great deal from the knowledge base he carries around in that head.  I’ve included Guyenet because he shows quite clearly the type of foods and diet we should include for ourselves, which in fact,  can remineralize the teeth and reverse tooth decay, showing what and why  with the science behind it.  

Next is  Dr Tim Rainy, a pioneer in  Alternative  Dentistry.   This one is entitled “Dental Protection is Out There”  Feb 2, 2013.  Like any other ‘messenger’ crying to be heard, he had a most difficult time.  Established powerful  interests never take to change well.  But his persistence was rewarded with an entire new philosophy emerged and spread like wildfire from which there will never be a turning back. He practiced Minimally Invasive dentistry.. less pain, less cost and it lasted.  That’s why they loved him.  

 So #4 is Dr. Robert O. Nara.  One o the best! No clue about the title I gave his post   “Tooth ills (a few fixes)”  Aug 24,2013.   His lofty goal was to help people keep their teeth for the whole lifetime without pain, expense or fear of seeing a dentist again (traumatic for quite a few people). Just keep the gums and teeth healthy for a lifetime.  He taught others how to remineralize and heal and stay healthy!  

Dr Hal Huggins may in fact be the most famous Holistic Dental Pioneer.  It was from him that Dr Thomas Levy (that I told my readers about who popularized the LIPOSOMAL  products, Vitamin C and also Glutathione, that I now do for myself),  learned of the Liposomal process in the first place.  Dr Huggins would treat even deathly sick patients, with everything he knew in order to save patients. (and all while taking care of their teeth).  He was amazing and will be sorely missed as he recently passed away at age 77.  The post I had on him was from David Wolfe – complete with video, but it haas been removed,  the video is non-functioning now.  It was  Holistic Dental Pioneer, Hal Huggins  12-8-14. You may be able to see him on Youtube – worth a try.  He was simply, . . everybody’s favorite.  

Have a mixed bag of others I’ll just name:

Fluoride Hurts your Teeth and Brains  1-8-11

Risks of Teeth Whitening  (can cause hot or cold sensitivity)   10-24-11

Fluoride is poisoning us by Dr Raymond Francis   3-12-11

Working on My Gums  2-20-11    

Get Rid of Bed Bugs  9-25-11  (diatomaceous Earth, kills dental pain, give my care of teeth)

Brought the following over from Dr Huggins site:

EDUCATION – Educating yourself about toxicity and related dental practices will help you understand why it is important to take care of your overall health and common dental procedures. You may want to educate yourself on dental toxicity by reading some of these recommended books.

A partial list includes:

It’s All in Your Head, by Hal Huggins DDS, MS

Solving the Mystery, by Hal Huggins DDS, MA

Uninformed Consent, by Hal Huggins DDS, MA and Thomas Levy MD, JD

Root Canals: Savior or Suicide? By Hal Huggins, DDS MS

Root Canal Cover-up, by George E. Meining DDS, FACD, FICD

Once you have gained a better understanding of harmful potentials of dental materials, you can make educated decisions about your health and your choice of dentistry.

July 29, 2016

Hillary did it for me! — I’m Okay now

Finally, I DO endorse HILLARY for President

To tell the truth, I almost couldn’t make it to her speech — it dragged on so long.  They packed in too many testimonials.  This was the least pleasant of all the nights of the Democratic convention.  I certainly enjoyed all the previous nights of brilliant speeches which in fact, DID increase my appreciation for who Hillary is  and what she has been thru.  Helpful.  And of course, I loved Obama — as I have since that Boston speech. No one compares with him or his intellectual superiority (complete with emotional depth and sincerity).  Michelle stands alone in  stature with regard to anything and everything she has done. Amazing, totally beautiful woman – inside and out.  Joe Biden – ditto no other veep like him,  love him.  Even Bill,  outdid himself and I rather enjoyed it.  For tonite I looked forward to Hillary and her message — did it include a progressive platform?  Turns out it did.  

As a devotee of  BERNIE,  I needed to KNOW she would honor those agreements she struck with him.  Who Bernie is, his ethic, good nature and dedicated life of service in unobtrusive obscurity.. never seeking personal glory or rewards was proof that all he espoused was to improve the lives of all of us common people – the working people  of America;  so clearly not tied in to the establishment  and all which that stands for.  My  mind had been fairly closed to endless discussion  about who Hillary is-was . .  .  . figured I knew enough from all that I knew over the last 25 years or so.

As I allowed my preformed judgemental associations to make room for something new and fresher, I was able to see/hear her, potentially, for the first time.  I was, frankly — amazed.  I now accept that stuff DOES happen for a reason, sometimes.  It seems H.R. Clinton will be in fact, very well equipped to lead our magnificent country forward.  And it doesn’t hurt that she is a woman (she appears to have a good dose of the earth-mother gene as well!)  I am content to endorse her now – whole-heartedly.   Which is not to say, I give up on Bernie,  I have a bond with him which simply can’t be broken and seek to honor him and continue the association.   But, as of now — I’M  WITH HER.       Just thought you aught to know.       (penitant)       Jan

July 25, 2016

Dems Turn

Not a trace of “PROGRESSIVE-NESS to be seen

Guess we’ll have to wait little longer,  see what happens


Have no problem with Tim Kaine as Hillary’s running mate. . . would probably even prefer him to her.  The man seems as straight up as a man could be.    Can understand his thinking on Pro-life and honor that,  but he doesn’t feel compelled to impose his preferences  on others.  I of course admire that kind of action. There is much to be said about such a man who has demonstrated such integrity, and whose life has been one of service to others.

When he’s described as a  “progressive,” I take issue with this.   As is true with Queen Hillary, but for different reasons.   These two are both tightly entwined with the “establishment.”  Nothing about Hillary has any resemblance to progressiveness or being one.  Her only leanings were actually “pushings” from Bernie as she saw how the public was responding to him and how they hungered for what he spoke.   No one for a very long time had been concerned or seemingly aware of the plight of the non-rich,  disappearing middle class and all those inequities,  injustices,  and lack of choice or opportunity – – or any way to extricate from their plight.

None of the issues which Bernie elucidated night after night for so long (but people never tired of because it was so important to them)  seem to have any place in Hillary’s platform.  They continue to sing their own praises, touting “their” accomplishments.  For Pete’s sake, they “won” (?) the nomination, stop already and tell us what you plan to do for the people  and how  — let’s hear it.  This is what a “Progressive” is all about!  See the  need and relate your plans to correct it.  This is not  happening!  Does Hillary’s heart and mind remain too close to wall street , it’s hard to break old habits.  

Bernie maintain’s his prominent position within People’s hearts and minds.  (The devious deceit regarding the way he was mistreated and derailed put me in bed which apparently only now is coming to light via Wikileaks email revelations)    My point – – he still has influence.  ALL Democrats would do well to think about that and try to resolve some of the so-called agreements she claimed to have with Bernie!  For my eyes – it isn’t showing.  She must try harder, or its gonna be   PRESIDENT TRUMP!                        Centrist Hillary perhaps can’t get there from here.                   Jan


July 24, 2016

Vaccines, what we’re told (or choose ?)

Are you a go-along, or a free thinker?

Perhaps I have radiated my passion on this subject almost more than any other through my 2300 some odd posts over my 8 plus years because I carry an obvious dominant “Earth-Mother” type of gene.  If I could protect them all, I would – – but alas, I’m only one voice in this great human complex.  I am not alone.  There are countless compassionate, learned  among us including clear-thinking physicians who see and speak the truth against this gigantic medical aggression birthed from the greed of the powerful Pharmaceutical  industry whose goal is profit and domination — not the welfare of the end users.  (mostly our children)

In a government which truly desired to serve the public needs and protect them — this would never have been possible — that  such power and authority would be allowed exemption from liability  of harm caused.  It could not happen!  We are not slaves.  We are free citizens with rights and CHOICE IS THE MAIN ONE. The list of vaccinations has grown far beyond the boundaries of reason, and far too many of them are now mandated!  Our children are being maimed, deprived of the lives they were entitled to.   Autism and assorted other neurological diseases have grown at such a devastating rate which has nothing whatever to do in any way with the evolutionary process.  This is injury – pure and simple.  When I was born – these things were unheard of.  two generations later – rare  (no more than 1 in a thousand.  Now of course as much as one child out 6 to 10!  Results: Autism. ADD, ADHD, auto-immune diseases of – endless varieties. And all idiopathic – cause unknown!  Could anything be more bizarre?  Imagine- 12 plus years and closing in on $1,00,000. and doctors don’t know beans about health (or how to protect it) or what causes sickness as it occurs.  It shouldn’t seem odd that we don’t ‘get better’ with  (RX) medicine – – they are chemical-based and generally toxic.  So, reduced to extreme simplicity — its too much bad stuff (sugars, chemicals, toxins) and not enough of the good (pure water, clean wholesome food w/o poisons)

One doesn’t load a newborn with toxins for there has not been  time to develop necessary immunity to withstand ANY invasion — they,  like their toddler brethren just need love and protection from injury . . and natural exposure to their world which is full of dirt, germs and all kinds of bacteria.  Much of this first link to immunity starts with natural birthing down the vaginal canal. . .which far too many women today opt to avoid with a C-section.  Baby’s loss.  Antiseptic surroundings – ditto — baby’s loss!  We need the earliest contact with our natural world, one germ at a time so the immune system can learn to recognize and deal with what is,  . .  .  one germ at a time.  These easy, natural concepts come down to us thru observing history and what was and still is.  

So am I against doctors?  Gee whiz – NO.  Doctors are who we see when we break a piece or part of our body, or something dreadful goes wrong. They have been well-trained in biological function and care. . . kind of like taking your car to the mechanic, just something common sense dictates.  Most of them can’t advise us with proper care of the body. . .what to eat or why.   (YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!  ya shouldn’t be surprised, I’m always saying that!)    Further, I believe that most who go thru all that training and sacrifice ARE well motivated to help.  No,  I blame BIG PhRMA who endows and controls what doctors are taught. .which in the end can lead to many unhappy, unfulfilled doctors suffering burn-out with the stressful lives they lead. (not a good thing all around).  

So what am I saying-what’s my point?    Carping, criticizing and /or “Against-ness” is not the answer.  All have a right to own opinion- CHOICE. But under no circumstance is it alright  to impose our choices onto others — actually, it should be seen as a criminal thing to do.  Whether an individual or a giant corporation — this isn’t allowed, for this is the path of injury and dominance.  We can settle for being told what to do,  what’s best for us and so on.  In that path however – we yield choice and suffer the consequences rightly or wrongly.   S’ the way it works. Or we can chose to be responsible for our actions  This would entail  learning what our body needs.  First, it helps to really love and respect that wonderful body and be grateful for all the continued effort it keeps on giving you.  My own gratitude for this body keeps increasing believe it or not!  Where there is LOVE  and acceptance of what is,  sequeys toward appreciation  which demands doing the best for ourself that we can.  DESIRE is an impetus which drives us  toward our goal.  If I want the best for myself,  my body or whatever. . it is natural to be drawn toward it.  Again – s’the way it works!  First the choice,  then- the seeking > your path >followed by some trial and error,  and on to success and satisfaction.  Clues are everywhere.  So many have come before us and are, in fact — all around us, always.  . .just saying. . .  .  

This following article is loaded with much to think about; its from NATIONAL VACINE INFORMATION CENTER. . brave, courageous people committed to sharing facts.  While I am in “complete accord” with what they present, I felt I was brow-beating my readers with my own preferences, so haven’t run one of them in quite a while.     Just click the link below. . .  .  .you’ll see what I mean. .  .  .   Good people, trying to help others.  

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Published by the National Vaccine Information Center

An enlightened conversation about vaccination, health and autonomy

The Vaccine Reaction

July 15, 2016

Limited offerings , but we have choice – lets USE it

Guess I’ll have to vote for “her” too

You all know how conflicted I am.  Said I’de hold my nose and do it;  then I couldn’t,  . . felt hypocritical.  But is that the most efficacious decision when our country and the way we feel about our way of life garnered by all our hard-won battles over a couple of hundred years not far more important than my wounded sense of right and wrong?  And all this happening when obviously some huge forces are at work globally, rattling, shifting stuff around.

 Our planet may be experiencing major problems of its own,  no doubt brought on by the  human machinations of the myopic orientation of too many leaders in most of the advanced countries which have allowed the Corporate structure to dictate priorities which are profit based rather than what is best “FOR ALL CONCERNED,” which includes the generous planet and ALL the inhabitants within and upon it.  We have befouled the planet and it struggles to maintain balance.  It would seem drastic measures are indeed needed, so I can’t blame ‘Mother earth’.  If we must pay further and deeper costs — so be it!  The planet suffers. Our legislative priorities MUST CHANGE – QUICKLY if we are to protect Earth, and of course- all of us.  All people are stressed and seeking what works, as it should be.  

But, in the end, we must  – MUST strive for  the higher thought.  Thoughts which bring a release of struggle so that clarity has a chance to shine through and allow us to see our way.  In the midst of storms and struggles and other frightful stuff. .   . we can come to acceptance;  release our predilections if they imprison us. . .we can reach for higher thoughts which bring calm and harmony.   From that, we can work.  . . work together, find our way.   Jan

 POLL:  Clinton,  Trump tied in Ohio

by Darrel Rowland,   the Columbus Dispatch

AP FILE PHOTO  Hillary Clinton, left and Donald Trump

You can look two ways at a new poll showing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tied in Ohio, Peter Brown acknowledges.One is that it’s good news for Trump. That’s because he’s been severely out-staffed and outgunned on the airwaves by pro-Clinton forces, but still has forged a tie in the nation’s top bellwether state.The other is that it’s good news for Clinton. That’s because she’s just come off a rough period in which her truthfulness was questioned by the FBI director, although she avoided criminal charges relating to her private email server.The deadlock at 41 percent in the Quinnipiac University Poll unveiled Wednesday comes on the eve of the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. The two presumptive party nominees were tied at 40 percent in the Connecticut university’s poll released June 21.At the same time, Trump has moved to narrow leads in Florida and Pennsylvania, states Clinton had led last month in Quinnipiac’s polls of swing states.“Ohio’s close. I know that’s a big surprise to all of us,” said Brown, the poll’s assistant director.He found the most intriguing Ohio numbers in party loyalty.

Among Democrats, 90 percent are backing Clinton. But 77 percent of Republicans say they’re voting for Trump.

The reason the race is a tie is that Trump currently is prevailing among independent voters by 12 points, Brown said.

Both are highly unpopular. Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 60 percent in the Buckeye State, Trump by 59 percent.

Ohio voters say by 47 percent to 37 percent that Trump is more “honest and trustworthy” than Clinton. But the former secretary of state narrowly has “higher moral standards” than the New York developer, 43 percent to 42 percent.

Clinton wins big on who is better qualified for office, but Brown noted “qualifications may not be as big a deal this (election) cycle.”

The Buckeye State is a hotbed of dissent:

  • 73 percent to 24 percent say the old ways don’t work and it’s time for radical change.
  • 59 percent to 39 percent say they are falling further and further behind economically.
  • 59 percent to 37 percent say foreign trade agreements have hurt them personally.
  • 79 percent to 20 percent say public officials “don’t care much what people like me think.”

The poll using cell phones and landlines from June 30 through Monday of 955 Ohio voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.


July 6, 2016

Where to go from here?

ME VENTING. . skip if you like

Dander rising in me!    Can’t just roll with it anymore.  At an impasse and feeling bankrupt  —  that  just won’t work for me.  No not money, not even part of the equation – – been livin’ okay within my means no matter how they are,  . . or compare with others. . . I make do.   I would say this is more about integrity, my own integrity and being able to live with myself. . .  .  .   that what I’ve said,  am in accord with and believe.    Its this political HELL we’re being put through.  How many knots are we as citizens  (who love our country)  expected to put ourselves into?  

I stated that I was going to hold my nose and just do it — vote!  Can’t do it.   Like Bernie, I’m not for sale.  If I were to vote for Hillary, it is tantamount to condoning, endorsing her. . . and I cannot,  will not do this.   It simply is not in me to betray so much of what I believe.   Now the mockery of all that has transpired this week relating to Hillary’s conduct as Secretary  under Obama has culminated so clearly  to prove just how “stacked” the entire  “race” actually was from first inkling to completion.  Didn’t matter what any of us mass-millions wanted;  the established power-structure had it all worked out with infinite detail.    Tho, I remain stunned by the emerging ‘sell-outs’,  including oval office and Justice, . . .  I see the “Clinton’s”as the major string – pullers.  It disgusts me that Hillary is already speaking about the expectations she has for BILL, the projects and fine tuning that he will handle once they are in the Whitehouse.  I’m not Okay with that!  It sickens me that so many, indeed, are conspicuously unconcerned about needs and minds of the American voters — from both parties.  

If our American life has become so  estranged to the original concepts of freedom and choice. . . has devolved into the ‘haves’ leading, deciding and choosing for the ‘have-nots’;   well, we are only kidding ourselves,  we are done already.  We are being forced to “get those shots” (even tho, we know they are maiming us);  we are being informed that Genetically Modified everything is okay – no difference,  food is food – all the same (even tho tons of farmers here and abroad are being injured, cheated and the animal and insect life forms are being destroyed and threatened toward extinction; and our human health is being daily decimated) . .  .  we are being  threatened and defiled for choosing other than standard medically-approved everything –why?  . . .because  to eat healthy, (old-fashioned) organic foods (without poisonous chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides) would keep us healthy as nature intended — but Horrors! — would deprive the medical profession and BIG PhRMA of all that money they are accustomed to having.  What would MONSANTO and  all the other chemical companies do if no one was buying their poisons?  What would life be like if all we had to do was just say NO?   Unimaginable. 

But here we are,  party is still going on and I’m saying – count me out.    Both parties have put forward an unacceptable candidate with truly negative numbers whom nobody wants, . . for many good reasons.  In both cases, the blame falls on the party itself – the leadership or lack thereof.  Never had a clue that D.W. Schultz was such good buddies with Obama.  I need a new party, I guess as the Democratic party has obstructed “progressive” aspirants in every way for years.  My vote won’t be missed, in fact — they probably wish I’d shut up!  Anyway, guess they’ve got that handled too.  

I keep suggesting I’m done with politics, but what does that mean when you love your country and grew up with FDR as your living, breathing hero? Bernie was a uniter and deeply wanted to improve the lives of the working class who have long been short-changed.  He wan’t in the plans, tho people really liked his message and trusted him, relating to his credibility and integrity.  We’ll never know if he could have clinched the nomination as he was maligned by the insiders at every step as an impossible choice, nice guy – but not going to happen.  Every trick was used including calling it over before major states had a chance to vote.  This was inappropriately called by major broadcasters. .  .  .   why?  . .guess, its just how stuff works now.  

So, to be clear,  I’m not voting for the first time since I started to vote.  Why should we have to choose which is worst Hillary or Donald?  Hard to say!

Thank you Barack, Debbie W. Schultz,  FBI Director James Comey, and even highly admired Loretta Lynch who feels she must defer her judgement.  All of you have had a major role to play in the outcome of our nation at this critical time when our world could sure use some ethical sanity.  Had any of you simply called the evidence as presented this week for what it is .  .  .   and is known to be,  it would have been the logical move to select another person — and that choice would have been a resounding BERNIE Sanders.  .  .  the choice of millions with a resounding, enthralled citizenry — ready to do its part and start moving forward to a better tomorrow.  Instead we have a demoralized, frustrated public, who I am hoping has much better ideas about what needs to be done now (than I do).

What with the European struggles and BREXIT.. . never-ending ISIS and its insane cruelty — is all this . . just because?. . . or the end times?. . .are we actually doing ourselves in?    With all pulling apart, where is the path to unity?  Has that as a goal become obsolete?   Passe?  Surely some recall what it’s like to BE for something instead of against everything.   Lets see,  fractious domination and hatred on one side. . .or. . .gentle caring, sharing and cooperation on another.   Seems one stands out as a lot more comfortable and desirous. . . feels better.  This wasn’t easy, but needed to vent,     Jan

June 23, 2016

Ready? November’s coming

Okay, it’s VOTING SEASON, You and I are Needed!

Guess I really don’t know how my fellow Bernie-followers are doing right now because as I’ve opined recently,  the zest for this political season pretty well left me pulling the covers over my head.   Simply couldn’t take any more.  Can be kind of a dichotomy to keep the fire of patriotism and love of country going strong while being so disenchanted with the status quo.  When Bernie spoke he seemed to be reflecting the cries from my heart,  which was so fed up  with all the corruption in politics, and the refusal  of anybody in Washington to actually serve the needs of our own masses — our working people who have been falling further and further behind while the politicians and corporate structure got richer and richer.

I know Bernie wasn’t going to change the world, nor could he probably have realized ALL that he and we aspired to for all of us, but his was the voice which came closest to what our people really need, i. e. ..truth,  ethics and integrity  —  along with justice for everyone and responsible concern for how our people are faring regarding modern realities of education,  medical care that’s worth something and an equitable justice system. .  .  .  all of which have become ruined by the fact that our government leaders (federal and state) view all of them  as just another way to make money.  All of this must change or our country is done for.  Starting with ALL equal before the law — the privileged should not get off Scott-free because they can “buy” better outcomes,  nor should the wealthy get off TAX-free as they do now, allowing them to use all that excess wealth to make even more wealth for them. . . for that is a story which has no end and is hopelessly unfair.  A look at Bernie’s entire life revealed the sterling character of the man.  The character one desires for running  a nation.  But all gone now, and we all know why.  It was signed, sealed and delivered before the race even began.  Not just the Clintons – – it’s the whole thing.  The structure of the hugely established power base in our capital – – they’re NOT giving up their cushy jobs. . everybody wants to protect the status quo.  IT PAYS WELL.  

Okay, I’m not still hibernating,  nor did I lose all my marbles during my pity-party of grief.  Just stopped with the 24-7 TV shows.  I tape Rachel Maddow and Morning Joe on  MSNBC and have a couple of Favs @ CNN.  Now I just touch base a little. Not as if one actually has a choice!  Is it?

For me it is cut and dried.  (Tho, I used to consider myself a Republican).  I’m pretty well a Dem now.    So, it’ll have to be Hillary.  I take no joy  in this at all. I have admired all the women leaders our world has been smart enough to establish as leader.  We will do the same.  Hillary is smart, no one can deny that.  She’s tuff and gritty. I do not like her, nor am I pleased to put a check by her name as president. While she is NOT an overt liar, she is deceitful, not forthcoming and I don’t like her; she clearly feels entitled — a quality I dislike in anyone. In keeping with those thoughts, I also feel she is too hawkish, consequently. . . worry about where she might be taking us.  Hillary is who we have.  I’ll hold my nose and do it.

If one admires brilliance, ethics, integrity, humility and clear-headedness – – – there is no way in hell one could vote for TRUMP!. He is not an idiot, he just sounds like one.  He is rude, crude, vulgar, flat-out deceitful with full-on, recognized lies.  His ego is without bounds sad to say. . . as no one else will ever be a concern to the Donald.  He serves only his own needs with total disregard for all others.  He is actually,  a disgusting man.  He is not fit to be considered to run for president!  All the dumb, stupid things he blabbers on about are so “un-American”  > he could be charged with perhaps many and assorted character flaws.  .  .   a danger to our American way of life.  He is worse than crying “Fire” in a theatre!  He instigates turmoil, not healing cooperation.   Next, there’ll be riots!   Hillary should not lower herself to debate him.  It would be a sham.

But Trump has not destroyed the Republican party!  The Republicans did that to themselves over the last decade or so. And they all seemed to get a kick out of it when Trump emerged — whoopee! Had there been any true leaders left in the party, Trump couldn’t have happened.   Ryan is a decent man, surely if he put on his thinking cap, he could come up with a legitimate course to disqualify this man.  Look to ethics and morality for God’s sake . .the causes are obvious why he shouldn’t be the nominee. . . it shouldn’t be limited to an item written in some book a couple hundred years ago (like one must be 40 years old).  How about common sense?  Build a case — there’s enough evidence floating around now about his unsavory dealings and ripping people off.  Or you could just leave it alone, he’ll self-destruct as his diet of adoration wanes.  He can’t seem to take being ignored.     So who should we blame?  The big Media conglomerates – for sure.  They built this monster and they did it for free.  

This too,  shall pass.  We lost this race, but we can save the day.  Just remember to pay especial attention to all the down-line races open to be voted on.  Checkout the senators and congress-people running.  Question them- big time and tell them what you want.  Had one here in Ohio from the Cleveland area  – SITTENFELD.  Was so impressed with him. (like Bernie,only 40 years younger);  Democratic party wouldn’t allow him to even debate (but I’m not going into that again.  Except that, since they don’t support me and what I want, I refuse to support them.) I believe Bernie is going to be helpful on that score,. . . to help us move along in the right direction for the things WE WANT AND NEED.    Buck up, it’ll be over soon.    and all is NOT LOST!        Jan 

June 17, 2016

What about “IRON”?

We need enough IRON, but not too much

Some don’t get enough ‘iron’ in their diets and therefore tend to anemia.  This can be problematic;  should be discovered by the one’s doctor and easily treated.  I was one such, but never treated for it.   Classic hormonal symptoms, among which were nearly bleeding-to-death every month during menses . . . never had the feeling that my docs believed me on this.  Eventually connected with a doctor/healer who directed me to eat some beets everyday and to NOT take iron in supplement form – useless, not what body needs.  So I did.  Had to find ways to tolerate them.  Was easier than I thought.  Bought canned julienned beets and added to daily salad.  Also learned how to make beet borscht which I totally love – still do.  So, in my case, because of what was going on in body (quite apart from my healthy eating habits),  there was a special need for more iron.  

Now, go  forward a few decades, when there is no more hormonal cycle to fret over. . . no more bleeding.    Donating blood at the RED CROSS not only helps save the lives of others, but releases whatever too-muchness one’s own blood may be dealing with.  Aging bodies can (seemingly) get thicker, slower and are frequently given Coumadin  (blood thinner),  and so on.  (I was for maybe a decade).  However I was a reluctant patient and hated taking rat-poison, so,  in time — I quit it.   Hopefully, any of us can grow, learn. . .wise-up.     Anyway, it’s a good thing to do..

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Even tho we all try to limit our exposure to gobs of email due to time factors, information-overload and so on,  I do like to receive well-thought out info from quite a few sources and Kamal Patel at is one such,  for they do it right, .  . in depth.   In this case, its about pots – big, CAST IRON pots and pans.   I have and use a regular size big cast iron pan which I’ve had forever and used to have a mini one as well, but must have lost or loaned it out.  They are convenient and almost indestructible. . . fairly cheap.  Years ago I used to cook with Descoware, I think it was called.  But there were many other companies who made this type of cookware,  too.  It is cast-iron base, but also enameled over the iron. (red – all colors).  So costly,  but divine to cook with.  Gave it all up when I travelled as these guys are HEAVY and would weigh a ton to transport.  But I’ve picked up a few here and there.  Admittedly, they area a nuisance to handle by aging wrists. But nothing else cooks as well as these lovely tools. Almost every thing one needs to know, you can find below:      enjoy,  Jan

Are cast iron pans unsafe?

With Teflon pans being used less and less, hefty cast iron seems to be the hot new thing … even though it’s also one of the oldest types of pans.

But just because cast iron is natural and has been used for eons, doesn’t mean it’s totally safe. We looked at all the available evidence behind potential risks, to give an alarmism-free perspective on cast iron safety. Whether you’re a cook or just like to eat, check out this in-depth review!

Click here to read the full article.

Kamal Patel, MBA MPH PhD(c)

June 9, 2016

Many thumbs on the scale

Bernie, there were BIG thumbs on the SCALE

In a sense I feel like wearing black and drawing the shades.  Not just the wind-out-of-my-sails feeling;  actually worse.  I know better than to cave like  this. ..its bad for me, my body, my health and life — negates who I am.  Overwhelm can be like this.  The infernal “why” rears up and can’t be ignored.  I was emotionally, deeply invested in an outcome I so cared about and trusted, had faith in.  All washed away in a blink of an eye last Monday before the 5-state voting (including California – where I’m from) on Tuesday,   as announcement was made that Hillary had now become the designate winner in the Democratic party;  her numbers were conclusive!  Its as if there was this giant national THUD and it shook my world. Slammed me down.

How could this happen?  It had been agreed that no winner would be called until the convention in July after all states had voted, been included. If it was over, why would anybody bother to go out and vote on Tuesday?  The Tuesday results  bore that out.  My heart went out to Bernie who had to be suffering;  he had given so much for so long, created a magnificent movement of optimistic, eager, believer/activists who trusted him so completely — loved him.  Who did this?  Why?  How does such a thing happen?  This is not an accident.  As I forced myself to listen to the newscasts I began to hear things I hadn’t heard before,  .  .  forced to recognize the meaning.  

Bernie claims he had been assured  the White House had no thumbs on the scale in this process, they were neutral. (I don’t believe that). When I heard that President Obama was very close to Debbie Wasserman Schultz (she had been influential to his success), claiming “she had my back, now I’ve got hers”.  . .  I didn’t need to hear more.    Sometimes, one has to just pull the covers over the head and let go.

You may know know by now how highly I regard Bill Moyers and Company.  He has always been an honest truth-teller, no matter how hard it is to hear.   So,for what really is going on, read the following:             Jan

Wasserman Schultz Has a Change of Heart, But We Say: Too Little, Too Late

By Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

She had become a symbol of the failure of Democratic elites to understand that there is an uprising in the land. Millions of Americans are rebelling against the leadership of both parties. They are fed up with inside-the-Beltway politicians who pay only lip service to the deep needs of everyday people and the country; fed up with incumbents who ask for their votes, are given them in good faith, and then return to Washington to do the bidding of the donor class and its lobbyists. …

So [at July’s convention,] take the planks in the platform and the platitudes and promises in the speeches with a grain of salt. It’s all about the money.

Except when it’s not. Except for those moments when ordinary people rise up and declare: “Not this time!”

Which brings us back to predatory lenders and their buddy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.



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