SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

June 30, 2011

Gallbladder can be saved!


Three attacks signal need for removal


   Q 1): I have had three gallbladder attacks in the past year. I take pain medicine to get through them. Do attacks ever stop on their own?

  A: The gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ nestled on the bottom of the liver in the upper right side of the abdomen. It’s the place where bile, made in the liver, is stored. A meal, especially a fatty meal, sends a message to the gallbladder to shoot a jet of bile into the small intestine to digest food.

Most gallstones are composed of cholesterol. People who form stones secrete too much cholesterol into the bile, and eventually a stone forms. It’s partially due to genetic makeup. Stones are most likely to form among those older than 40, the obese and people who undergo rapid weight loss.   Surprisingly, two to three cups of coffee a day affords protection against gallstone formation.

A gallstone attack consists of pain in the upper right corner of the abdomen, and the pain often radiates to the right shoulder blade. People might sweat profusely, feel nauseated and throw up.

It’s time you considered the cure for these attacks: removal of the gallbladder.

 Q 2): Since my gallbladder was removed, I have been bothered by diarrhea. Is the missing gallbladder the cause?

A: Almost 10 percent of those who don’t have a gallbladder develop diarrhea. Without the storage receptacle that the gallbladder is, bile drips constantly into the digestive tract.

For some, that constant load of bile isn’t reabsorbed as it should be. It makes its way to the colon and irritates it. The result: diarrhea.    Questran (cholestyramine) can usually control the diarrhea. The standby, Imodium, also works.

 Q: My friend’s 2-year-old daughter is in the hospital with something called Kawasaki’s disease. What is it? How is it treated? Will she pull through?

 A: The name might be unfamiliar to you, but Kawasaki’s disease is fairly common. It’s mostly an illness of children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.    The cause is unknown.

The child has a high fever, red eyes and very red lips, mouth and tongue, along with swollen lymph nodes in the neck.   Rashes appear on the body. The hands and feet swell, and the palms and soles turn red.    Most children get through this without much trouble.    If children aren’t treated with immune globulin (gamma globulin) and aspirin, however, they can develop weakness and bulges (aneurysms) on their heart arteries.

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Anyone who has read an article from  Dr Donohue here at smokinchoices,  knows by now that I am most definitely going to have further comments and sometimes a whole different way of seeing the same picture.  This time is one of the latter.    To my knowledge, no one in my family has had this problem.  My mother-in-law did and so have a few friends over the years.   Wherein the individual had the surgical solution offered as the only way to handle this, the problems never really went away.   The pains and misery known before the surgery continued to plague after.  To me, that is very sad and no solution at all.   But then I’m fortunate – I know about Dr. Clark.

About Dr Clark

I have spoken so often about Dr Clark, that I feel it is redundant to do so again.  I will not assume on this point, but briefly tell you that this is a lady whom I highly admire and have been personally helped by.  She has written profusely (papers and other publications), has a number of books only two of which I have.  The first one which I dearly love and have used so much is is almost to the point of falling apart is “The Cure for all Diseases”  (paper- back, over 600 pages),  and the author is Hulda Regehr Clark.  She was an icon whose teaching and protocols have spread all over the world.  Tho she is gone, we have her books and inventions (of equipment – I first built, then bought a Zapper which is marvelous).

I know the title is off-putting – it was for me too.  But when you consider the simplicity of her thinking and see how beautifully she is able to explain it all. . .it becomes easier to deal with and profit from.  On page 46 of the Cure, she  states  The entire purpose of this book is to enable you to diagnose and treat yourself for any disease.  You have three new approaches that make this wish a reality:  the understanding that only pollution and parasites make you sick, the quick and inexpensive diagnostic circuit that lets you find which pollutants  and parasites they are, and the zapper or herbal recipe that kills the parasites.

She goes on to say:   Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to go to the doctor for your aches and pains?  And not be dependent on the doctor to diagnose and treat you?

On to Q 1) regarding  resolution of gall-bladder problems

Because of the size of Dr Clark’s book and the way she manages her story telling,  it is rather hard to pin down  a simple step 1, 2 and 3 and just be done with it.  The great mass of the book is her recounting of dealing with  multitudes of people/patients;  their symptomology when they arrived, her test results and treatment and then the final end-result.   [I believe that I have read every case-history because it is so fascinating, logical and impressive.] The index is complete and very helpful.

With the death of my Epson printer (Staples post), I lost the ability to scan, upload and transmit to my blog – ergo, I must try to give you a few clues about what you can expect from Dr Clark’s method – the old fashioned way which I am not wanting to do in its entirety.  A page or two I can handle. . .  so on page 552 is the start of the

                                        LIVER CLEANSE

Cleaning the liver of gallstones dramatically improves digestion, which is the basis of your whole health.   You can expect your allergies to disappear too,  more with each cleanse you do!  Incredibly, it also eliminates shoulder, upper arm and upper back pain.   You have more energy and increased sense of well-being.

  • Cleaning the liver bile ducts is the most powerful procedure that you can do to improve your body’s health.
  • But it should not be done before the parasite program, and for best results should follow the kidney cleanse  and any dental work you need.

It is the job of the liver to make bile, 1 to 1 1/2 quarts in a day!  The liver is full of tubes (biliary tubing) that deliver the bile to one large tube (the common bile duct).   The gallbladder is attached to the common bile duct and acts as a storage reservoir.    Eating fat or protein triggers the gallbladder to squeeze itself empty after about twenty minutes, and the stored bile finishes its trip down the common bile duct to the intestine.

For many persons, including children, the biliary tubing is choked with gallstones.  Some develop allergies or hives but some have no symptoms.  When the gallbladder is scanned or X-rayed nothing is seen.  Typically, they are not in the gallbladder.  Not only that, most are too small and not calcified, a prerequisite for visibility on X-ray.  There are over half a dozen varieties of gallstones,  most of which have cholesterol crystals in them.  They can be black, red, white, green or tan colored.  The green ones get their color from being coated with bile.  Notice in the picture how many have imbedded unidentified objects.  Are they fluke remains?

Notice how many are shaped like corks with longitudinal grooves below the tops.  We can visualize the blocked bile ducts from such shapes.  Other stones are composites- made of many smaller ones –  showing that they are regrouped in the bile ducts some time after the last cleanse.

At the very center of each stone is found a clump of bacteria, according to scientists, suggesting a dead bit of parasite might have started the stone forming.  (I could not copy the pictures for you – sorry)

As the stones grow and become more numerous the back pressure on the liver causes it to make less bile.  Imagine the situation if your garden hose had marbles in it.  Much less water would flow, which in turn would decrease the ability of the hose to squirt out the marbles.  With gallstones, much less cholesterol leaves the body, and cholesterol levels may rise.  (hint, hint – I guess you Cholesterol-problem people have a clue here as to what  needs to be done, eh?)  Gallstones, being porous, can pick up all the bacteria, cysts, viruses and parasites that are passing through the liver.  In this way “nests” of infection are formed, forever supplying the body with fresh bacteria.  No stomach infection such as ulcers or intestinal bloating can be cured permanently  without removing these gallstones from the liver.



  • You can’t clean a liver with living parasites in it.  You won’t get many stones, and you will feel quite sick.   ZAP daily the week before, or get through the first three weeks of the parasite killing program before attempting a liver cleanse.
  • Completing the kidney cleanse before cleansing the liver is also highly recommended.  You want your kidneys, bladder and urinary tract in top working condition so they can efficiently remove any undesirable substances incidentally absorbed from the intestine as the bile is being excreted.
  • Do any dental work first, if possible.  Your mouth should be metal free and bacteria free (cavitations are cleaned).  A toxic mouth can put a heavy load on the liver, burdening it immediately after cleansing.  Eliminate that problem first for best results.

Next comes the nitty-gritty.  Dr Clark is specific as to how and in what order and what time all should happen.  I am not trying to deprive any of you from vital information.  The two elements are olive oil and fresh pink grapefruit – not a mystery.   I simply do not want anybody to go off half-cocked and not do it right.  These techniques are life saving and important to value it as such.

What I am hoping with putting all this before you is to encourage anyone who really wants a healthier, better life, to go to the library and rent this book or just buy it.  Heck, I bet you could get one used at Amazon (the way I shop and save $),. .when I bought it, it was only $22 or so  Frankly, I wish this book could be in every home, everywhere.  It was this book which in fact opened my eyes to the toxic universe we are living in and many of the things we can do to help ourselves lead better, cleaner lives.  IT WAS AN EYE-OPENER to me.

When I started on Dr Clark’s stuff, HSU carried all the Clark protocol products.  My neighbor who remains faithful to these methods tells me I can’t go to a local store anymore, have to do it online.  That’s how I shop these days anyway so,  you can do due diligence and shop around or just go direct to  the below link.  Fellow there is David Amrein who has been kind to respond to my e-mails over the years – nice guy.

For cleansing products and zappers according to Dr. Hulda Clark go to

Be happy, be well, just be                     Jan

June 29, 2011

Birth control?. . I’m listening

Want to give you a link (below) to the Dr Mercola site for any who may be interested in the ole ““birth-control”  issue.

Back in the day, we had condoms and the “rhythm method” and by and large it worked. . .not foolproof mind you but it did work.  The only negative consequence of these would be an occasional pregnancy, but not life-altering illness or function.

The available  options of today sound amazing, perhaps a little complicated.  The fact that so many exist is just amazing.  Unless and until one starts to ask questions or researches what the true costs might be.  Does it harm my body?  What is it doing to my body to prevent me from getting pregnant?  How is this affecting my glandular system?  What side effects might I experience?

Where can I access information informing me of the experiences other women have had who have actually used this product – – I am concerned about safety and health.  I wish these were the questions that women would ask their doctors before taking  any of science’s latest inventions.   But, because they don’t – they have a problem, see the doctor and need the problem fixed.  Simple as 1,2, 3.  Then later, maybe much later – “why didn’t someone tell me these things?”

Inquiring minds and solid information is a good thing.

June 28, 2011

War Powers stance – confusing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jan Turner @ 12:38 am

Obama’s war-powers stance is ridiculous


Let’s be honest: President Barack Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it.

Blasting dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s troops and installations from above with unmanned drone aircraft may or may not be the right thing to do, but it’s clearly a hostile act. Likewise, providing intelligence, surveillance and logistical support that enable allied planes to attack Gadhafi’s military — and, increasingly, to target Gadhafi himself — can only be considered hostile. These are acts of war.

Yet Obama, with uncommon disregard for both language and logic, takes the position that what we are doing in Libya does not reach the “hostilities” threshold for triggering the War Powers Act, under which presidents must seek congressional approval for any military campaign lasting more than 90 days. House Speaker John Boehner said Obama’s claim doesn’t meet the “straight-face test,” and he’s right.    To be sure, Boehner is also playing politics. In the past, he has argued that the War Powers Act is “constitutionally suspect” because it seeks to tie the hands of the commander in chief. I don’t believe it’s accidental that Boehner’s newfound respect for the much-disputed law coincides with the Republican Party’s electoral stance, which is that every single thing Obama has ever done is wrong.

But the law remains in force and, while presidents of both parties routinely find ways around it, they usually find a more credible dodge than asking, “War? What war?”    When he authorized the Libya campaign, Obama said U.S. involvement would last “days, not weeks.” He got the “not weeks” part right, at least: The military effort to oust Gadhafi is entering its fourth month, with no end in sight.

It’s no surprise that progressives in Congress, such as Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland, would cite the War Powers Act to challenge a sitting president who made the unilateral decision to wage war.     What’s new is the significant antiwar sentiment we’ve heard from Republicans,  especially those identified with the tea party movement.    For decades, the GOP has favored a robust, interventionist foreign policy that relies heavily on a willingness to use military power. This may be changing, as contrarian Republican voices — call them neo-isolationists, constitutionalists or even peaceniks — demand to be heard.

Despite taking the ridiculous position that bombing is not a hostile act, Obama likely will win this tug of war with Capitol Hill.   Boehner has been cool to the idea of deploying Congress’ only real weapon, the power of the purse; any attempt to block funding of the Libya operation could be portrayed as abandonment of “the troops.” And whatever happens in the House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated that he backs Obama’s view. We’ll probably hear a lot of sound and fury but see little impact.

But I hope I’m wrong. The nation’s interests would be much better served if we had an open debate about the Libya campaign — and, by extension, the proper use of U.S. military power in a fast-changing world.    Do we use military force to protect civilians who are in imminent danger of being massacred by forces loyal to a despotic regime? That was the rationale for intervening in Libya. But what about Syria, where a massacre of freedom-seeking civilians has been under way for weeks? What about Yemen, where civilians have been dying in the streets?

And what about the civilians who are being killed accidentally, such as the nine who reportedly died Sunday when an errant NATO missile strayed into a residential neighborhood of Tripoli? Is there a point at which the death and destruction of a drawn-out civil war surpass anything Gadhafi’s forces might have done had they rolled unopposed into rebel-held Benghazi?

Most important, what are we doing there? Are we in Libya for altruistic or selfish reasons? Principles or oil? Assuming Gadhafi is eventually deposed or killed, then what? Do we just sail away? Or will we be stuck with yet another ruinously expensive exercise in nation-building?    And there’s a moral question to consider. The advent of robotic drone aircraft makes it easier to wage war without suffering casualties. But without risk, can military action even be called war? Or is it really just slaughter?    An intellectual president such as Obama should be able to lead a search for answers to these tough questions. As soon as he gets a better grasp on the definition of hostilities.

Eugene Robinson writes for the Washington Post Writers Group.

Bariatric patients face “change”

Weight-loss surgery can help, or strain, marriages

By Jeff Seidel DETROIT FREE PRESS                                                                                     Sarah Rice DETROIT FREE PRESS

Vincent and Michelle Welch of Warren, Mich., both had bypass surgery. Together,they have lost 433 pounds.

DETROIT — When Vincent Welch went to an orientation class before having weight-loss surgery at Henry Ford Hospital, he brought along his wife, Michelle — something that is highly encouraged because the operation and lifestyle change can have such a big effect on a marriage.

“One of the first things they tell you, in the first hour of the orientation, is that the divorce rate for bariatric patients is really high,” said Mr. Welch, 50, of Warren, Mich. “It kind of caught us by surprise.”

Mrs. Welch was afraid. “I was freaking out,” she said. “Here’s what happens. One person in a marriage gets the surgery. They lose weight. They start looking good. And the other one either gets jealous, or the other one doesn’t want to be married to them anymore.”

Mr. Welch is retired from Ford Motor Co., where he worked on an assembly line.   At his heaviest, he ate four or five meals a day and topped 500 pounds.    Doctors told him he had to shed the excess pounds. But if he had the surgery and lost the weight, would he stay with Mrs. Welch, 43?   She weighed about 350 pounds. “I was scared” of losing him, she said.

Mr. Welch had weight-loss surgery on Dec. 13, 2007. He lost about 300 pounds in 18 months. Mrs. Welch was proud of her husband, but their relationship became strained. “When I got below her weight, it bothered her,” Mr. Welch said. “She became jealous about every little thing.”    At one point, he got down to 185 pounds. “I lost the equivalent of two average human beings,” he said.

Their relationship was tested, he said, but “she never had anything to worry about. I loved her, as is. And she loved me, as is, whether I was heavier or thinner. We have a good relationship.”

There are several reasons that someone might get a divorce after having bariatric surgery, said David Sarwer, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.   He said the surgery can have a positive effect on a solid marriage, but there is a risk that it can tear apart a marriage already on the rocks.    “In general, we know, after bariatric surgery, that people tend to feel much better about themselves,” said Sarwer, a member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. “Intuitively, we would think if one partner is feeling better, that would only help the marriage. What we have found is that weight and weight loss can actually play a more complicated role in a marriage or romantic relationship.”

Henry Ford Hospital offers support groups led by a dietitian and a psychologist that meet twice a month before and after surgery.    “When people are morbidly obese and their activity level is low, they may not feel they have choices” to leave a bad marriage, said Anne Eshelman, a clinical health psychologist who runs a support group for bariatric patients.    Trudy O’Brien, 59, an applied linguistics professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, weighed 270 pounds before she had weight-loss surgery. She has lost 110 pounds and said she received nothing but support from her husband, Doug. They are celebrating their 35th anniversary.    “My husband has been rock steady,” Mrs. O’Brien said. “But I can understand the tension, though, if there are deeper problems.”

After Mrs. Welch’s husband had bariatric surgery, she saw a dramatic change. He had more energy. He was so much healthier. And she started to worry. Could she do the same thing?    Mrs. Welch had bariatric surgery on March 29, 2010. At her heaviest, she weighed 353 pounds. She has lost 133 pounds, and the weight is still coming off. “My knees are thanking me big time,” she said.

Research shows that family members who have weight-loss surgery together will lose more weight than doing it alone, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.    Mr. Welch beamed with pride as he talked about how his wife lost the weight but grew as a person.    “That’s been breathtaking to see. To see her feel whole again, where the weight is not an issue,” he said.

June 27, 2011

USDA’s gotta go!

U.S. Agriculture Department ought to be plowed under


The Department of Agriculture no longer serves as a lifeline to millions of struggling homestead farmers. Instead, it is a vast, self-perpetuating postmodern bureaucracy with an amorphous budget of some $130 billion — a sum far greater than the nation’s net farm income this year.

Net farm income is expected in 2011 to reach its highest levels in more than three decades, as a rapidly growing and food-short world increasingly looks to the United States to provide it everything from soybeans and wheat to beef and fruit.  Somebody should explain that good news to the Department of Agriculture: This year it will give a record $20 billion in various crop “supports” to the nation’s wealthiest farmers — with the richest 10 percent receiving more than 70 percent of all the redistributive payouts.

  • If farmers on their own are making handsome profits, why, with a $1.6 trillion annual federal deficit, is the Department of Agriculture borrowing unprecedented amounts to subsidize them?  

At least $5 billion will be in direct cash payouts. Yet no one in the USDA can explain why cotton and soybeans are subsidized, but not lettuce or carrots. In fact, 70 percent of all subsidies go to corn, wheat, cotton, rice and soybean farmers. Most other farmers receive no federal cash. Yet somehow peach, melon and almond growers seem to be doing fine without government checks in the mail.     *(these 5 are ALL GMO’s!  Go figure!,  Jan)

Then there is the more than $5 billion in ethanol subsidies that goes to the nation’s corn farmers to divert their acreage to produce transportation fuel. That program has somehow managed to cost the nation billions, to send worldwide corn prices sky-high and to distort global trade in ethanol at the expense of far cheaper sugarcane. And while the Obama administration discourages new production of far cheaper transportation fuels derived from natural gas, oil, shale oil and tar sands, it is borrowing billions to pay farmers to grow uncompetitive fuel.   

About every 10 years or so, public outrage forces Congress to promise to curtail the subsidy programs. But when the deadline arrives, our elected officials always find a trendy excuse like “green energy” or “national security” to continue welfare to agribusiness.

Free-market conservatives don’t dare touch the Department of Agriculture,   given the senatorial clout of Midwest farm states and the mythology of the independent American yeoman farmer. Don’t expect left-wing Democrats to object, either. In a brilliantly conceived devil’s bargain, the Department of Agriculture gives welfare to the wealthy on the one hand, while on the other sending more than $70 billion to the lower income brackets in food stamps.

Originally, the food-stamp program focused on the noble aim of supplementing the income of only the very poor and the disabled. But now eligibility is such that some members of the middle class find a way to manipulate such grants. In fact, 2011 could be another sort of record year for the Agriculture Department, as it may achieve an all-time high in subsidizing 47 million Americans on food stamps — nearly one-sixth of the country.    If 30 years ago the public had sympathy for the strapped family who pulled out clumsy paper coupons to buy essentials like rice and bread at the checkout line, today it is often turned off by the now common spectacle in our superstores of plastic government credit cards being used for food purchases — freeing up the shopper’s cash for another basket of snacks, alcohol and other nonessential goods.

The multilayered Department of Agriculture has no real mission, much less a methodology other than to provide cash to congressional pet constituencies. Its vital functions such as crop reporting and forecasting, food inspection and scientific research are buried beneath politically driven cash transfers and could easily be farmed out to other agencies.   

In these days of record federal deficits and unsustainable national debt, it is long past time to eliminate the department — or least rename it the Department of Food Subsidies.   

Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

(I couldn’t agree more with Victor Davis Hanson, except that I would like to add that there IS a faction of our society – the majority of people prefer NO GENETICALLY MODIFIED ANYTHING – not for our tables.  This is something which is physically injuring any who eat this stuff.  It is all Frankinfood,  is changing our guts, establishing new pathways for disease and harming our planet in sterilizing the soil, disturbing the genius of “mother nature” herself.
It is wrong, if not criminal. 

Yet we are forced to pay much higher prices if we wish to nourish our bodies with vital food which actually has nutriment in it (vitamins and minerals), which are free of these terrible pesticides and toxins.  Our so-called food-supply chain is alarming and critical.     But the glaring facts reveal our government is behind this pseudo- science and is maintaining and encouraging it. 

There is no SUBSIDY for the small family farmer or the “ORGANIC”  farmer who is producing that which we wish to be eating – – and that so many can’t afford or get access to.. . . .  therefore, in my opinion – – the subsidies are vitally needed for the “wholesome food movement” which people want to buy and have every right to have choice in this. 

Our government must get out of the business of allowing us to be poisoned and striped of our right to choice.  Jan)

Outside the box – vacations

Filed under: relive those days as a family. — Jan Turner @ 12:40 pm

For affordable vacations, think outside the box


A series of stairs and a suspension bridge lead to the Forestree
house at the Out ‘n’ About Treesort near Cave Junction, Ore.

Larry Bleiberg — co-author of The 100 Best Affordable Vacations, a guide published by National Geographic — knows a thing or two about making a trip cheap but memorable.

Bleiberg, 48, is a married father of a 16-year-old and has 15 years of travel writing under his belt, mostly at The Dallas Morning News.

We gave him nine reader situations and asked him for affordable trips:

1. We’re traveling with tykes.

“Camp at a YMCA family camp. They’re like when you were a kid — out in woods, cooking marshmallows, hiking, busy all the time with outdoor activities — and you can literally relive those days as a family.                                                                                                      ALLEN HOLDER KANSAS CITY STAR

“There are four huge camps around the country; the most famous is in the Rockies (  ). It’s not gourmet food, but it’s good.    “One mom who went said to me, ‘Families do board games there — who does that nowadays?’ The whole experience is about bonding and getting away from the madness.”

2. We’re both retired (and getting around is getting harder).

“Road Scholar, which used to be Elderhostel, literally offers learning vacations with experts guiding you in-depth on Gullah culture, Texas history, following the real trail of the Alamo and more.

“Another choice is the Chautauquas, which have been around for more than a century. They’re like a theme park for the mind. The most famous is in Chautauqua, N.Y., but they’re also in Boulder, Colo., and (Lakeside,) Ohio.”    For details on Road Scholar, visit bargains.asp. For details on Chautauquas, visit  ;   or

3. I’m looking for Mr./Ms. Right.

“Are you outdoorsy? The American Hiking Society has what are basically minimal-expense programs; you spend a week in an incredible natural area working on restoring trails.    “You’re working hard, bonding, eating good food and spending time around a campfire.    Sites include Olympic National Park in Washington state and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Ky.

“If you appreciate humor, go to comedy improv school — Second City’s, in Chicago. You don’t have to worry about breaking the ice: It’s broken the second you arrive.”

For details on hiking vacations, visit    For details on improv school, visit http://www.second

4. It’s time to cash in my frequent-flier miles.

“If you’re into the outdoors, I’d send you to Loretto, Mexico, near Cabo on the Baja Peninsula. You can do weeklong group kayaking trips that paddle among whales. This will cost you under $1,000 total.”    For information, visit http://www.seakayakadventures. com.

5. I’ll be dragging teens and kids.

“Try the Out ’n’ About Treesort, a treehouse B&B resort in Takilma, Ore., where you’ll be living like the Swiss Family Robinson.   Even the most jaded teen will be blown away by this.

“Onsite, you have zip-lining and some activities. You’re near Oregon Caves National Monument, which you can explore, and there’s hiking and rafting around the area.”    Visit http://www.treehouses. com.

6. We’re talking about a multi-generational thing.

“Build a trip around a state fair — one of the huge ones, like in Minnesota (  ) or Texas (  ). These are spectacles.    “The entertainment isn’t bluegrass from down the block;   national and international entertainers take the stage.   It’s big-production Americana.    “All ages can keep busy, and it’s something you can’t do in just one afternoon.”

7. We’re foodies in search of cheap but great eats.

“Drive the ‘Pie Trail’ in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Both have a Scandinavian heritage, and great bakers make incredible pies.

“There’s a whole great route you can do:    Eat your way toward Duluth.   If you need a break for fun stuff, visit the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.”

8. I need to escape this tech-crazed world.

“Tumbler Ridge is a mining town — a newer one — in British Columbia.   The reason to go:   It has the most incredible waterfall you’ll ever see.   It’s as tall as Niagara but wider. It’s in the wilderness — 40 miles from the nearest town but close to dozens of other waterfalls.”    For information, visit

9. We need something cultural our kids won’t choke on.

“Spend a night at a museum:   Museums across the country have sleep-ins or overnight camping. The programs are usually geared to locals, but, in reality, anybody can do this.

“One of my favorites — where the Night in the Museum movie was set — is the American Museum of Natural History in New York.    For information, visit

June 26, 2011

200-mgp WOW

Long road ahead

Coshocton engineer hopes to move his 200-mpg diesel engine into production soon


It’s a quest engineers have undertaken again and again over the years: take the auto world by storm with a super-fuel-efficient engine.    Heinz-Gustav Reisser of Coshocton, Ohio, began his effort in late 2005.    Six years later, Reisser said his hopes have come to life with the creation of the CHB-evo, a diesel engine that he says is capable of achieving 200 mpg.

Inventor Heinz-Gustav Reisser says all auto technology was new at some point.

Reisser is an engineer and CEO of Niama-Reisser, a company based in Coshocton, where he makes his home.    He says current auto-engine technology hasn’t changed much since the 1870s or 1880s.

Fully aware there are skeptics of technologies such as his, Reisser points to the history of the automobile and those who doubted Daimler-Benz’s first horseless carriage.    “Just because it is not generally known to the public, it is not witchcraft,” Reisser said. “It’s just the nature of the beast. People are just skeptical of something that is new.”

Reisser’s engine is set apart from the traditional internal-combustion engine by the doughnut-shaped piston and the use of self-lubricating polymer pistons. Together, these lead to a 27 percent more-efficient diesel engine, the inventor said.    The CHB-evo engine is the star of the Niama-Reisser prototype car called the NR-1. Reisser said he hopes to have the engine out to consumers by the first quarter of 2012 with the NR-1 vehicle following soon after.    Reisser said Niama-Reisser is in talks with some major auto manufacturers, but he declined to identify the companies. Reisser is hoping to bring out a car that would retail at around $32,000.

The automobile and parts company hadn’t been in the spotlight until recently. The NR-1 vehicle made its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.   Reisser said he received positive feedback from the event.    Reisser declined to discuss the size and financing of his company, which he said has a satellite office in Stuttgart, Germany. Local business officials in his home community are aware of his efforts.

Niama-Reisser contacted the Coshocton Port Authority after the auto show, said Dorothy Skowrunski, the authority’s executive director.   She said the company was given information on government incentives for innovation and “green” technology.    While Reisser is optimistic about the future of his prototype, John O’Dell, green-car editor for auto website, takes a more realistic view of innovators’ chances.    “Just having a great idea, even one that you can show off in a working prototype, isn’t enough. It’s barely even a start,” he said.

The speed bumps Niama-Reisser needs to overcome, O’Dell said, include first and foremost capital, which is needed to turn an idea into a street-legal and marketable product. Millions of dollars are required, he said.    Finding a manufacturer is another challenge.

“If you’ve got a new technology to bring to market, that’s going to entail finding someone who can build it for you to the quality levels needed in automotive use,” O’Dell said.    Then the American people have to be persuaded that the new vehicle is better than what’s on the market — and worth the price.    That’s an uphill battle, O’Dell said, given that major automakers “collectively have billions of dollars in marketing money all working to persuade consumers that their cars and trucks are the best.”

June 25, 2011

Fatigue? get rid of it

How to drink your way out of Fatigue

Just found a Dr Mercola newsletter in my inbox and got hooked into another video [such an easy way to get something]. He was interviewing Cherie Calbom – “the Juice Lady” who has written a few books.  One was Juicing for Life published in January 1992, more recently – the Juice Lady’s TURBO DIET.   They spoke of a third book she wrote about coconut oil which she uses a great deal.   I’m a juicer already and have been for years, but I was charmed by this lady.   Her message was excellent and Dr Mercola was very knowledgeable in all this.  It is in fact, an XLNT video and I would encourage anyone to check it out.  If you are a subscriber to his site – just see it there (6-25-11), but if not, I’m including a link to the video.

Tinkering with the Great Lakes

(This is a post based on my angst over the “Kasich approach to “Governing” in which he destroys or attempts to destroy everything in his path in order to accomplish certain esoteric goals which benefit the “Few”  ignoring the many, the land or the needs and desires of anyone outside his circle.  Ohioans are upset [putting it mildly], the local papers and newscasts are ablaze with the rumblings.  Today, I am using two separate articles from recent accounts in the Columbus Dispatch to illustrate these points.  It’s not just me losing it! . . . Jan)

Ex-Gov. Taft joins opposition to Lake Erie bill

Permitless water-use plan expected to get Senate’s OK


The new Battle of Lake Erie continued at the Statehouse yesterday, with former Gov. Bob Taft joining Democrats and environmentalists in opposing a Republican  plan
to allow millions of gallons of water to be drained from Lake Erie without a permit.   

Much like the original Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, this fight is over control of the Great Lakes, the largest freshwater resource on Earth.

Taft, a two-term Republican governor, made his first appearance before a legislative committee since leaving office in 2007. He told the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee that parts of legislation under consideration “directly conflict” with the Great Lakes Compact signed during his administration. 

  • He testified that House Bill 231 would “weaken the protections to the waters of the Great Lakes” and “invite litigation against the state of Ohio.”

Taft said he was speaking as a citizen and board member of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a 40-year-old citizen organization dedicated to maintaining the health of the Great Lakes.    The former governor’s position echoes that of the Ohio Environmental Council and other groups opposing the bill. They argue that it threatens the “health and safety” of the Lake Erie watershed and will result in a dangerous drain on the water supply.   

Senate President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, said he intends to pass the bill next week, adding that “I’m comfortable that the items (Taft) identified are addressed in the legislation with the changes that have been made the last few weeks.”

  • The legislation is strongly supported by Republicans and the business community.
  • Brian Barger, speaking for a coalition including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, manufacturing and business associations, said maintaining access to Great Lakes water is critical to business.
  • He said it takes 39,000 gallons to make a car, 1,000 for a gallon of milk, and 110 to process a pound of corn.  

The bill was approved Wednesday by the Ohio House on a 60-37, party-line vote.   It would require permits only for businesses or other entities that tap more than 5 million gallons of water a day from Lake Erie, 2 million from rivers or groundwater, or 300,000 from rivers deemed “high quality.”

Permits are not now required in Ohio.    Ohio, seven other U.S. states and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec that signed the Great Lakes Compact in 2005 must individually approve water-use plans by December 2013. Former President George W. Bush signed the compact in 2008, making it federal law.

The National Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental organization, yesterday issued an overall status report on the compact. The report noted that Ohio’s proposed legislation ignores the recommendations of a state advisory council and would “potentially violate the terms of the compact, including a provision to make water conservation measures voluntary rather than mandatory.”

Great Lakes water limits must be based on science  

Ohio House Bill 257 and Senate Bill 186 were introduced recently by state Rep. Dennis Murray, D-Sandusky, and Sen. Mike Skindell, D Lakewood, in the hopes of setting straight the misguided approach to implementing the Great Lakes Compact in Ohio House Bill 231 and Senate Bill 170.

I was a member of the Great Lakes Compact advisory board. The Murray-Skindell legislation would meet the requirements and intent of the Great Lakes Compact as negotiated and ratified by all eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces, approved by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush.

House Bill 231 and Senate Bill 170 — introduced respectively by Rep. Lynn R. Wachtmann, R-Napoleon, and Sen. Timothy Grendell, R-Chesterland — bow to demands by industry and other commercial interests that are interested only in gaining the ability to exploit natural resources at citizens’ expense. The amount of water the bills permit to be withdrawn from Lake Erie would be excessive.

But the legislation proposed by Murray and Skindell is based on science and a large database of stream and groundwater information gathered over more than 20 years of monitoring water-withdrawal levels. The bills would protect the groundwater, surface water and lake by setting withdrawal levels that will not exceed these bodies’ capacity to meet the demands of residents, industry, fish and wildlife, while enabling appropriate expansion to meet the needs of new businesses and industry.

Overcommitting can lead to shortages that can hurt current users and put industry and commercial interests out of business. We need to be smart about setting water policy for our region and nation that will secure our water resources for current and future generations. Call state legislators to tell them that you support withdrawal levels backed by sound science that will protect the water resources.

RICK GRAHAM, PresidentBuckeye All-State chapter Izaak Walton League of America Monroeville


June 24, 2011

A Protein quandary

Vegan or Paleo?

I have frequently been asked about my apparent devotion to Dr John McDougall and his message and protocols while praising and showcasing the wonders of the so-called “Paleolithic” culture, complete with effusive praise for Dr Loren Cordain with his Paleo Diet book and all that it entails.     Gotta tell ya – – it’s a box canyon!

I deeply care about the message of any and all my posts.  I would not give space over to limited, negative thinking other than to attempt conveying relevant harmful, injurious pursuits. e.g.   anything genetically modified (GMO’s),  Monsanto in its flat-out harmful bio-destructive path in the pursuit of POWER and PROFIT and so on.  It breaks my heart to see our planet destroyed, we have no where else to go!

But this is about “my protein quandary” and so many thousands of others who have faced this dilemma.  When one moves to a vegan lifestyle,  friends and family who care about you put up all these roadblocks and try to convince you that you are or will be harming yourself.  Perhaps to the willful or committed individual – not a problem, you make a choice and lean into it and see how it goes.  In my case, it worked for me.  I had fun with it – – not to say that change isn’t hard.  There is stuff to learn and do and shop differently.  Have always been open and flexible and enjoy the new or challenging.  (can add spark and zest to life)

Pain helped me to choose – Vegan

And lets face it, I had an ulterior motive – I had begun experiencing pain in joints.  Both parents had been so crippled with arthritis, etc. and so it was not hypochondriacal to presuppose what this pain was all about.  I was right in this decision.  Tho I had been a dairy freak and very much enjoyed animal protein, I love most all food – the kitchen has always been my favorite room in the house.  Have all the toys anyone could want to stay busy and happy forever.  Within days, the pain was subsiding and then became history  This was twenty years ago.

My son (whom I regard as very knowledgeable about the body, a very practical sort and certainly having my best interests in mind) never hassled me or gave me a hard time.  He thought I was wrong-headed on this, but as I trust him – he too, trusts me to do the right thing – for me.  He kept telling me little things about the Paleo concepts, etc., until one day, I heard him and paid attention.  My thinking was forced to expand and in time, began to experiment.

Floundering in a World of Dichotomies

The thing is, there is empiracal evidence and SCIENCE behind both paths.  It is hard to argue with facts, or in my case – my own experience.  When I understood the dairy thing – it was a no-brainer!  Dairy had cost me dearly and I had never known or suspected – no doctor ever clued me in – but how could they – it is not part of the medical training.  Irregular menses (in the extreme) and so painful, that when I was rushed to the hospital for appendectomy surgery – I resisted and argued saying it was only my routine pain from my periods.  It wasn’t – the doc told Mother that my appendix was about to rupture.  Had trouble  in trying to become a mom.  Medicine said there was nothing wrong with either one of us.  After 7 years of marriage,  our baby Jeffrey came along.  Perfect, and a joy to this day.

Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez

Dr Gonzalez is totally intriguing and there are countless other people serving in similar capacities the people who have come to the end of the line unable to get further help from “medicine” in their battle against Cancer.  They are terminal (most of them)  He is a MAJOR HERO.  I’ve done several posts on him – one an interview with Dr Mercola (5-6-11).

One of the eye-opening things for me is that in order to treat his patients, he needs to determine how the individual’s body is functioning – what the dominant factors are which helps him determine what KIND OF DIET BEST SERVES THIS PERSON.  To the one whose body needs animal protein, it would be useless to prescribe a vegan diet regime without further debilitating them thereby reducing chance for survival.  And the opposite is true – to give the body oriented to plant-based food the flesh of animals would not serve any positive good. This is not determined by what the patient prefers from dictate of taste-buds, but how the bio systems are functioning.  He goes into all this fairly well in that interview.  So I am attempting to show that we are not all alike.    It is important for each of us to find out what those needs are about.

There are things we can do to get answers

There is nothing wrong with having psychological predispositions,  but to base one’s nutritional demands and physical needs on some theoretical scheme which may or may not be valid for him/her. . . .just might be folly.  And there are many of us who simply don’t know which we are – like me.  I love plant-based foods.  And I really like fish, fowl and beef.  Always have.  How am I supposed to determine this and be comfortable knowing I am serving my body well?

A couple of years ago, Dr Mercola had a test you could take on his site which would help you determine your nutritional needs. It was Q and A. . .so it was dependent on my answers to [in a sense] memory. I was a so-called Mix neither vegan or carnivore but a mixture of both.  When I listened to that Gonzalez interview – he spoke of the mixed   or balanced type as well. So, in my case, perhaps I truly am a mixture sort. .  . not just one or the other.

The ideal would be to have a truly knowledgeable doctor with proper training which would include extra-curricular stuff such as naturapathy or herbalism, etc who really knew how to read those complicated blood tests and THEN relate to you what it all means.  (providing they had ordered the “complete” workup panel with all the important stuff covered).  I’ve lived a lonng time and so far I’ve only had one physician be qualified, willing and able to do this for me. . .Dr Kurpita, an internist at OSU’s  alternative field.  What a blessing and joy she is.

This brings me to Kevin Gianni at Renegade Health.  Has a very good blog with relevant, interesting and vital material.  Very committed guy.  I enjoy him and what he has to say.   Some weeks ago I got his program on how to read your Blood Tests – how to make sense of them and what you need to know.  This program is the brains-output of  Dr. J.E. Williams who has treated 1000’s of patients over a 30 year span of his practice.  Kevin credits this doctor for having alerted him to better solutions for certain things in his own life and places great store in him.   I think it is good.  Has helped me to understand my own historic records.  I know more now of what I’m looking at.  I have always demanded a copy of any records from whatever doctor I see.  Blood tests going back my entire life as an adult.  (I’m a saver – or a pack-rat)

Back to Kevin,  I’m giving you a link here to Kevin’s blog in which he is talking about a friend of his who is Vegan and was not aware that she had a problem with protein deficiency and would not hear it.  Only after a proper blood test revealed the truth of her condition could she take appropriate action.  His disertation is helpful and I thought it would be a good thing to share, so here it is:

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