SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

May 31, 2012

Star-speak – Nov ’12

Astrologers Say Celestial Charts Favor Obama Over Mitt Romney

Reuters  |  Posted: 05/29/2012

By Kathy Finn

NEWS ORLEANS, May 29 (Reuters) – The votes are in and it is unanimous: Barack Obama will win re-election to the U.S. presidency in November, according to five astrologers who offered predictions at their convention on Tuesday.

Each of the five astrologers on the presidential panel explained how they came to their assessments, with most relying on studies of celestial charts pertinent to both Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney for the date of either the election itself or the next presidential inauguration.

For Chicago astrologist and corporate lawyer Nina Gryphon, it was her study of the Aries ingress – the exact time when the Sun enters the sign of Aries – that clinched the decision. “It’s obvious,” she said. “Obama stays where he is without a change in status.”

Billed as a meeting of the world’s top astrologers, the conference in New Orleans drew some 1,500 people who participated in workshops and panel discussions.

Not to be confused with astronomy, the scientific study of the physical universe, astrology uses non-scientific methods to predict how the relative positions of celestial bodies may influence human behavior and future events.

Denver astrologer Chris Brennan said his chart study focused on public profiles of the two presidential candidates, both of whom “are entering into peak periods of eminence in the next few months.” But he said there was a key difference: “Obama’s peak period stays consistent throughout the election, whereas Romney’s seems to falter a few weeks before the election,” he said.

Most of the panelists placed a high degree of certainty on their forecast, but a few pointed to potential difficulties Obama may face after his predicted re-election.

“The ingress of Saturn into Scorpio may trouble him,” Brennan said. “It won’t cost him the election, but it may indicate difficulties in the first half of his second term.”

Brennan could not specify the potential problem, but “it pertains to his career and his reputation,” he said.

As to the election itself, Brennan raised the possibility of the contested 2000 election being revisited.

“We should all be aware of the Mercury retrograde that will occur on election day,” he said, referring to an optical illusion that can make a planet appear to reverse direction temporarily.

“Most astrologers are pretty certain that this could cause problems similar to what happened in the 2000 election,” Brennan said, referring to the contested Florida vote that was settled only when the Supreme Court ruled that George W. Bush should be president rather than Al Gore.

The retrograde, Brennan said, “seems to imply that there’s something up in the air about the election until sometime later in the month.”

“It’s possible it won’t be finished for Romney until the last week of November,” he said.

Two of the panelists participated in a similar session four years ago when the panel also gave a unanimous thumbs-up to Obama. (Reporting By Greg McCune; Editing by Eric Walsh)

(Jan’s aside  – or comment:)

This brings back such fond memories for me, as I used to be an astrologer in the 70’s and maintain a deep affection for it even now, tho, rarely have time or inclination to do it any longer.  It was quite a growth period for me during that couple of decades that I was so deeply immersed.  I believe I was a bit judgmental  in earlier days with not as much understanding as astrology would magically reveal to me.  It both deepened my understanding of  self and others so that I was able to perceive  the different nuances of the signs and the amazing informational basis of the science.   And that is what I loved about it the most – the psychological, the medical delineations and of course, for me, the spiritual thrust, often rather evident.  So much to it.  Mundane was the study of areas like politics, governments, the weather and so on.  Each a specialty within itself.

I went to one AFA convention up in San Francisco in the mid 70’s.  Alone.  Had a blast.  Thousands were there.  All the great names of the day.  It was magical.   But now, I have no astrology friends, Ohio is not quite like California.  And I have all those books which I have loved. . . just sitting there.  Ephemeris all the way back to  mid nineteenth century.  What quelled my desire to continue the practice was the need of others for the crystal ball or perhaps better put – – the unwillingness to use astrology for personal growth (for it certainly is that).

I’m not too unhappy over the placement of SATURN in SCORPIO.  I think our nation could use a large dose of discipline with regard to our financial structure.  Elizabeth Warren tried to address this, but was not supported. Both banking and Wall Street in general have gotten away with murder and continues on it’s path.  Somebody or something has GOT to reel the craziness in.  Sorry, overly simplistic, so much more to it than that.

I quite agree that Mercury retrograde which will occur on Election Day could be problematic.  I am remembering the Bush-Gore episode and angst in the country over it and the Supreme Court which ensued. I have never feared Mercury retrogrades – they happen three times a year – – we always survive.  One learns to be more cautious then;   be sure to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s carefully, because any oversight will surely bring it back to haunt you or need to be done over or simply fall apart.  Not the best auspice to start a new venture.  Sometimes, what choice do we have?  We do the best we can and keep on keepin’ on.   The Sun WILL rise tomorrow.            Jan

Midwest Heat – serious

Heat likely to turn deadly in Midwest

Ohio cities will feel pain of climate change, study says

By Deborah Zabarenko REUTERS

WASHINGTON —Killer heat fueled by climate change could cause an additional 150,000 deaths this century in the biggest U.S. cities if no steps are taken to curb carbon emissions and improve emergency services, according to a new report.

The three cities with the highest projected heat-related death tolls are Louisville, with an estimated 19,000 fatalities by 2099; Detroit, with 17,900; and Cleveland, with 16,600, the Natural Resources Defense Council reported in its analysis of peer-reviewed data, released yesterday.

Concentrated populations of poor people without access to air conditioning are expected to contribute to the rising death tolls.

Thousands of additional heat-related deaths were also projected by century’s end for cities such as Columbus, Chicago and Pittsburgh, the report said.

  • The last 12 months, from May 2011 to April 2012, were the warmest in the contiguous United States since modern record-keeping began; last month was the hottest April on record for the Northern Hemisphere.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, which with other environmental groups has pushed for curbs on U.S. emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, is backing a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon emissions from new power plants. The EPA is having public hearings today on the dangers of carbon pollution from power plants.

The full report is available online at   globalwarming/killer-heat/.

May 30, 2012

Is Elon Musk “real” Tony Stark?

Elon Musk: Is he the real-life Tony Stark?

Man who leads SpaceX, Tesla had quite a big week


Elon Musk in the control room of SpaceX

LOS ANGELES — Tony Stark, alias Iron Man, is suave, brilliant, mega-rich and dripping with beautiful women. Sounds an awful lot like Elon Musk, the South African entrepreneurial wunderkind who spent last Tuesday shooting a rocket into space and making a major advance in electric vehicles.

The 40-year-old served as an inspiration for the fictional genius billionaire in the  Iron Man movies, according to director Jon Favreau. Musk even makes a cameo in one of the films.   But the comparisons are really getting some traction now, with the comic book character playing a pivotal role in the blockbuster The Avengers at the same time that Musk kicks two of his grandest ventures into high gear.

Last week, Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc. said it would begin delivering its Model S high-end electric car to customers in late June, ahead of schedule. There are more than 10,000 orders already for the battery-powered car, according to the Palo Alto-based company, which Musk co-founded in 2003.

But Musk already was occupied that day, watching his Falcon 9 rocket launch with an unmanned Dragon capsule on a mission to the International Space Station.

The project, developed by Musk’s Hawthorne-based SpaceX, marks the first time a private company has sent a spacecraft to the space station.

He helped cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive come up with the idea for their soon-to-be public SolarCity solar panel company, which he serves as chairman. Oh, by the way, Musk also founded PayPal, which he sold to EBay for $1.5 billion.

The parallels to American industrialist-engineer Stark — whose expertise in mathematics, chemistry, computer science, alternative energy and more helps him design a technologically advanced suit that aids in his crime-fighting efforts — have been irresistible to fans.

“Phenomenal,” tweeted user Archit Gupta. “Elon Musk is like real-life Tony Stark.”

“Yeah!! He needs a Musk tower … and some body armor,” wrote user MorgothG.

But lest we spend all our time fawning over Musk’s accomplishments, we should also point out that his glamorous life has had its pitfalls.

Just like his fictional quasi-counterpart, he’s been accused of narcissism and overreaching ambition.

He recently split with his actress wife, Talulah Riley. His first wife, author Justine Musk, publicly detailed her role as Musk’s “starter wife.” Their contentious divorce revealed the fact that, in 2010, Musk completely ran out of cash and had to depend on loans from friends.

Each of his companies has met with intense investor skepticism. He has said in the past that several of his companies were on the brink of failure during the recession.

For now, though, Musk is basking in glory. And if President Barack Obama can get his own comic book, seems like Musk and his larger-than-life history deserve one, too.

May 29, 2012

PSA Test is disparaged


Prostate test leads to tough decisions

PSA disparaged, but many accept it


They’re at it again — trying to deny lifesaving cancer tests.

That was the reaction from many men last week after a top-level task force bucked two decades of medical practice and recommended against routine use of a common blood test to check for prostate cancer.

The PSA test does more harm than good, the group said. It pointed to two huge, expensive studies, which involved 259,000 men in the United States and Europe, that found that routine PSA testing of healthy men saved, at best, one life per thousand. And the tests drove many men to get expensive treatment — surgery, radiation, chemotherapy — they didn’t need. That’s the harm part.

The recommendation came from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which in 2009 sparked an ever bigger storm by throwing doubt on the value of routine mammograms, especially for women in their 40s.

In both cases, the strong reactions stem from a fundamental divide between personal experiences with cancer screening and the statistical realities of large studies.

“The PSA tests saved my life!!!” one man wrote in an email to The Washington Post.

He was expressing a cancer narrative that runs strong in our culture. It goes like this: I got a cancer test. It showed a suspicious result. A biopsy (which snips out a bit of tissue) then revealed that I had cancer. I chose treatment. Surgery, radiation or chemotherapy got rid of the cancer. I’m cured now.

The test saved my life.

Well, maybe.

With prostate cancer, there’s a problem with that story: It’s impossible to know whether the treatment really cured you — or if you would have lived a long life without it.

As reported last year, about 240,000 American men receive diagnoses of prostate cancer annually. But in more than half of those cases — about 130,000 — the tumors are localized and low-risk. That means the tumor is confined to the prostate and is growing slowly.

In December, men with a group of experts appointed by the National Institutes of Health recommended that this form of prostate cancer forgo immediate treatment. Keep an eye on it, they said, with regular doctor visits and tests. But don’t rush to have your prostate removed, which can cause incontinence, impotence and, in rare cases, infections and dangerous blood clots.

But because these low-risk cases are called cancer, the natural reaction, instead, is this: Get it out. Operate. Give me radiation. Cure me.

As a result, about 90 percent of men with the low-risk prostate tumors opt for treatment.

The problem with the PSA test is that it doesn’t detect cancer, and so it’s not a good way to screen the entire population. Infections, benign enlargement of the gland, drugs such as ibuprofen and even having sex can — along with cancer — lead to a high PSA reading.

Yes, the tests do save a few lives, the task force said — zero to 1 per 1,000 men, according to the U.S. and European studies, which lasted 15 years. And that one life could be yours.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men worried about prostate cancer, or with a family history of it, discuss the pros and cons with their doctor. You can still get a PSA test if you want. If the results go up yearly, or spike, then you and your doctor have to grapple with what to do next.

May 27, 2012

1% Income up, 99% stagnate and struggle

Pay for CEOs setting records again

By Christina Rexrode and Bernard Condon ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.

The head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, according to an analysis by the Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive-pay research firm.

  • That was up more than 6 percent from the previous year, and it was the second year in a row of increases. The figure is also the highest since the AP began tracking CEO compensation in 2006.

Companies trimmed cash bonuses but handed out more in stock awards. For shareholder activists who have long decried CEO pay as exorbitant, that was a victory of sorts.

That’s because the stock awards are tied more often to company performance. In those cases, CEOs can’t cash in the shares right away: They have to meet goals first, such as boosting profit.

The idea is to motivate CEOs to make sure a company does well and to tie their fortunes to the company’s for the long term. For too long, activists say, CEOs have been richly rewarded no matter how a company fared — “pay for pulse” some critics call it.

Last year, a law gave shareholders the right to vote on whether they approve of the CEO’s pay. The vote is nonbinding, but companies are keen to avoid an embarrassing “no” vote.

“I think the boards were more easily shamed than we thought they were,” said Stephen Davis, a shareholder expert at Yale University, referring to boards of directors, which set executive pay.   In the past year, he said, “shareholders found their voice.”

The typical CEO got stock awards worth $3.6 million in 2011, up 11 percent from the year before. Cash bonuses fell about 7 percent, to $2 million.

Profit at companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index rose 16 percent last year, remarkable in an economy that grew more slowly than expected.

  • CEOs managed to sell more, and squeeze more profit from each sale, despite problems ranging from a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating to an economic slowdown in China and Europe’s never-ending debt crisis.

Still, there wasn’t much immediate benefit for the shareholders. The S&P 500 ended the year unchanged from where it started. Including dividends, the index returned a slender 2 percent.

  • For many shareholders, their main concern — that CEO pay is just too much, no matter what the form — has yet to be addressed.

“It’s just that total (compensation) is going up, and that’s where the problem lies,” said Charles Elson, director of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware.

The typical American worker would have to labor for 244 years to make what the typical boss of a big public company makes in one. The median pay for U.S. workers was about $39,300 last year. That was up 1 percent from 2010, not enough to keep pace with inflation.

Since the AP began tracking CEO pay, the numbers have seesawed. Pay climbed in 2007, fell during the recession in 2008 and 2009 and then jumped again in 2010.

Among the other findings for last year: l David Simon, CEO of Simon Property, which operates malls across the country, is on track to be the highest-paid, at $137 million. That was almost entirely in stock awards that could eventually be worth $132 million, some of which won’t be redeemable until 2019.

This month, Simon Property’s shareholders rejected Simon’s pay package by a large margin: 73 percent of the votes cast for or against were against. But the company doesn’t appear likely to change anything.

His paycheck looks paltry compared with that of Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose pay package was valued at $378 million when he became CEO in August. He wasn’t included in the study because he is new to the job. l Of the five highest-paid CEOs, three were also in the top five the year before. All three are in the TV business: Leslie Moonves of CBS ($68 million); David Zaslav of Discovery Communications, parent of Animal Planet, TLC and other channels ($52 million); and Philippe Dauman of Viacom, which owns MTV and other channels ($43 million). l About two in three CEOs got raises. For 16 CEOs in the sample, pay more than doubled from a year earlier, including Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan (from $1.3 million to $7.5 million), b. Those running utilities made the least ($7 million).

To Exercise or not, try this

A Good Idea and a Breakthrough

This  email from Dr Mercola a few days ago kept me up quite late recently.  After starting with it, couldn’t stop. Have never enjoyed exercise or participation in sports – only what I had to do in school  to get by. I have some nice “stuff in my lovely basement including a Pilates machine which is very nice – but you gotta “use it”  and I rarely do..  I’m so bad!

My doctor uncle who was big in my early life said I had weak ankles.  Demanded I wear ugly shoes.  Mostly, I went barefoot and have all the scars to prove it.  Have always been a fairly active person, and maybe an incorrigible as a child, who knows?  But I didn’t leave a fence unclimbed or a tree either for that matter.  Was kind of a gypsy. . .always wandering and highly curious.  Have  fallen a lot, . . . maybe it was the weak ankles??    But the great blessing is – I have never broken a bone.   For whatever reason,  the fates have been kind to me – – God is a Father.

Anyway,  what is offered here couldn’t hurt.  At my age, I shouldn’t really be falling – – so trying this couldn’t hurt.

8 Reasons to Do This Misunderstood Exercise 8 Reasons to Do This Misunderstood Exercise   8 Reasons to Do This Misunderstood Exercise
This exercise has been criticized for years, but if you do it correctly, it can be one of the best exercises ever. It can help you burn off calories faster, build whole body muscle, and help pump waste out of your body, too.

And secondly, from the same recent Dr Mercola posting  as the beautifully explained and demonstrated exercise above (which I will profit from even tho I am not an exerciser other than walking and my mini trampoline);  here is something I WOULD DO if I could avail it in my life.   Am deeply impressed with it and feel it has the capacity to change the dynamic from A to Z of exercising.  But judge for yourself – what do I know?

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May 26, 2012

Calcium & Heart-attacks

Calcium doses might raise heart-attack risk


A study showing an 86 percent higher rate of heart attacks in people who take calcium supplements shouldn’t prompt rash decisions to abandon the bone-strengtheners, experts say.

  • The research, which came out of a study designed to look at cancer, was performed by German and Swiss researchers who analyzed nearly 24,000 people 35 to 64 years old for 11 years.

Good news

They found some good news regarding calcium and heart attacks: Those who consumed a moderately high amount of calcium per day in their food and beverages (820 milligrams on average) had a significantly lower risk of heart attack.

Not such good news

But the researchers also found something that troubled them: People who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of a heart attack.

The researchers did not collect information regarding the dosage taken by those on supplements.

The research was published this week in the journal Heart. It was the first study of its kind to show that calcium supplements might increase the risk of a heart attack, the authors said.

The study is provocative enough that it might lead to more research specifically designed to look at calcium and heart attacks, but it’s not strong enough to change doctors’ recommendations, said Dr. Steven Yakubov, an interventional cardiologist at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Not a “Perfect Study”

One weakness of the study is that the cardiovascular analysis was a sidebar to a larger study looking at cancer, Yakubov said. Furthermore, the study didn’t adequately account for differences between the supplement and no-supplement groups, including whether they smoked, Yakubov said.

Calcium’s bone-health benefits are undisputed and are important to remember, considering the burden of osteoporosis in the United States, said Dr. Keith Hruska, president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and a kidney specialist at Washington University in St. Louis.    (couldn’t agree more)

Most Americans don’t get nearly as much calcium as the 1,000 milligrams a day recommended by the Institute of Medicine (1,200 for those older than 70), Hruska said.

“A lot of Americans are taking calcium supplements; what I would say is they shouldn’t stop,” Hruska said. “It’s hard to understand why calcium in the diet can reduce the risk, but supplements increase the risk.”     (Wonder if a course in “nutrition” would help in any way?)

The study’s authors mention previous research that showed that supplements lead to a spike in the calcium level in the blood, which doesn’t happen with dietary calcium. But they draw no direct conclusions about what led to the difference.   (Please see the comment below for a  brief reference to scientific research  over the last decade or so by Dr. Loren Cordain of the now ‘world famous’ Paleo Diet.)

The study is important in that “it opens our eyes, and maybe we should scrutinize the importance of taking supplements,” said Dr. Laxmi Mehta, clinical director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Clinic at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

Many times, people take vitamins and minerals without considering that there might be negative affects as well as positive, Mehta said.

But she said she’s not inclined to tell her patients to scrap their calcium supplements based on this study. Instead, she said it serves as a good reminder to discuss diet with each patient and tailor recommendations to needs.

Mehta said she’s always suggesting to patients that they should try to get their nutrients through their diets and to improve their health without taking medications or supplements whenever possible.   @MistiCrane

(Jan’s Comments:

One must congratulate the German and Swiss researchers  for their forward-thinking and ground-breaking revelations with regard to the importance of calcium in health,  specifically to the framework of the body,  the bones.     According to this article and the tepid, reluctance to it’s acceptance, one might almost think that we in this country don’t really have a problem here.   In actuality, we do.  We have an enormous problem.   We in American ingest more calcium supplementation than any other civilized country anywhere on our planet.  We are admonished by our government’s standards (RDA);  individual doctors, and the pharmaceutical industry browbeats us daily via the media.  And yet, the consensus is – we don’t take enough calcium. .  .  we need more.

Women seem to be targeted as they near middle-age more than any other class.    There are weekly, monthly and annual prescriptions for use in the hopes of offsetting the newly diagnosed osteopenia, which segues into  full-blown osteoarthritis followed in some period of time by broken bones i.e.  hip,  ribs and so on.  Sadly, this is common.  It is devastating and unnecessary – – it doesn’t have to be. 

Modern health movements are proliferating everywhere these days.    There are a great many physicians who come from  allopathic medicine, but become disenchanted when what they do isn’t helping people, and often, is hurting them.    At “smokinchoices” many have been showcased, so regular readers know this to be true.  We aspire to abundant health reflected by high energy, clarity of mind and a simple lifestyle.   We guard against processed food, genetically modified anything and seek organic food and routine exercise.   So,  unprocessed, live organic whole food of one’s personal choice is the preferred option which potentiates maximum ability for good health and freedom from pain and disease.    If and when the unforeseen happens our choice for healing is of the natural, herbal and dietary persuasion

Tho I spoke of modern health movements,  natural forms of healing go back throughout time. . . all the way to the father of medicine, Hippocrates who taught that “food was our best medicine.”  So, this is not new, some thing off the wall or bizarre.   Most of our modern day afflictions can be traced to lack of dense nutrition or the ingestion of toxins and/or eating garbage which is often called food these days.  Chemicals and synthetic foods are not recognized by our body as food, but only something to be gotten rid of – a burden to our organs (liver and kidneys primarily).  

Now, back to calcium,   most of what passes for calcium today is little more than chalk.  It is useless to us.  It is a burden to our body to get rid of.  I don’t care who makes it or how or in a laboratory – – it does nothing for our body. Observe bovines and other large animals – they eat no calcium tablets of any kind.  Don’t need to.  Their diet NATURALLY is grass.  (I refer to natural cows, living a natural life – not GRAIN-FED, FACTORY FARMED ANIMALS, who are sick and medicated)

Almost anybody within the ‘enlightened’ crop of doctors understands that DAIRY is not good for us.  Messes up our hormonal system (both sexes),  responsible for menses problems and early maturation of kids today. Is the biggest culprit where ACNE is concerned.  However, here and now, we are interested in discussing bone and arthritis, etc.,.

Dr John McDougall speaks much about dairy, arthritis and advises not to take vitamins and supplements.  His patients loose their pain and problems.  Humans get the necessary minerals from the plant world.  Amen!  Dr McD  has his own classification up in FIND IT .  .  all his articles are there to choose from.

Same with David Wolfe.  This is a new-age young man hailing from a medical family – both parents, and he choose a different path and become huge in the modern movement.   His article on Aging can’t be beat.  He explains that Calcium is such a big offender.  Never take calcium he says, causing our cataracts, hardening of arteries, pain in joints, kidney stones and so on.    Again, his advice is PLANTS are where the minerals are and that’s what we need. 

The scholarly dissertation is done by Dr Loren Cordain – everyone’s hero.  His Paleo Diet is a classic and he remains almost everyone’s favorite “expert”.  Again,  his books and articles detail the scientific workings of the body and tries to inform all in the clearest, most helpful terms.  He speaks of the Calcium balance.  That is is not just important to regard how much calcium is taken into the body, but to determine as well, how much is lost via urine.    He deals with the acid-base balance of all food ingested – – and the multiple variables which affect this bone balance and how and why we loose calcium from our bones and wind up in the bloodstream and how limited this perception is.  The story is so much more.  Check out the Paleo books and/or some of his articles for the information needed. 

I take no calcium, don’t use dairy,  juice daily, am as organic as can afford (rarely have meat), lived eight decades, am healthy.  Took some awkward falls about 9 months ago or so.  Hurt a lot,  but nothing broke.  Go figure.  Must br something to it. . .whadayathink?  Jan)

May 25, 2012

What Autistic kids “need”

(Comment to follow:)

56% of autistic kids on meds

Schoolchildren treated for anxiety, depression, etc.


SAN FRANCISCO — More than half of school-age autistic children in the United States take mood-altering drugs, according to a report, as doctors increasingly target the broad range of psychiatric symptoms associated with the ailment.

The survey, the first of its kind by the National Institute of Mental Health, found that 56 percent of autistic children, ages 6 to 17, were on one or more medications used to treat disorders such as anxiety, depression, psychosis or hyperactivity. Also known as autism spectrum disorder, the condition affects about 1 in 88 children in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was considered a rare diagnosis before 1980.

“Part of what you’re seeing in these numbers is the fact that autism is frequently accompanied by other disorders,” said Joseph Horrigan, head of medical research for Autism Speaks, an advocacy group based in New York.

The range of medications prescribed to autistic children also might reflect an “absence of clear practice guidelines for psychotropic medication use in children with (autism spectrum disorder),” the researchers wrote.

  • The study found 32 percent were prescribed stimulants, 26 percent anti-anxiety medications or mood stabilizers and 20 percent antidepressants. Others were taking sleep, antipsychotic or anti-seizure medications.

Children with autism have impaired social, communication and behavioral development that is usually identified by age 3. The disorder often is accompanied by abnormal cognitive functioning and learning ability.

As a result, 9 of 10 children with autism spectrum disorder use one or more services to meet developmental needs, according to the report.

There is no known cause or cure for autism, and there are no drugs on the market to treat the symptoms or causes of the disorder.

Jan’s Comment:

Let me get out-of-the-way my aching disturbance at the general tone of this article.  Not of course at the reporter, for Mr Flinn is just doing a job – –  but with the medical complex in general which alone is totally responsible for the condition as it is known and suffered by millions of families.

People with the capacity of reason can evaluate the historical emergence of autism.  A century ago, it was unknown, unfamiliar to any but the rare, isolated case.  Fifty years ago, still rare, but on the scene.  Then with each passing decade, the increase of childhood vaccinations  began to be increased dramatically and bunched indiscriminately to ever younger babies.  I shall not detail the numbers and dates, all this is documented so well in prior posts and by others who are expert in this field.

The culprits pure and simple are BIG PhRMA  with their insatiable thirst for profit and lack of science and protocol for safety.  There has never been any documentation or attempt at proof that this is safe for humans to do.  Still they keep developing new “protections” for us to use on our children for diseases they would probably never encounter.   And with each inoculation,  the young immune system is further and further damaged.    So, Pharmaceuticals for one,  secondly,  the physicians have to kn0w.  They are equally to blame.  And thirdly,   our government has allowed this to transpire, ignoring the pressure of millions of families across our nation.    We have no freedom or justice with regard to medicine in the United States of America.  Per my own perspective,  I do blame our government, the way it is run and dominated by corporate money most of all.  Few if any have the courage to stand up to the monied interests.  Therefore, we have no protection from this.

So why do I state unequivocally that “we have no freedom or justice with regard to medicine in the United States of America?  Everybody knows we are a free people, right?   We have rights and FREE CHOICE!  We have difficulties getting children into school without the mandated vaccinations.  From kindergarten to college entrance.  The kinds of medical treatment we (many of us prefer)  may wish for ourselves or family are not going to be paid for by insurance.   Many alternative practitioners remain outside “accepted” medical procedure.  This is unconscionable as these are generally the doctors who are willing to help us attain health, not just fight disease which we wouldn’t have to be doing if we were healthy to begin with.

The medical complex has power in the nth degree.  From BIG PhRMA, the  AMA, FDA and of course, so many of the government agencies supposedly serving the people needs – -are manned by many people who were once well-placed in all of the above.   This is actually so big, powerful and all-encompassing – – it literally dwarfs what the Mafioso demonstrated.  The sad thing is,  you and I are far more powerful – – we have more votes than all of them put together, and we could get something done reclaiming our right to choose and to protect our rights to make all decisions for our own bodies.    But you and I are not ORGANIZED.   We have done due diligence;  we signed petitions up the gazoo;  we shout from the roof tops. . . yet we remain stuck.    I’m doing what I can to speak up, but that’s all I can do.    You know, there is that free-will thing.  You have choice and I have choice, but until someone figures out how to coalesce our voices into a powerful unison with clout, we are stuck.

In the meantime, don’t buy the garbage that it is just our genes – – it’s not!  Between this huge complex and companies like Monsanto,  etal.,. I guess it is a miracle that we have any health at all.  So keep on keeping on. Our babies and kids with autism have been dealt a cruel blow, but they are still our beloved children.  They are not throw-a-ways.  They, more than anyone deserve the best food there is- – organic and preferably raw.  They need more help than others who are just a little sick because they don’t eat right or want to do the work to get healthy.  These guys had those choices taken away from them.  They should not be seen as some entity which needs controlling but instead, every effort must be made to make them as whole as possible.

There are countless people out there who have made progress with these wounded kids.    Go to Donna Gates at Body Ecology for excellent information (in the blogroll),  go to N.V.I.C. National Vaccination Information Center.  If this was a child in my home,   I would be using wheatgrass juice,  all organic fruits and veggies and smoothies  (which all kids love), and somehow, I would get coconut oil into the diet,   and most of all, guard against chemicals which only further burdens the body.  . . .     .   just sayin.   .     .    Jan

May 23, 2012

Eden Hot-flash comfort

Dear Jan,

David & Donna circa 1977
David & Donna
circa 1977

Yes, that’s us. Dondi found it, Sparky posted it on Facebook, and our visits immediately spiked by 1300. Go figure! We thought people would be more interested in a new scholarly paper showing that Energy Psychology works as well as we’ve been claiming. Or in the half million people who are participating in the Tapping World Summit.  Or in a case where one of our practitioners was baffled by her own symptoms, all featured in this issue.

You will also find, below, hot tips for cooling hot flashes, more on Energy Medicine for Women, and that registration for IGEEM is now open! We are so excited about this first International Gathering of Eden Energy Medicine, which will feature our good friends Jean Houston, Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert, and more than 40 other presenters.  September will be here in an eyeblink!

Meanwhile, wishing you a joyous springtime!

Donna and David

Energy Tip:
Cool Those Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the unpredictable effects that come with hormonal changes in women. A combination of Eden Energy Medicine techniques and herbal remedies can help cool and control hot flashes. Herbal remedies include flaxseed or flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, and for some women, black cohosh. In addition to the Menopause Module (pp. 219-23 of Energy Medicine for Women), Donna offers additional techniques that help with hot flashes:

Dowsing the Fires

Donna found that when women did this procedure on a daily basis, their hot flashes became less intense and, in some cases, subsided altogether. It is also good for thyroid health.

  1. Cross your hands and massage both K-27’s with some pressure.
  2. Remove your right hand and slide the middle finger of your left hand above the corner of your right clavicle.
  3. Inhale, then turn your head to the left as far as you can while you slide the middle finger of your left hand toward the outer edge of your right clavicle and exhale.
  4. Repeat on the other side. (An illustration of this exercise is on page 245 of Energy Medicine for Women.)

Additional techniques that Donna recommends for hot flashes:

  • The “Cool-Down” Acupoint (p. 244)
  • Triple Warmer Smoothie (p. 107)
  • Darth Vader Breath (p. 152)

Page references to Donna Eden’s book Energy Medicine for Women, 2008 Tarcher/Penguin.


(Jan’s Comment:     I did a post (5-15-12) called Eden case-file on Depression.   This was from Donna Eden’s newsletter and it had to do with one of Donna’s certified practitioners named Gopita Katharine Manning. I  thought it was just excellent as Gopita treated a man.  Her explanations were easy to understand and so I followed the link at the bottom of the article to her own site and found it most interesting.  Her site layout was gorgeous and I quickly found her videos and went to check them out.  I’m so glad I did.   It was beneficial for me.   I’ve been reading both books quite a bit recently as I am convinced, with application to Eden Energy techniques, I should be able to solve the problem I am working on and would be so pleased to resolve.

Kinda felt I would be greatly aided if only I could “see” how these techniques are done.  I’m sort of visually oriented.  I’ve heard Donna explain the 5 minute morning energy routine, but I could never nail it or even remember the order of what she said. .  .  so how the heck am I gonna correct my heart irregularity?  It’s a big deal to me. 

Not only did I enjoy Gopita’s videos but lo and behold, there was a bunch of videos of Donna Eden doing her  moves – all courtesy of YouTube.  Never thought of that before.    So I bookmarked that page on Gopita’s site and I’m good to go.    So far, I have become familiar with a number of the moves and I was especially interested in the homolateral procedure.   I am happy to report that so far, so good.   For a number of weeks now my A-Fib has returned.   For perhaps 5 or 6 years or so I’ve been taking a medicine to correct that – twice a day.  It is very costly and Medicare paid over $18,000 for me to stay in hospital for a week while the cardiologist loaded me up on this med.   So there I was laying in a bed for a week, kinda scared and worried – – how dangerous must this stuff be that I must be watched around the clock for a week?  It is well known that I am unreasonable about taking medicine – – a terrible patient.    I will say, that medicine served me well.  It did what it was supposed to do (much to the surprise of my doctor, year after year, after year.)  But I want off all meds – completely.  It has been said by many that no one ever died for lack of chemicals.  (What we waste away from is lack of  nutrition – read that – minerals.  Well, I’m finally doing that now – meaning my mostly RAW diet and all that juicing).  The arrhythmia has abated quite a bit. So I could not be more pleased.   I’ve still got a lot to learn with Eden Energy, but, God willing, I’ll get there. 

Maybe 40 or 50 years ago my husband used to explain to me that “what the mind accepts, the body will act on” which is a different way of saying “matter follows energy.”   Have also learned that when the heart-energy enters in agreement with the mind-focus at the same time AND there is present, respect and a sense of gratitude, well, good things can happen.         Good nite all     Jan)

No Open Disclosure w/Fracking

Bill allows some hiding of ‘fracking’ chemicals


A state bill backed by Gov. John Kasich that would make oil and gas companies disclose “fracking” chemicals still would keep some of the compounds secret.

Fracking injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals deep underground to fracture shale and free trapped oil and natural gas. Although drilling companies insist the process is safe, environmentalists argue that the compounds pose a pollution threat.

The Senate bill intends to make several changes to oil and gas laws and would require that companies report most fracking compounds to the state. But there’s an exception — chemicals deemed proprietary or a trade secret would be identified by their “chemical class” only.

“If it was an organic compound and it was in the alkane family, then that is how they would describe it,” said Rick Simmers, chief of the oil and gas division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. “They are narrowing it down to a family or a type.”

A class or family could contain hundreds of different chemicals.

While Kasich has called for full disclosure of fracking chemicals, he also has mentioned issues involving proprietary compounds.

“If they have some proprietary secret that can advance the (fracking) process — you know they’ve got to have a little bit of protection,” Kasich told reporters March 16.

Simmers said that during emergency situations, medical personnel, firefighters and other first responders could find out exactly what chemicals were used.

Trent Dougherty, a lawyer with the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group, said the bill will do little to inform the public about what’s in fracking fluids.

“It will only spark more debate and more discussion about what is a trade secret and what really needs to be held in confidence,” he said. “Folks in these communities need to know what’s going on beneath their feet.”

Tom Stewart, vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, said fracking contractors shouldn’t be forced to reveal trade-secret recipes to competitors.

“It’s the same reason Coca-Cola doesn’t want to tell you what’s in the Coca-Cola you drink,” Stewart said.

A review of 84 fracturing products listed at the Natural Resources website in November found that 11 contained at least one chemical deemed “proprietary.”

Identified chemicals include naphthalene, which destroys red blood cells, and ethylene glycol, which can damage the kidneys, nervous system, lungs and heart.

Listing fracking ingredients represents just one of many changes Natural Resources officials want to make. They expect a drilling boom in Ohio’s Utica shale, similar to Pennsylvania’s, where more than 5,270 Marcellus shale wells have been drilled since 2006.

The bill would make drillers report groundwater and surface water sources they would tap to help frack wells.

State fees charged on out-of-state shale-well wastewater injected into Ohio disposal wells would increase from 20 cents to $1 per barrel.

It’s unclear how much support the fracking bill has among Senate Republicans, who control the chamber.

The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee will hold a 9 a.m. hearing Wednesday on the bill.

“I’m going to reserve judgment until we work through the process,” said Sen. Shan-non Jones, R-Springboro, who sponsored the bill on behalf of the Kasich administration.

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