SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

October 31, 2012

Handling Osteoarthritis w/o drugs

Treating Osteoarthritis symptoms naturally

Came across a paper saved outlining a kind of ‘surround-the-dragon’ approach to finding relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis.  My problems at the time were minor so it wasn’t too important to me.   This doctor, Jonathan Wright,  I would come to learn, was a man worth listening to, so I am grateful that I had saved this.

His first suggestion to all osteoarthritis sufferers is to:
  • eliminate nightshade vegetables — such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, paprika, and eggplants — from the diet.  Been a foodie all my life, so this wasn’t really the kind of thing I wanted to hear.
  •  also suggest 500 milligrams of glucosamine sulfate three times a day — but stay away from chondroitin, since it may increase the risk of prostate cancer. A separate note of caution, in people with diabetes, glucosamine may elevate blood sugar.  (So, guess we need to take 1,500 mg daily)
  • Along with the glucosamine, I recommend 1,000 milligrams of niacinamide three times daily. Many people report complete relief of their pain and swelling within three or four weeks of taking niacinamide.   (3,000 mg daily, divided)
  • Also quite effective, yet largely unknown to many, is boron. I advise taking 3 milligrams twice daily. As an added bonus, boron also is a treatment for osteoporosis and aids in cancer prevention.

If adjusting the diet and these supplements don’t bring relief, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) may be worth trying. It can be expensive, but some patients — though not all — have been helped by it. I usually recommend 400 milligrams once or twice daily. These supplements are all safe and natural, and I have been recommending them for years to relieve arthritis pain with great success.

I guess I’ve heard for 40 years or so that nightshade vegetables were culprits  in this sense.  I would like an explanation for it so that I can understand it and get behind it.  Would appreciate any feedback on this aspect if anyone has something to share

As to the glucosomine sulfate,  I tried it mixed with chondroitin for a number of months and found it useless.   When I learned of a formula by Dr David Williams called Joint Advantage Gold,  I had pretty good luck with that.   2 of his pills equaled the 1500  mg plus many other herbs and natural plants.  Shared it with others who seemed to agree.    I have read that glucosomine sulfate was shown to prove that it was capable of reversing calcification in the joints in a study in Belgium as demonstrated in the X-rays.

There is something else I’d like to mention.  KANG GU ZENG SHENG PIAN is a traditional Chinese herbal formula. It has been called Osteophyte by one manufacturer.  Has been used for various joint and bone syndromes, e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and general joint pain, tendon pain, bone spurs, vertebral calcification and spondylosis and many kinds of spinal problems and inflammation.  They are small tablets and the recommended dosage is 6 tablets three times daily.

I think I would be remiss not to mention the Omega-3 Fish oil, it had a noticeable effect when Dr Kurpita put me on 2 softgels, 2 times a day.  Each cap is 1360 mg. This triple strength is not commonly found.   It helps with pain, but of course is so good for the body in so many ways.

It is a good thing to seek natural solutions to these peculiarly geriatric maladies.  Going the route of BIG PhRMA is asking for more trouble for every pharmaceutical yields side effects which can complicate life.  I remain a practitioner of so-called ‘energy medicine’ because it works and I’m accustomed to it.  When one looses function – – it happens, its just the way some of these diseases go, loss of use or deformities can interfere, so one does the best one can and we seek solutions.  With regard to pain, I use EFT and that works for me.  But there is Advil up on the shelf if its needed.

Finally, I have included a brief note  (following) from the doctor who started the ball rolling on Vitamin B-3 known as Niacinamide which apparently was granted by his wife for reproduction.    I read through a lot of entries searching online for information on these B vitamins.  I was especially perplexed by the doctors whom I now see wanting me to take only “Balanced B vitamins.” I was not able to satisfy my concerns, therefore, I can not comply.  As for B-12 I use a fairly high dose and it is Methylcobalamin which is not always easy to come by because most vitamin manufacturers will generally use the cheaper base product, in this case, Cyanocobalamin (from the cyanide family).  Not what I want.  These things are important to me.    As to balanced B there were as many for as against, so I’m on my own.

A point Dr Kaufman is making below seems to be dividing the dosage up throughout the day rather than only one shot, once.

Like Mitt’s plan? seen Europe?

How would Romney’s economic plan fare? Just look at Europe

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Mitt Romney’s best argument on the campaign trail has been simple: Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. economy has remained excruciatingly weak, far underperforming the White House’s own projections.

That’s a fair criticism.

But Obama’s best response could be this: If you want to see how Romney’s economic policies would work out, take a look at Europe. And weep.

In the past few years, Germany and Britain, in particular, have implemented precisely the policies that Romney favors, and they have been richly praised by Republicans here as a result. Yet these days those economies seem, to use a German technical term, kaput.

  • Is Europe a fair comparison? Well, Republicans seem to think so, because they came up with it. In the past few years, they’ve repeatedly cited Republican-style austerity in places like Germany and Britain as a model for America.

Let’s dial back the time machine and listen up:

  • “Europe is already setting an example for the U.S.,” Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, said in 2010. (You know things are bad when a Texas Republican is calling for Americans to study at the feet of those socialist Europeans.)
  • The same year, Karl Rove praised European austerity as a model for America and approvingly quoted the leader of the European Central Bank as saying, “The idea that austerity measures could trigger stagnation is incorrect.”
  • Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, praised Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany for preaching austerity and said: “It ought to hit home to our president of the United States. It ought to hit all of us here in this country.”
  • “The president should learn a lesson from the ‘German Miracle,’ ” Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., urged on the House floor in July 2011.
  • Also in 2011, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, denounced Obama’s economic management and said, “We need a budget with a bold vision — like those unveiled in Britain and New Jersey.”

OK. Let’s see how that’s working out.

New Jersey isn’t overseas, but since Sessions and many other Republicans have hailed it as a shining model of austerity, let’s start there. New Jersey ranked 47th in economic growth last year. When Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010 and began to impose austerity measures, New Jersey ranked 35th in its unemployment rate; now it ranks 48th.

Sen. Sessions, do we really aspire for the same in America as a whole?

Something similar has happened internationally. The International Monetary Fund this month downgraded its estimates for global economic growth, with only one major bright spot in the West. That would be the United States, expected to grow a bit more than 2 percent this year and next.

In contrast, Europe’s economy is expected to shrink this year and have negligible growth next year. The IMF projects that Germany will grow less than 1 percent this year and next, while Britain’s economy is contracting this year.

Karl Rove, that sounds a lot like stagnation to me.

  • All this is exactly what economic textbooks predicted. Since Keynes, it’s been understood that, in a downturn, governments should go into deficit to stimulate demand; that’s how we got out of the Great Depression. And recent European data and IMF analyses underscore that austerity in the middle of a downturn not only doesn’t help but leads to even higher ratios of debt to economic output.

So, yes, Republicans have a legitimate point about the long-term need to curb deficits and entitlement growth. But, no, it isn’t reasonable for Republicans to advocate austerity in the middle of a downturn. On that, they’re empirically wrong.

If there were still doubt about this, we’ve had a lovely natural experiment in the past few years, as the Republicans in previous years were happy to point out. All industrialized countries experienced similar slowdowns, and the United States under Obama chose a massive stimulus while Germany and Britain chose Republican-endorsed austerity.

Neither approach worked brilliantly. Obama’s initial economic stimulus created at least 1.4 million jobs, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. But that wasn’t enough, and it was partly negated by austerity in state and local governments.

  • Still, America’s economy is now the fastest growing among major countries in the West, and Britain’s is shrinking. Which would you prefer?

I’m not suggesting Obama distribute bumper stickers saying: “It Could Be Worse.” He might want to stick with: “Osama’s Dead and GM Is Alive.”

Yes, there are differences between Europe and America. But Republicans were right to call attention to this empirical experiment.

The results are in. And, as Rep. King suggested, the lessons “ought to hit all of us here in this country.”

Nicholas D. Kristof writes for   The New York Times.

(Jan’s Comment:     

Thank you Mr. Kristof. . .  . I’ve been trying to tell this story in feeble attempts, six ways from the middle.  Had Obama not been fought so strenuously by the Republican house, we could have been even further down the road to economic  recovery.   Our president has had all the right ideas and the vision to get it done.  That he is not a pugilist, prefers truth, and strives to serve “all the people” and their needs has not placed him in a light that many are  familiar with.    

If we do wish to become the economic power-house we have always been,  then our people must see through the “say anything” opposition, because these are just more of the same ole, same ole – – with the exception that the distortion may be bigger this time around.  )  

October 30, 2012

Lil Bits Oct ’12

10-20-12

   1)     WASHINGTON

Sunscreen-maker pulling products for fire risk

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling a half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught fire after applying the product and coming in contact with open flames.

Energizer Holdings Inc., based in St. Louis, said yesterday that it is pulling 23 varieties of UltraMist sunscreen off store shelves because of the risk of the lotion’s igniting when exposed to fire. The recall includes aerosol products such as UltraMist Sport, UltraMist Ultra Defense and UltraMist Kids.

A company spokesman said there have been five reports of people suffering burns after using the sunscreen in the last year. Four burn cases were reported in the U.S. and one in Canada.

  2)       SANFORD, FLA.

Gag order requested in Trayvon Martin case

Prosecutors want a Florida judge to impose a gag order in the Trayvon Martin murder case, saying attorneys for the man charged with murdering the unarmed black teenager threaten to taint the jury pool by trying the case “in the media and not in the courtroom.”

Judge Debra Nelson scheduled a hearing next week on the motion.

The motion came just before George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood-watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin, appeared in court yesterday afternoon for a pretrial hearing.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, and a trial date has been set for June 10.

3)        SUPREME COURT of INDIA

All GM ‘Field Trials’ in India to be Stopped

Story at-a-glance

  • A five-member Technical Expert Committee (TEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India unanimously recommended that all GM field trials in India should be stopped until certain conditions have been met
  • The Committee also recommended a 10-year moratorium on field trials of all Bt food crops and a moratorium on field trials of herbicide-tolerant crops until an independent assessment has evaluated its “impact” and “suitability”
  • Over the past 16 years, it’s estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide after being convinced to plant Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds (especially Bt cotton), then having their crops fail, leaving them in financial ruin
  • Evidence demonstrates that the claims made that GM foods are safe and beneficial to the environment simply aren’t true
  • Americans are currently being kept in the dark regarding GM foods, as they are not labeled despite being found in upwards of 80 percent of processed foods; California stands poised to vote on Proposition 37, which would require GM foods to be labeled, on November 6

Hospitals? Killing us?

“HOSPITALS ARE KILLING US”

Dr Mercola has so much going on that I almost missed this one. So glad I didn’t,  because finally, here is some documentation which might suggest that I am not just an ole ‘  conspiracy theorist.’  Indeed, my squawking has a point and purpose; that being – –  to assert that spending energy and resources on the pursuit of health is superior to the chimera of ‘procedures’ and ‘pharmaceuticals.’  

The combined effort of The New York Times AND The Wall Street Journal will no doubt carry a bit more clout when they warn that  “HOSPITALS ARE KILLING US”

New York Times and Wall Street Journal Warn that Hospitals are Killing Us   Medical Errors Kill
It’s largely ignored and greatly under-reported. But now the NY Times and Wall Street Journal are sounding the alarm, saying this could be considered the sixth leading cause of death in America. How much of this extreme risk are you taking upon yourself?

Story at-a-glance

  • Medical errors kill the equivalent of four jumbo jets’ worth of passengers every week, but the death toll is being largely ignored
  • It’s estimated that up to 30 percent of all medical procedures, tests and medications may be unnecessary – at a cost of at least $210 billion a year (plus the untold cost of emotional suffering and related complications and even death – which are impossible to put numbers on)
  • Urgent reforms are needed to make medical care safer, and simple steps, like installing cameras in hospitals and making hospital performance / error data public, could have a dramatic effect on patient safety

October 29, 2012

Amish. . surviving

BEARD-CUTTING CASE

Tiny Amish community clings to its way of life

By John Caniglia THE PLAIN DEALER

                          A horse is brought inside a barn owned by Sam Mullet in Bergholz, Ohio.

BERGHOLZ, Ohio — Inside a one-room schoolhouse, Lizzie Mullet pulls her attention away from her students and focuses on the biggest issue facing them: their families.

“We’re doing the best we can to keep our spirits up, but we’re worried about what will happen next,” Mullet said.

A month after a federal jury in Cleveland convicted Lizzie Mullet’s father, Samuel, and 15 followers of hate crimes for beard-cutting attacks, the tiny Amish community in Bergholz continues on, tightly bonded and unwavering, yet troubled by fears of the future.

The settlement, about 100 miles from Cleveland in Jefferson County, tries to hang on to its old-world beliefs. In the face of an unforgiving federal justice system. Its members believe in Sam Mullet’s teachings, appear content in their reclusive lifestyle and cannot understand why others, especially the federal justice system, want to intrude.

MARVIN FONG THE PLAIN DEALER

During the trial, federal prosecutors offered an unflinching look at the settlement and its leader: They argued that Mullet considered himself a god, above the law. Witnesses portrayed him as a scowling preacher who imposed bizarre discipline that included spankings and confinements in chicken coops.

On Sept. 20, Sam Mullet Sr. was found guilty of orchestrating hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish

He offered marital counseling to women in the community by having sex with them, witnesses said. And when Amish members opposed him, Mullet unleashed a band of henchmen to terrorize them, prosecutors said.

The five raids in the fall of 2011 typically took place at night, as the attackers from Bergholz sheared the victims’ beards and hair with battery-operated clippers and horse-mane scissors.

Prosecutors said the attacks took place over religious disagreements.

“From Day One, this case has been about the rule of law and defending the right of people to worship in peace, “U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said after the trial. “Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that everyone is free to worship how they see fit. Violent attempts to attack this most basic freedom have no place in our country.”

This month, members of the Bergholz community scoffed at the government’s portrayal. They said they were tired of being treated like zoo animals by those in different Amish communities, who whisper and watch their every move.

They said the beard cuttings had nothing to do with avenging religious feuds. Instead, they involved family squabbles, a theory the federal jury rejected.

And now, they worry about what will happen when U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster sentences Sam Mullet and his followers on Jan. 24 — and how it will affect their community.

The community lacks trust in law enforcement and fears that authorities, through the courts, may try to remove from the settlement the children of parents headed off to prison.

Lizzie Mullet sees the fear daily.

MARVIN FONG PLAIN DEALER PHOTOS Teacher Lizzie Mullet stands with children outside their Amish schoolhouse in Bergholz. Her father is Sam Mullet.

When a sheriff’s cruiser drives by the school, many of its 44 students cringe, fearing someone will be arrested, she said. Since the arrests last November, usually timid students have become rebellious, she said; others cry more easily. But she and other members say the community pushes on.

Sam Mullet remains the group’s religious leader, even as he sits in a holding cell in Youngstown. The 18 families in the settlement — about 40 adult members and scores of children — gather on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. They talk, listen and sing hymns.

Members said they want to be among the most conservative of the Amish.

“We’re doing what the old-timers did for years,” said Crist Mullet, one of Sam Mullet’s sons. “We’re going to keep going. We are not going to disperse. We’ll deal with whatever happens when we get to it.”

More than anything, they want their family members and friends who were convicted in September brought home. They hope Polster will simply release them, based on the amount of time they already have served in jail.

But federal sentencing guidelines indicate that Sam Mullet, the 67-year-old bishop, could face life in prison. Dettelbach, the federal prosecutor, would not discuss the sentencings, saying it was up to the judge. His office has said that while Sam Mullet did not take part in the attacks, he orchestrated them.

The others could get more than 10 years in prison, although defense attorneys are expected to fight that at sentencing.

An Amish man and child walk along Township Road 280 in Bergholz.

First troubles occurred in 2006

In 1995, Sam Mullet left an Amish community in Fredericktown, near Mansfield, and headed to Bergholz, seeking to lead an ultra-conservative group. He and his wife, Martha, raised many of their 18 children on an 800-acre farm. Mullet formed a construction company, and the community of believers grew.

The group included farmers, schoolteachers and carpenters. They all pulled together, whether splitting mountains of firewood, shoeing horses or baby-sitting children.

Few had heard of any trouble with the community until about 2006, when one of Mullet’s daughters, Wilma, became involved in a contentious child-custody case that involved her two daughters and their father, Aden Troyer. Sam Mullet had excommunicated Troyer and his parents from the Bergholz Amish church.

Wilma’s daughters are with her former husband. She said she has seen them only a few times in recent years.

“We hang together because we have no one else,” Wilma Mullet said.

The Troyer issue caused tension in the Bergholz community, and some families left. Sam Mullet later excommunicated a handful of families. A committee of Amish bishops reviewed the rulings and overturned Mullet.

The committee allowed the families to join other Amish communities.   Sam Mullet’s supporters said members of Aden Troyer’s family were close friends with a key member of the committee.

About five years later, 15 of Mullet’s relatives and followers carried out the attacks.

Mullet’s supporters said the first talk of beard-cuttings came in about 2009 within the Bergholz community, when Mullet’s daughter Wilma lost permanent custody of her children.   Members believed that if God allowed that to happen, the members had to have been living in sin, said Sam Mullet’s attorney, Edward Bryan.

The women had suggested the cuttings as a way to grow closer to God, Bryan said. The men in Bergholz allowed their beards to be cut and acknowledged their wrongdoing. Bryan said they believed it marked a fresh start with God.

But the attacks on those outside the community were anything but voluntary, according to court records and testimony at the trial.

To most Amish, the cuttings are meant to degrade men, who grow their beards after marriage based on their religious beliefs. Sam Mullet’s supporters said the beard-cuttings, like stays in the chicken coop, became a symbol to members that they needed to become better people.

Questions of cult persist

But many who followed the trial questioned an Amish bishop sleeping with women in his community. Crist Mullet said the accusations of his father’s sexual relationships had nothing to do with the allegations of the beard-cuttings. But prosecutors said the issue of Mullet having sex with women in his community showed his power over it and his cult-like control over his followers.

“They tell us that we’re a cult, and it upsets all of us,” Crist Mullet said. “They can’t see what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to straighten up our lives and live closer to God.”

Allen Miller heard the statement and paused.

“They want us gone,” Miller said of some Amish settlements and law-enforcement officials. “That’s fine. That’s their problem. We want to live our lives the way we want to. And we should be able to do that.”

Miller’s wife, Anna, was convicted of conspiracy and a hate-crimes charge in the Sept. 6, 2011, attack on her mother-in-law. They have six children, ages 2 to 13. He works in logging, and he worries about what would happen if his wife is sentenced to a long prison term. He said community members have talked about how to help him.

“We’ll figure something out,” he said.

jcaniglia@plaind.com

Bitter Seeds of Destruction

Mad-Hatter  MONSANTO

From Dr Mercola, an update on one of the most important, tho radical and devastating developments in modern times.  This is frightening, yet mind boggling, for it defies the imagination as to how this has been allowed to continue and compound – – threatening the health of our planet and our very lives and hopes for a future    There is no “science” behind all this – only the avowal of the chemical companies (in this case – Monsanto) detailing those lines of language which best suits their needs – what they want all to hear and believe.    

These people are richer than God and have their armies of public servants (with growing bank accounts) who obediently enact and pass all regulations necessary to accomplish these ends.  Smokinchoices is replete with posts on this horror for the whole 5 years of existence.  It is a struggle of which one wearies.  Why?   Seems people don’t really believe “our government” would allow such a thing to happen.  And I must be some kind of conspiracy lunatic.    But I have done posts up the gazoo regarding highly placed Monsanto people now holding prominent positions in top roles in many government agencies and the revolving door which keeps them entrenched.  A goal of Monsanto is to control the world food supply.  I’d say they are practically there.  Jan

Story at-a-glance

  • Bitter Seeds looks at the beginning of the consumer goods’ supply chain – the raw materials – shedding much-needed light on the crisis created by Monsanto’s genetically engineered Bt cotton
  • Buried in debt and struggling against the rising cost of GE seeds and the chemicals required, combined with failing yields and GE-created super weeds and resistant pests, one Indian farmer now commits suicide every 30 minutes. One-quarter million farmers have been driven to suicide by Monsanto’s false promises and ruthless global monopolization tactics
  • Bitter Seeds raises critical questions about the human cost of genetically modified agriculture and the future of how we grow our food and other essential crops
  • The film couldn’t be more timely, as California stands poised to vote on Proposition 37, which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled, on November 6

Bitter Seeds Why is this Crop Linked to Mass-Suicides?   Bitter Seeds
The seeds of this crop should be outlawed. They are responsible for one suicide every 30 minutes and they’re almost impossible to avoid (since many don’t even know that they exist). It’s time to strike back – and the time is now…

October 28, 2012

Right direction or “Big Lie”?

Romney throws tarp over conservatism

  E.J. DIONNE

The right wing has lost the election of 2012.

The evidence for this is overwhelming, yet it is the year’s best-kept secret.  Mitt Romney would not be throwing virtually all of his past positions overboard if he thought the nation were ready to endorse the full-throated conservatism he embraced to win the Republican nomination.

If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice. His strategy at the end is to try to sneak into the White House on a chorus of me-too’s.

The right is going along because its partisans know Romney has no other option. This, too, is an acknowledgement of defeat, a recognition that the grand ideological experiment heralded by the rise of the tea party has gained no traction. It also means that conservatives don’t believe that Romney really believes the moderate mush he’s putting forward now. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if the conservatives are forgiving Romney because they think he is lying, what should the rest of us think?

Almost all of the analysis of Romney’s highly public burning of the right’s catechism focuses on such tactical issues as whether his betrayal of principle will help him win over middle-of-the-road women and carry Ohio. What should engage us more is that a movement that won the 2010 elections with a bang is trying to triumph just two years later on the basis of a whimper.

It turns out that there was no profound ideological conversion of the country two years ago. We remain the same moderate and practical country we have long been. In 2010, voters were upset about the economy, Democrats were demobilized and President Barack Obama wasn’t yet ready to fight. All the conservatives have left now is economic unease. So they don’t care what Romney says. They are happy to march under a false flag if that is the price of capturing power.

The rout of the right’s ideology, particularly its neoconservative brand, was visible in Monday’s debate in which Romney praised one Obama foreign-policy initiative after another. He calmly abandoned much of what he had said during the previous 18 months.

Romney’s most revealing line: “We don’t want another Iraq.” Thus did he bury the great Bush-Cheney project. He renounced a war he had once supported with vehemence and enthusiasm.

Then there’s budget policy. If the Romney-Paul Ryan budget and tax ideas were so popular, why would the candidate and his sidekick be investing so much energy in hiding the most important details of their plans?

Romney knows that by substantial margins, the country favors raising taxes on the rich and opposes slashing many government programs, including Medicare and Social Security. Since Romney’s actual plan calls for cutting taxes on the rich, he has to disguise the fact. Where is the conviction?

The biggest sign that tea party thinking is dead is Romney’s straight-out deception about his past position on the rescue of the auto industry.

The bailout was the least popular policy Obama pursued — and, I’d argue, one of the most successful. It was Exhibit A for tea partyers who accused our moderately progressive president of being a socialist. In late 2008, one prominent Republican claimed that if the bailout the Detroit-based automakers sought went through, “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.” The car companies, he said, would “seal their fate with a bailout check.” This would be the same Mitt Romney who tried to pretend on Monday that he never said what he said or thought what he thought. If the bailout is now good politics, and it is, then free-market fundamentalism has collapsed in a heap.

“Ideas have consequences” is one of the conservative movement’s most honored slogans. That the conservatives’ standard-bearer is now trying to escape the consequences of their ideas tells us all we need to know about who is winning the philosophical battle — and, because ideas do matter, who will win the election.

E.J. Dionne writes for the Washington Post Writers Group. ejdionne@washpost.com

(Jan’s comment: 

W H A T    I S

There is a resounding “truth” out there and it is this.  .  .  “the People get the kind of government they deserve.”    Hard as that may be to digest,  I’ve come to believe that it is true. 

A great and powerful nation such as this, based as it is on sound principles and hard-won (sacred) documents which have been wrung forth from the courage,  determination and sacrifice of our forefathers through the bowels of time to the present, have always come about by the need and pressure of the “people.”    True then at our beginnings and true now as we flounder in bewilderment. 

What must not be over-looked is our diversity.   Though we are one people, we are not alike either in experience, needs or aspiration. Indeed, how different we are.  There are many, far too many, who do not vote, never have and never will.  Often these are unhappy and  or disillusioned people who never had a stake in their own future, feeling pigeon-holed by others and held in want.  Many can not see that their lives are an out-picturing of their own inner selves – thoughts, feelings and naturally expressed in their actions, which then go on to perpetuate their  future which is generally the same.  A feeling of uselessness is also attached to voting – what good does it do? 

There are countless others whose lives have not shown them how precious voting is;  that it is both a right and a responsibility nor that participation is and can be a path to greater sense of self worth and satisfaction as an individual and a member of this great nation. 

There are also large patches of us who just don’t know enough about the political sphere to be able to understand what is going on. The teaching of either the workings of government and civic machinations are greatly lacking.  And of course, there are those who believe they do understand a thing or two and fall into the category of political junkies.  So, we sure ARE NOT ALL ALIKE. 

Our species does tend to cluster into groups (ethnic,  family,  religiosity and so on).    And seldom spoken of or even noticed,  is the millions of unassociated and therefore, lonely or isolated people. .  .  .  often found in retirement compounds or nursing homes.  But all of these diverse people have needs and wants and voices – tho, too many have been muted for a variety of reasons.   Yet as stated,  we are all equal. .  .  .  perplexing, isn’t it?

O B A M A   or   R O M N E Y ?

So our great diversity of population must choose between these two.    Many will have listened to the speeches and debates and those 1000’s of ads bombarding us every few minutes, not to mention the emails and phone calls.  Each camp knocks the other.   It’s gotta come down to what do we know and who can we believe?

WHAT DO WE KNOW?      

We  know we have all lived through terrible,  tough times.   Many have lost far too much.  Jobs were impossible and still difficult.  Costs of food and everything has gone up, while incomes have declined.  And mostly, there is no choice in the “employment arena” as there always has been.  We are told, many of the jobs we counted on are never coming back.    And the single greatest reason all this is our reality now is because of that rising tide lifting all boats thing.  Said more plainly so that all can get the point – our jobs have been shipped overseas.  An observer may conclude that wages of $15 to $30 hourly rate of pay which have been lost to Americans, is now being paid in China, India and etc.,  for generally a dollar or less and  is not raising those workers boats very far, but instead,  the corporate profits have had that old windfall.  Clear records, documented, will substantiate this as the corporate bottom lines have never in history been as great and rising as they have been over this past decade or so and looks good to go forever. . . .

No one can afford helpful, healing medicine; our choices are few and resources limited.  The status of what we can reasonably expect with regard to insurance to cover medical costs continues to be up for grabs.  There is no “feel good ” anywhere on this score.   Some of the issues our president won for us were useful and needed, but such a small part of the whole mess of medicine, what it is, who does it and the lack of freedom we have in all our personal decision making details.  It’s a mess, but at the very least, Obama has tried to accomplish “good” for the people.  He was fought on every conceivable thing from the Right-Wing-Teapartyers controlling the house. The GOP blocked every issue and then lambasted Obama for getting nothing done.  It seems evident their only accomplishment for receiving a tax-funded salary (plus all the perks) was to block and defeat Obama.   Criminal is what it is.

No one in history has been better placed or oriented to the need to protect  people’s “rights.”      President Obama has been hugely motivated in this direction and has clearly demonstrated his concerns – clearly.   Supreme court choices,  DADT,   Lily Ledbetter,    the educational process with Arnie Duncan leading the way,    women’s rights, family planning, defending Roe v Wade     

Meanwhile, for  the past 1 1/2 years Gov Romney has been speaking of doing away with Roe V Wade, family planning and diminishing women’s rights to choose for own body and life..  Americans do not wish to return to the strictures and ignorance of the past, but instead, wish to progress – FORWARD to better and brighter futures for all of us.     Romney’s concerns for the common man come to us by courtesy of his own words in the May 2012 video documenting his thoughts eternally for all to hear.This was a donor festivity in which Romney was discussing his thinking on the 47% or so of Americans who were “takers” and bearing a sense of victim-hood and believing that government owed them everything.   His callous indifference was to some of us – stunning, incomprehensible.                                                        

W H O     C A N     W E     B E L I E V E  ?

I donno,  that has to be a personal decision. 

For me,  a president who keeps his word, does what he says he is going to do and speaks clearly, without deception rates very highly with me.    This totally blocked president has done amazingly well with a blocked congress.  Can one just imagine how well it COULD go if we had a cooperating one?   Obama has ALWAYS shown willingness for dialog and arbitration and compromise.   Romney, like congress has shown themselves to be “resolute” and unbending.   Their slash and burn tactics have been destructive to our economy.  A great many serious -minded economists agree that pumping UP the economy was the right thing to do.  That Obama’s plans lead to growth and stimulation, while the cutting of programs and services to our country’s people is foolishness.

Obama has been right.  What he has done has helped.  He is a known quantity.  Romney is not that.  He is truly – multiple choice, depending on who he happens to be speaking to.   I’ve said it before – he seems to have no core of beliefs.  Ergo, he is untrustworthy.  His interests clearly are to run a business to make money, no matter what it costs others.  Romney signed the Grover Norquist pledge regarding taxes and is in basic agreement with the GOP concept of shrinking and crippling government while giving free reign to the free market with it’s demands of more freedoms from regulation.    But our president has pledged only to uphold our Constitution and all the rights implemented within it and to protect our people, which he has done.

Such an easy one (to me)   Jan)

Backin’ up those files?

TECHNOLOGY

Lots of files but no room for backup? Time for a RAID

David Pogue writes for The New York Times.

DAVID POGUE

Hold up your right hand, look this page straight in the eye, and answer truthfully: At this moment, is your computer completely backed up?

Did you answer “yes”? Congratulations, you statistical freak. Skip to the next article.   If you’re like the huge majority, however, your backup is out of date or nonexistent.   And that situation is getting more dire every day. The world wants us to snap more pictures, download more movies, play more music, shoot more video. Well, great. But if something’s worth snapping, downloading, playing or shooting, then it’s also worth backing up.

So you buy an external hard drive. And another. And another. After a while, your desk looks like mine, festooned with a hideous archipelago of mismatched drives, each with a cable and a power cord.

And by the way, those drives are not, themselves, backed up. Most contain the original files I’ve offloaded from the computer for long-term storage. If one of those drives dies, I’m out of luck.

Boy, does Drobo have a suggestion for people like me.

See, corporations don’t go buying external drives from Best Buy. They use RAID arrays, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks. That’s a passel of drives congregated inside a single metal box; clever software makes them look to a computer like one big drive. Or three smaller ones, or 50 little ones — however the highly paid system administrator decides to chop them up.

  • As a bonus, thanks to a fancy encoding scheme, the files on a RAID system can be recovered even if one of the participating hard drives goes to the great junk drawer in the sky. (That’s why it’s R for “redundant.”)
  • For several years, a company that calls itself Drobo (short for “disk robot”) has been pursuing a single dream: Make RAID arrays for noncorporate people — high-end types, small businesses and creative professionals with little technical expertise and no technical staff.

And now it is offering two new models: the Drobo 5D ($850 list) and the Drobo Mini ($650).

A Drobo is just a sleek, glossy, black empty shell. You have to buy internal hard drives to insert like cartridges. Online, for example, you can snag a couple of 2-terabyte drives for $110 each. That ought to hold a few baby pictures.

  • Once the drives arrive, you start to understand the nosebleed Drobo price tag — because there’s no setup or configuration. You don’t even have to attach the drives to rails or caddies or fiddle with screws, as you do with professional RAID systems; you just shove them in like frozen waffles going into a vertical toaster. The Drobo automatically assimilates them into your increasingly large virtual drive.

Also unlike most RAID systems, the drives you buy can be different brands, speeds and capacities; Drobo is an equal-opportunity enclosure.

The Drobo 5D has slots for five drives — standard 3.5-inch, SATA internal drives, which these days come in capacities up to 4 terabytes each. The new Mini, the first Drobo that could be called portable (7-by-7-by-2 inches, suitable for peripatetic video editors and photographers), has four slots. They accept 2.5-inch laptop drives, which, these days, offer a maximum of 1 terabyte each (about $80).

  • Here’s the big payoff: As your life fills with files, you can fill your empty slots with more drives. Once you’ve filled them all, you can eject one of your smaller drives and replace it with a more capacious one. None of that requires copying files, reformatting a drive or managing anything. The Drobo system automatically recognizes new drives and makes them, too, part of the suddenly larger virtual hard drive. This breezy, suit-yourself flexibility is unheard-of in traditional RAID systems.
  • Here’s the other payoff:  Drives die. When that happens, you don’t lose any data. In its RAID-y way, the Drobo auto-reconstructs everything that was on the corpse drive. You keep using all your files as if nothing had happened, even as the Drobo starts redistributing your files so that they’re protected against another drive failure, which can take hours or days.

Now, clearly, a Drobo is absurd overkill for many people. If everything in your world fits on your computer’s built-in hard drive, one cheap external drive might be all the backup you need.

  • But if you traffic in drive-busting files such as photos, music and videos, or if losing your files would kill your small business, a Drobo might make good future-proofing sense.

In either case, that’s enough reading. Go home and come up with a backup system that you’ll actually keep current.

(Impressive!   Just one thought I have to add here.  Sometimes I can tell something is magnificent, I think it comes from my gut.  And this is one of those times.   This whole thing squeaks like genius – but, in fact, it is so far beyond me, I’m incapable of even forming a question about it.   So if anyone has a question about any of this. . . .write to David  over at the New York Times.       Jan)

Easy Alkalizing juices, looks good

From Raymond Francis PhD.,  of BEYOND HEALTH,  a couple of recipes that I’m gonna have to use – they sound good.  Jan

 Two Yummy Alkalizing Juice Recipes

. . .one for your juicer, another for your blender

Consuming lots of green vegetables is one of the best ways to alkalize and detoxify your body, and green vegetable drinks are highly recommended. But how can you make them palatable without adding a lot of fruit, which raises blood sugar and insulin levels? Here are some tips for delicious, low-glycemic green drinks.

Adding the juice from a lemon, lime or grapefruit goes a long way to improve the taste of many green drinks. Avocados create a creamy texture as well as making the drink filling and sustaining.  Coconut meat is another addition that can add richness and satisfaction. Although they’re not included in the following recipes, tomatoes, moderate amounts of the sweet vegetables like carrots and beets, green apples and any of the good oils along with a sprinkle of Celtic sea salt can all add appeal to a green drink while maintaining a relatively low glycemic index.  You can also have your green drink with a handful of raw nuts or seeds to add fiber and reduce rapid elevations of blood sugar.

“I AM HEALTHY” ALL-GREEN ENERGY DRINK

Ingredients:
Kale
Celery
Cucumber
Lemon or Lime

The exact proportions don’t seem to matter much in this recipe. Juice the kale, celery and cucumber together.  At the end, squeeze in fresh lemon or lime juice.  This emerald green juice is as beautiful as it is delicious.

Adapted from Engelhart T. I Am Grateful: Recipes & Lifestyle of Café Gratitude. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2007.

GREEN DREAM

Ingredients:
large handful plus of fresh, rinsed chard
1 peeled cucumber
Several sprigs of mint (to taste)
Juice of 1 grapefruit and 1 lime
1 avocado without pit and peel
¼ – ½ cup pure water

Optional:  Replace water with coconut milk and/or add coconut meat to make  a richer drink

Makes 2 or more servings. Put everything in your VitaMix, and blend.  Pour and drink, or eat with a spoon.

October 27, 2012

EEM Breast tumors resolved

Donna Eden’s Energy e-letter contained this case history of a wonderful resolution to a problem a client faced with tumors in both of her breasts.   This practitioner who worked with her was using the Eden Energy Medicine books using the knowledge she had gained just from reading them – not to overlook that she also was trained in other therapies such as Quantum Energy techniques.   It is most encouraging to realize that one can have such success without even being personally trained by Donna  or one of her members.  This impresses me.    Jan

Energy Medicine as an Important Part in Multimodal Approach to Cancer

An energy practitioner with no formal training in Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) used techniques she learned from Donna Eden’s books to work with a client who had been diagnosed with possible breast cancer. Over the course of treatments, the client’s symptoms diminished to the point that only a very minimal surgical intervention was required.

Ann Grohne is a Quantum Energy practitioner with no formal training in EEM. Donna’s book, Energy Medicine, was recommended to her as an aid for learning how to test energy. She read that book and also read Energy Medicine for Women. Now she uses techniques from both books in her practice.

In late February  2010, Ann met with a 52-year-old client who had just had a mammogram showing prominent spots on both breasts. The doctor recommended a surgical biopsy on the left breast with a possibility of one on the right breast. The client obtained a second opinion, which concurred with the original recommendation. The biopsy was scheduled for mid-April.

Ann began working with the client on March 1 and had 15 session with her that month. Their sessions consisted of the following:

  • Practicing the Daily Energy Routine each day
  • Using Wayne Cook and Crown Pull as self-treatments for anxiety
  • Tracing the Spleen, Circulation-Sex, and Stomach meridians
  • Tapping the Spleen points beneath the breasts
  • Figure-eights
  • Celtic Weave
  • Chakra Balancing, including the energy centers over each breast

The client worked with Ann during these sessions and also using the techniques at home on her own.

A new mammogram was done just prior to the scheduled biopsy, right after the 15 energy sessions. The new mammogram revealed a completely different picture. The prominent spots were no longer present. The technician compared the old and new films but was unable to locate the same spots. There was just one little spot found, and they were able to sample that with a fine needle aspiration rather than a full biopsy. The results were negative for cancer.

Additional modalities that Ann used during the period of treatment included a diet change (no sugar), a daily tea of Epazote, asparagus purees each day, and other fresh organic foods. She also used a Zero Point Energy wand and some Reiki. Finally, she used Energy Psychology tapping to help the client with beneficial attitude adjustments.

Ann was amazed at the results but was also in tune with an inner knowledge that everything would be fine and that her client could avoid surgery.

Her client is now a firm believer in Energy Medicine and accompanied Ann to the Open Center in NYC when Donna and David were there in the spring for a three-hour introduction to Energy Medicine.

Ann is available for inquiries about this case. She can be reached via email.

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