SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

February 28, 2014

Want best alkaline foods?

(This is from “Hungry for Change” at Food Matters. . . good people, great info. . .reminds us of the basics,  Jan)

Top 6 Alkaline Foods To Eat Every Day For Vibrant Health

By Angela Doss (Natural News)

The typical American diet is a deadly one, consisting primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, and hidden genetically modified organisms. All this, combined with a plethora of other challenging environmental factors (such as lack of rest, psychological stress, and pharmaceutical drugs), mean it’s no wonder that more and more people are being diagnosed with chronic, degenerative illnesses or otherwise deadly conditions for which modern conventional medicine claims to have no known cure.
One of the basic underlying problems with this unsustainable lifestyle – and there are many – is the average consumer’s lack of understanding that the body must balance the Blood pH levels at a slightly alkaline level of 7.365 in order to survive. When a person ingests food to “burn” for fuel, the digestive and metabolic process transforms it into a kind of ash which is either acidic or alkaline. The laws of modern biochemistry further explain that it is not the organic matter of foods (whether the food itself is acidic or alkaline), but their inorganic matter (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorous; that is, how they break down in our bodies), that determines either the acidity or alkalinity of this ashy residue.

“…body must balance the Blood pH levels at a slightly alkaline level of 7.365 in order to survive.”

For this reason, and because all foods in nature contain both acid and alkaline-forming elements according to the Conscious Living Center, balance is either achieved or thwarted as a direct result of the foods we choose to eat. Too many acid-forming foods can have dire consequences for our health, with “acidosis” being a common diagnosis in diabetics, for example. This is because when the nutrients required to maintain this slightly alkaline state cannot be obtained from food, the body will instead draw from its own stores, like the bones or other vital tissues – damaging its ability to repair itself and detoxify heavy metals, thereby making a person more vulnerable to fatigue and illness. And the margin for error is small. Even an only slightly acidic pH of 6.9 can actually lead to coma and death.

Of course, the ultimate goal is balance. Eating too many alkalizing foods can lead to its own fair share of complications over time, but the risk of this is seemingly less likely, given the current sorry state of today’s highly addictive consumerist diet. To combat the effects of such a diet, here are six of the most alkaline-forming foods to work into your everyday meals:

1. Root Vegetables

Due to the healing “yang” nature of these foods in traditional Chinese medicine, and their tendency to be richer in minerals than many other vegetables, it may be safe to say that you can’t get enough of them. Look for radishes especially (black, red or white), as well as beets, carrots, turnips, horseradish and rutabaga. Ready to eat after steaming for just 15-20 minutes, root vegetables will help you feel both satiated and better grounded.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables

These are the veggies we all know and love, made even more delicious with just a small amount of healthy, homemade sauce like pesto. Choose from broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the like.

3. Leafy Greens

These include kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens and spinach – of which spinach may in fact be the best pick. Known especially for its rich vitamin K and folate content, spinach is also packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber, helping to improve digestion and even vision.

4. Garlic

A true miracle food, garlic appears at the top of innumerable lists of foods that encourage overall health, and alkaline-forming food is no exception. Among its other benefits are its ability to promote cardiovascular and immune health by lowering blood pressure, cleansing the liver and fighting off disease.

5. Cayenne Peppers (Capsicum)

As part of a family of potent, tropical peppers which contain enzymes essential to endocrine function, cayenne is among the most alkalizing foods. It is known for its antibacterial properties and is a rich supply of vitamin A, making it a helpful agent in fighting off the harmful free radicals that lead to stress and illness.

6. Lemons

Lemons may be the most alkalizing food of all. As a natural disinfectant, it can heal wounds while also providing potent and immediate relief for hyperacidity and virus-related conditions, as well as coughs, colds, flu and heartburn. Lemon also works to energize the liver and promote detoxification.

So it can’t hurt to think twice about what’s on your plate at your next meal, but not doing so might. Just applying that age-old motherly advice to “eat your vegetables” can be a solid first step in achieving better health.

Are you eating enough alkaline foods in your diet

Healing sexual abuse EEM

Energy Medicine by Donna Eden

It looks like things are on track for The Energies of Love to be published in time to be first presented at IGEEM in September. Chapter 8 is called “Sex Is Nature’s Energy Medicine for Couples: Invoking the Passion.” It actually covers many topics, such as looking at the energy dimensions of tantric sexuality and of the Taoist “Arts of the Bedchamber,” but it also addresses the way previous sexual trauma can interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy and benefit from new sexual experiences.

The following case, from a section called “Sexual Wounds and Their Healing,” is one we have used before that people suffering from the aftermath of sexual abuse have found hopeful and inspiring.

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Healing Sexual Abuse

Sandy and her fiancé came to one of our colleagues, Alan Batchelder, for premarital counseling. Among the issues they were concerned about was their sexual relationship. Although Sandy had been married before, she found herself reacting with uncontrollable negative feelings when her partner initiated sexual play.

He was willing to be patient, kind, and understanding, and he seemed genuinely interested that sex be a shared experience. While she freely acknowledged that she had no problems with his attitude, she still would usually become upset and turned off by his overtures. They asked for help with this problem, and a private session with Sandy was arranged.

When she came in, the therapist gently asked, “Is there something in your earlier years that you could talk about?” She immediately burst into tears. Red blotches appeared on her skin, and her words were punctuated with heavy sobbing and gasping as she began to relate her story.

“When I was 7 years old, we lived in [a small, rural town]. One day my stepfather took me for a walk down a country road. It was in the summer. We hiked up the side of a hill. Then we stopped. Then he took off all my clothes. Then he took off all his clothes.”

At this point she was scarcely able to breathe. The therapist stopped her and said that it was not necessary to go any further. He had her state her distress rating about the memory, which obviously was a 10. He then led her through the Tapping Sequence. Her intensity dropped from 10 to 6.

At this point, an Acceptance Statement that began “Even though I still feel overwhelmed . . .” was used, followed by another round of tapping. This time the intensity fell to 2. Then another Acceptance Statement was introduced, beginning with, “Even if I never get completely over this…” and a last round of tapping.

By this time, Sandy was breathing quietly. Her skin was free of blotches, her eyes were clear, and she was looking at her hands, lying folded in her lap.

The therapist said, “Sandy, as you sit there now, think back to that hot summer day when your stepfather took you for that walk down that country road. Think about how you hiked up the side of that hill until you stopped. Think about how he took off all your clothes. Think of how he took off all his clothes. Now, what do you get?”

She sat there without moving for maybe five seconds, then looked up calmly and said, without excessive emotion, “Well I still hate him.” The therapist, after agreeing that hating him might be a reasonable response and possibly a useful one to keep, then asked, “But what about the distress you were feeling?”

Again she paused before answering. This time she laughed as she said, “I don’t know. I just can’t get there. Well that was 20 years ago. I was just a little girl. I couldn’t protect myself then the way I can now. What’s the point in getting upset about something like that . . . I never let that man touch me again, and my kids have never been allowed to be near him. I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem to bother me like it did.”

After this single session, she no longer experienced negative feelings in response to her partner’s sexual advances. On a two-year follow-up, she reported that the problem was “good and gone,” and her partner, now her husband, confirmed that there was no sign of the former difficulties.

Notice also that by the end of the session she was speaking of the trauma almost casually, and she was placing it into a self-affirming framework: “Well that was 20 years ago. I was just a little girl. I couldn’t protect myself then the way I can now.”

Such shifts in relationship to a traumatic memory that has been emotionally cleared using an energy intervention are typical, and they can give you a new lease on your sexual life.

(Compiled from the forthcoming Energies of Love book by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, Ph.D.)

February 27, 2014

HBP, fix it naturally

( My own comment on this piece by Dr Sinatra will follow;  while this is a perfectly legitimate and well-done article — I do take issue with it’s general, overall tone.    My grand-daughters are 19 and 20 now and I had stepped in to raise them after their mommy’s health broke down and she left the family when the baby was about 17 months old.   For no other reason than that, I was glad and it was fortuitous that I had trailed my son to Ohio from California when his wife couldn’t remain there with our frightening  earthquakes.  Not quite what I had planned for my so-called ‘golden years’ of total self-indulgence, but an unplanned and delightful gift even so.  No regrets — they were my great joy, segueing out after they had reached the middle of middle school. 

Early on in that part of my life, was told my blood pressure was too high, needed meds.  No way!  Wasn’t about to start down that path which I was convinced killed my mother (she had been on as many as 18 daily meds). They badgered me and guilted me asking who would care for them if I stroked out or worse? So in time I caved.  I had gained weight (as Mother had)  No matter what I did or the medicine doctors prescribed for me, my HPB proved intractable for nearly 20 years.   I knew becoming a vegan would do the job, it usually did for Dr McDougall’s followers. Helped perhaps somewhat, but wasn’t my answer over several years.  But I did loose the weight and felt and looked better.   

And,  in my comment below, I’ll explain what I have done to help myself.   It’s been over a year since seeing a doctor. . .[had this mole and wanted a certain man to fix it, refusing to go to a dermatologist.  He froze it and now its gone like it was never there. . .what a guy]  But an extra was learning that my blood pressure had dropped down to 128 from a much higher number.  . .tell ya later. .

You Can Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

by Stephen Sinatra M.D.

We spend more than $3 billion on anti-hypertensive drugs every year, yet 26 percent of people on medication still have high blood pressure. Despite new drugs and diagnostics, the death rate from hypertension has risen 36 percent in the last decade. Clearly, something is not working. There has got to be a better, more effective method for reducing this insidious and dangerous condition.

There is. It’s right in your supermarket and in your refrigerator at home. You can reduce your blood pressure to normal levels (less than 130 over 80), without pills or costly doctor visits. Simply with diet and exercise, most people can normalize their blood pressure in as little as eight weeks.

Most people can significantly reduce their blood pressure by losing just ten percent of their body weight. A combination of walking one to two miles daily, plus adopting the Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean (PAMM) diet can have a huge impact on hypertension.

For years, physicians followed the American Heart Association’s dietary guidelines, touting low-fat and high carbohydrate regimens. It took a long time to figure out that this combination promoted insulin resistance and hypertension. Research kept pointing in the directions of the Mediterranean regions of Italy, Greece and Spain, as well as Asia. These people had a fraction of the heart disease found in northern Europe and the United States.

The typical Mediterranean diet, which includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, local fish, home-produced olive oil, fresh garlic and nuts, is key to lower blood pressure. The Asian diet, bountiful in fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, locally-harvested seaweeds and soy products, offers many of the same benefits, plus others. In fact, there is no Japanese word for “hot flash” because most Japanese women follow their traditional diet and pass right through menopause without the symptoms experienced by many Western women.

The PAMM diet includes fruits and vegetables at every meal. Fresh produce is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and phytonutrients that reduce free-radical induced diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, premature aging and cataracts. Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower contain anticancer agents. Spinach is rich in the antioxidant lutein as well as vitamins C and E. Tomatoes offer the carotenoid lycopene, which helps to prevent cancer. A single serving of kale has as much calcium as a glass of milk while onions and garlic provide allicin, a cholesterol-lowering nutrient.

All these foods are rich in flavonoids. Black tea, apples and onions are the most studied of these foods because they contain quercetin, a flavonoid which blocks the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Onions contain the most. In a German study of 24 relatively young (average age was 45) subjects with hypertension, five hours after giving them a capsule of onions macerated in olive oil, they experienced a significant reduction in systolic (7 mm Hg) and diastolic (3.1 mm Hg) blood pressures. Additionally, there was a significant reduction in blood plasma thickness, meaning that blood flowed more easily, further reducing blood pressure.

Fish are an important part of the PAMM diet because they are rich in coenzyme Q10 and omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce blood pressure, inflammation and clotting. One fish meal a week can cut your risk of sudden death in half! But not all fish have the same fat content. Cold water fish such as mackerel, sardines and salmon are packed with beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids and Q10. Tuna, halibut, sea trout, crab and shrimp have much lower contents of good fat.

The PAMM diet is also rich in another essential fatty acid: alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in nuts and seeds. Almonds, walnuts, and flaxseed, for example, are rich in essential fatty acids and phytosterols (nutrients that inhibit the body’s ability to absorb dietary cholesterol).

Olive oil is also credited with enhancing longevity and reducing heart disease and breast cancer. Low intake of saturated fats also creates less arterial plaque, a major precursor to heart disease and helps support a healthy weight. The PAMM diet is also rich in low-glycemic-index foods which don’t create excessive insulin production. Lentils, chickpeas and soybeans provide vegetable protein without the insulin spike that can lead to hyperinsulinemia and heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol. Insulin resistance, which leads to Type-2 diabetes, can only be reversed with diet and exercise.

Stephen Sinatra, M.D. is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Nutrition. A practicing cardiologist, he is the author of the new book, “Lower Your Blood Pressure In Eight Weeks” (Ballantine Books; 2003; $13.95). He has written seven other books, and edits a monthly newsletter, The Sinatra Health Report, published by Phillips Health, LLC. For more information, visit http://www.drsinatra.com.

(Interestingly,  I DID use another book of Dr Sinatra’s as part of my solution.  I’m quite sure I’ve spoken to the readers of  “smokinchoices” [many times] about the many problems with my beautiful heart.  Maybe close to 10 years fooling around with cardiologists, all the expensive tests, a few trips to the hospital for procedures and of course, the costly meds.  I quit all that and the difficult A-fib came pounding back.  I’ve lived long, accepted my fate — wouldn’t do it anymore. Nor could I justify that ridiculous expense all over again when none of it fixed or improved anything. It only manipulated symptoms. 

Being an eternal student of all that captures my interest, I had not quite given up finding answers and finally did in Dr Blaylock’s monthly health letter from 2006 which I had filed away.  That was the trigger to my understanding of what was truly needed and now it was time to research and dig in.    My search finally led me to a Naturopath, Dr Harry A. Elwardt who had written a book called “Let’s Stop the #1 Killer of Americans Today, written in 2006. Found myself the book and fell in love.   As Dr Blaylock was laying out the protocol for saving lives by healing hearts, he had referenced an article of Dr Sinatra and gave the link to it.  Was great, but only gave part 1 and the part 2 – I couldn’t access, so I bought his book called the Sinatra Solution – Metabolic Cardiology written in 2005.  Really excellent.  All three are some of the world’s most prominent new-age thinkers in heart disease.  Each of them were speaking the same language.  And the answer to the Heart’s needs revolves around its ENERGY and nutritional needs which has been almost completely overlooked in conventional allopathic treatment. 

Since, I’ve covered all this specifically over the last month or so as I kept discovering these surprising natural substances which the body uses, makes and desperately needs more of especially as we age,I’m not going to elucidate it all again tonite.  I will endeavor to fully discuss my findings from these three doctors once I have put it all together in an understandable fashion.  Much you know about and probably are already doing: [major amounts of] CoQ10 [I use Ubiquinol],  Vitamin D3, Omega 3’s [I use Calimari DHA500],  L-arginine [first thing on rising and before bed] – this can’t be taken with other amino acids or in fact any protein of any kind, 2 hours before or after the other taken because arginine is more sensitive than the others and would be disabled – thus ineffective. With breakfast –  L-carnitine, Taurine and D-ribose;   and for dinner – l-carnitine.  D-ribose is taken again at or near bedtime.  I take Arjuna between meals in afternoon. 

This is all ‘general’ if it makes sense to any of you, take courage and get a book or two so you get it the way it needs to be if you are serious.  Dr Harry’s book would be my #1 choice — he ‘splains really well!

I do all this for my heart.  It has helped me greatly.  The purpose of course is to get the mitochondria infused with the energy it so desperately needs. Both the heart and brain are ravenous and this is the energy they need. This follows with improved circulation to every cell in the body and oxygenation to them.  The two unexpected side effects to this protocol are most welcome:  the first time in these many years, my blood pressure seems to be normalizing and ditto for the pulmonary system, I now breathe better, move around better, am beginning to have energy once again to do stuff. . .and they say you can’t do anything about COPD.  Well, you can!  It’s working for me.    I still have my passion and wants. . . there’s stuff I want to do and I’m feeling pretty fine.  G’nite  Jan)

February 22, 2014

Kim overcomes war horror

BROOKE LAVALLEY DISPATCH    Kim Phuc poses for a photo with U.S. military veterans who heard her message of love and forgiveness last night at the Columbus Country Club. Kim was burned as a child by napalm dropped by the South Vietnamese air force on her village.

Woman turns war scars into forgiveness crusade

By JoAnne Viviano • THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Forgiveness wasn’t easy for Kim Phuc. But once she found it, she felt free. • Phuc said it took her a long time to forgive those responsible for the napalm burns she suffered as a 9-year-old during the Vietnam War. • She said it took a long time for the “black coffee cup” in her heart to clear. But she prayed and, every day, it became a little clearer.

“One day, there was no more coffee left. … My cup was empty,” she told a crowd gathered last night at the Columbus Country Club on the East Side. (Feb. 13, 2014)   “God … he helped me to refill it with light, peace, joy, compassion, understanding, love, patience and forgiveness.   “I’m so thankful for that, and that is heaven on Earth for me.”

NICK UT ASSOCIATED PRESS This photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc running  from a napalm attack remains an enduring image of the Vietnam war.

Phuc, now 50, spoke of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo that has made her 9-year-old image a symbol of the Vietnam War.

The image was captured by Associated Press photographer Huyng Cong “Nick” Ut in 1972 as Phuc ran naked — after having torn off her burning clothes — and screaming for safety after being burned in a South Vietnamese airstrike in her village of Trang Bang.

“Some people say it helped end the war,” she said. “I know it changed my life forever.”

She shared her journey at a Wealth Summit, a gathering of professionals sponsored by the Joseph Group Inc. investment-advisory firm and the Kephart Fisher law firm.

Matt Palmer, president of the Joseph Group, said the firms wanted to share Phuc’s powerful message of forgiveness.

“What a beautiful way, on Valentine’s Day, to think about love,” he said, “to be listening to someone who has learned how to love through forgiveness.”

After being burned, Phuc spent 14 months in the hospital and underwent 17 operations over the next 12 years. In 1992, shortly after being married, she defected to Canada, where she lives today.

She said she had only her purse and a camera when she and her husband decided to stay in Canada during a layover on their return from their honeymoon in Moscow to Havana, where they had attended college.

Learning to love God is one of the things that has helped her forgive, said Phuc, who became a Christian in 1982. She said she has learned many lessons in life, from the importance of love to the importance of education to the importance of freedom.

“To learn how to forgive the ones who caused my suffering was a huge challenge,” she said. “I started to pray, and I prayed a lot. I didn’t wake up one day and just say, ‘Yes, I forgive.’… It wasn’t easy at all.”

Through the years, she was made by the Vietnamese government to do interviews with foreign reporters, and she had to give up a dream of becoming a doctor when her health problems forced her to leave medical school.

She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in documentaries, and shared her story with audiences around the world. She also founded the Kim Foundation International, which seeks to help child victims of war.

BROOKE LAVALLEY DISPATCH    Kim Phuc became a Christian and defected from Vietnam. She now lives in Canada with her husband.

She said the last lesson she learned was how to use the 1972 photo of her for good, after wanting to hide from it for so long. But as she tried to lead a quiet life in Canada, a photojournalist found her, and her picture again appeared in newspapers all over the world.

“It seemed to me that picture did not want to let me go,” she said. “I realized that, if I could not escape from that picture, I could work with it for peace.

“It is a symbol of war, but my life is a symbol of love, hope and forgiveness.” jviviano@dispatch.com

@JoAnneViviano

Losing 1st Bees, now Butterflies?

Environment

Butterflies losing vital forests, milkweed

    By Tracy Wilkinson LOS ANGELES TIMES

              AP FILE PHOTO 

                                                                               The monarch butterfly is in rapid decline.

MEXICO CITY — The annual migration to Mexico of millions of orange-and-black monarch butterflies could come to a virtual halt if the insect’s natural habitat is not urgently salvaged.

That is the conclusion of a long list of scientists, artists and environmentalists who are calling on the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada to act swiftly to protect butterfly breeding grounds. President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are to meet in Mexico this week to discuss economy, trade and other issues.

 

Blame long has been put on rampant illegal logging in Mexico that destroys the forests where the insects spend the winter. Increasingly, however, activists say blame must be placed on eradication of the milkweed plants in the U.S. where the butterflies lay their eggs and monarch caterpillars eat.

Especially in the U.S. Corn Belt, the planting of genetically modified, herbicide-resistant corn and soybean varieties has grown dramatically. The insecticides that are used destroy all other plant life, including the milkweed  — the only plant eaten by monarch caterpillars.

  • Activists warn that the disappearance of the monarch bodes ill for worldwide ecology, akin to the loss of bees.

(It is clear that no-one wants to see this happen.  We can’t keep losing so much that is important to our planet – therefore to us.  The insecticides and other chemicals cannot be allowed to destroy all of us — especially in the name of profits for big business. Better they should behave like good neighbors and change their ways, rather than kill us all off. 

If there is one thing we know, it won’t get done unless we speak up – “loudly” and we must let our elected representative know what we think and how important it is to us.  This is our only “home”.  Jan)

February 21, 2014

Paxil and breast tumors

Medicine

Paxil linked to breast tumors in test

By Melissa Healy LOS ANGELES TIMES

A team of researchers from the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., has developed a speedy way to identify drugs and chemicals that can disrupt the balance of sex hormones in humans and influence the development and progress of diseases such as breast cancer.

In a trial screening of 446 drugs in wide circulation, the new assay singled out the antidepressant paroxetine (known commercially as Paxil) as having an estrogenic effect that could promote the development and growth of breast tumors in women.

  • This is important because as many as a quarter of women being treated for breast cancer suffer from depression — a condition most commonly treated with antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), including Paxil, which has been on the market since 1992.
  • Almost a quarter of American women in their 40s and 50s are taking an antidepressant.
  • Last summer, the Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of a low dose of paroxetine as a nonhormonal treatment for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.

About 70 percent of breast cancers in women are sensitive to estrogen, meaning that the hormone found plentifully in females of child-bearing age contributes to their growth.

The novel screening method developed at City of Hope, described in a forthcoming issue of the journal Toxicological Sciences, also identified two antifungal medicationsbiconazole and oxyconazole — as having an anti-estrogenic effect similar to that of medications prescribed to prevent breast cancer and its recurrence in women.

Incidental to their intended use in combating fungal infections, those medications inhibit the action of aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgens — hormones more plentiful in males but present in both sexes — into estrogen.

Less surprising, the high-throughput screening mechanism identified bisphenol A — a compound used in the manufacture of plastics and epoxy resins — as an estrogen promoter capable of raising breast-cancer risk.

The discovery that Paxil behaves as an endocrine-disrupting chemical might shed light on growing suspicions about the medication in women who have had breast cancer. A 2010 study found that breast-cancer patients in Canada who were taking Paxil were more likely than those taking other antidepressants to die of breast cancer when there was a substantial overlap in their use of that antidepressant and of tamoxifen to prevent breast-cancer recurrence.

(My comment:  

Sitting here shaking my head;  not fair to ask you or anyone to dance a little faster, read more,  study more. . . that’s my cup o’ tea. . . I’m grateful you are here and perhaps finding something which can hopefully be of some help to find an answer or make a change.  So why am I shaking my head, what’s bugging me?  Maybe, I weary of beating the same drum; I’ve told all this so often and it’s clear to me.  Unless and until it becomes your own passion, that you will with a clear mind decide to find out what really is best for you, or if it is just makes more sense to you to let the docs call all the shots — that’s your business and totally up to you.  Those physicians who are so well trained in disease, not in health, because after all they are taught in schools  funded by BIG PhRMA. 

But here at “smokinchoices” the thrust is only on nature’s bounty — that which was designed to serve our needs in every way.  Wholesome plant food grown without chemicals or genetic modification;  animals living in natural habitat, freely eating appropriate foods – – always organic, (even tho now we must seek  labels to see  if it is fit to eat).  It seems an impossibility to live a chemical-free life; we are surrounded on every front with toxins in the air, our water almost all our food unless we can afford to pay extra for ‘organic’.   Additionally, there is the field of ‘Medicine’ which we all seek when something goes wrong or we are ill.  Allopathic medicine endeavors to fight disease with pharmaceuticals which are not recognized by the body, hence a further burden when already stressed or in decline.  A brief observation of all the ‘side-effects’ which can afflict one’s body with the use of drugs can be staggering.  Whereas giving the body what it needs in times of stress or illness are welcomed and beneficial — promoting wellness and the body heals itself when allowed to.

With a couple of thousand posts here, I’ve tried to give a little help with ‘finding stuff’ — ain’t easy.  FIND IT, (upper right)  has my best effort to organize, but it has got so out of hand, it’s still hard.   In section 4 and 5 are many doctors who have been showcased here (and I admire and highly approve of) A number of Naturopaths and other Allopaths who have gone beyond their specialties and become proficient with further training in order to help their patients and many teaching how best to live and eat and so on.  I personally do not espouse only one way with diet.  I encourage people to find what works for them.  I have been a vegan for a number of years.  Then fell in love with the Paleo concept.  Can be a struggle and feel it is best to be open and try to interpret the body when it talks to you (it does you know).  The Gerson Therapy is one I am most impressed with and I still juice and make Hippocrates Soup (always on hand).  It works for me.  But I will eat grass fed beef and fish when I’m moved to it and can afford Alaskan Salmon. 

For this article regarding Paxil, I would like to refer you back to Dr Russell Blaylock who so deftly explains the concept I am driving at  which have  to do with often stated concepts of this entire blog.   It always comes down to appropriate care of the body.  In this case (as in most), has much to do with the nutritional needs.    Not too many people will do a better job that Dr Russell Blaylock on this very thing. 

I’ve had him up recently on another post discussing Nutrition and it’s role on Behavior. Not only is it excellent – it’s stunning.    He cites study after study, some going back to the beginning of last century.  That post was named (always my downfall – go into conflict trying to name my posts) BIG PhRMA, etal – surely you jest!  dated 12-19-13.  can go there and check it out, but I will just give you the link to the video at the end.

 Anyway, for any of you who genuinely want to understand this thing better, please listen to Dr Blaylock.  His explanation and clear logic and the science behind it will show you that a pretty clear solution is there.  It isn’t a mystery like most would have us believe.  For then we need to have more studies and panels of people getting salaries taking a look at all this again, and again and still overlook the obvious!  The truth is  there and everywhere, but you gotta want to know it!   Oh yes the link:    Jan)

Dr. Russell BlaylockNutrition & Behavior Dangers of Aspartame

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Dr. Russell Blaylock explains one of the most important connections between nutrition and our health, how

February 15, 2014

Monsanto, killing w/impunity

(So this is where all the Breast cancer is coming from?. . . shoulda known!)

Thanks Dr Mercola. . . 

This incredible documentary will dumbfound you

Genetic Fallacy: How Pesticide Companies Silence Scientific Dissent

silencing scientific dissentsThis Food Causes Massive Tumors But Why Do Some Scientists Still Say It’s Healthy? silencing scientific dissents
Do you base your health decisions on this research? The original study showed it led to tumors equal to 25% of body weight of rats. But now they say not to worry. So should you bet your health on this?

Economic growth not shared

Economic growth should serve people

  Commentary
Joe Nocera

Not long after I got back from my recent trip to Brazil, I called some economists to gain a better understanding of where the country stood economically. To me, Rio de Janeiro felt a little like Shanghai: there was plenty of high-end shopping in neighborhoods like Ipanema — and plenty of poverty in the favelas, or slums. There was also a lot in between. What is most striking to a visitor is how many middle-class citizens there seem to be. Cars were everywhere; traffic jams, I’ve come to believe, are a sign of a growing middle class. It means people have enough money to buy automobiles.

What I saw was no illusion. Brazil is a country that has seen income inequality drop over the past decade. Unemployment is at near-record lows. And the growth of the middle class is quite stunning. By most estimates, upward of 40 million people have been pulled out of poverty in the past decade; extreme poverty, says the government, has been reduced by 89 percent. Per capita income has continued to grow even as gross domestic product growth has slowed.

Nevertheless, the economists I spoke to were bearish about the short-term future of the Brazilian economy. They pointed, for starters, to that slowdown in GDP, which they didn’t expect to pick up anytime soon.

Despite the country’s enormous economic gains since the beginning of this century, there has been very little accompanying productivity gains. Indeed, several economists told me that the main reason unemployment was so low was that the economy was terribly inefficient. Too much of the economy was in the hands of the state, I was told, and, what’s more, it was a consumption-based economy that lacked necessary investment. And on and on. I got the sense that many economists believe that Brazil had been more lucky than good, and now its luck was running out. In a recent article about the Brazilian economy, The Economist put it starkly: “The Deterioration,” read its headline.

As I listened to the economists, though, I couldn’t help thinking about our own economy. Our GDP growth was more than 4 percent in the third quarter of 2013, and, of course, our productivity has risen relentlessly. But, despite the growth, unemployment can’t seem to drop below 7 percent. And the middle class is slowly but surely being evisceratedthanks, at least in part, to those productivity gains. Income inequality has become a fact of life in the United States, and while politicians decry that fact, they seem incapable of doing anything about it. Which made me wonder: Whose economy runs better, really?

  • A few years ago, Nicholas Lemann of The New Yorker wrote a lengthy article about Brazil in which he quoted from an email he received from Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff. “The main aim of economic development must always be the improvement of living conditions,” she told him. “You cannot separate the two concepts.”

In other words, Brazil’s admittedly leftist government doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about growth for its own sake, but rather connects it with alleviating poverty and growing the middle class. Thus, it has a high minimum wage, for instance. It has laws making it exceedingly difficult to fire a laggard employee. It controls the price of gasoline, helping to make driving affordable.

  • And most striking of all — at least from the point of view of an American — for the last 10 years, Brazil has had a program called Bolsa Famlia, which essentially hands money to mothers living in poverty. In return, they have to ensure that their children go to school and avail themselves of health-care services. There is no question that Bolsa Famlia has been enormously effective in reducing poverty.

By contrast, here in the United States, Congress just refused to extend unemployment insurance. The farm bill envisions cutting back on food stamps. Various other programs to help the poor or the unemployed have been reduced. Even those who oppose such heartless cuts assume that once the economy comes back, all will be well again. Growth will take care of everything. Thus in this country, we tend to view economic growth less as a means to an end than an end in itself.

It is, of course, possible that Brazil’s economy could hit the wall and some of the gains made could be reversed. A new emphasis on investment and entrepreneurship could probably help it. The spontaneous protests last summer were the results of the new middle class wanting the sorts of things that the middle class always wants: better services, higher-quality schools, less corruption. Still, the Brazil example gives rise to a question we don’t ask enough in this country:

What’s the point of economic growth if nobody has a job?

Joe Nocera writes for The New York Times.

(Joe Nocera always makes his points so clear that frankly, no comments need to be made. It does however, leave us with much to contemplate about our own country’s direction. 

At least it is clear from this article that in Brazil, there is a high degree of respect for “all” of the people which denotes, perhaps a more equitable, honorable and ethical type of consciousness. . . . works for me,   Jan )

February 14, 2014

2014 Gardening Trends

Gardening

2014 trends view big picture

By Kathy Van Mullekom DAILY PRESS (NEWPORT NEWS, VA.)

MARIE BUTLER MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
Ammunition boxes can be repurposed as environmentally friendly planters.

Purposeful gardens — habitat, edible and sustainable — have been on the rise, and 2014 promises more of the same.

Chemical-free gardens for birds, butterflies and bees remain high on the gardener’s to-do list, and organically grown edibles are key for health-conscious backyard gardeners.

Here are some other gardening trends.

Garden journals. Master gardeners across the United States are using Nature’s Notebook ( http://www.usanpn.org/   natures_notebook) to help track bloom times — which, in turn, gives scientists data on climate change, says LoriAnne Barnett of Nature’s Notebook and USA National Phenology Network.

Gardeners can also use phenology (the seasonal change in plants and animals from year to year) to know when best to manage pests.

Concern about bees. Saving pollinators is gaining importance. Home gardeners should learn about keeping blooms coming; using easy and quick-growing cover crops to provide excellent habitat; and eliminating the use of chemicals, because even certified organic pesticides can be harmful to bees, according to Lisa Ziegler of the Gardener’s Workshop, an online garden shop.

• Container craze. Containers can spice up a yard without a lot of cost and effort, says Marie Butler, horticulture curator at the Virginia Zoo. For instance, bamboo stems, upside down brooms or even twisting, turning branches can be painted colors to match the season or a home’s exterior palette, then inserted into pots containing evergreens or annuals.

Male gardeners might like the look of ammunition boxes mounted on ladders — an idea seen in a Denver boutique.

• Repurpose, reuse. The focus on using recycled building materials is continuing. Indoor and outdoor garden furniture is being made with repurposed pallets, says Grace Chapman, director of horticulture at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. People are staining and painting them or leaving them natural.

Chapman has also seen vertical gardens that use recycled materials such as pallets, felt pockets and even 2-liter bottles hung from strings.

• Perfect plants. Re-blooming and extended-bloom plants are popular, according to Allan Hull, a nursery manager in Virginia. Plants that can provide color or interest in multiple seasons enable customers to enjoy their landscape all year.

• Acceptance of imperfection. Homeowners are increasingly relaxing their notions of what’s “right” in their landscapes to embrace seasonal drama and its disorder, says Sally Ferguson, a Pawlett, Vt., master gardener.

In spring, weeks of bright daffodil flowers are worth the unmown bulb foliage recharging for next year’s display. Winter landscapes are dotted with dried grasses and seed heads left for the birds.

February 13, 2014

Mammograms & other musings

Latest study

Doubt cast on value of mammograms at any age

THE NEW YORK TIMES

One of the largest and most meticulous studies of mammography ever done, involving 90,000 women and lasting a quarter-century, has added powerful new doubts about the value of the screening test for women of any age.

It found that the death rates from breast cancer and from all causes were the same in women who got mammograms and those who did not.

  • And the screening had downsides — 1 in 5 cancers found with mammography and treated was not a threat to the woman’s health and did not need aggressive, difficult treatment such as chemotherapy, surgery or radiation.

The study, published yesterday in The British Medical Journal, is one of the few rigorous evaluations of mammograms conducted in the modern era of more effective breast-cancer treatments. It randomly assigned Canadian women to have regular mammograms and breast exams by trained nurses or to have only breast exams.

Researchers sought to determine whether there was any advantage to finding breast cancers when they were too small to feel. The answer was no, the researchers report.

The study seems likely to lead to an even deeper polarization between those who believe that regular mammography saves lives, including many breast-cancer advocates and patients, and a growing number of researchers who say the evidence is lacking or, at least, murky.

In the United States, about 37 million mammograms are performed annually at a cost of about $100 per mammogram.

(My Comment:

I have never thought of “Mammograms” to be in the vague category of ‘fraud.’     Having had one long ago, . .simply vowed to never have another.  And I haven’t.  They are (to me) torturous;  and I felt anything which could so brutally smash delicate, sensitive tissue like that has no place in my life – period.  But, if in the face of such well-done evidence and this valid pronouncement,  well, one won’t  have to question the resistant doctors thinking, but rather — should be questioning their ethics. 

I disagree a bit with regard to finding potential cancers before they are prominent enough to palpate.  Reflecting back 50 years, I remember a dear friend of mine who felt the so-called lump which worried her.  She saw her doctors over this a few times — they perceived nothing.  Still, someone finally did, operated and in less than a year, Donna was dead. The cancer proved fatal once disturbed.  Since we had shared similar suspicions with each other, this did a number on my head.   My OB/GYN spent a bit of time explaining to me all the things which were right in my life and that the nodularity I felt quite often happened following  the nursing of a baby.  But I protested, all this was more true of Donna who led almost an idyllic life. My lump never went away and never did anything;  most likely tied to the hormonal system as I always noticed it more around my period and my periods were notoriously bad.   Per Dr McDougall, all this was due to dairy which humans were never meant to ingest. 

We live and learn.  Dairy destroys hormonal systems – both sexes causative factor in “acne,” osteoarthritis,  menses grief,, leads to problems with insulin.    Grains give us beer bellies, diabetes and obesity,  erodes and wreaks havoc on our intestines – piercing the walls thereof  allowing non-allowable foodstuff to pass through into our bloodstream, causing the horror of many an allergy and debility. All grains are an absolute affliction to mankind and for the same reason;  they are imbued with anti-nutrient qualities which nature designed for them to keep other life forms from destroying them. Natural grains weren’t as bad even 50 years ago.  Gluten content has increased by 40 or more times over the last few decades (through Genetic Modification and for the purpose of higher yields and profits).  But it has made us even fatter.  And we now know that Alzheimers is considered to be like Diabetes 3. . . with sugars and grains being the biggest causation. To which we are all addicted, apparently. 

Any time spent with Doctors who have studied the way nutrition, plant life and bio-chemical reactions within our body works can so  enrich any of us.  It pays to study them and what they have come up with.  What we need to know in order to have healthier bodies and better lives has already been paved for us – the work has been done, we don’t have to re-invent the wheel.  But it is kinda hard to harvest the info we actually need.  And all of them that I have sourced seem to say the same thing;  that tho much is indeed known and out there,  little attention is paid to it because the flora of the world is already there – can’t be patented, ergo,  can’t make any money off of it.  They (science institutions and medical foundations, etc.,  etc.,.) will not take the time or money to develop any of it and in fact MUST deny its value or have attention deflected from what they do make money on – – pharmaceuticals! Docs who practice outside the box of accepted procedure, run dreadful risk both monetarily and even loss of license.  It’s a stacked deck, but so not in the favor of the public interest — only corporate!

When I uncovered 2006 articles hiding in my files from Dr Blaylock and discovered the powerhouse of information there to which I could easily help myself with regard to my heart.  I was stunned.  Apparently, I wasn’t ready for the info at the time, just stored it away in the file cabinet [yes I use those – a few of them, I’m such a hoarder]  I haven’t seen a cardiologist in several years now and for months I’ve known that I was knee deep if you know what I mean.  Always tired, weak muscles, getting more fragile in all ways.  So my search for more understanding was top priority.  Heart and brain are our two most important muscles.  No time to waste.

Have tried enthusing each time I found something new which is actually helping.  But disjointed and unclear perhaps.  I’m stopping that.  When I’ve done the deed and I’m percolating on all burners again, I’ll try to synopsize how I did it.  But I am getting help now with all my books and a few good doctors who were kind enough to write books on this subject honoring the path I’m on and prefer. Natural and/or organic. I mentioned Dr Russell Blaylock and he mentioned his latest book in one of our recent posts with him.  I want it. In my search, I uncovered Dr Harry A Elwardt, N.D., Ph.d.  whose book I recently received called “Let’s STOP the #1 Killer of Americans Today” published in 2006.  Love this book which truly gave me the confidence to jump in.  Now I have and am using all the requisite natural product.  I’ve had to juggle a lot around because of timing and what should be used together with what and what can unite with other stuff.  We’ve heard from Dr Andrew Saul, also a Naturopath and last but not least Dr Stephen Sinatra,  who is an up-front leader in modern thought.  He is a Metabolic Cardiologist with an open mind and has been advancing the practice of cardiology for decades now.  I am immersed in his The Sinatra Solution Metabolic Cardiology publ:  2005.  I’m lovin’ his book.

So what am I taking?  Arginine,  L-Carnitine and Taurine, all three Amino Acids  Also taking Arjuna and in my mind – the star of the show – D-ribose.  Have already been taking high doses Omega 3’s and Ubiquinol [co-Q10], Vit-D and other supplements I deem necessary.

So why this diversion?  Needed to express that I feel modern medicine by and large is letting most all of us down.  There are many good and even great doctors among us.  But the materialistic drive has overshadowed the thrust and purpose of their effort.  Too much corp control totally driven to one goal – to protect their domain of unbelievable power and wealth.  All goes too far when people like me who demand natural, organic or herbal  solutions in order to protect the body, find it necessary to take up the study in order to overcome life’s little surprises.  Actually, the wearing out of one’s body due to old age shouldn’t really come as a surprise.  When one’s insurance won’t cover most Alternative care – let alone Naturopaths, one finds few choices open to use.  But I have always had good or great energy levels, enviable blood tests, demonstrating that I have endeavored to do it as right as I knew how,  so this stumble now on my path is so uncomfortable and unfamiliar to me. 

Reading the accounts in Dr Sinatra’s book on fading, near dead patients and how  their lives were saved with simple body-friendly,  recognized and badly needed nutrients is awe-inspiring.  So much of what is already well-known goes back to the beginning of the 20th century and even before.  Many way showers.  This sort of thing comes about when the mind is open and curious and the passion leads them to their answers.  Couldn’t wait to get started.  From what I’m reading and learning. . . all is right with the world. .  when the student is ready – the teacher will come. (and I’m nothing if not the eternal student). So beloved books – let’s do it!

The movement is afoot.   People are fed up with being poisoned by our foods; have taken action and demanding change. It’ll come, hang in there. . .its a big ship so its hard to turn around.   Same with medicine.  It isn’t right that our government has allowed the AMA and BIG PhRMA to dictate what, how much and what kind of “treatment” we WILL get. Nothing medical should ever be mandatory.  Our way of life is based on FREEDOM and “choice” and we must take that back.  Insurance in my mind is practically a joke, except that it hurts so much.  So much money is necessary to protect all these huge behemoths, there really is no wiggle room left over to consider what the American people might want, prefer or need.  MANDATORY PURCHASE whether one can afford it or not, want’s it or not. . . my Gawd!   No matter how one looks at it, Medicine in our current day is disgraceful. Like so much else; the rich get richer and the poor do without.

But if doctors were more informed,  our population would be healthier, because their docs would have told them how to eat and why and in general, would be watching out for what best serves their patients “needs”.    take care,  Jan)

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