SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

March 28, 2015

Is Hillary above the law?


Clinton tells House she deleted all her emails

By Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

   WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised a House Select Committee yesterday that she permanently deleted all emails from the private server she used to conduct official business, apparently after she was first asked by the State Department to turn them over, the panel’s chairman said.  

In response to a congressional subpoena, Clinton also said she would not allow an independent third party to analyze the server.  

  • “Not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server, ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement.  

The disclosure raised the stakes in the controversy that has dogged Clinton for weeks, since it was revealed that she had used an email server, apparently in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., to conduct government business during her tenure from 2009 to 2013 as the nation’s top diplomat.   

Gowdy said Clinton’s attorney informed the committee yesterday that she “unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.”   “While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after Oct. 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the secretary to return her public record to the department,” Gowdy said.     It was not clear whether cyberforensic procedures could recover the emails.  

  • The congressman said that “in light of the secretary’s unprecedented email arrangement with herself and her decision nearly two years after she left office to permanently delete all emails,” and because of the matter’s import to the American people, the panel will work with House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders to consider next steps.  

Clinton turned over 30,490 printed emails to the State Department in December in response to a request from the agency, but she deleted more than 32,000 emails that she considered personal.   She has said many work-related emails were archived through other accounts.

(My comment:  

With regard to this being an incident between two ordinary people, one might consider this to be rather off-putting, but it isn’t that;   This is a request from the State Department  to the former Secretary of State for rightful government records which is apparently normal and expected.  Aside from the unusual manner she chose for her duties of governmental documentation in which she conducted her business (by combining both her job  communications  along with her greater amount of social content together in one private, personal account at home) as this was more convenient for her.  All the flap which follows is kinda routine for a Hillary Clinton whose ways are past understanding, perhaps, even to her.  It is clear, she trusts no one . .ergo the great distrust of the press.  She’ll never have the charisma or likability of Bill, sadly.

But, that’s not the point under scrutiny at the moment.  If she is to be considered for a presidency run to which so many feel she is entitled (God only knows why?),  she needs to be thought of as trustworthy, clear-minded, decisive, capable of measured mental composure to handle big decisions , or even that phone call at three in the morning.  Her legal training and work,  her political exposure (thru Bill)  might seem to qualify her.   But at the White House as first lady she was a known terror to deal with.   Most of her utterances blew up in her face. . .e.g. “what did you expect me to do – stay home and bake cookies?” and so on. .  this lady can’t tolerate intrusions well; doesn’t like to have to justify anything she does. But where is the possible “transparency,”  ‘my word is my bond’ thing?  How can we feel she is capable of serving our needs – a nation of people, simple ordinary people when she is so full of herself and own  “needs,”  – guess we can call it that.   She doesn’t seem capable of frankness wherein her inner self might ooze out a bit, unless she is near a breaking point (as she once did on the campaign trail against Obama).  She seems lacking in a congenial sense of cooperation.  

The Clinton history seems full of subterfuge, skirting issues and deceit.  But Hillary’s motives may well always be  and remain unknowable, for she seems to be a control freak.  Not really likable. . . don’t know what to expect due to her devious nature.  Hard to determine if she doesn’t know who she really is and what she believes, because she is accustomed to hiring advisers to help shape her image to fit a current image of what she is trying to accomplish. .  .  a new facade.  

Oh when will our country realize that we don’t want or need “Royal families” by any name.   Papa Bush [good man that he is] gave bio-chemical companies a foot in the door – BIG NO-NO,  and Bill started the raise all boats issue to reality [didn’t he really understand – that’s what sank our jobs situation as they went overseas?]     Keep those “dynasty” family members from muddying up the landscape, its messy enough now.  Let in the fresh air with down-to-earth goals.    Jan)


Demand right to choice GMO’s gotta GO!

We’re U.S. Citizens, not Slaves

This is perhaps the most illuminating piece ever presented on the subject of Freedom of Choice here at smokinchoices. I am still shaken, having watched the couple of videos and heard all the experts in the field of Science and Agriculture go the whole nine yards to put it all on the line. . . for the sake of our mutual futures and the health of our planet.  

No one is naive  enough to believe that our American people have condoned all this.  A great multitude of us have been carping and howling every inch of the way, signing petitions and giving money where we can to put a stop to it.  It IS KNOWN that our people do not want Genetically Modified anything whether seeds and plants  or  Frankinfish.  Most of us were satisfied with the way God (nature) designed stuff. . .giving us healthy, wonderful bodies with smart genes and a miraculous ability to sustain us to our natural ends.  But with the GMO’s introduction, we’ve witnessed the uprising of never before seen high-levels of disease and mal-function, unexplainable by any other measure.  Our health and choice have been wrenched from us. . . and seemingly, the integrity of our political system. . . otherwise, it could not have happened!    

Enough!   Our voices must be heard!   We must take back our government, demand they earn their pay by an HONEST DAY’S WORK – serving the needs of the people who put them there.   Our voices MUST BE HEARD and heeded!  We will NOT  continue to be poisoned by chemicals whether pharmaceuticals against our will or chemicals befouling and debasing our foodstuff and the soil from which it grows.  The Majority of Americans are tired of being treated like we don’t matter.  We do matter.  And we have the numbers and strength to revolt.  We demand civil obedience amongst ALL THE PEOPLE and that most especially means those who function in Washington.  We have rights and they ARE TO BE RESPECTED!   jAN

Monsanto—A Sustainable Ag Company?

Story at-a-glance

  • Monsanto now refers to itself as a “sustainable agriculture” company with no concept of what “sustainable” really means, as they recklessly violate all of its principles
  • USDA data shows that glyphosate use has increased 12-fold since 1996, when the first GE crops were introduced. This dramatic increase has cut the monarch butterfly population by 90 percent
  • San Diego is suing Monsanto for polluting the Coronado Bay with PCBs; the city says Monsanto knew the risks but chose to protect profits when prolonging the use of PCBs prior to the chemical being banned


The World’s Most Evil Corporation – Are You Eating Their “Safe” Foods?
If you are, then you’re trusting the same group of people who told you agent orange and dioxin was safe. Whatever you do – avoid eating products containing any of these two ingredients that are not 100 percent organic…

March 24, 2015

Wooden Bikes? unbelievable

Stunning, Gorgeous Custom Wooden Bikes

Monday’s Dispatch ran this amazing article about Jay Kinsinger  who is an Engineering Professor in Cedarville, Ohio.  He has dual passions of cycling and woodworking – lifelong.  The story is remarkable and might even blow you away when you gaze at his custom-built award-winning creations. They are simply things of beauty.   Since he can spend up to 100 hours on a bike, there is little time to fill requests; but he greatly enjoys instructing others or getting them started to personal enjoyment of a one-of-kind bike.   I’m not posting the article as I’m no longer privileged to display images,  so I’m leaving you with this link to his site which is gorgeous and also has the Columbus Dispatch story I told you about. So, please link up, and enjoy.

Annual Physical, wha-do-ya get?

Annual physical exam ought to focus on prevention

To Your Good Health

Keith Roach

Q#1: What can an 80-year-old woman expect to have checked as part of an annual physical examination?

A#1: The annual physical exam has gotten bad press lately. Some of it is well-deserved: The actual exam occasionally finds unsuspected problems, but such a result is uncommon — and no proof shows that the annual physical saves lives.

That argument misses the point. The annual physical offers a scheduled time for important conversations about screenings and prevention. The exam includes checking blood pressure and considering a cholesterol screening (with cholesterol a less important risk factor in 80-year-old women than in men and younger adults). Similarly, it provides a time to reach a mutual decision on whether a mammogram should be done (again, with the evidence at age 80 unclear).

Most important, your doctor should do a depression screening, discuss ways to reduce the risk of falls and give advice on diet and exercise. People at high risk might need to have other labs checked or advice given. (People with high blood pressure, for example, should be screened for diabetes.)

The list is long; therefore , a dedicated visit for health promotion makes sense to me.

Q #1:  An 80-year-old has as much right as any other age person for a complete ‘exam’ because flexibility and mobility are often a problem in the 80’s and 90’s.  A disrobing should be standard procedure for a cursory visual examination,  palpating any abnormalities which can be seen.  A complex and thorough blood draw to reveal the working of all inner organs and systems should be part of the Gold-Standard at least annually.  The medical profession as a whole is pretty firm in suggesting that mammograms really should have far less usage among the aged, all things c0nsidered.    

So discussions of mammograms and  over-hyped importance of cholesterol to my mind are a non-issue or can we say, an unnecessary drain on cost factors.   Chest X-rays are also unnecessary if the stethoscope and the patients breathing appear to be normal. . why do it?  

But first, before any of this starts,  a fully clad patient aught to have the doctor’s attention, seated and comfortable to have  a chance to tell the doctor of any new developments or changes recently noticed.  OR, the doctor should open up this dialog to ascertain the possibility of a problem if patient hasn’t offered it.  (One can get so used to the hurried doctor coming in late to  waiting patient, standing, smiling, asking “what can I help you with?”     This is not conducive to a good visit that might accomplish anything.  Where is the caring, courtesy and time to build the trust which is necessary?  

Since it’s pretty evident that “You are what you eat,”  a whole lot of people aren’t eating right; how do I know that? Look at the visual evidence.  We are a nation of sick, fat and frustrated people.  Our food source is making us sick. The majority of the average middle-class people can’t afford to buy “organic food,” so they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Just today I heard the  determination that the toxic chemical which MONSANTO uses to make ROUNDUP, which has now covered the entire earth, is finally being curtailed with this pronouncement. It IS a CARCINOGENIC!  Tho it is without doubt, one of the worst – it is but one of thousands which our Big Shots in Washington have turned a blind eye to. Between all these ‘chemical companies’ and BIG PhRMA’s toxins — most don’t have a chance at health. We don’t need chemicals – we need natural and organic for health.  We need to understand the logical rules for health, how and what to eat and why.  This is and was always the domain of physicians, but not for 50 and more years now.  STUFF CHANGES.  Only a very few doctors have gone on to learn the basics of “nutrition” and it’s application in usage. . . and that one can’t have health without that knowledge.  Yes, I dearly wish that doctors could discuss diet and nutrition with their patients — it could solve most of our problems.  But Medicine is just another big business now, isn’t it?

As to questions of screenings and prevention – – really at age 80?   Why?  Flu shots? (to hasten their Alzheimer’s disease?)  Breast  tumors, cholesterol, diabetes,   and now,  ‘depression’ screening?    At this age the spouse is generally gone, the kids have moved on and so many friends  are  are gone. So isolation is a major factor with the elderly.  It should be criminal to ply folks who are lonely with pharmaceuticals and call this help. Only the medical profession is helped.  All need others to care about them – that’s the way we are built.  We each, no matter the age, need to find a purpose, a reason to be alive.   Many find a new outlet, activity or endeavor to pour their energy into.  All need motion and activity and a little pleasure and/or fun.  Not everyone is inclined or able to give this precious gift to themselves, and in fact, would prefer to move on.  But mostly, people do want to live. . .and even count for something.  They just have to learn to how to think the happier thoughts, not dwell on the past which is gone, but live for today and to feel good about that.  People  need to do this for themselves – it’s a mind thing, attitude, and a whole lot of gratitude.    JT

Q#2: I am a healthy, energetic 63-year-old woman who has had elevated RDW (red-cell distribution width) levels for the past few years. My doctor looked into the problem and did a ferritin panel. Although my B-12, folic acid, hemoglobin and hematocrit are normal, my transferrin saturation is low, at 6 percent, and my iron and ferritin are also slightly low. I give blood regularly and have stopped doing so for now.

What are some causes of my type of anemia, in which the red blood cell looks pale and undersized? We are treating it with iron supplementation and will retest it in three months, but I’m eager for any information to correct my numbers.

A#2: You have low iron, low ferritin and very low transferrin saturation (transferrin is a protein that moves iron around in the body, and a low “saturation” means that little iron is attached to the transferrin) — all of which are consistent with iron-deficiency anemia.

A high RDW number means that the cells in the blood are of many sizes. That happens with an iron deficiency.

Giving blood regularly could certainly explain an iron deficiency, especially if you don’t take in much iron through your diet. (Vitamin C, in food or as a supplement, enhances the body’s ability to absorb iron.)

Every time I see an iron deficiency in a man or postmenopausal woman, however, I ask myself whether the problem could be colon cancer or another form of gastrointestinal blood loss. I’ve written columns about people who were told they have colon cancer despite a normal colonoscopy.

A few weeks or months of iron should bring you back to normal. If it doesn’t, I would recommend that you look for a source of iron loss.

Q #2:  One can’t quarrel with Dr Roach’s medical explanation of how this condition seems to develop which he says is consistent with iron deficiency anemia.  What I do take issue with is the oral supplementation of iron which it is believed within a few weeks or months will restore the iron balance taking care of the problem. . . and if it doesn’t – – start looking for the source of iron loss.   That of course could take a whole lot of tests and still not resolve the issue.  Of course, I have a different opinion  on  what to do with this.  We can’t expect to keep doing the same ole, same ole and then get a different result.  Maybe the synthetic iron is not what the body is hankering for!  I learned this for myself  many years ago, with my experience with a with a widely-known healer I was lucky enough to be consulting.    

When she told me to eat some beets every day,  I protested – but I hate beets!. . .can’t I have some kind of pill?  No she admonished,  only fresh beets, eat some every day.  You are iron deficient and synthetic supplements will not get the job done – it doesn’t work.  I needed to be resourceful as I never ate beets, hated liver, but Mother made me eat it.  So I learned how to make beet borscht from my mother-in-law (Oh my Gawd – it was sinfully delicious)  I even eat it for breakfast when I make it as it is so yummy. I try to keep julienne sliced beets on hand.  My latest good idea is to put about 1/2 a beet into a morning smoothie. Just scrub well and if not organic – peel it as well and add smallish chunks to your A.M. shake along with maybe a protein powder (I use a Pea Powder) and spinach or kale, and/or some kind of seeds (sesame, hemp, chia) – –  the 1 T chia should be soaked about 15 – 20 ” to turn to gel, as according to David Wolfe – it greatly maximizes the effect because it absorbs water big time — and better to do that in a bit of water than from your body.  

So if the body can’t utilize synthetics, but does recognize the real mc-coy (natural food), accepts and quickly, hungrily uses it,  it should be no time to see results.  It worked for me.      JT

Dr. Roach answers letters only in his North America Syndicate column but provides an order form of available health newsletters. Write him at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or ToYourGoodHealth@  .

March 21, 2015

Breast Biopsies can B iffy


Breast biopsies in experiment often produced inaccurate results


CHICAGO — Here’s another reason for getting a second medical opinion: Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggests.

  • The results indicate that pathologists are very good at determining when invasive cancer is present in breast tissue, but less adept at making the right diagnosis with less-serious conditions or when tissue is normal.

The study involved 115 U.S. pathologists and 240 breast-biopsy specimens. Their diagnoses were matched against those of three experts. It was an experiment and might not reflect what happens outside a research setting, but the authors say the results highlight the challenges of interpreting tissue under a microscope.

The study was published in Tuesday’s  (17th) Journal of the American Medical Association.

About 1.6 million breast biopsies are performed each year nationwide, typically after radiologists spot something suspicious on a mammogram. Tissue is withdrawn through a needle or from a surgically removed growth and examined under a microscope. Previous research has shown that interpreting mammograms also can be tricky and lead to under- or over-treatment.

Among the new study’s findings:
• Pathologists correctly diagnosed abnormal, precancerous cells about half the time, no better than a coin toss, said lead author Dr. Joann Elmore, a University of Washington researcher. Treatment for this condition typically includes frequent monitoring and sometimes medication. About a third of these cases were misdiagnosed as not worrisome or normal, while 17 percent were deemed more suspicious or cancer.
Because as many as 160,000 U.S. women each year are diagnosed with this condition, the results suggest that many might be getting inappropriate treatment, Elmore said.
• Pathologists mistakenly found something suspicious in 13 percent of normal tissue.
• They had similar trouble with a condition called DCIS — 13 percent of these cases were misdiagnosed as less serious, while 3 percent were mistaken for invasive cancer. DCIS involves abnormal cells confined to a milk duct and is diagnosed in about 60,000 U.S. women each year.

  • “As a woman, I would probably want to get a second opinion” with a diagnosis of abnormal pre-cancer or DCIS, Elmore said.

A JAMA editorial notes that the study lacks information on patient outcomes, so there’s no proof that the experts made the correct diagnosis.
Also, pathologists were not allowed to consult with colleagues when they were uncertain about findings — while in the real world those consultations happen frequently, said editorial co-author Dr. David Rimm, a Yale University pathology professor who also interprets biopsies.
Still, he said the results are troubling and highlight that pathology is an imperfect science.


(My comment:  Hey, don’t blame me for harping on breast cancer, sometimes the subject matter comes in clumps.  Strange. The article speaks clearly enough. . delivering a worrisome message., for any who might be stewing over a recent arrival of an almost pain in one breast or both. .   .   or maybe a tiny little lump that is hard to palpate.   This can start a thunderclap of stress wherein everything around you changes; direction?. . .priorities. . .who to trust – what to do?  Been there – done that.  .   .   .

.  .   .This is of course just an aside,  but after weaning my son and drying up,  there was a period of nodularity which my doctor assured me was normal, not to worry.   Mammary glands operate this way — give it time.  He seemed to be right because with time it did seem to go away.    Out of mind!  After becoming conscious of a tiny discomfort in the upper quadrant of the left breast I began to worry all over again.  One of my best friends had discovered a small lump as I had done.  Was told that it was nothing. This woman wasn’t hypochondriacal or a worrier. She was a devoted homemaker who could do ‘everything.’  Loving. But shortly, with her continued queries to her doctor, they found the lump and operated.  She was gone in less than a year.  As this was still fresh in my mind it was difficult to ignore.  Doctor insisted on a mammogram over my protestation – so I complied.  They found nothing.  So I have lived with my not-there lump for over forty years.  Of course, I stopped worrying about it long ago.  I would say that it hasn’t been noticeable  this last 7 to 10 years.  My OB/GYN was a trustworthy man – had confidence in him.  That of course helps. (How often have you heard me say something like that?)  He said it was just a simple mammary nodule which hadn’t emptied in the same manner all the others had; it never caused any harm to me other than emotional, and I didn’t do EFT then, don’t think Gary Craig had dreamed it up yet.  I vowed to never have another torturous mammogram and I never have.  This is only a  useless  reflection, nothing else.  

Under-wire Bras are universally popular in our land, have worn Bali myself  for the comfort and support. . but not in years.  The issue is the wire cutting crosswise through an important body meridian (based on old Chinese acupuncture).  Have put up an article or two on this (maybe 4 to 6) years ago where the history and reasons are delineated. This is a negative and can affect the lymph from flowing as it should which is and can be deleterious to the breast tissue.  Go convince women to buy only non- wired bras! This is Point one I wanted to make on this issue as a means to circumvent trouble before it can happen.  

Next, let’s  agree that our immune system is our greatest, single asset and we should do all that we can to protect it. For example, the body doesn’t make vitamin C, so every single one of us should be taking about a 1,ooo mg daily on good days – can double or  take massive amounts more when under viral or germ attack of any kind. Vitamin C alone has cured cancer, tho that is done intravenously where many multiples of it are injected.  [I take vitamin C in the powdered crystal form which works best for me as I hate swallowing pills]. 1/4 teaspoon = 1K mg.  Taking too much at a time will produce diarrhea, so one must take to bowel tolerance. I can take 2 K, but more will give me runs.  Must spread it out over multiple dosage – even 1-2 K ea hour.   Our immunity is housed primarily in the gut, so much thought should go into protecting it – keeping it healthy.    

We need to understand that if our digestion is off,  putrefying foodstuff is sent to the intestines wherein the process of assimilation ain’t gonna happen.  Instead, we have gas, pain and slow starvation going on. [hugely over-simplified].  Not going to describe the content of this entire blog – each subject has been covered often.  We need to understand why and what “Food Combining” is  because using it assures we digest our food which allows the gut to process and send it on to be assimilated for body sustenance.  Our body is a temple, not a garbage can. . .we have to do these things, know about them or accept disease as a way of life we have allowed.  Our bodies communicate, we should listen and try to understand.  So don’t eat stuff in boxes, cans  or bags – anything prepared for you to ‘make life easier and cheaper’. . .it is so not worth it.  Drink best  water you can muster (I distill my own, my latest unit is an H2O brand.  Cheaper than any I’ve bought before and easier to clean (- that’s important). Use fresh stuff, organic as you can afford. Free-range, grass-fed cattle are so expensive as is fresh-caught Alaska Salmon – but that’s my preference or I do without.  Did you know that small mouthed fish [also smaller in size], are better for us than say cans of  Salmon and/or other large mouthed fish? Why?  It’s the mercury and other contaminants – far less in tiny fish like sardines and anchovies.  Use more plant protein – nuts, seeds, flax, chia, hemp and so on. . in easy ways like  sprinkle on salads   or use in morning shakes with some green stuff like kale or spinach, etc., so don’t worry, can get plenty of protein animal protein is to costly for the budget.

For the best idea to heal your unhappy gut so that it can serve you and get your immunity way up where it should be, My #1 piece of advice is FERMENTED VEGGIES. I have my own method – way back and repeated again later for someone who couldn’t find it and many others who do a great job with this all somewhere on the site.  It’s not hard to do; chop, cut and slice some cabbage, carrots, maybe some onions, garlic or hot peppers into this big bowl — mess it around squeezing and lifting  til its pretty and stuff into big jars and tamp down firmly using fist or round tool to help.  Lay on some reserved big outer leaves of cabbage, folded to cover the veggies for they must be covered in liquid.   Pour over some liquid [I generally blend few stalks of celery  in mixer with close to a quart of distilled water and pour over veggies in each jar — must cover the veggies.  Then I  lay on top of those  leaves  a few  corks saved over the years from wine bottles.  Then secure the lids on top.  I bring up my Coleman Cooler from the basement and place all the big jars in the cooler and place in the pantry, out of the way.  My first time I had put on a top shelf in there and they leaked big time.  Mess.  That’s when I started with the cooler.  This chemical reaction happens, it’s just part of the process.  Many use salt in their veggies – I don’t, read that salt inhibits the growth factor so why do it?  Also, many use a starter to make cultured foods.  I don’t, tho I have and don’t see any difference. This is nature at work and the way (kinda) that it was always done.   It’s still cold here, so could take 7 to 12 days til done.  Summer, maybe 4 or 6 days.  The food is juicy, pretty and quite tart.  IT DOES TAKE SOME GETTING USED TO.  After all that effort – I was dumbstruck with disbelief! But I’m one who liked chocolate, ice cream and sweets, so I thought I’d croak if I had to eat that stuff!  But I learned to eat it in only a few days; used by dipping some chips into it,  hiding in salads,  putting in baked potato.  Truly in less than 3 days – it was acceptable to me,  then I loved it.  Didn’t even notice that I wasn’t eating chocolate anymore. It changed the flora in my intestinal tract.  It helped change my taste buds. (I’d heard they could be trained, but then I knew it.).

Just another reason to use fermented foods;  there is no pill made by anyone which can deliver the quality and potency of B Vitamins as ingesting this (even a few smallish dollops)  at your meals.   1/4 cup is a good serving, maybe 1 to 3 times a day.  It can do much to heal the gut and in time, give you the assurance of knowing that you will not have to succumb to disease because you have a fully functioning immune system.  That’s a good way to live.       Stay well,   Jan)

Combat ‘breast tumors’ w/this

Aerobic exercise found to help fight off breast tumors


   Aerobic exercise is no friend to breast tumors, says a new study that suggests that regular physical activity might be a “novel adjuvant treatment” for women with breast cancer.  

New research conducted on mice found that a body that gets regular physical activity is a more-hostile environment for cancer’s growth in breast tissue than a sedentary body. And once breast cancer has gained a foothold, regular aerobic exercise makes a tumor more vulnerable to the effects of chemotherapy.  

The latest study, published on Monday in the   Journal of the National Cancer Institute, echoes earlier work by the same authors on the effects of exercise on prostate-tumor growth and treatment.  

In lab mice that were injected with breast-cancer cells, researchers compared the tumors of those given a running wheel with the tumors of mice that had no access to an exercise wheel and largely were sedentary. The mice that had running wheels exercised regularly, and their tumors grew more slowly, experienced more cell death and developed a more-robust network of blood vessels.  

Researchers surmised that tumors that were more fully served by blood vessels would respond better to chemotherapy, and they did: A group of mice that got both a running wheel and doses of the drug cyclophosphamide had a much lengthier delay in tumor growth than did sedentary mice who got no chemotherapy.   And, intriguingly, mice who exercised but got no chemotherapy had rates of tumor growth roughly the same as mice that got chemotherapy but had no opportunity to exercise.  

Human trials are needed to demonstrate the effectiveness of exercise in helping to treat breast cancer.

(My comment:  

This study is very encouraging for it points  to a clear path with which anyone can get on and greatly help him/her-self.   For this happens to be a high-level worry for a great many of our world – – mostly women.  We are being reminded endlessly of one causation or another such as the portent of our personal genome,  familial history which includes breast cancer, our diets,  unavoidable toxins in our polluted world, etc., etc.   Those who minds run more to seeking health rather than fearing disease and all the machinations of the ‘medical complex’ have little use for discussion of faulty genes or the presence of a dangerous or targeted gene to forecast our outcome.  Our genes were perfect at birth and would remain so if given a fair shot at normal function.  But the ‘advancements’  of our food industry has changed the food-stuff we consume diminishing nutrient – big time while also depleting the mineral content of the soil and introduced the chemical onslaught which is not only sterilizing the soil, but weakening our people.  Of course, this impacts our genes as nothing in our body ever stays the same – all is in flux.  

There is no  function in any part of the body which is not dependent on minerals.  Sterilized soil has no minerals except the chemical  big 3 which is plowed back in  (chemical – not natural minerals), plus the eternal pesticides, germicides – all more chemicals and all “Toxic.”    One must become vigilant and discerning if anything close to health is desired.  It’s not hard, it just takes doing, but do it one must.  Do it your way, what feels right to you.   This has been my mission – to open eyes to inform any who want to hear, the many, many ways we can do just that (in the over 2200 posts here at ‘smokinchoices’.  We don’t get minerals in our food anymore unless you can afford to buy Organic, sadly, which is what all food was 50 years ago and back beyond.  Now we have to pay double to get the toxins out of our body and attempt ‘real nutrition’.  Give a thought to buying a good vitamin supplement which has  all those trace minerals and elements we dearly need.  It makes a difference, I promise.

One can indeed be somewhat secure in our health future if we are doing our best to preserve health thru education of what the body needs; the nutritional content of our eating habits and the discipline to know  and act on – “you are what you eat”. . .brought down to us from no less than Hippocrates and others who were trained to observe and “see”. Now you must learn this on your own — you can do it.  

But back to the thrust of this article — they are saying aerobic exercise is helpful in circumventing breast cancer.  But I usually see stuff my own way.  To me the message is move it, folks.  The body is designed for movement.  To go all sedentary is to decline, grow old and fat and weak and start decaying.  Next thing you know, one can’t do the buttons anymore, or cut your toenails, and balance will go.  Sounds like disease to me.  Doesn’t have to be that way.  With my COPD, aerobic stuff won’t cut it for me.  Many have other problems and for one reason or another, this option is not for us.  But the cause/reason of what they are saying is still true.  We need to move it, sure. . .but what we’re really after is getting that circulation going to carry that blood and it’s oxygen to every cell in the body.  Gotta be. . .  There’s lots of ways to move the body — Tai chi, yoga, Pilates.  Walking is fine, but we need more if we want to improve the circulation.  I highly endorse the mini-trampoline for it’s all but miraculous benefits.  5 to 10 minutes a few times a day isn’t a bad way to go.  The main thing with breast cancer is the lymph system and making sure it is flowing the way it should. . .draining properly and the mini trampoline is about the best option I know.  Have done several posts on this over the last few years. So this is my best advice  for aiding the circulation.  

One more thing which I have recently seen is a program on PBS with Miranda Esmonde-White called ‘AGING BACKWARDS.’ Catchy title so I watched it and found it fabulous.  She had been in the field of body training  – athletes especially, but was drawn to this path in which health disappears from individuals at any age if they become inactive or sedentary  A teenager with a sports injury to a leg say, is sitting a lot and can’t use the limb.  When cast comes off, muscles have shrunk and leg is weak.  But as people ‘age’ and therein, also, become more sedentary. . stop doing ‘life,’  the slide downhill begins.  Her theory is that it is the moving about which is necessary, not pumping iron or doing heavy or exhausting exercise.  

Her classes seem large and varied from the young people to the octogenarians simultaneously moving around in these graceful motions, smoothly, rather slowly and very beautiful.  All doing the same movements, yet at their own pace.  Many were happy to relate how they had lost their independence and grown very weak and unstable, but thru this program, had joyfully regained their health and strength including weak hands becoming strong again.  Others with painful arthritis  and barely able to function  found freedom from pain and renewed energy. Miranda explained that muscles support every bone and joint in the body and when they become weakened and shriveled, the bones are not supported — hence the pain.

Sounds very good to me. I told myself. .”self, I want that.”  When I got to the end of it and the program was presented – promo fashion, it was quite beyond my budget momentarily.  Will get the book for sure, but I’ll settle for maybe one video.  Besides, one can SEE almost anything on YouTube for free. .  just saying,  Jan)


March 18, 2015

Know what a DNR gets U?

                          There’s more to it

Came across an article written by Carol Savolaine recently  in which she and her husband were made aware that her written DNR wishes weren’t being honored, once her husband had collapsed and was taken to the hospital pursuant to the diligence of well-meaning friends trying to help.

Because of her experience, she  was attempting to alert others of the details surrounding the issue at hand.  There is a difference between DNR and the DNR-CC —  this is Do Not Resuscitate-Comfort Care only.  Without the CC designation, they then proceed to do the various testing they feel is necessary. .blood work, X-rays and other medical tests calling it diagnostic only.  All this couple had wanted however was comfort care.  They were more than three hours with all that and more tests were being recommended in addition to having him admitted.  This was all so unnecessary to them as all He wanted  was to go home where he wanted to be.  So they signed out against medical advice.

Mrs Savolaine recommends those who have their papers ready, to review that paperwork to make sure that it reflects your wishes.

Think of all the turmoil, angst and frustration thinking you have covered your bases and then to have to go thru something like this ( and no doubt, quite a bit of expense.)  That small technicality seems minor, but could be rather big.  Everyone knows the meaning and intent of that DNR term, so why does the medical profession have to complicate it so?  All that comes to mind is they aren’t making enough money. . .while most of us feel it’s the other way around.  Well anyway, check it out in the event of severely ill elders who are thinking they took care of that.    Jan

March 15, 2015

Crystal-balling Pope’s tenure

 (I feel like I’m being evicted by WORD PRESS, my home for the last 8 years. All of my posts are being stripped of the pictures or images I put up. I don’t think I’ve got it in me to start over.  I am however one who is devoted to beauty in all forms, having been a painter for quite a lot of my life – since childhood.  So much of what I choose to post  has a visual component;   therefore contemplating a text-only blog without images is a no-go for me.    Several years ago I inquired about this and received no response in return.  It seems my days of tending ‘smokinchoices’ will be over sooner.  It is a stress I do not choose to live with. Jan)

The Vatican

Francis says he expects to be pope only a short time


   VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said in an interview published yesterday that he thinks his pontificate will be short and that he will probably resign like his predecessor, rather than rule for life.  

In the long interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa, released on the second anniversary of his election, Francis also said he “did not mind” being pope but would like to be able to go out in Rome unrecognized for a pizza.   “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief — four or five years, even two or three. Two have already passed. It’s a somewhat strange sensation,” he said, according to a Vatican translation from the Spanish version.  

“I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time,” the Argentine-born pontiff said.  

Francis, apparently in good health at 78, said, “I share the idea of what Benedict did.”   In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church in 600 years to resign rather than rule until he died.   “In general, I think what Benedict so courageously did was to open the door to the popes emeritus. Benedict should not be considered an exception, but an institution,” Francis said.   However, he said he did not like the idea of an automatic retirement age for popes, such as at 80.  

Also yesterday, Francis announced that the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary holy year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.   During the last holy year — or jubilee — in 2000, millions of pilgrims came to Rome to take part in religious festivities throughout the year.   Making the surprise announcement in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said the holy year will focus on the topic of mercy, one of the most important themes of his papacy.   It will start on Dec. 8 and end on Nov. 20, 2016. This will be only the 29th holy year in the church since the tradition started more than 700 years ago.  

Holy years normally take place every 25 years unless a pope decrees an extraordinary one to bring attention to a particular topic or need. The next one had been scheduled for 2025.  

Francis, who said he wants his 1.2 billion church members to be more merciful and less rigid toward sinners, said the jubilee would be an occasion for all members to rediscover the need to be forgiving and generous.   “The church is the home that accepts everyone and refuses no one … The greater the sin, the greater the love that the church should show towards those who convert,” he said.   The last extraordinary holy year was called in 1983 by Pope John Paul II to mark 1,950 years after the death of Jesus.  

During a holy year, an entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica known as the Holy Door that is normally bricked up is opened so pilgrims can pass through it. The holy doors of Rome’s other basilicas also are opened.

(Observation:  This does not seem in any manner a prophesy of an early demise, for It seems the adoration of the millions who love him — that alone could and would shore him up.  This man is such a doer and has such high priorities and he GETS STUFF DONE!  

There are those who have been made uncomfortable by some of the changes which have come about.  But all of it needed doing for the blessed church to survive and thrive.  It can only do this if the original mission remains true to the teachings of the Lord Jesus.  Any who have ever cared about such as this, understand that it is not to build ornate chapels and huge hard structure — no matter how beautiful or ethereal it may seem, but to serve the masses and spread the blessings and teachings of LOVE. He does that.  Jesus did that as did the disciples.  As any can see — we’ve come a long way since then and some of it hasn’t been too good.  His plate remains too full to leave now, but I see great wisdom in what he is seeing – – the ‘pope’s emeritus’ – – and why not.  

For Lord’s sake, why doesn’t someone get this dear man a Pizza?   . . .seriously!     Jan)

So how’s Putin?. . any ideas?

Mystery in Russia

Kremlin says Putin is fine, but he’s out of public view

By Neil MacFarquhar THE NEW YORK TIMES

 MOSCOW — Where’s Putin?

It was the question preoccupying Moscow and much of Russia yesterday, as speculation mounted about why President Vladimir Putin had not been seen in public since last week.  

He canceled a trip to Kazakhstan; postponed a treaty-signing with representatives of the disputed Caucasus region of South Ossetia who reportedly were told not to bother to come to Moscow; and, unusually, was absent from a meeting of top officials of the FSB, Russia’s domestic-intelligence service.  

The last confirmed public sighting was at a meeting with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy on March 5 — although the Kremlin would have citizens think otherwise.   Given that the Kremlin borrows all manner of items from the Soviet playbook these days, there appeared to be an attempt to doctor the president’s timetable to show that all was well.  

The daily newspaper RBC dug into Putin’s schedule as reported on the usually reliable presidential website,   The newspaper reported that a meeting with the governor of the northwestern region of Karelia, depicted as taking place on Wednesday, actually occurred on March 4, when a local website there wrote about it. A meeting with a group of women shown as having occurred on Sunday actually happened on March 6, RBC said.  

Yesterday, the Kremlin released video and posted a still picture of Putin meeting with the president of Russia’s Supreme Court, but because the video was not live, questions lingered.   The simplest explanation appeared to come from an unidentified government source in Kazakhstan, who apparently did not get the memo and told Reuters that “it looks like he has fallen ill.”  

Given that half of Moscow seems to be suffering from a particularly debilitating strain of flu that knocks people on their backs for days, that seemed the most likely explanation.   But there also appeared to be a certain reluctance to concede that Russia’s leader, who cultivates a macho image of being in good health at age 62, might have been felled like a mere mortal.   Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, told any media outlet that called (and most did) that his boss was in fine fettle, holding meetings and tending to his duties. “Perfectly healthy,” Peskov told a news agency.   Now, all eyes are on Monday, when Putin is scheduled to meet with the president of Kyrgyzstan in St. Petersburg.



Heart-speak, magic – simple

First Person is a weekly forum for personal musings and reflections from readers.

Mother shows love in deeds, not words

Michelle K. Yost

   I have always known that my mother loves me. And I, of course, love her.   Our love, however, is the type that finds itself demonstrated instead of spoken.   Our relative inability to express that love is probably not uncommon among the descendants of the stern, reserved Bavarians who flooded America early in the country’s existence.   In German, “Ich liebe dich” doesn’t sound very affectionate   — which might explain why we don’t often say “I love you” to each other.  

I was 30 before I understood the depths of that love, expressed through the methodical application of soapy water and a wire brush.  

For two hours one night last year, my mother lay on the hot cement of the driveway, reaching into the tight contours of the undercarriage of my car, and tried to remove every trace of the human body I’d run over five days before.   My car was the second vehicle to hit the pedestrian, with the first having fled the scene — and, to the best of my knowledge, having not yet been found.  

I sat on the sidewalk for two hours, shivering, and could only stare straight ahead.   The body was to my left, with my car to the right.   Kind souls who stopped at the same time I did under the burned-out streetlight waited with me, retrieved my purse from the car I couldn’t go near, let me call my family. I was deeply touched by their kindness, and so I did everything I could to avoid crying, to keep from upsetting them during an already-trying time.   That was my way of saying “Danke schoen” to them.  

I will never, ever know whether the pedestrian survived the initial impact before I added insult to injury.   Although my action wasn’t criminal — the contact was unavoidable   — the lack of charges wasn’t comforting.   I transferred an inordinate amount of self-loathing to the damnable car I’d been driving — a car that I suddenly thought was badly designed. The engineers, I thought, had made it too low to the ground to account for bodies left in the road, removing any chance of survival.  

I knew nothing about the victim for several days — the time that authorities needed to identify her: The middle-aged woman had lived alone in nearby apartments. Carrying groceries across Morse Road, she hadn’t seen the black pickup, the truck not found.   For two days after the tragedy, my mother drove me everywhere; on the third day, she let me borrow her car and drive myself to work, past The Spot. When I left work that night, I stopped at The Spot to leave flowers — because no one else had and someone should have.  

On the fifth day, we drove to the police impounding lot to retrieve the damnable car. And, for two hours, my mother cleaned the car, trying to scrub away every trace of what had happened — no premium carwash with the extra undercarriage spray, no high-pressure bursts from a hose or sponge on a stick.   She used only a short wire brush, similar to those I’d seen her use to clean beakers and bottles, and a bucket of soapy water.  

I couldn’t feel sorry for myself in the face of such labors. I went inside and made dinner for her: a vegetarian Reuben she likes — topped with sauerkraut.   When dinner was ready, I went back outside to find the car parked in the street and my mother hosing off the driveway.  

“I’ll do it,” I said. “You go inside and eat.”   

She didn’t want to give up the hose: “You shouldn’t do this.”  

“Why not?”  

“Because there are pieces of other . . .”  

I looked again at the cement, and I knew what she meant. I took the hose from her anyway.  

“That’s OK; I can do it.”  

After dinner, she asked me whether I wanted to trade cars with her permanently.   My mother loves her car, but she was willing to surrender it so I wouldn’t have to drive the vehicle I detested past The Spot every day.  

But I couldn’t hate it quite so much anymore, because the car meant something else to me now: a visible embodiment of how much my mother loves me.  

I was finally able even to cry — and she let me, if only for a little while.   All things in moderation.  

So I still drive the car.   And I make her dinner to show: Ich liebe dich.  

Michelle K. Yost, 31, lives in Worthington.

(My comment:  

This may seem unusual for me to post, for it isn’t about this crazy world we live in, or the problems we face on a socio-economic level, or the injustice so many live with on a daily basis. . .or our crazy idiocy on a political level – the likes of which some of us older folk have NEVER  seen before, even in our imaginations.  Not any of that.  

This story is the kind of thing which is both poignant, sad,  emotional, tender and even magic., . .for it catches us up sharply into realizing what lives are REALLY about, . . .the most important dynamic we can know – love.  It is the driving under- current  in our lives , that which holds it all together.  It is remarkable, complex and yet so simple.  Thank you Michelle for sharing this distinctive life experience.  Well done,         Jan)



Next Page »

%d bloggers like this: