SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

September 22, 2016


How do we make it in the CRAZY STATES of America?

Again, turning off the television. . .can’t  handle any more;  just watched  a red – blue chart  of the  country with a majority of red states nationwide. The who’s ahead polls vacillate so much, it’s hard to believe anything.  Either the world has passed me by,  or I’ve already gone over the edge (and haven’t figure it out yet.)

If what seems relevant at the moment turns out to be true, just know. . .I’ll be hanging it all up – totally!  I would have no purpose left  – – why try to influence the path towards health, greater abundance,  appreciation of joy and beauty and all things glorious to behold,  if the brains of those I’m addressing are already entrenched in the new philosophy being espoused and paid for by the far right and the ilk of Koch brothers. . . which is to say ‘get what I can, when I can and to hell with anyone else.’   Let us not overlook the name at the top of the ticket remains TRUMP.  An incorrigible, mud-slinging liar, bigot, hater  and cheater who doesn’t even know what “TRUTH” looks  like.  He hates, vacillates, cheats hard workers out of earned pay without remorse.  

As a professional or business man, he earns no respect; it is his braggadocio, bombast and HUGE ego which says how great he is.  I count NO AMERICAN  as a worthy American who sends all production of his products overseas to be manufactured.  How does this equate to understanding the principles of fairness to the American working class?  That would assume that Trump understands the word ‘fairness’.  Don, the con is a rare breed indeed (hopefully), one of a kind.  There is not one positive thing I can see or say about Donald Trump.  As a human, he’s a piece of shit, a turd, an insult and natures error, but hey, guess he’s entitled to express himself just like anyone else.    To me he is an illegitimate human, bearing none of the essential core elements  which equate to be human;  the feelings and senses which resound thru our systems, guiding our hearts and minds.  He only seems to have “I WANT”.  . . . and that, as we all know is how little kids act who are still learning what’s expected to ‘get along’.

But what does it say about those who are willing to vote him into office to head this —  the greatest land in the world?

Our President is a great man and served this nation well;  kept us out of the huge war scene and struggled to accomplish even the smallest issues as the Republican party vowed to bollux every effort he made.  They would make sure he (a damned black man) got nothing done and would go down in history as a do-nothing spoiler.  It’s damned near killed them trying to do this, in fact. . .they seem to have destroyed themselves instead.  Just look at the Grand ole Party now.  But Obama did do much.  So much.  There are millions who have better lives because of his efforts and mind which is not set in stone — but open, capable of accepting the new.  Thank you Mr. President.  He saved the Auto industry (a real biggie) against advice;  one can BE who they wanna be now;  love who they wanna love!  

Mostly, he saved our butts.  The economic world was collapsing (ours as well). . .but he pulled it out.  He strengthened our unions globally and has become one of the most loved men to ever grace the world scene as a leader.  He is trusted.  His word is his bond.  He strives heartily to secure our global friendships and good will.  Better not get me started on Michelle.  This is a magnificent “Power Couple.”

So where are we today?  Any source or newspaper will attest that  the American economy is the strongest in the world.  We have 10,000 problems, but lack of money isn’t one of them.  As one who has given up on medicine,  I have no legitimate stance to take.  But stuff like that never stopped this mouth of mine, right?  Almost everyone knows I have nothing good to say about Obamacare… . hate it.  It’s bloated. FAR TOO COSTLY.  Badly rum — never, perhaps – had a chance. The mandate and fines thing – this on top of the fact that it is unaffordable to so many  — — just unforgivable!  (in my mind MEAN-spirited and wrong. He ran on the single payer system which I was all for (as was Bernie when he came on the scene).  This was NEVER going to be given a chance by congress who was already hell-bent to stop  ANYTHING Obama wanted to do.  Which is why, I do my own thing. Had my Alzheimers been over the hill just an inch or so more, I probably wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this either.  Not for everyone to be sure.  For me, I’m doing OKAY, without having a doctor tell me I am or am not and what pill he thinks I should be taking.  But enough of this, If Hillary gets in, she understands theres a whole lot of fixin’ needs doing on Healthcare.  

Another point. . .and I do have one, is that our choices are limited.  We can’t have Bernie, thats a closed issue.  But Hillary was serious when she dickered with Bernie on the Democratic platform — he was granted many points which he found imperative.  Hillary was never a progressive (in terms of how I think of it) – she was and is a centrist. . .but smart enough to see what’s important to people. . .she’ll do fine by us. If we want all the other stuff that was so vital to get life back on an even keel politically,  the climate and earth concerns. .. it is vital to select progressive down- line  members of congress and senate.  – – that’s on us – YOU AND ME!  We have to do this.  No matter who winds up in the white house.  Just as with ‘we can’t have Bernie’. . .well,  ya can’t have any of the other 10 or 12 Republicans either (any of which would have been so preferable to Don the Con).  

We do have two other side choices, both of whom are fine people and perhaps worthy.   With those who know, this is little more than a no vote to your party’s  candidate, therefore is going to enhance the opposition party. . .s’way it  works.  A wasted vote on an election which is possibly a vote to embrace disaster or whatever comes.   Remember, there s only one person left standing who can protect the good stuff and progress made under Obama and that is only Hillary.  She will go forward and build on the good we yearn for.    Should all this progress be washed away, I shudder to think of the aftermath of chaos.  

One more issue should be touched on and that is Don the Con calling Hillary a liar.  No, no, no — he is the liar.  Unfortunately, all have heard me spout off with scathing remarks about my dislike of Hillary as a person.  Was never a favorite of mine.  While I can’t remove all those comments from the ether,  I am quite certain I never ascribed “lying” to her.  She is too smart by far to lie, or need to.   What she  did that was so infuriating to me is to infer something (like considering being willing to reveal her speeches given to Wall Street), but later – only if everyone else did that too.  She carried herself with an air of authority and even superiority — also, which I disliked.  I judged her to feel “above it all or everyone else”.  Guess that was really more my problem than hers, eh?  Stuff and crap like that are just my ‘judgements’ (which I keep hoping I have outgrown).  But damn – this leopard (me) doesn’t seem to change it’s spots!  So no, she’s no liar.  I believe this is a tendency to have to protect herself from injury.  She’s not ashamed of anything she’s done, or she wouldn’t have done it.  But that what she does could be misinterpreted, misconstrued which could then open her to embarrassment or injury. . . thus, she often seems too guarded (a tendency many lawyers acquire).  Hil- think us all naked, that’ll do it

She IS GUILTY  of being the sharpest tool in the box. (and almost anyone).  She is guilty of having the finest working mind around.   Those who know her well insist she is very friendly and has a wonderful humor.  We (the public) rarely get that version of her  — it would help!  She doesn’t need to bone-up for the Don – he wouldn’t know right from left even with diagrams. and she knows it backwards and forward.     What she needs to do is get some old Johnny Carson tapes and sit up all day watching that!  Y’know, giggle and relax.  If she actually managed to have a glint in her  eye as she tossed aside his every effort while smilingly, enjoyably watching the big fart explode, this could turn into a pleasurable event.    Jan

Farm policies defy logic, ethics

Farm policies defy common sense

 — The Orange County Register

CDC is OK with Zika theory as ‘proof’

CDC Bets Farm on Zika Based on Conclusion of Rasmussen, Jamieson, Honein & Petersen Paper

There is no question the Zika problems are genuine, disturbing and  frightening.  We’ve been reading and  hearing about this for over a year or so now.  But  for all that I’ve seen coming from Brazil, it’s not a new humanity plague, but instead, the same ole, same ole.   It’s the germicide and sprays that government has used in the water to  protect health of those drinking the water which has been sprayed  to control the mosquito threat.  

Seems that plan got ‘out-of-control’ wouldn’t you say?     But hey, it’s just one more disease we can drum up a better profit base for the drug industry.     When will we start figuring this stuff out?  When is enough enough or just beyond reason?  The link below is from the Vaccine Reaction Org. and goes into the story.    Jan

September 17, 2016

Not so well-known info on STEVIA

The low-down on STEVIA

Would like to share a fabulous resource I’ve tied into recently;  Dr Josh Axe.  He is a really young, intelligent ‘alternative’ natural healing doctor.  As you know,  that’s my kind of doc.  He seems hell-bent to re-educate all of us on the easiest and best way to handle many things.  Seems to be a really smart cookie. . . got my attention!  Sure he does  the big issues of heavy (disease) problems,  but that isn’t to say that he doesn’t also understand the stuff we deal with on a day to day basis of living.  .  .  like how to sweeten my tea?  (I generally use honey)  Been using Stevia of late, but reading  the label the other day — took my breath away and got depressed.  See, I love my body and wish to do it NO HARM!  I take care of my body. . . and it takes care of me.  How could this happen?  Thought Stevia was safe!

Well,  it is — to be sure!  But we must stay alert.  The best stuff doesn’t even have FDA approval, while these refined, altered (and some carcinogenic/toxic stuff) DOES have the OK.  What is our world coming to?  At least, now, I am able to make a sensible choice in keeping with my values.  To each his own,  they say.     Jan


Stevia Side Effects: Good or Bad?


September 13, 2016


Is there anything ‘Legitimate’ about the CDC ?

They serve at the discretion of the People, not the other way around!

Are we actually “willing” to become subjected to living our lives WITHOUT CHOICE?  Being an American comes with a boat-load of rights which is designed to serve everyone and honor the “GREATER GOOD”.  Of course no one wants “typhoid Mary” running loose in the streets, . . we have always had laws to protect from that.  It seems, however, more clearly every day — — there aren’t any laws to keep us free of the clutches of  the greedy death-grip the CDC has over our lives for too long.  The CDC is a department our government set up to keep efficiency, sound judgement  and most of all  “SAFETY” for our citizens to be healthy and protected.   They are appointed,  not elected officials.  They, in a sense, work for us.   Over time, they have managed to gain the upper hand and become not our protector, but the final word in all medical issues.

Unfortunately, medicine has changed greatly over the last century, becoming distorted by power and greed.  The purpose no longer contains “FIRST, DO NO HARM.”  Sad. Medicine  which is supposed to contain proof of safety from ethically, scientific testing protocols is not observed,  instead, the manufacturer’s word is taken with only scant, non-conclusive evidence.   Such proceeds an assortment of death and injury to untold numbers of suffering, trusting people which should not be happening.  This alone should be warning enough (as in the current cases of autism with our children and gardasil given to teenagers, etc) for they are being harmed and killed by medicine in form of (vaccines) for a disease they don’t have and probably wouldn’t get.  Too few know the actual results as it is refuted and covered up.  Cases can go on indefinitely  often ending with “no clear evidence” for proof.  Struggling families trying for ‘justice’ against the  obscenely wealthy  pharmaceutical giants.

So this of course is the major problem;  our people are NOT being protected from harm and abuse,  instead we are being denied our rights, injured and killed as a result.

Then as a close 2nd,  one could say the American Medical Complex in conjunction with the FDA, CDC, AMA and BIG PhRMA , BIG AG and yes, the political establishment from the top down,  all seem to work hand in glove. . . because it has been so profitable!  But how is it affecting our country?  Well it HAS BROKEN THE BANK. . .we are going under financially.   How is it that so many ‘poor slobs’ just like the rest of us – somehow get to Washington and roll out millionaires?  Their salaries aren’t that great!   The voters wouldn’t stand for it. It’s all that cozy inside stuff which is going on.  We think we VOTE for the issues. . .well, we try – we go thru the motions, but its that inside stuff — the way corporate America buys and pays for the elected people to enact the votes the way they pay for them to be.    We are fraught with the “revolving door” from the corporate world to one of the government “agencies” then back again to corporate and round and round it goes.  This is spelled  CORRUPTION.   The so-called establishment.

Meanwhile all of us want more — more everything!.  We want our roads fixed.  We want our jobs back.  We want everything  made in America – the way it always was!  We want and need our schools fixed.  We want colorblind justice in our courts.  We want Social Security to continue on safely for future generations.  Prisons should be made mandatorily STATE-RUN –we should stop putting people away if we can’t run them efficiently and properly – – not forgetting that these are PEOPLE who are rotting away in there.  

What happened to the usury laws?  Now, the poorer among us pay far, far higher interest rates  (20 % up) than those better off (4 % on down).  Who does this make sense to?  There is no consumer protection  anymore.  How does a $400.00 delinquent bill, unpaid become $11,000.00 only a few months later after the company sells off the account and it gets resold and each adds other charges to an innocent “unsolvable” problem the original company refused to arbitrate?   Where is the justice?  I’de really like to know.  Thats the kind of crap going on in the real world of modern life out here in Ruff Hills, Any-state. We’d all like real food again, grown in fertile soil so we could have a chance at health. . .instead of farmed fish, factory housed cattle,  GMO everything else and toxic chemicals in our farm soil.  We’d like to be able to see a doctor  without having to forgo paying bills, and learn from the doctor what is wrong and why it happened and how to prevent it happening again.. . .but guess what, they don’t know as it seems almost everything now is idiopathic – cause unknown,  . . . but it does’t matter, we can’t afford the medicine anyway.  So like so many others –  just do without.    We need our factories open and making stuff – all stuff.  Not everybody is well-suited to the buttoned up life in cramped busy cities.  Most people like to do stuff  – with their hands.  That’s honorable, and I’m one of them.  

So my point? MEDICINE IS BREAKING OUR COUNTRY APART.  THE COST IS UNREALISTIC AND OUT OF KILTER with the rest of life.  To a healthy population, it is only a small part. So why not give people what they actually need to be healthy?  Like organic food (which all food was only 50 years ago) ;  stop the special subsidies to farmers for growing the unhealthier, cheaper (and GMO)foodstuff;    unpolluted water (stop the toxic chemicals and the FRACKING and betcha a lot of it clears up.  Folks, there’s a whole lot of house-cleaning which needs doing. . .but for another day.   Today, please look at the video in the link below to see  Barbara Low Fisher (NVIC) discussing  important issues because it is relevant to our families and especially,  our kids.   It’s a bit longish, but so vital.  I’ve signed petitions up the gazoo,  wonder if it does any good.  But she offers that phone calls are preferable.  I thought about that.  She’s right, by golly, and I’ll tell you why I think so.   They work for us!  We don’t have to beg — it’s their job to function to serve the people’s will!  And if enough of us DEMAND  that they not sign this bill into action. . .they may suffer us not voting for them, if they are up for re-election or conversely, to start proceedings to oust them for not being responsive to our needs!   Just might get their attention.   just sayin’. . . . . .Jan

September 9, 2016

D’ya like the Daily Show?

Trevor Noah has grown on me

I wasn’t really too exited about anyone else taking over the Daily show after our beloved Jon Stewart decided to leave. There just couldn’t be anyone  to replace him.   Of course,  I felt the same way about Johnny Carson. . .  . and I managed to survive.  Actually, they were and remain irreplaceable! Guess I still don’t like it when the world tries to take my ‘candy’ away from me.  Recently, loosing Bernie put me in bed,  but I’m getting over it, sorta.

Been watching Trevor off and on since he arrived, but now I have the series recorded automatically as  I guess Ive grown accustomed to that hunky face of his, the gorgeous smile  (not to forget – I’ve been a painter most all my life,  so I’m kinda addicted to all things beautiful) and his charming wit.   Additionally, he is prone to sardonic wit and is quite good on covering the political scene with a humorous brilliance.  So yeah, I like him for who he is and what HE  does,  he does it very well.  And he doesn’t have to be like Jon.

 Tonite he spoke of the recent “Forum” with Hillary and Trump (which I couldn’t force myself to watch)  From what he said, I know I would have hated it.  The moderator dwelt on her emails ad-nauseam, then hurried her thru responses to audience legitimate questions.  That’s very poor IMO. Then when Donald blow-hard hit his lying, untrue stride, he was not challenged.  Such should not be allowed.  What’s wrong with NBC?  At least, I enjoyed Trevor’s telling of it.

It’s really a good thing this beastly political season has so little time left.  Don’t think most of us can take much more.  In order to not have to suffer the sound of Trump who still seems to have free political coverage 24-7   I simply turn off the TV.   My favorite political Channel has been MSNBC.  But since they have undergone internal problems  (probably mismanagement and financial. . .) and axed so many of my favorite people and added relative unknown beginners, I simply switched to CNN for a few of my fav’s over there.  I still record “Morning Joe” and Rachel Maddow. This ‘STUFF CHANGES” thing has gotten out-of-hand IMO.

I will mention however that I have become resigned to voting for Hillary.  I have to.  I will NOT ‘not vote’.  I can’t abandon my understanding of the personal responsibility of every American to try to support our way of life by voting and becoming involved in the process.  If those of us capable of reason drop out —  what’s to become of us?  We can’t let unstable, lying Trump become president. . .it might bring on the end times full-force.  Also, Hillary is intellectually and  emotionally beautifully equipt to take the helm.  She will do a fine job and stay on top of things.  She has held herself up with dignity and calm demeanor.  She knows what the public thinks about her and this must be painful for her.  I believe that she WILL give this job “all she’s got” and then some.  She knows where she stands and what’s at stake.  I think she realizes the plight of our people and wants to do right by them – ALL. On top of this, our friends and allies globally are getting a bit frayed over what seems to be going on  over here.  I sure as hell don’t know! But everyone’s gotta do what we gotta do,. . .   .   .  just sayin’. . .     Jan

September 8, 2016

Drug trial for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s trial, latest hope

This article was referenced in my 9-5-16 post “Alzheimer’s and Amalgam,”  but since this happens to be one of the greatest threats facing people  hands down, was feeling compelled to post this also as information for those who genuinely seek to better understand and form own decision making.  This is a frightening subject.  Far too many of us have witnessed precious loved ones face going thru loss of identity, functional ability and be unable to interact with those who meant everything to them. . .including themselves.  

In Mother’s case,  I had her living with me the last 18 years of her life (barring the final year wherein I could no longer get her up from the floor when she fell.  Her doctor insisted).  For many of those years there were difficult times with weird arguments when I thought she was simply losing her mind.  We remembered the same incidents entirely  differently.  This was so hard as she was no dummy, in fact. . . a certified genius and one of the most creative people I’ve ever known.  She was an athlete as a youth and was  bold and fearless.   One time in the hospital as I picked up her chart and began reading it, I saw she was an Alzheimer’s patient!  Why had no one bothered to tell me?  It explained her memory problems.  Thereafter,  I became a nuisance demanding full explanations of everything which related to mother’s care. . even in the home, later.

Two things I wanted to mention regarding possibilities of why she lasted as long as she did.  1) Living with me, she was fed very well  and  2) the social element was an ongoing thing.  I always celebrated her birthdays with parties and people and few presents.  Actually, we had always believed in celebrating everything where ever possible. . . anything could be a cause.   Most of my friends also were fond of her and enjoyed coming to a birthday party.  Mother was humorous and delighted.  I took her out to places she wanted to go. . . the flower shop for designing her bouquets, etc.,. A dinner here and there.   She enjoyed pets and plants in my home which rounded out her balanced life such as it was.  Most of all, she knew she was loved.  Her last six hours were with me as she transitioned.  She and I were both at peace. It was peaceful,   and I didn’t fall apart as everyone who knew me thought I would (because of  our closeness).  One cannot loose the loving mother without  missing her, and so it was  with me. We were blessed, and I am grateful.  

I mention this private experience, because it is important.  We are a social species.  Family is everything. . .or it used to be anyway.  Now days, families drift apart for so many reasons, including economics. . . . people must ‘go’ where the money or jobs are.  So it is no surprise that families are often split up leaving the senior generation alone and lonely (and often,  unloved).


Alzheimer drug trial offering glimmer of hope

By Tara Bahrampour   –  The Washington Post  

An initial trial of an antibody therapy that targets Alzheimer’s disease has shown promising results and could signal a long-awaited breakthrough in treating the devastating brain disorder that affects over 5 million Americans.

The antibody, known as aducanumab, targets a protein called amyloid beta that builds up in the brain and creates plaques associated with the disease. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a trial to evaluate the drug’s safety and tolerability showed positive results. Of 165 patients, those who received monthly infusions of the drug for a year showed a significant reduction in amyloid beta and slower cognitive decline than those receiving a placebo.

  • The therapy is now being tested for efficacy in larger trials. If those are successful, aducanumab could be the first new Alzheimer’s drug to be approved in over a decade and the first ever to reverse signs of the disease.

“Overall this is the best news that we’ve had in my 25 years doing Alzheimer’s clinical research and it brings new hope for patients and families most affected by the disease,” said one of the study’s authors, Stephen Salloway, director of neurology in the Memory and Aging program and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Brown University.

Researchers divided recipients into four groups, receiving either a placebo, a low dose of aducanumab, a medium dose or a high dose.

“The higher the dose the larger the degree of reduction and the longer the treatment, the larger the degree of reduction,” said another study author, Roger Nitsch, director at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Zurich.

In PET brain scans taken of people receiving the highest dose, “after one year you can see no red on the image, meaning the amyloid has almost completely disappeared,” Nitsch said. Compared to past studies, he added, “the effect size of this drug is unprecedented.”

  • Higher doses did result in some adverse reactions among carriers of the APOE4 gene associated with Alzheimer’s, including slight brain swelling and bleeding seen in MRI brain scans. But for most recipients this side effect was manageable by careful monitoring and adjusting of the drug, the authors said.

An estimated 5.2 million Americans 65 and over have Alzheimer’s, and experts predict that number will nearly triple by 2050 in the absence of new treatments. Five FDA approved drugs can alleviate some symptoms, but in the past 12 years no new drugs have been approved for the disease, which at $236 billion a year is the most expensive disease in the U.S.

In recent years, several promising therapies have failed to show positive results in later trials. But the technology that can identify amyloid plaques in the brains of living patients – which was used in the new study – has been a game-changer for researchers.

“Before, people (in trials) were screened by cognitive tests and they may or may not have had amyloid,” potentially skewing study results, said James Hendrix, director of global science initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • “This trial has reinvigorated the field and clearly created a lot more excitement about amyloid as a target,” he said of the aducanumab study. “There’s been a lot of debate over the last 20 years over the role of amyloid (and) how important it is in the disease.” Successful Phase 3 trials of the drug would add strong support for the hypothesis that preventing or clearing amyloid buildup can help patients, he said.

And while experts believe the key to stopping Alzheimer’s will ultimately require a combination of approaches, “right now we need one good one, a new one.

“If aducanumab and others in the pipeline have the promise of maybe preventing and slowing down the progression, it could let (people) live out their golden years the way they want to.”


This is encouraging, and I sincerely hope good comes from this trial.   Nevertheless,  chemical pharmaceuticals are not recognized by the body and will not be welcomed as an earth product – fully recognized and/or able to be utilized;  this why there are so many side effects resulting.  

What I am doing with regard to Alzheimer’s is apparently working extremely well for me.  The  ingredients are pure (distilled) water,  Vitamin C, Glutathione and Sunflower (non-GMO) Lecithin.  The only “tool” I needed to acquire was a jewelry cleaner (but a good one; mine cost $70.00).  No cooking or big mess.  Not hard to do.  One who has become insecure and confused won’t be able to do for him/her self;  it would require another to make and supervise (as in the case with my sister).  There are companies who are marketing LIPOSOMAL ENCAPSULATED therapies.  They are more costly;  unused by me, therefore, unable to attest to their veracity. . . but they are out there.

My hope is that some interest from readers will result in my putting up a post in which I outline exactly what and how I make LIPO stuff with a few guidelines I’ve discovered.  Barring that,  (no interest), guess there is no need    Jan.   

September 7, 2016

Doer with Huge Dream

Do Saints exist?

Well, we DO have “Mother Theresa” whom the Pope recently canonized, whose works were all-encompassing,  endless and loving, probably in a class by herself. (but whose counting — I believe she would rail at the spotlight. . . she lived for others).  Like many others who undoubtedly would agree, she so deserved to be sainted.    

However, uncommon (love?) concern and caring does exist here and there  and when we are privileged to see it, admiration is spiked and our spirits are raised.  It is rare to be sure,    but if one has eyes to see . . . .     .      


Nonprofit auto-repair shop lifts needy in Minneapolis

GLENN STUBBE / STAR TRIBUNE                      Cathy Heying, founder of the Lift Garage

By Kim PalmerStar Tribune (Minneapolis)  •   September 6, 2016 

MINNEAPOLIS — As a social worker, Cathy Heying did what she could to help people in tough situations.

Often, a vehicle was involved.   “I kept hearing similar stories,” she said.   Cars would break down, and their owners couldn’t afford the repair. Bus service wasn’t available. Without transportation, her clients lost jobs, couldn’t pay their rent — and sometimes ended up on the street.

Low-cost car repair “could prevent a lot of tragedy,” which led her to the realization: “We need someone to do this.”   No one was doing it, though, so Heying decided that the someone would have to be her.

In 2008, she took out a student loan and enrolled at Dunwoody College of Technology, determined to learn auto mechanics.    “I thought about maybe fixing cars on my driveway on Saturday afternoons,” she said.   But she was out of her league — a 38-year-old woman amid an army of young guys — and in way over her head.

“I didn’t know much about cars,” she acknowledged. “The first quarter I cried regularly.”     Instructor Dave DuVal took notice.    “I could tell she was anxious,” he recalled.    Heying shared her vision, and DuVal resolved to help her make it happen. When Heying got discouraged, DuVal cheered her.  “I’d say: ‘Cathy, you can do this. Hang in there.’ ”

Two years later, Heying graduated from Dunwoody and took a part-time mechanic job, honing her skills while continuing to work in human services. By then, her vision had grown. Intent on opening a nonprofit garage, she began recruiting a board of directors. The plans were in their infancy when she got an offer to sublet a repair bay in south Minneapolis.

“We didn’t have insurance or a phone or credit history,” Heying recalled. “But my philosophy is: If a door opens, walk through it. It took us about eight weeks to get somebody to insure us.”

The Lift Garage ( opened its doors in March 2013.

Heavy demand fueled the Lift Garage’s rapid growth. Today, the nonprofit has an annual budget of $300,000, six full-time employees (one a volunteer) and three repair bays.

Customers, who must meet low-income guidelines, pay $15 an hour for labor, compared with $100 to $130 per hour at a commercial garage, and parts are sold at cost. Since it opened, the Lift Garage has completed 1,246 repairs for 642 customers, saving them an estimated $454,000.

The shop loses money on every repair but makes up the difference through donations and grants. In addition to money, “Our big challenge is demand,” Heying said. The waiting list for repairs can be as long as three months.

Repairs often take longer than anticipated because “these are old, old cars that haven’t had maintenance,” she said. “Many of our folks with grinding brakes, by the time it gets to us, it’s not just pads, it’s pads, calipers, everything. A two-hour job becomes a four-hour job. Or we find 10 other safety issues, and it turns into a 10-hour job.”

One of the hardest parts of running a garage is having to tell people that their car isn’t worth repairing.

“Folks are coming to us in poverty and crisis,” Heying said. “A fair number have mental illness. Sometimes they get angry. We don’t take it lightly to condemn somebody’s car. I don’t want to waste money I know they don’t have. My conscience won’t let me.”

On the plus side, though, providing a tangible service proves rewarding.

“You get to see how you’re making a difference every day,” she said. “Cars are towed in, and they drive out. A small percentage of folks are living in their vehicles, so we’re fixing their homes as well as their cars.”

(It is stunning to me that such people can still exist in these modern, stressful and confusing times,  wherein our world stage keeps changing.  But as much as we read and hear about lack of respect and care for others,  cruelty and mayhem of every description;   beneath it all, we share a common need for one another, and innately I believe — a caring.  Its just who we are as a species.  Far too many of us have suffered indignities and cruelty which in time can jade the best of us. . . crust over the heart.  .  .   leave us broken.   Who of us at one time  or another,   doesn’t need a little help?

In thinking of ‘good Samaritans’ – – I can’t remember hearing of one who has done what we see here, on such a large scale, or at such a great cost in time and effort. . .this lady dreams on a very large scale and she made it work. (not denying the lofty forces which may have been smoothing her path)  I am so in awe of Cathy Heying!     Jan)

September 5, 2016

Alzheimer’s and Amalgam

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH  by Dr Keith Roach

Q  #1 Alzheimer’s

Today’s Columbus Dispatch carried a customary article for the Monday edition of TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH by Dr Keith Roach.  No matter what I did, couldn’t get it over here as the Dispatch doesn’t recognize my id or password.  This being a holiday, no one to speak with either.

So I’m gonna recap the parts I take issue with.  A querent asks Dr Roach  for advice that he (in his 40’s) can take now to head this off as his mother now in her 60’s is following in her mothers footsteps with frequent memory losses and lapses, but unable to admit her problem even tho her aged mother died with advanced Alzheimer’s.       This is an intelligent and rightful action in my opinion (IMO).  

Dr Roach responds that it’s up to his mother whether she wishes to go forward, get a diagnosis, etc., and he feels there are benefits to be realized from such action. (one might pardon my ignorance, but I don’t happen to know of any such benefits;  unless one is viewing all those tests and related costs which help no one but the medical establishment).  Dr suggests it may not be Alzheimers  in which case the querent may be suffering needless stress, isn’t actually helpful (IMO) for him – for  he wants to find out if there is something he can do to head this off at the pass!.  And I must say, Millions of others would relish a positive response on those chances/prospects.  

Further,  Dr Roach suggests an early diagnosis as treatment for Alzheimer’s is limited at best IF treatment is started early.   IMO this is simply not true.   So far, science has spent millions and come up with zilch.  That’s because all effort is spent  in studying the disease rather than learning how to recognize HEALTH, what it is, how it comes about and how to protect it. 

A recent entry approved by the FDA is a med to try to combat the tangles and Tau collecting in the brain.  I wish them well and success.  But Autopsy has shown that the presence of such  has not stopped many highly active, successful people from complete and total function prior to death.  That is not to also state that Alzheimer’s patients brains are also loaded with tangles and tau.

A further issue I have is the individual in discovery of these strange new “changes” life is thrusting upon them.*  Lets not be coy and pretend that I don’t know a thing or two about that.  In my early 60’s and 70’s, I was the “stand-in” mother figure for my two granddaughters; from diapers thru middle school. Some where in elementary school they giggled when I miss-called objects by wrong names.  I wasn’t aware of doing it. Stupid little things can be first inklings.    So much left to do with my girls.. .  almost tore my heart out of me.  I had the lapses and focus-dwindle. . . and I knew what was happening. I suffered a deep, in-the-pits funk for almost two years before my inner tiger came roaring back, unwilling to settle.  

In my case  good food, the kitchen and being a sort of health-nut were in my favor.  Also, have a strong mind with a bent toward independent thought and fire passed down from my mother.  All my sense organs remained open and on the hunt.  But even with my ‘clean living’,  good food,  I had several chronic diseases,  i.e. thyroid, hypertension, COPD,  and  developing heart and arthritis (all related to inflammation).  So I doctored for some years. After realizing that I was losing ground, I quit medicine entirely and have been attending to own needs for 5 or 6 years now.  BP is now normal,  Can no longer detect presence of COPD – breathe easy,  and the frightening A-FIB no longer a problem, tho quite sure the heart is probably still enlarged due to all that overworking for so long.  All my protocols are made from dear ole Mother Earth, so the body definitely recognizes them and is able to fully utilize and heal itself.  

* Back to how different people react:  My own father died at 91 in a home with severe Alzheimer’s and in a wheel chair, recognizing no-one. I didn’t know him.  My Mom at 85 with Alzheimers and in a wheel chair and in a home as I could no longer do all that she needed – but not abandoned by me and she knew she was loved as I showed her every day.  Statistics suggest these odds are hard to ignore.  It does seem to run in families — but this flies in the face of what I believe.  Our genes are perfect, divinely created with great wisdom.  Barring freak accidents of nature or other mishap – – don’t blame the genes!  They can be altered by what we eat.  Our diets, saturated with poisons, insecticides, synthetic  fertilization, GMO’s and tainted water all can take credit for harming the life cycle of humanity.  Our genes can’t reach out and get what they need – we must be smart enuff to provide it, no matter what.  

So when I saw what was happening to me,  it seemed insurmountable.  There would be no daughter there for me, I would be alone and I prefer death to going to a “home” to await a cruel death.  That’s why the FUNK!  I’ve lost several friends (younger than me) to Alzheimer’s.  One was one of my best buddies, we used to stay up all night painting and laughing and .  .  so much fun (back home in California).  When I called her the last few times, I could tell she had Alzheimers, but she didn’t seem to know, and she no longer remembered our glorious painting days together either.  Her husband had died and he always took care of everything for her.  Now she was alone and lost.  Tried to advise her daughter long distance, but daughter wouldn’t even discuss such a thing.   She did write me when her mother died.

My half sister by another mother is 12 years younger than me.  Little over a year ago, could tell over the phone that she was sinking into Alzheimer’s    I probed gently,  got nowhere, it was confusing for her. She told me about her heart surgery and all that glorious stuff.  My heart sank.  What good would  it do to illuminate her with all that I do.  It may take away her trust in her doctor and she needs care.  I couldn’t be ‘there’. .sometimes I think I can barely be ‘here’.  In time, with her youngest son’s help, I advised him of my current protocol for knocking the socks off Alzheimer’s and regaining her health.  Last Spring I started with LIPOSOMAL ENCAPSULATED Vitamin C and I was very pleased with it, but then started with the LIPO GLUTATHIONE  because it seemed the research was striking for use with really big stuff like Alzheimer’s.  Taking them both a couple of months now and not trying to say I’m 100%, but no more lapses, the focus has greatly improved.  I am Pleased!  Calling my sis, am hearing her old sparkle returning and she is only on the stuff about a week or so now.    Am hopeful for her.

To wrap up this first question, just wish Dr R had admonished the querent to keep  positive, eat fresh, wholesome and as organic as possible,  to drink pure clean water (I’m about 40 years on distilled water}, and incorporate organic coconut oil into his diet – DAILY, and to give up ALL GRAINS as they contribute to help break down the structure in the brain (likened to diabetes 3).  Use only good  olive oil, coconut oil and grass-fed butter,  and increase growing plants (avocados, ) nuts and seeds and all things green.  Keep asking questions. . .and think for yourself.    Jan

Q #2  Amalgam

Anon. asks Dr Roach:  Does the dental amalgam that is used for fillings  cause ALS?

Dr goes on to define Lou Gehrig’s disease as a progressive and degenerative disease of the nervous system.  Cause unknown. Suggests experts believe there is a genetic predisposition to ALS;  that certain environmental exposures can lead to the disease.  And that although heavy metals like lead,  arsenic and mercury (found in dental amalgam) — are toxic to the nervous system, in large doses,  there is no reliable evidence  * connecting them to ALS.   (there’s a bit more reference – not relevant)   and then. . “We still have a great deal more to learn about both cause and treatment of ALS

*  IMO the no reliable evidence is unconscionable.   When the professionals go near these substances, they wear masks and gloves and handle with great care.  These toxic substances, once secured in the teeth,  our oral biome is forever after subjected to this oozing influence and no matter how microscopic it is, the invasion into our systems remains, doing damage until deftly and expertly removed.   This is a tactic used over and over endlessly by neer-do-gooders, and continue to get by with it!  Why should they?   They aren’t being  pressed into admission of guilt.  Nor are they being held to standards to prove safety.    And the practice is still being used especially among children of the less fortunate.  How very sad.   Jan

September 1, 2016

Can a Pol. shakeup work?

This Political Season

It’s a real bummer, that’s for sure.  I’m still torn up,. . .still vacillating.  But the ache has turned to raging disgust on all accounts.  IT AIN’T RIGHT!   I wonder if all those ‘smart heads’ in Washington actually know what they’re doing to the rest of us.  Most of us who  vote feel that we should study the issues,  carefully select the most suitable,  honest and ethical person available to us and head to the polls on voting day.  We love our country – want to do the right thing.  

This kinda makes me remember those early marriage years as Marty would smilingly and lovingly claim that he married me because I needed guidance.  He never came out and said flat out that I was an insipid idealist or gullible, but . . . is it possible that I’m such a late bloomer that I didn’t “grow-up” til age 87?. Can all really be this broken?

One  article I read from “Counterpunchhelped me to see some stuff more clearly which helps to rip the rose-colored glasses off a bit.  Not good or bad – just is.  But the end, emotional result is (for me) depressing.  There are serious things wrong which, if fixed, could maybe make Democracy work again like it should . .. with the voice of the people counting for something.  The link to it follows:              Jan


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