SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

April 7, 2018

OHIO’s Gov’s Race

My Forte? . . . Independence, Health and Freedom

 am also a POLITICAL JUNKIE,  (can’t help it)

Just thought I’d get clear from the top. . do not wish to mislead anyone, as this is perhaps a bit out of character for me so, not wanting others to think I think I’m any kind of expert on the subject – – it isn’t that at all.  I’ve struggled greatly with the upcoming vote. Take this stuff seriously (and honestly – wish everybody did).   Some stuff is falling down easy. . anybody tries to fiddle around with Sherrod Brown – – ya just have no idea how necessary Ohio feels he is to our well-being, . . don’t even pretend to be serious!  We just stew about about the time when America feels they want him at the top post.  But that’s for another day.  .  .    .     

.   .   so what’s bugging me right now is the Governor’s race.     Thought I had this thing all locked up for maybe six months.  It wasn’t a cake walk, no, not at all.   Have really liked Dennis Kucinich, for years. Proved himself to be forward thinking and “for” the people. A quality I highly endorse.  Intelligent, solid background, able and qualified. . . one might get my pre-acceptance of him.    Like most intelligent people, his mind is open – not closed.  Hence, he is and was free to choose, change and alter.  As I have learned of his affiliation with FOX over these last years, and his apparent declared approval of our current leader (if one can force oneself to state such),  I have been faced with insurmountable differences which I cannot even consider; therefore, my field narrowed dramatically.

As to other, perhaps wider considerations, the brightest ray of hope was/is, of course to our native son Richard Cordray who has  truly distinguished himself  running the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dreamed up and established by Elizabeth Warren. He proved worthy and returned countless millions to people being bilked by the system as it worked;   justifying the confidence everyone had in him.  His ongoing efforts of course, would have been a preference, but unrecognizable Washington of today – – it wasn’t to be.

As a consequence,  Cordray returned to Ohio and as most expected, entered the race for Governor, choosing a capable, well-liked woman (I was thinking of voting for) as his running mate and set about to ‘take care of business’ with the only mission in Ohio he hasn’t done as yet – become governor.   Codray is all but a sho-in, he is so well-liked here.  And of course, I like him too, very much. What is there not to like about this competent, capable man?   Exactly. Today,  Franklin County Dems endorsed him – like a done deal. Bill O’Neill who resigned the Ohio Supreme Court to run calls Cordray “Sir Richard.”  He too is a fine man, smart, capable; but doesn’t move me, nor will he have my vote.   

I’m not now, and probably never will be a go-along to get-along person…especially not one for the good-old-boy network type thing. And somehow, there’s been this unsettled thing I’ve not been able to define.  Sadly, it’s come into peripheral view and gotta say – am let down . . maybe greatly.  Cordray is such an avid member of the gun-crowd, always has been,  that he can’t see his way clear to any overt action presently – – maybe one needs more time?. . .more thought?  on what?  In what possible light does this issue get any clearer over what it is now without intelligent people taking appropriate action?  As a mother . . .as a woman,  there is nothing in this world which comes close to the relevance of the importance of our children.  This IS our life’s blood.  Our future.  Period.  Sorry, Cordray, you just lost my vote.  This is hard to reconcile. 

Fortunately, we have one more candidate to consider – so lets really look at Joe!  I’ve been so filled up with my own prior expectations that I guess, I hadn’t really looked before.  His coffers aren’t large, but they’re growing.  He’s covered EVERY county in our state, doin it person by person with shoe leather and hand-shakes.  Know what? – – he’s makin’ friends.  People are liking him, feeling trust and saying he’s got their vote!   I’ll be damned!   Papers haven’t gone out of their way for him,  had to go searching online and I found what I needed to know.    Beautiful wife, two goofy, adorable sons. . a former Golden Gloves champion (whaddayaknow?), . . he’s only 38 so he’ll be around (most likely) a couple of decades more than the others,  has been an Ohio State Senator since 2009 – so he does know his way around – has learned that “you have to work with other people to get things done.”  That’s good news and encouraging, didn’t think too many paid much attention to that anymore.  Learned what I needed to know about his thinking – for him its the schools, jobs and more of the small businesses rather than the really big outfits which have been eating up all the money. . he has some really good, productive, sensible ideas.  Check out the links I found on his jobs plan and one on the school shootings.   His name is Joe Schiavoni,  and I like what I’m seeing.  Maybe I’ll get back online and tell him he has a new friend in me.    Jan

Psoriasis: is curable!

My Struggle w/Psoriasis  


Remember some months ago when I thought I had handled what appeared to be Psoriasis?  Since it yielded to me and went away. . why wouldn’t I think that?  In due course of time, it was obvious that this curse was only introducing itself to me.  When it came back it was roaring and mean – – tho it had transferred itself to my right hand instead of left.  Goin’ on for quite a while now, about worn me down.  I honestly was thinking. . “I’m gonna have to contact the Naked Chemist and beg for help as there is no way I will submit to chemicals, high costs and side-effects via BIG PhRMA.”   

Of course I have been online seeking “Natural Treatments”. . and one of the best ‘clues’ I’ve come across was actually a comment from a  user of some (natural) product (H-Psoriasis)I was considering.  He claimed that it kinda worked – not curing, but more tolerable than other stuff he had used . . .but only after he abrased the surface first.  What an idea!  Nothing I was doing could seem to get thru the painful crusty skin of my right hand.  So retrieving an old jar of St Ives Apricot scrub (hiding in the linen closet – make all my own stuff now);  I rubbed a dab onto the sad right hand.  Shortly, was smoothed down and have been doing since.  Logic of ridding the crusty, ugly rough texture more freely allowed ‘any’ application which followed – easier entry.  It helped, but only maintained the status quo – wasn’t advancing toward smooth, healthy skin.  Guess when that acid mantle gets broken,  really isn’t easy to fix.

 (today is April 7, 2018)

But now, with still more passing time,  I continue to struggle.. . just found this post I started with my half-baked story of Psoriasis misry.  Have almost used up ths Apricot scrub, which works OK I guess,. . . but twice a day?. . . just to stay even? (. .those bumps grow back so fast).  Tried some emery boards which turned out to be too harsh/mean to use on my nails — so I tried them on this condition.  Sure takes the bumps down, but leaves my skin sore.  Also, now using the heavy duty scrubber I buy for foot calluses. . seems to work really well and doesn’t hurt as much.  And topically, am using a Shea Butter I got at Mountain Rose Herbs which tho more costly is more effective and doing a better job of quelling the misery (due to their devotion to purity, organic and preferable seeking of producers globally who observe “natural, healthy” techniques.  Again proving, ya get what ya pay for.  One actually has little choice over this – can’t be ignored, isn’t reasonable – nothing makes any sense – it’s EVIL! . . seriously. so it goes on.   I’ll keep at it because I have to.     

FINALLY. . .here it is (hopefully) – the end to this story.  In my researching online, I found this link, doctor, reference to his book, bought it – put it on the shelf to get to later (and didn’t).   Now,  I have looked at this lingering post and the link below, remembered all and it came back. Got the book off the shelf – – am renewed in hope.. WILL READ and DO!  I re-listened to Dr Pagano on the video and am fired up ‘again’.


Dr Pagano didn’t dream this up;   he figured it all out from Dr Edgar Cayce’s writings. . credits him entirely for the knowledge and path to this solution which has helped and healed thousands – especially those innocent children.  Dr Pagano defines Psoriasis as the body’s external manifestation of it’s attempt to throw off the internal toxins or poisons which it usually handles in normal ways through the internal organs like the kidneys lungs and eliminative processes (bowels), sweat glands, etc, but then failing to do adequately, is forced to use the skin which it isn’t really designed to do.  Has to do with the intestinal lining thinning and letting inappropriate stuff into the bloodstream.  (kind of a leaky gut syndrome).  Whole thing can be fixed with diet – sorta what the book is about – how to fix it. 

But listen to Dr Pagano explain it – he does it better in the following:  (and sorry for the three months this has been sitting on the shelf when it could have been assisting many who suffer as I have . . needlessly)   Jan

then, also, the following may have something useful for some as well.  Apparently, is from Dr Josh Axe. . . don’t remember doing it, but there it is


Natural or holistic treatment aims to get at the root of the problem. For many people, anti-inflammatory foods combined with a healing psoriasis diet is one of the best ways to naturally treat psoriasis.

Here are some natural ways to help combat psoriasis:

Reduce Stress

Stress is also known to play a big role in psoriasis, which is why mind- body therapies and stress management can really help naturally heal psoriasis. Prayer, meditation and hypnosis can all help. Studies actually show that people who meditate before receiving light therapy have better outcomes than people who had light therapy alone.

Exercise and Drink Water

It may sound too simple, but exercise and drinking plenty of water are two easy and effective ways to help heal psoriasis.

Apply Nature-Based Topical Remedies

There are three nature-based topical remedies that have shown positive effects on psoriasis: Oregon grape (10 percent) cream, avocado and vitamin B12 cream, and aloe (0.5 percent) cream.

Try Homeopathy and Other Alternative Treatments

Homeopathy is another natural remedy shown to improve psoriasis.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine may also help some people with psoriasis. Some herbs a Chinese medicine doctor may prescribe include turmeric, zedoria (similar to ginger), dang gui, red peony and sarsaparilla. Dittany, sophora and tribulus may also be prescribed to relieve psoriasis-related itching.

If you’re a fan of Ayurvedic medicine, you may want to try Panchakarma therapy, which involves plant-based remedies and dietary changes aimed at detoxifying the body.

Eat a Psoriasis Diet (see more below)

A psoriasis diet is crucial. If you have a leaky gut, then partially digested protein and fat can seep through your intestinal lining, making their way into your bloodstream and causing allergic responses. If left unrepaired, it can lead to more severe health issues like psoriasis as well as depression, anxiety, migraine headaches, muscle pain and chronic fatigue. Studies have shown a link between abnormal small intestine permeability and psoriasis. A psoriasis diet can heal your gut, which in turn can end your suffering with psoriasis as well as psoriatic arthritis.

The Psoriasis Diet

When it comes to natural treatment for psoriasis, these are some of the best foods to consume on a regular basis. I also recommend these food choices for anyone looking for a psoriatic arthritis diet. The more you consume healing, anti-inflammatory foods, the more improvement you will see in your skin’s health.

Probiotic foods  . . . (my Fav is KOMBUCHA- homemade!)
High-fiber foods
Foods high in antioxidants Foods high in zinc

Foods high in vitamin A Wild-caught fish
Raw Dairy
Aloe Vera

Top Supplements and Essential Oils for the Psoriasis Diet

These are the top five supplements I recommend for internal treatment of psoriasis:

Hydrochloric acid (1–3 capsules per meal) Fish oil (1,000–2,000 grams daily)
Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU daily) . . .  . (don’t forget to take K2  w/each 5K of D3 – keeps calcium out of bloodstream and IN the bones)
Milk thistle (250 milligrams three times daily) . .(great 4 LIVER too)  Probiotics (50 billion units daily)

Bonus Remedies

Other home remedies for psoriasis that can reduce symptoms include cleansing, bone broth, vitamin B12 and digestive enzymes. Also, getting 20 minutes of sunshine a day can greatly improve vitamin D levels naturally and is very therapeutic to psoriasis.

Essential Oils

Essential oils for psoriasis like tea tree, lavender, frankincense, myrrh and geranium essential oil can bring relief to inflamed skin and support the healing process.

Tea tree oil Lavender oil Frankincense oil

Myrrh oil Geranium oil Coconut oil

EO recipe idea: Mix three drops of lavender oil and three drops of frankincense oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub onto affected area.

It’s also a great idea to use these essential oils in aromatherapy for psoriasis. You can diffuse these oils as a natural method of stress relief.

This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. Readers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither the author nor publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All readers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition or supplement or lifestyle program. Note: References for this content can be found at

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