SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

February 21, 2017

How I make LIPO-C and G

DIY Liposomal Encapsulated 

Vitamin C or Glutathione

Since most of us don’t have a clue about our expiration dates, we really don’t know how much time we ever have left.  And maybe that’s a good thing.   Many of us would stress over it or become depressed. . .loose enthusiasm and drive, no matter if it were to be a few months or maybe a decade. Not a good way to live or function. If we want to be upset or fret, we need look no further that the scene in Washington  which I have had to drastically limit.  Can’t watch normal dosage of TV or see that face, except on Saturday night.  It’s not easy being an ostrich when we all know I’m a fairly progressive liberal housing a raving Pit-Bull inside.  Ain’t easy, but I keep trying. 

Back to my reference to discretionary time,  I don’t cite this only with regard the years lived already, but in terms of my desires, stuff I still want to do.  Guess I’m thinking of what’s possible, what I want.  Creative expression has always been my thing; painting during the first half of life – – knee deep in oils and sketching.  But now thru this blog (a great joy to me), a venue to share so many of my innate interests of all things beautiful, uplifting and so of this world about which I care so much. And of course health and all which is natural and points toward that.  Other than Heidi’s absence, I couldn’t feel more blessed.  

If I had a bucket list, one of the highly desired items which beckons me is a smallish, simply done book of modern health woes, their causes (generally speaking), followed by thoughtful, inexpensive logical and totally natural methods or dietary requirements to vanquish them (so-to-speak).  That would really be overwhelmingly joyous, I kid you not.  Sound too far out?  Been kinda doing that for nine years now along with “We Eat Horses, don’t we?,”  spectacular full Moons, Mama cat nursing a Pit-Bull puppy with her own babes. . . and ordinary people doing spectacular things.    

My desire to do this is a hankering to help others such as myself who have never really been served well by the medical profession.  By the time I learned enough to be able to ask the right questions it seems the ‘noble profession’ had become mostly another kind of “business” and causation was no longer in fashion. . .most illness were said to be idiopathic, so pharmaceuticals became the answer to most woes. What this means to Americans is tragic.  We are the only educated, civilized nation in the  modern world NOT  to grant medical care to all citizens.  But the cost of medicines continue to go up.  Specialization is supreme; the virtuous “Family doctor’ of yester-year who knew the body and how it worked, kept entire families on the go and functioning well,  but sadly, is hard to find and a dyeing breed.

Only the wealthy and the very needy are able to receive the benefit of medicine, such as it is. Millions are uninsured, thus, can’t avail medicine at all.   Insurance per se is a deterrent and waste of money.  BIG PhRMA  is the true heavy in it all.  I haven’t seen a doctor in at least 6 years; take no meds – NONE!    Yet I’m still losing $106   monthly from my Social Security to pay for Medicare – for nothing.  

Anyway,  thought I’d share with you what I have in mind for down the road, but that is not to say I’ll for sure – be able to accomplish (ya never know about some things).  So, just in case, my backup plan is to start posting smallish posts on various health issues that I can address now (or have already somewhere along the line), or revamped some, etc.,.  

Below is from my own records (I use) to make Liposomal anything (in this case Vitamin C and also Glutathione).  For about a year, I’ve made the LIPO C using so-called vitamin C which modern sophisticates insist is Vitamin C. They argue it IS C period, end of discussion. But it is “ascorbic acid” which is only a small component of nature’s Vit C which is a complex of many variables.  In nature, one does not find C in quantity levels above say 100 mg’s.  Doesn’t need higher amounts because of it’s unique complex which is remarkable in ability to heal all sorts of ills.   Animals internally make it, but humans don’t and we need to supplement it.  So, all info that I’ve found is using Ascorbic Acid.  So I did too.  Cheap – about $20 or less for a big bag from Bulk Supplements or Powder City (online). . .good to go for a family for months to a year.  This C doesn’t taste good, bitter and sour,  can upset some people.   4 or 5 months ago, started making with organic C in it’s natural form. Wow, what a difference.  Smooth tasting, easy to down.  Loved it.  But was breaking my budget.  Tried several brands and ran from $12 to $25 for a 10 – 12 ounce jar of organic powder.  I am gonna have to return to cheaper vitamin C.  

I  pay around $60 for Glutathione powder for 100 grams which is about 3.5 ounces.  Yeah, WOW.  But when you consider the $100’s or thousands spent for medical injections of it  all over the world  — its a bargain.  Even tho I have a number of favorite online sources,  I still put my desired product in the browser and search for the exact item I want , but for the best price.. . see, I have more time than money.   The Ultrasonic machine I have is a Professional  Stainless Steel 2L Ultrasonic Cleaner Heater Timer with Bracket”   Paid $69.99 with free shipping thru ebay and the seller was Factory Direct Sales. I love it.  Works great        

So read thru the notes below and see what you think of it.      If it seems like something you’d be interested in, immerse yourself in it a bit.  Go online and read about Glutathione. . .is this something which might serve you well?  Do you know that it is vital to so many functions?   After age 20 something we start to dwindle in the amount  our body makes.  By forty its down by 1/2 By 70’s and 80 hardly any trace of it at all, yet its the Master anti-oxidant and healer.  But this stuff wasn’t designed to protect us thru old age, but to ensure the species continued and we could produce our young.     Give it a go if it sound interesting to you.  Hope I haven’t made it sound scary or hard to do.  It’s pretty easy.  It’s my nature to overwork stuff trying to be sure I’m on solid ground.  ah well. . . JAN     

 

LIPO  C  and  LIPO G

 Liposomal Encapsulated Vitamin C and Glutathione

Step 1

3 T Sunflower Lecithin              this must soak to absorb fluid 2 hrs or overnight  – which I often do;
2 C Distilled Water                    so put in Frig to keep cool, or risk “oxidizing”  which can happen with oils, not good,

Step 2

2 T  Ascorbic Acid                     Stir, whisk and let stand in covered jar before adding to Lecithin.  Then
1 ½ C Distilled Water              Combine both liquids (I put in 1 qt Measure)  Blend together, but gently.  Why gentle or slowly?
Foam gathers.  Prevents sonication  like it should.  Machine needs to break up all those bubbles before the sound waves can get the job done.  So don’t allow too many bubbles, and those that do happen, try to scoop off and toss.

Step 3

Pour all into the Ultrasound.  Pretty well fills up the two liter unit .  NEVER USE HEAT, just the Timer. Mine can be set for 30″ so 
I just down-arrow to 30″..My experience has shown  that  15″ is enough, so I just down arrow to that. Hit start button.   Good to go
There’s not too many bubbles, but if need to,  use a plastic spoon to scoop out.  Instructions say to stir constantly.  NOT NEEDED!  Stir every 8 to 10 minutes or so til done.   Will be beautifully “cooked”.

Don’t add metal to the brew – messes with sonication, use glass rod or plastic, but not wood as it absorbs.  Ready to be labeled and bottled
and put in frig for storing.  Must be kept under refrigeration to ensure its shelf-health for a week or two. If ya gotta take it with – use an insulated bag

DOSAGE:

EMPTY STOMACH – Really important or ugly stuff, can happen  – be sick – throw up if mix food in gut w/Lipo.
NORMAL maintenance     dosage is 1 r 2 shots daily as needed or forever.  A shot is normally 1 to 2 oz   I  Take about  2T of Lipo C plus 2 or 3T of LIPO G.   Son uses 1T C & 2 G.

Had hard time with taking it during day (empty stomach thing) – got upset  2 different times when I wasn’t careful about timing and had to vomit.  I really hate to vomit!  So I take it during the night because I get up to pee and is safe.  Son takes his before bed every day.

FOR THE LIPO G  (Glutathione = GSH). . . just do the same thing!  Make it the same way.  But of course, process separately and jar/store separately.  Not  a rule – just makes sense.  It is more costly, obviously, so I make a bit smaller batches:  2 -3 T Sunflower Lecithin mixed with 1 ½ C Water mix and put in frig. But when I need to make both of the products same time — I double up to 7 T  Lecithin in 2 or 3 C water overnight in frig and put  2T G in 1 jar w/water and the 2 – 3 T C in the other.  Mix each, leave out on countertop.  Doesn’t take any longer, except there’s two times with the Ultrasound.  The jars I use to store the Lipo in, I paint on a C or a G with red nail-polish so I know which I’m taking  

Don’t forget, Youtube has gobs of videos to watch;  one of the first and best ones I watched was “How to make Liposomal encapsulated Vitamin C at home!”  (duration time 8:13)  by Bridget Davis, The Internet Chef  with over 93,527 views.  She points out that this is 6 to 8 times more powerful than the medical IV treatment which is so much more costly.

You may or may not know that one can Liposomally  Encapsulate any product or substance you choose.  The reason behind the Glutathione is kinda simple actually;  it’s quite costly, doesn’t absorb well in our gut (is destroyed by stomach acids) – broken down- before has a chance to work for us.  but if it is LIPO- G,  it is easily transported undetected because it is bound up in the ‘Lecithin’ coat it is traveling in which  is okay, as the body recognizes it – thus enters the bloodstream with access to cells where it is needed.  Its true that I ascribe Coconut oil with the major thrust in dealing with my Alzheimer’s issue (along with a lot of other supplements as well),  but it is the Glutathione which improved my focus so that I ‘could’ function.

For the Alzheimer’s thing, I took it several times a day in the beginning, but those two episodes were bad enuff for me that I didn’t want to play games guessing whether my stomach was empty.  (One should eat nothing 1 hour before or after the Lipo  to ensure routine, normal function.)  For anybody willing to write down when they ate. . . shouldn’t be a problem.  All five of my chronic diseases are better, including the alzheimer’s, arthritis,  blood pressure is normal now,  COPD doesn’t seem to be there anymore and my thyroid is under control.  Of course, I’ve been working on all this stuff on my own for about 5 years and about a year on the LIPO. But my brain is better now and THAT IS WHAT I was after.

 

February 19, 2017

Jeffrey Smith on GMO’s

(Re-do) “Genetic Roulette” discussion of

prior post 11-02-2013

Genetically modified foods. . . or GMO’s,   is one of my top personal priorities along with the subject of health-impairing vaccinations.  So it is the reason for my repeating – or bringing back this prior post of a discussion with Jeffrey Smith, for he is the most dedicated, knowledgable, giant-slayer in our world who cares enough to literally – put it all an the line, come what may.  He is relentless and we all owe a debt of gratitude to him in trying to protect the health of all on the planet, including the planet!  As many know,  health is my main thrust as well,  what I’ve tried to address in every which way, so why not ensure this information gets greater exposure,  again?    

But Jeff stands alone.  He doesn’t have the mega-bucks supporting him, so if he must – he uses spit and glue,  i.e., donations from mere pittance to whatever comes and of course his enthusiastic volunteers who support the effort tirelessly.  Watching this video, you will learn of the humongous effort to allow this unconscionable compromise of our health the world has known since we left the Garden of Eden.  Unknowingly, the masses have been poisoned, sickened and worse – – but so have our other “animal” friends of all description – including the Bee-colony collapse disaster – worldwide,  the global contamination of earth’s soils and seas.  It is frankly, too horrible to believe! Defies comprehension.  But you and me — we’re part of the masses, not those in power, who have the strength and power to get things done (legal or not);   explanations not forthcoming (because it would be rejected by even the simplest among us) – – so we are lied to instead.  Cheaper,  greater yield. . .feeding the world — how noble!  Who’s gonna know? (Ditto with those multiple vaccinations, but that is another subject, isn’t it, . . . right?)    

How could such a thing happen?    Issues of this magnitude eternally stem  not from one or some of us gone loco, roiling the waters;   but from CORPORATE interests and their ability to buy/obtain  the legality and  (highly paid-for) laws which grant full on freedom to  do as they want. They alone assert the stories lauding their direction, advantages,  safety, all the hows and why’s. . . in other words – the story they want told.  No approval necessary – it was part of the package in which they bundled all their ‘facts’ and ‘benefits’. . for public airing – knowledge.   Do ya need to ask why?    Ya kidding?    PROFIT.   So, MONSANTO etal, made all the decisions for a long time now with the revolving-door in our appointed heads of important Departments in Government . . .EPA, Big AG,  FDA,  and so on starting with approval from Poppy Bush and ran through Obama!  Guess everybody makes money on this. . . except the suffering, sickened hoards.  Observe the cost of food these days (worth eating – honest food)  and then there is medicine. . . all the same story and they expect the hurting, suffering and needy masses to pay the bills.   And then there’s Trump.   Sorry, still have to draw the line on what I CAN  talk about.    

Don’t take my word on any of this. . . who knows what kind of nut I might be?  But Jeffrey Smith is the real McCoy; speaks in a civilized manner and is highly esteemed the world over.  His “GENETIC ROULETTE” movie is one to see, can probably buy or rent it – had it here for only a few days on loan from Dr Mercola.  Check it out if you can.    The following is one I found online discussing the Seeds of Destruction.   There are quite a few.            Jan 

 

 

 

February 17, 2017

Power of MIND, BODY and well-being

Our magical  body cooperates

Like so many others  (elder  or otherwise),  I have become acquainted with the “leaky bladder syndrome.”   When I first posted on this issue,  it hadn’t become my own experience to deal with.  I knew of the Kegel exercises (strengthening the Pelvic Floor Muscles).  And of course. . .I was prone to using EFT,  so the combination led to an obvious conclusion.   But now at 87 1/2, I can attest to the certainty that it works.  To add a further observation – exercise of course works. . .if you do enuff of them and follow thru.  Only so so, if you only do them as you’re running for the toilet.  

So I am here today to attest to the fact that our wonderful body is able, willing and capable of almost anything we need to achieve harmony, balance and/or just feel better.  What stops so many is the acceptance of limitation which we pick up everywhere.  We are bombarded from TV commercials – non-stop 24/7; from responses even from the med profession. . . . “well we have to realize, you’re getting older now” and so on.  All this Bull crap plus our seeming wind-down creates an attitude of can’t or unable to do. . . .which the body hears/knows, and responds to.  We’re being brain-washed — taking orders from outside of self!   Our body isn’t watching TV or jumping to conclusions from all those ads for OTC and RX stuff,  but in fact, takes it’s marching orders from our thinking  — which sets our mood, therefore. . . . it is our thinking which shapes who we are and what we believe. . . and how we feel about everything.

So let me state – clearly,   what we think matters;   dictates how we feel and that dictates the ins and outs of our lives.  Always reach for the higher, better feeling thoughts.  Expect health, want it, see it. .  .  and you are automatically setting up higher vibrations to assist in all that you do.  It’s universal law,  which you prove everyday when you take the time to notice it.  I don’t really equate doing EFT as I do with “prayer” . . .but in point of fact, it accomplishes the same thing.  It lifts us to a higher vibratory level which then allows that old LOVE quotient  (healing)  to come flooding in.  Whether the words are muttered, spoken or just thought. . .the body is listening and responds and that’s how its always been.  

As I outline what I expect (after having stated the problem),  I guess I just automatically fall into a flow of gratitude for what my blessings already are, and go on about the wisdom, care and ongoing love with which my body continues to bless me.  In this case – I know that my body is strengthening  my muscles and will bring about the control I seek.    A few rounds like that in words which occur to me, realizing my words are just me to me (and the Universe).  The energy for the mission is now done, tho I repeat as often as seems necessary  while also continuing to do Kegel.  

Probably wouldn’t be functioning yet if I didn’t have all these resources – AND USE THEM.  When Heidi died, I was truly devastated. And I was a mess.  Won’t elaborate.  Finally started with EFT over my emotional pain.  After all, it is EMOTIONAL Freedom Technique!  It still hurts, deeply, but I’m getting thru the days better.   Not crying as much, tho the puffiness under my eyes may just be permanent at this point.  

Think I’ve made my point.. . we have options, but we must use them for them to work to our benefit.  Choose the thoughts you really want, and know that anything is possible  . . . (doesn’t hurt to throw in some good thoughts for our beloved planet as well)

 

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As you imagine and visualize and verbalize your new story, in time you will believe the new story, and when that happens, the evidence will flow swiftly into your experience. A belief is only a thought you continue to think; and when your beliefs match your desires, then your desires must become your reality.

There is no physical body, no matter what the conditions, that cannot achieve an improved condition. Nothing else in your experience responds as quickly as your own physical body to your patterns of thought.   * So beautiful. . . and so true

—Abraham

Excerpted from: Money and the Law of Attraction on August 31, 2008

Our Love,

Esther (and Abraham and Jerry)

February 15, 2017

Trump on Vacines

Could TRUMP be the 1 person who’ll fix this?

Based on all we’ve seen, I kinda doubt it.  This is a subject which requires great clarity and objectivity with honest scientific oversight – which  HAS NEVER BEEN ALLOWED.  It isn’t likely that Trump would know how to do that, but if he could, this could become a rousing course which might yield a fairly significant approval level.  it would sure have my approval!    Jan

 

FRONT PAGE » MEDIA » EDITORIAL BIAS » 

TRUMP SETS OFF MEDIA FIRESTORM WITH PROPOSED VACCINE SAFETY REVIEW PANEL

by Joseph Mercola, DO | Guest Writer

Published February 5, 2017 |

Only nine days away from his swearing-in as president, Donald Trump held his first press conference since the election and announced that the pharmaceutical industry was “getting away with murder” and that during his presidency he would do something about high drug prices with more competitive bidding for federal contracts. His remarks sent drug stocks into a sudden nosedive.1

As noted by Brad Loncar, manager of Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF: “When somebody that high-profile says something that negative, people do not want to invest in it.” According to Reuters:2

Trump’s campaign platform included allowing the Medicare healthcare program to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, which the law currently prohibits.
He has also discussed making it easier to import drugs at cheaper prices. ‘We are going to start bidding. We are going to save billions of dollars over time,’ Trump said.

Trump’s comments came only one day after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told reporters that Trump had asked him to “chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.”

Although the Trump transition team quickly denied that any decision had been made on such a commission, shockwaves reverberated throughout the drug industry in speculation as to what impact this commission, if formed, might have on vaccine uptake and sales.3

Robert Kennedy and Media Coverage of a Possible New Vaccine Safety Commission

Although Trump himself has not made a public statement, if you had any doubts whatsoever that conventional media is following an industry-created script, look no further than the incredibly biased coverage of Kennedy’s reported appointment.

A vast majority of the articles written are so blatantly slanted and unbalanced, it is hard to understand why self-respecting professional journalists would ever want their names associated with them. Repeatedly, such articles claim the science on vaccines is settled and vaccines are safe.4 Period.

The New York Times—which recently promised to rededicate itself “to the fundamental mission of Times journalism… to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives”5—wrote a remarkably biased article about Kennedy’s appointment, saying:6

Mr. Trump … asked a prominent anti-vaccine crusader to lead a new government commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, ushering debunked conspiracy theories about the dangers of immunization into the White House…
Among his many political pursuits, Mr. Trump picked up the anti-vaccine cause a few years back. In 2012, he tweeted … ‘A study says @autism is out of control—a 78 percent increase in 10 years. Stop giving monstrous combined vaccinations.’ These views, to say the least, are not the scientific consensus …

So, The New York Times, supposedly newly rededicated to impartial reflection on all sides of the issue, simply decides there’s a consensus among all scientists and makes no attempt to address a single argument made by those who provide substantial evidence that there are big gaps in vaccine safety science.

That’s hardly upholding journalistic integrity. Yet, this is what we’re seeing everywhere in news reporting by conventional media dominated by corporate interests these days.

Is Vaccine Safety as Established a Fact as Gravity?

There are no long-term studies comparing differences in health outcomes between vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.

The pharmaceutical and medical trade industries claim a vaccine’s benefits always outweigh the potential harms, but no solid scientific evidence is provided to back up such claims. It’s really little more than opinion.

The government and pharmaceutical industries say it would be unethical to study vaccinated versus unvaccinated children, as the unvaccinated children would be put at risk. Yet more and more parents are having first-hand experience with adverse reactions, and choosing to opt-out of the government vaccine schedule.

Ask a parent of a child who died or suffered permanent brain damage after vaccination and I’m sure you’ll get a very different response. Curiously, anyone who dares to question the quality and quantity of vaccine studies is immediately branded anti-science and a medical heretic.

In response to Kennedy’s announcement that Trump had asked him to head up a commission on vaccine safety, Dr. David Kimberlin, co-director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), said:7

We don’t have to keep asking if gravity is real. We don’t have to keep asking if clean water is a good thing. Yes it is. Vaccines are good things. They save lives.

According to Kimberlin, “The science proving the safety of vaccination is settled and does not need to be investigated again.” But if it’s settled, where are the studies?

Where’s the research showing that 50 doses of 14 vaccines administered to children in combination and repeatedly in the first six years of life equals long-term health and results in few, if any, problems? What are the multi-generational effects to the immune system with so many vaccine doses?

The sad fact is the often repeated mantra that vaccines are absolutely safe and that there is nothing to worry about is a case of thinking that if a falsehood is repeated over and over again, and long enough, people will believe it’s true.

Why are vaccine proponents so terrified of an honest vaccine safety review? This in and of itself raises serious questions.

Another fact that should give everyone pause is the witch hunt unleashed on anyone who dares to question the never-proven-hypothesis that vaccines are so unequivocally safe and beneficial for everyone that everyone should be forced, by law, to get vaccinated with every government-recommended vaccine.

Note: This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published on Dr. Mercola’s website at www.mercola.com.

February 14, 2017

Preserve CHOICE, save your HEALTH

Try not 2 be consumed by the All-Encompassing CHAOS 

Protecting LIFE and HEALTH tops all

As we witness our ‘rights’ being trampled,  our voices being ignored and new assaults on our governmental protections being trashed in an ongoing daily circus-like manner. . . . we can begin to doubt our own sanity.  Of course,  that may be part of the Trump-plan – – to upset everyone’s sense of equilibrium so that we can’t easily see what’s going on.  Still, we must preserve our energy levels and tend to business and not allow still MORE rights to be yanked from our hands.  We must act here, WE MUST PERSEVERE.   Our freedom to be – exist as a free people demands that only we choose what we do, say, think, enjoy, eat or not eat. . . choose to protect our body and health with, by acting according to our own , individual needs, , decisions – period.   We are not chattel.   After all, this is America and have long been known for how we do business, treat people, honor our sacred commitments.  

We the people have NEVER,  ever decided to run our government like a business — dictated by the bottom line of profit.   As such, even the rules of governmental behavior dictates behaviors and customs to prevent even the odor of conflict of interest, let alone the blatant, overt disaster we see before us on a daily basis now.  The Trump conspiracy is so filled with deceit and lies  that it is actually – beyond belief for conscientious, ethical people to understand.  A majority of us were so disgusted by this man,  but he was successful in pulling off the biggest con in recorded history using “showmanship,” not intelligence or decency and we’re left holding the ashes as he destroys our honorably built nation, full of ideals, principles and legendary history.

Until a strong Trump opposition finds it’s courage, conviction and strength to overturn this horrific disaster by an effort to impeaching TRUMP and firing all his Wall-Street buddies (the swamp he was going to purge!) we must hold the line on the GO SIGNAL which the GOP feels they are entitled to pursue;  (voting rights, women’s rights of self determination, saving our world from the disastrous environmental path we are currently treading,  and also what poisons we are NOT WILLING to  put into our body, plus all the “regulations” which are in place to protect people from harm and injury).  

Enuff with fine-tuning the small-print of the “rules” – the ethics have always been there and described – – and aspirants have almost entirely always endeavored to honor and protect them because it works and it’s the right thing to do.  How can there be a need to determine if it has or hasn’t been done before?  It hasn’t!   Til now, it’s worked because everyone has honored it.  Don, the Con’s idea of  change isn’t what Americans asked for.  They wanted less Corporate control, but now it’s changing to total corporate control; also, wanted a fair shake, being that we’re equal under the law which applies to us all.  Fat chance! Instead of draining the swamp  – – Don has saturated it with even more cronies plus adding crocodiles  and vultures too.  Some of the appointees are intending to destroy the departments they are to be heading and most of the rest know nothing or little about their proposed jobs or duties thereof.  It’s ‘satiric’ if not outright evil.      The Donald has brought disaster to the White-house.  He promised a ‘shake-up, . . but must have had destruction in mind.  Get rid of him before he destroys all that we have built over a couple of hundred years  and all our allies and friends loose faith in us. 

Back to the point of this post .  .  .  .  (but wait – – Flynn has just resigned after all the dung which clung to him was inescapably revealed, and everybody was lying about  it, but proof is undeniable if not embarrassing to explain. He should be facing serious charges with his tattling to Russia before Trump even took office. . .but who’s left in Washington to do an honest and impartial job?)    

Anyway, with so much going on in this ‘Grand Scale’,  it’s dangerous to let this MANDATED vaccine thing get worse.  I stay tuned to NVIC, they do a fabulous job of keeping any who wish to know the facts rather than the “highly paid-for HYPE” (by the Pharmaceutical conglomerate. . . . e.g. modern-day gangsters and robbers)  They have more money than God and buy more rules, laws and regulations at will. . .nothin’ they can’t pay for and there’s always hands waiting to be filled (in congress, etal).     So check out the latest message from Barbara Loe Fisher of NVIC, to be informed and know what you can do to protect yourself and family.  It is tragic as millions of families know all too well, the way an infant’s developing immune system is hammered  before it’s  developed and had a chance to defend itself. . . .then be damaged and sometimes totally ruined, denying the life it was entitled to.  Not going to drone on again – you either get it or you don’t.  My point is no one has the right to force us to take into our bodies anything we choose to refuse.  We are not chattel!  We are free Americans and I stand for that !    Jan

http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/February-2017/take-action-2017-protect-vaccine-freedom-of-choice.aspx

February 5, 2017

PET euthanasia, painless, safe – cheap

My Friend and long-time companion Heidi, is gone.

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Have been grieving and out of it during Heidi’s final weeks of life ,and desperate to either prevent it or alleviate her suffering.  No matter what, in the end I could do nothing but suffer as she  struggled.  

I had been on line chasing down any possible solution to relieve her pain and torment,  obviously, along with hundreds of others whose needs precluded veterinary euthanasia assistance which can run from simple $100+  to perhaps $1,000 or more in cost, or some other reason such as the condition of their pet or didn’t want the additional trauma of pet’s worsened fear,  etc,.,  For an elder such as me, it was a no-go.  But really nothing there – – only advice to shooting in head or to strangle. .. . . .guess I wanted some OTC Advil or something humans take for pain in a high dose, tho  advice was against that. But I kept at it.  

Finally,on Feb 1st, I found a Humane, inexpensive, painless method to euthanize your beloved pet without experiencing additional fear or stress.  Anyone could do it.  I bawled when I found it. . .so grateful – I knew there were things which could be done!  It was about 2:30 in the morning on the first.  Heidi was gone by 3:15. It was too late for her to have a peaceful death.  I weep still, even as I write this;  I don’t know when I’ll be able to forgive myself for letting Heidi suffer so.  The pain and guilt I feel has pretty well torn me up.  In effort to prevent others from this utter helplessness and pain, I want to post the information I found from someone whose name I don’t know- just some one with a big heart.  I hope you and your family never has to endure this, but if you know of someone in such a bind (one way or the other), perhaps you could share this with them.  Ya sure won’t get this info from the Vet!       Jan (lonely w/o Heidi)

LINK:

http://forum2.aimoo.com/computerhelp/categroy/Topic-1-804288.html

How to euthanize old dog at home?

(Date Posted:06/09/2011 11:59 AM)

 For most people, this is a truly agonizing problem.  Here is an easy, peaceful and very safe method to euthanize your pet at home without veterinary intervention and associated costs; without the use of unpredictable medications, and without the use of dangerous firearms, chemicals or anesthetics.  Total cost will be between $20 and $60, depending on the size of your pet. While there may be vets who will make a house-call for this service for a comparable price, you may want to spare your beloved pet from the fear of the vet, and the pain of the needle. Or you may just want to save your family from the horrible decision. TRUST YOURSELF to do the right thing for your pet.

Before you proceed, decide what you want to do with the body. Burial options are limited in most cities, leaving cremation the only reasonable alternative.  Doing your homework ahead of time will make the handling of your pet’s remains much easier.

You will need:

1) One or more disposable canisters of compressed Helium Gas, available for purchase at many big box stores for under $20 for inflating party balloons.  These can be kept on hand for the appropriate time, and will “keep” for several months. After use, simply recycle the empty containers, or discard them in the regular trash.

2) A crate, cage, or other container for your beloved pet. Preferably, this should be your pet’s favorite resting and relaxing place.

3)  A very stout plastic bag, large enough to completely enclose your pet’s cage.  If the cage is particularly big, you may have to get a “tree bag” from a garden center, or create a large enough bag out of several heavy bags and a lot of duct tape. The seal is very important, so tape both sides of all joints.

4)  Some stout string, about 12 inches long.

5)  A twist tie, the kind used to seal bags of fruit or vegetables.

6)  Optional, but recommended for large dogs; 3 feet of 3/4″ inside diameter plastic tubing.

7)  Stout masking tape, packaging tape or duct tape.

8)  Some very private and quiet time, once you know you are ready.

Step 1)  For pets who are suffering from unrelenting pain, the sooner you do this the better.  For pets who are clearly approaching the end, but are not yet critical, you can take a few days to prepare them so they will not be in any fear.  In that case, put the bag over the cage, leaving the bag open at the door. Put a treat in the cage and allow your pet to go into their cage and get the treat.  When your pet is not fearful of the bag, and is quite comfortable with the new decor, proceed to step 2.

(Note: Withholding food from your pet for a day before this makes clean-up easier)

Step 2)  With your pet in the cage, close the door and put the nozzle of the helium canister in the open end of the bag. Use the length of string to tightly secure the bag around the nozzle, so that the nozzle is protruding into the bag. Make sure there are no leaks and that the nozzle is unblocked by plastic bag  **If you are putting a larger dog to sleep, you may need to use more than one helium tank, so tightly secure the plastic tubing in the opening of the bag instead, and then put the nozzle in the other end of the tube. Press hard enough to make a good seal between the hose and the nozzle.

Step 3)  Open the valve on the helium tank, and begin to flood the bag and cage with helium.  If the cage is small and the bag is big, this is all you have to do.  If the cage is large, you may need to make a small cut in a corner of the bottom of the bag, to let out the remnant air as you flood the cage with helium.

Step 4)  Once the cage and bag are fully flooded, and the bag looks quite inflated, close the small hole in the corner of the bag with the twist tie, if you had to make one.  Secure it tightly.  Continue to maintain constant, but not extreme, pressure in the bag. You want the bag inflated, but not ready to burst.

Step 4a)  If your dog is large, inflating the bag may use up the first helium canister completely.  If that is the case, then simply remove the end of the hose from the first canister, and place it on the nozzle of the second canister and continue.  Try not to lose any gas pressure in the bag by holding your thumb over the end of the hose.

NOTE:  During Steps 3 and 4, you will hear your pet relax and almost immediately slip into unconsciousness.  It only takes few seconds, and there is NO PAIN. Breathing may become very deep, and you may hear some panting. Following this, and very briefly, you may hear your pet move about rapidly.  DO NOT PANIC.  This is merely a seizure; a sign of an oxygen-starved brain. Your pet is TOTALLY unconscious during this time, and CANNOT feel any discomfort or fear whatsoever.

Step 5)  Leaving the bag sealed to the helium canister, and after checking for any leaks, retire to your favorite comfy chair and listen to some music. It is advisable at this point to not reflect on the life of your beloved pet, because it will cause you undue stress, and you’re not  finished yet. You will have the rest of your life to think fondly of your pet later. For now: Relax.

Step 6)  Periodically peek to make sure the bag is still inflated.  Breathing will slow, and then become sporadic, finally stopping altogether, between 9 and 30 minutes from when the bag is first flooded with helium.  Just to be sure, listen after 40 minutes, and if there are no breath sounds, you have done it; CONGRATULATIONS, You have released your pet from his/her pain, and your family from the agony of dealing with euthanasia at a vet’s office.

Step 7)  Open a nearby door or window, and ensure proper ventilation of the area around the cage.  Then, open the bag and allow the helium to escape. Remove the bag from around the cage.  DON’T WORRY.  What you will see is a completely peaceful animal, which CLEARLY did not experience any discomfort, pain or fear.

Step 8)  Your pet may have involuntarily defecated, and/or urinated.  Feel free to clean him/her up with paper towels and warm water.  You don’t need to worry about hurting your pet now.  The pain is gone.

Step 9)  Take as much time as you need to grieve for your beloved pet.  While you may feel relief that his/her suffering is over, your own sadness may be difficult to take.  When you are ready, call your vet’s office and inform them that your pet died in his/her sleep.  Make the arrangements you’ve decided on for disposal of the body. Many local humane societies offer cremation services at very reasonable rates.

Step 10)  Announce the death in your family by whatever method you prefer.  You may be surprised at how much understanding and sympathy have. Take comfort in this shared grief.

MY STORY:  Our 9 year old German Shepherd was much loved by my kids, who had grown up with him.  They adored him, so when he began to bite and snap unpredictably, it was hard for my kids to take. Medications helped his arthritis pain, but didn’t make him totally trustworthy around anyone. For the last 6 months of his life, I lived in CONSTANT fear he would bite a child, or the postman, or anyone else. I had to be extremely careful how I handled him, because he would bite me too. He had good days and bad days, but he also had good moments and bad moments, and it was impossible to tell which he was having until it was too late and someone needed stitches.

Our vet recommend more aggressive medications, which were going to cost over $100 per month. He was never going to get better, and the bites were likely to get more frequent and more severe. What had been a loving pet was now a walking lawsuit waiting to happen. I was terrified that he was always about to bite someone.  When I realized that prolonging the life of the dog was making my life a living hell and would eventually result in horrible injury to someone, I asked the vet about performing a quiet euthanasia at my home. The vet refused!  He insisted that because the pain was manageable, and because the dog was otherwise in good health, he would not put him down, at my home or anywhere else.  Wow! Every vet I asked said the same thing!

So instead, I began to research painless, easy methods of euthanasia that had a very low risk of danger to anyone else. The “self-deliverance” websites on painless suicide methods offered vast amounts of useful information. My wife and I began to plan…

Rather than make my kids go through the anguish, my wife and I decided to euthanize the dog in his crate at home without telling the kids ahead of time.  In order to save him from any fear, we ran several practice runs, until the dog walked willingly into his crate when it was in a giant black bag, lie down and wait for his treat.  Then, one Friday morning while the kids were at school, we followed the above directions, which resulted in our dog dying peacefully, painlessly and without fear.  He looked angelic, resting there like he was asleep.  My wife and I removed all the “evidence,” and carefully discarded it. We cleaned his body tenderly and tearfully. Then we waited for the kids to arrive home. Of course they were heartbroken. They cried and wailed and hugged the dog, and we cried with them.

As far as they were concerned, their dog died peacefully of natural causes.  He was old. They didn’t require any further explanation.

My wife called the crematorium. When the kids were ready, we all picked up the body of our beloved dog and carried him to the car. At the facility, I carried him in, while my wife consoled the children in the car. When we got back home, we sat in the back yard and told stories, sometimes tearfully, about what a wonderful dog we had, and how lucky he was to have gone so quietly…

May your love for your pet endure beyond your lifetime. May the decision be easy for you. May you take some comfort in releasing him from his pain without fear, without pain, without worry.

Godspeed.

January 23, 2017

NAKED CHEMIST knows “skin”

This is one more example of my bad choices in post titles!   “Can acne-psoriasis-eczema, etc., be fixed?”   So I’m fixin’ it!  Jan

(The answer to the question is YES, we CAN fix our skin!)

How we hurt our skin trying to fix it,

because we’ve been mis-informed!

So,  how and why do we hurt our skin, when all we do is try to fix it, make it feel better,  look better.  Is it why we end up doing it more significant in the end.  No easy answer here;  most of us have struggled with one or more of those epidural problems.  Mine started in my teens. Had acne like so many others and we did what almost everyone does; ask the druggist or doctor.  One receives names of potions to buy OTC.  Can move from there to ‘stronger’ cleansers  > then to scrubs or beads, etc.  And finally it’s just your genes.*   Trouble with that is Mother (she of amazing beauty and intellect, had perfect skin, hair and nails), never had anything like that and was at a loss.  For reasons that I will never understand, she admired doctors and valued them to be something like agents of God – to be listened to and respected.  Tho I’m so grateful for her gene-pool. . .I’m grateful I didn’t inherit that one.  

Anyway, I went on to endure teenage acne well into my 40’s.  After a life time of  routine, normal doctoring, now in my upper 80’s I am finally understanding that Ive been  afflicted with Hormonal imbalances since my teens.  So sad.  But now i get it. . .the how’s and why’s, resulting from  one of our modern technologies — online research,  not from one of my personal care doctors.   But that would be up for discussion  another day.  For the moment, it’s the SKIN I want to speak of.  

It is not my purview to explain this subject which I regard as enormous, vital and weighty;  but also – easy to grasp without requisite background. . just given in simple terms, logically to ensure comprehension.  But I have been blessed to find one of the best minds among us today who enjoys a somewhat elevated prestige factor which has sprung from her accomplishments in the field,  scientifically based, and having a unique ability to resolve variable skin problems  for those who come to her clinic or are referred by physicians  and delivering the goods.  Further, she seems to have quite a following online as she dispenses knowledge (not easily come by), generously sharing the results of her study and practice.   She is NAKED CHEMIST’s  Samantha Miller.  (go ahead – put it in the browser and connect with her blog,  ya won’t be sorry)

Following, you will find  her “UNDERSTANDING THE ACID MANTLE.”   but there are so many other links;   she treats each of the multiple components individually so that we aren’t forced to figure out what one has to do with the other.  She makes the links and leads you to new understanding so that we can claim BACK our beautiful, healthy functioning skin, which then is able to fully do what it was designed to do.  It is totally linked to our health, aside from allowing us to reflect the beauty with which nature has endowed us. Dermatologists often send their patients to Samantha because of her way of educating and assisting others to achieve their skin’s goals  by explaining  what this is really all about.        J

 

N A K E D     C H E M I S T

Understanding the Acid Mantle

by Samantha Miller | Oct 27, 2014 | Products | 33 comments

The best foundation you can wear. . . . . Is glowing healthy skin

Is sensitive skin a concern?

Or is your skin dry, red, inflamed or itchy?

Then chances are your acid mantle is out of whack.

This protective acid mantle is also referred to as the hydro-lipid film.

It’s a protective slightly acidic film, that sits on the skins surface, acting as the interface between you and the world.

  • In the 1920’s, Macrhionini and Schade identified the acidity of the skin, which they called the acid mantle. They also found that this mantle discouraged the growth of fungi and bacteria; It wasn’t until much later that it was discovered that chronic alkalisation can knock this acid mantle out of balance, which can lead to inflammation, dermatitis and atopic skin diseases.

If you’re still finding the term acid mantle a little technical, let me try to help by giving you another scenario.

Have you ever washed your face with soap or an astringent cleanser, and experienced sensitivity or a tight, dry feeling?

That was your acid mantle being stripped and knocked out of balance.

As far as skin structure goes, I have to admit it’s pretty cool.

It’s a unique micro-flora that’s made up of strange secretions which cover the entire surface of your skin.

  • The oily secretions originate in the sebaceous glands
  • The water phase is from perspiration in the sweat glands, which exhibit a powerful bactericidal effect
  • Secretions also come from our natural moisturizing factor

All of which helps to keep your skin gorgeous and healthy.

ANATOMY OF YOUR ACID MANTLE

Your skin’s acid mantle is made up of the following:

  • Water
  • Lactic acid
  • Urocanic acid
  • Fatty acids
  • Pyrrolidine carboxylic acid
  • Eccrine glands which secrete amino acids

These friendly secretions, help with the the metabolism of your skin.

  • They protect against environmental assaults
  • They secrete enzymes, that break down excess sebum in the skin
  • They prevent bad bacteria and viruses from entering the blood stream
  • They keep your skin soft and supple, so it stays free from cracks and abrasions
  • They boost the immune system, which produces antigens close to the skins surface; these antigens retard the growth of bad bacteria, known as pathogens

Sadly like all things in life, there are always going to be things that upset the status quo and the acid mantle is no exception.

Our world is full of different environments, some of which unfortunately have an adverse effect on our skin.

Dust, sun damage, pollutants, central heating, air conditioning, harsh treatments and astringent products all contribute towards stress in the skin, which breaks down our cells natural defence mechanisms.

Our skin’s barrier function gets knocked out of balance, and the inter-cellular lipids between our cell walls, designed to keep this barrier intact break down, creating dry skin conditions.

Lastly, the following which is part of the NAKED CHEMIST (its a huge site, with excellent comments as well),  really got me thinking. In the early teens  referred to previously, I remember Mother relating one of her stories (she had a million of them) about one of her elder relatives who had been some kind of spectacular beauty – used her own urine on her skin.  Sounded off-putting to me, but hey! Decades later while in the shower – it came to mind. . . and I tried it – (who doesn’t always pee in the shower?)  Didn’t hurt or stink or anything, but the shower rinsed it away.  So I learned nothing.  Now, having absorbed the following segment, I was deeply interested. If its true, and my Gawd – FREE. . .why the hell not?  Have written recently about the Tallow Balm I make  (and love). . .its soothing and  healing. but it isn’t moisturizing.  Apparently, my “Acid Mantle’ is deeply hurt and having a problem.  So following the advise from one of the commenters, I gathered a supply and am using it. It was suggested to spray on the skin > then, apply your cream or whatever.   I swear, its working.  Hands are happier now. And keep your little supply in frig as its 100% pure – no preservatives in it)

UREA IN SKIN CARE

http://thenakedchemist.com/what-is-urea-and-its-benefits-in-skincare/?v=7516fd43adaa

January 21, 2017

Your States are calling the Shots!

so Fight like Hell and say NO

While we have been  embroiled sweating the small stuff (and there’s so much of it), . . . really BIG stuff has been going on around us and behind closed doors, for some time.  Not that we hadn’t noticed — — there’s just so much one can adequately do. From day one of Kasich’s term in office – ( a seeming nice man, well spoken, intelligent) I began noticing many changes — all to the detriment of the struggling working class.   In lock step, with total control, he and his legislature began cutting back on every thing which was in place to benefit common folk, like schools, health clinics, libraries; squashed the fine consumer’s council out of business with cuts to financing designed to do just that.  Drug pushers were a top priority, then the educational system – destroyed and replaced by Charter Schools with whom arrangements/contracts were put into place without even the least oversight.   With feeble attempts at seeking justice, these much touted  operators took the assets which they had demanded and fled, after the so-called failures.

Clinics were closed down,  public health issues are scandalous.  Too many Ohio babies don’t make it to age one, but the black babies have double the mortality rate.  The gerrymandering which has been done since before I even got here in ’94 — is so much worse now, I fear it will go on into  perpetuity.  So yes, there’s a lot to ponder.   Any of this can just be called ‘political’  ramblings.  But I see it as needs of real people, not being met – even with the law to back it up. .  e.g. Roe vs Wade – settled law, abortions ARE legal.   I get that Republicans  have sensitive, emotional – ethical standards, but it doesn’t seem to bother those standards as people are made to suffer in order for them to sleep better at nights.  Justice wan’t designed just for the affluent or fortunate,  but for every one of us.    All of this is important.  No question.  

But for me, “above and behind” every issue which can be named, stands HEALTH.  And one’s right to health and to be fully capable of protecting it.   We are not slaves or unthinking idiots . . .we are free,  born with rights which are being eroded.  No person should be mandated to allow vaccines to enter his body if he does not choose to allow it.  The vaccine issue is so corrupt    (no – not going into that again/check it out – everything is out there or here).  There has NEVER been proof that these hundreds of vaccines are safe.    But life itself is mirroring back to us how health standards have changed since the advent of these multiple vaccines became ‘standard procedure’. Autism – rare 50 or more years ago,  is rampant now along with other neurological disorders and learning disabilities.  

But instead of  addressing the issues raised by millions of families whose children have been injured and killed from all this – – insulting degradation has been hurled at them to denounce those parents and families whose lives have been ruined as rabble-rousers and simply, uninformed.    This is cruel, unjust — the act of bullies.  

The diminished state of health is due to more that just vaccines, to be sure.   It’s the highly organized medical system which is so profit driven that they haven’t practiced “good medicine” for decades now.  Most physicians are symptom manipulators  with  no time or inclination to ‘heal’ by seeking causation in order to remedy illness with proper guidance.  Hence, it is ’cause unknown.’  This affirms how lacking Medical schools are.   There are so many bright minds out there who DO  go on to learn of the many resources which have always been available to us.  It was in the original plans, including all those plants and herbs and clean, sparkling water.  We need hormonal balance,  plenty of enzymes and minerals and vitamins.  But we don’t need laboratory-made chemicals in our body for they are toxic to us and further burden an already suffering, weakened organism. The body heals itself when it receives what it needs.  

Our country needs to put medicine on an even keel by granting equal privilege to doctors who heal with herbs of the field and other specialties which we generally term  “alternative.” Can we even imagine what this could do to the American financial budget?   We’d save billions right off the bat.  Big PhRMA would get its comeuppance and most doctors would have to make some changes if they  want to stay alive.  Ya just can’t say that most illnesses are “idiopathic” and keep getting away with it.   And then, there’s the stuff about the food, our choices – right? Starts there.  

Forgive the ‘soapbox” my friends (you knew how much I try to simplify, but I keep getting carried away)  This post was started to advise you of serious stuff going on in most of the states.  Because I do subscribe (FREE) to NVIC, I get these emails and this one I wanted to share with you.   If this matters to you – SPEAK UP and tell your elected congressmen and senators.  And if it doesn’t matter to you – what are you doing on my blog?        Jan

Dear NVIC Advocacy Team Members,

We are only about one week into legislative sessions across the country and so much is happening.   If you live in one of the following states, there are already vaccine bills filed that can affect your rights if they pass:

        AR, IN, KY, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, TX, and VA.

This week there are hearings in IN and MO.

PLEASE LOG IN TO http://NVICAdvocacy.org for more information and check back often!  Please understand that we are analyzing bills and updating the NVIC Advocacy Portal multiple times a day and this information changes daily.  Use this resource to find out what is going on in your state and what you can do to help!   Here is a breakdown of the bills filed that we are tracking as of 1/17/17.

EXEMPTIONS and INFORMED CONSENT

Restricting Vaccine Exemptions    MN, NY, TX

Eliminating Vaccine Exemptions   AR, NY, OK, PA

Required School Exemption Disclosure   VA

Expand Vaccine Exemptions  NJ, NY

Add to Who Can Sign Medical Exemptions  TX

Prohibit Docs from Throwing Exempting Patients out  TX

Forced Detention and Treatment on Suspicion of Vaccine Preventable Disease  NY

Expand Vaccine Informed Consent   OR, TX

MANDATES

Adding New Vaccine Mandates  IN, KY, MO, NJ, NY,  OR,  VA

Restricting Vaccine Mandates  NH,  NJ

Prevents Vaccine Mandates for Adults  MS

VACCINE TRACKING AND REPORTING

Eliminate OPT-IN Consent for Vaccine Tracking  TX

Expand Vaccine Tracking   NY, TX

 VACCINES

Prohibit Certain Ingredients in Vaccines   MO

Required Vaccine Promotion/Marketing  NE,  TX

Pharmacists Administer Even More Vaccines   MT,  NY

 Sincerely,

NVIC Advocacy Team
National Vaccine Information Center
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January 19, 2017

GOODBYE COLO

                     Goodbye, Colo

Colo at her 60th birthday party, courtesy of Columbus Zoo
I’ve heard a lot of people complain that 2016 took away many of the best celebrities that we have.  Well, now it’s half-a-month into 2017, and we’ve already lost two of the most famous zoo-and-aquarium celebrities of our times.  Earlier this year, of course, we had the death of Tilikum, the infamous orca from SeaWorld.  Today (17th),  Columbus Zoo announced the passing of Colo, the world’s first captive-born gorilla.  She was 60 years old when she passed away in her sleep.

Colo was rejected by her mother and was hand-raised by keepers.  At the age of two, she was introduced to her future mate, Bongo, with whom she had three children.  Having never gained first-hand parenting experience, Colo never raised her own children… but she did help raise her grandchildren.  By the time of her death, she was a great, great grandmother, with two dozen some descendants.  Some went to zoos around the country, but many remained with her in Columbus.

What makes Colo’s passing truly remarkable is its testament to the changes in zoo animal welfare over the years.  Prior to Colo’s birth in 1956, gorillas had never been bred in captivity, and it hadn’t been the long ago when they were considered virtually impossible to keep alive in the first place.  Today, there are hundreds of gorillas in zoos around the world – virtually all of them zoo-borns – making them one of the most sustainable, most genetically-secure zoo populations.  We no longer worry about getting them to eat, or watch them fade away from depression and disease.  We now have large, vibrant family groups, and one of our greatest medical challenges is maintaining geriatric gorillas in good cardiac health; one of our main demographic challenges is managing young bachelor males.

Colo’s passing doubtlessly has left a huge hole in the hearts of her many keepers and admirers.  It’s been touching, however, to see the community rally around them with support and fond memories of a great, great grandmother of an ape.

Cordray’s job protects ALL

This is a story which it would behoove all to be aware of as it deeply concerns any of us in so many ways.  This agency since it’s beginning has saved Billions for the American public; was inspired by Elizabeth Warren and it has been a blessing.  We cannot afford to loose this, either as individuals or as a country. . . if we desire fairness and justice.            Jan

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at the Treasury in Washington.CreditAlex Wong/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Mild-mannered, lawyerly and with a genius for trivia, Richard Cordray is not the sort of guy you picture at the center of Washington’s bitter partisan wars over regulation and consumer safeguards.   But there he is, a 57-year-old Buckeye who friends say prefers his hometown diner to a fancy political reception, testifying in hearing after hearing on Capitol Hill about the agency he leads, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Republicans would like to do away with it — and with him, arguing that the agency should be led by a commission rather than one person.

And with a Republican sweep of Congress and the White House, they may get some or all of what they wish.

Mr. Cordray, a reluctant Washingtonian who has commuted here for six years from Grove City, Ohio, where his wife and twin children live, is the first director of the consumer watchdog agency, which was created in 2010 after Wall Street’s meltdown. By aggressively deploying his small army of workers — he has 1,600 of them — Mr. Cordray has turned the fledgling agency into one of Washington’s most powerful and pugnacious regulators.

And, according to Mr. Cordray, he and his team have barely scratched the surface of combating consumer abuse.   “We overcame momentous challenges — just building an agency from scratch, let alone one that deals with such a large sector of the economy,” Mr. Cordray said in an interview at his agency’s office here. “I’m satisfied with the progress we have made, but I’m not satisfied in the sense that there’s a lot more progress to be made. There’s still a lot to be done.”

But his future and the agency’s are uncertain. Democrats in Ohio are encouraging Mr. Cordray to run for governor in 2018, which would require him to quit his job in Washington fairly soon, rather than when his term ends in mid-2018. Champions of the agency are imploring him to stay, arguing that if he leaves, the agency is likely to be defanged, its powers to help consumers sapped.

Opponents of the bureau just won a big legal victory: The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said last month that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was unconstitutional, and that the president should have the power to fire its director at will.

The agency is challenging the decision — which was made in a lawsuit brought by the mortgage lender PHH Corporation that contests the consumer bureau’s authority to fine it — and that has temporarily stopped the decision from taking effect. But the ruling has kept alive questions about whether too much power is concentrated in Mr. Cordray’s job, and whether the agency should be dismantled or restructured.

Mr. Cordray, who also battled on behalf of consumers in his previous jobs as Ohio’s attorney general and, before that, its treasurer, is praised in some circles as enormously effective, wielding the bureau’s power to restructure some industries and terrify others.   The bureau has “helped save countless people across the country from abusive financial practices,” said Hilary O. Shelton, the N.A.A.C.P.’s senior vice president for advocacy and policy.

Even the regulator’s frequent foes — including Alan S. Kaplinsky, a partner at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia, who says the agency often overreaches — acknowledge its impact.  “I’ve been practicing law in this area for well over 40 years, and there’s nothing that compares to it,” Mr. Kaplinsky said. “Every company in the consumer financial services market has felt the effects.”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has nearly replaced the Better Business Bureau as the first stop for dissatisfied customers seeking redress. It has handled more than a million complaints, many of which it has helped resolve.

Mr. Cordray said that as attorney general of Ohio, he had a front-row seat to the suffering that people endured during the last financial collapse. He was elected to the office in 2008 — the peak of the mortgage crisis.   “I had seen the foreclosure crisis up close,” Mr. Cordray said. “I had seen all the struggles people had with student loans. These were all things we wanted to prioritize.”

He has traversed socioeconomic levels. In his youth, he worked for minimum wage, $2.30 an hour, at McDonald’s. Later, he attended Oxford University as a Marshall scholar, headed the law review at the University of Chicago Law School, and was a clerk for two Supreme Court justices, Byron R. White, a Democratic nominee, and Anthony M. Kennedy, a Republican one. He is a five-time “Jeopardy” champion.

Mr. Cordray said workers at the bureau were often drawn there because they felt the pain of the consumers they tried to help.   “Many people here, if you ask them why they came, they’ll give you one or more personal stories” of hardship at the hands of rapacious companies, he said, adding that workers at the bureau had learned how to speak publicly and effectively about “how these issues affect people’s lives. I think we’ve gotten more and more systematic about doing that,” he said, especially with consumers’ stories submitted to the agency’s complaint portal.

He added, “We’re also taking a lot of guidance from what we see in the pattern of consumer complaints.” Debt collection complaints always top the list, which helped shape proposed rules that the agency outlined in July.

Ralph Liberatoscioli of Mineola, N.Y., turned to the agency this year during a wrangle with Citibank over rewards points he said his wife was owed on her checking account. After several months of fruitlessly working through layers of customer service representatives, he gave up on talks with the bank and filed a consumer bureau complaint on his wife’s behalf.

Within a week, Citibank sent an apology letter and credited her account with the disputed points.   “They have clout, and the banks recognize that,” Mr. Liberatoscioli said.

From the day the bureau opened its doors, it faced unrelenting criticism and a succession of legal challenges from the companies it regulates and from Republican lawmakers. The Republican Party platform adopted this year calls the bureau a “rogue agency” that should be abolished or, at a minimum, sharply curtailed.

“Other than the president, the director of the C.F.P.B. is the single most powerful official in the entire United States government, at least when measured in terms of unilateral power,” Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote in the District of Columbia appeals court decision in October.

The bureau was set up at the behest of Elizabeth Warren, at the time a fiery consumer advocate gaining national prominence. As a White House adviser, she hired Mr. Cordray as the agency’s enforcement chief during the bureau’s early days, and recommended him to President Obama as its director.

When Congress created the new consumer watchdog, it granted most of Ms. Warren’s wish list: The Dodd-Frank Act, the sweeping 2010 bill that increased regulation of Wall Street, established the bureau and built in strong safeguards to shield it from outside influences. The agency’s budget is not subject to congressional appropriations, and its director, who serves a five-year term, cannot be fired by the president.

Because the appeals court’s ruling is delayed until the challenge process plays out, Mr. Cordray still cannot be quickly removed from office by the president.

Nor would it be easy or quick for the Trump administration to dismantle or weaken the bureau — and, after all the attention Wells Fargo stirred up, it might be politically unpopular.

But Donald J. Trump’s election revived calls from critics of the bureau to eliminate Mr. Cordray’s position and replace the agency’s leadership with a five-member, bipartisan commission. The critics say the move would temper the bureau’s more radical impulses; supporters say it would hamstring the agency and prevent it from doing virtually anything.

Representative Jeb Hensarling, Republican of Texas and the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced legislation in September along those lines, called the Financial Choice Act. If Congress wants to act immediately to curb the consumer bureau, that bill could become a blueprint.

“There has been a fairly constant dialogue with the Trump transition team about the Choice Act,” Mr. Hensarling said recently.

For now, the main obstacle for Republicans who want to gut the bureau, or steer it in a very different direction, is Mr. Cordray, whose term runs through July 2018.

He took office in the shadow of Ms. Warren, but his fans and critics say — or complain — that he has proved to be every bit as fierce in carving out the agency’s turf and using its regulatory and enforcement powers.

“They don’t fine-tune,” said Craig Nazzaro, a lawyer in Atlanta who specializes in consumer-finance law and represents debt collectors. “They take a sledgehammer to the existing rules and redefine industry standards.”

The housing crisis dominated the bureau’s early days. When Congress created the new overseer, it also dictated its first priority: making mortgages safer. The deadline was tight. If the bureau did not introduce new rules within 18 months, a congressionally mandated set of lending guidelines would automatically take effect.

The bureau made it with one day to spare.

It banned some practices that had fueled the crisis, like home loans with low teaser rates or no documentation of the borrower’s income, and steered lenders toward “qualified” loans with a stricter set of safeguards, including checks to ensure that customers could afford to repay what they borrowed.

After much grumbling — and many dire forecasts that the new rules would limit credit and harm consumers — mortgage lenders adjusted. They made nearly 3.7 million loans last year for home purchases, the highest number since 2007, according to government data.

“It seems like the financial services industry has figured out how to adapt to this new regulatory regime,” said David Reiss, a professor at Brooklyn Law School who studied the effects of the bureau’s rule-making. “We’ve moved from the fox-in-the-henhouse market in the early 2000s, where you could get away with nearly anything, to this new model, where someone is looking over your shoulder.”

But issuing new rules, one of the consumer bureau’s most significant powers, is a grinding process that typically takes years. The mortgage regulations are the only major ones the bureau has completed. In many other areas it wants to change — including payday lending, debt collection, required arbitration and overdraft fees — proposed new rules are still inching their way through the development pipeline.

So the bureau has relied heavily in the last few years on one of its other powers: enforcement. By suing and fining companies when they stray out of bounds, the agency has been able to reshape the playing field years before any new regulations are completed.

“Their method is to regulate through enforcement,” Mr. Kaplinsky said, echoing a common criticism of the bureau’s approach. “They’ve entered into more than 150 separate consent orders touching literally every kind of consumer finance product, and Director Cordray has indicated to the industry that you’d better read the consent orders and follow them — even if you’re not a party.”

Ask Mr. Cordray about that charge, and he grins a little.   “What that really boils down to is a criticism that we’re enforcing the law too vigorously,” he said.Whether the consumer bureau is enforcing the law or using stealth maneuvers to expand it is a source of fierce debate, and Mr. Cordray is regularly called on the carpet on Capitol Hill to defend his agency’s actions. He has testified before Congress 27 times.

Ms. Warren said she was delighted with what the bureau had achieved under Mr. Cordray’s leadership.

“The C.F.P.B. has exceeded my highest expectations,” she said in an interview. “There’s a lot of tools lying around at various regulatory agencies that never get used. But the bureau is using all of its tools, and is out there making a difference.”

Asked if trying to police the entire field of consumer finance is like trying to boil the ocean, Mr. Cordray grinned again. “Get a big enough boiler, and you can do it,” he said.

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