Sunday, December 20, 2020

Blogging my way through the 2020 Pandemic

Well.  I am just trying to see how it would go to get back into BLOGging again after all these years.  Now that I am retired, I have plenty of time, and The Lord knows, there are plenty of controversial subjects out there to discuss.  I recently tested Borderline Diabetic.  I am going for another test on Tuesday to confirm (or deny) the previous results.   After that, I am sure I will be launching an extensive BLOG about the benefits and side effects of using Stevia in your diet.   I have a Diet Coach and her daughter is a Nutritionist, so she has already shared some things with me to get me started.  On the plus side, I have already lost 30 pounds before this came up since August 22nd, when I started the OptaVia diet.  I am sure I will continue with the diet in some form or another, after consulting with my Doctor about my latest Blood-Work.  Probably, I will try to do it without the Stevia, but I will take it a day at a time.  

Well, this is in the category of an addendum.  I won't try to amend what I said earlier, at this point.  My Glucose was 153 after a twelve hour fast, so Doc says, "Diabetes."  It is still borderline, so we will go another four weeks before the next test with no Stevia in the meantime, but I discovered, thanks to sister, Diana, that most of the Fuelings are sweetened with Fructose Sugar, not Stevia, so here all this time, I have been force feeding myself plain old sugar, something I have avoided as much as possible for many years. The Brownies I like better than any of the other sweet stuff has Brown Sugar and Fructose in it.  I am sort of angry about it.  To make matters worse, the last shipment came short the herb biscuit that I had ordered several cartons.  Now I am going to be severely limited for the rest of the month.  I think after that, I am just going to give it up.  I certainly am not going to eat something I don't like, just to pour more sugar into my diet.  I will try to continue losing weight, simply by limiting the size of my meals and concentrating on Lean and Green.  Lots of salad with low fat meat supplementing.  A hamburger patty with cheese and two eggs for breakfast, no more potatoes, and bread, forever, maybe.  Donna fixed a nice Prime Rib, that I can not eat, and I did try a couple small slices, along with a little rice and squash.  This was Christmas dinner, so I did not want to disappoint her too much and not eat anything at all, even though I had already told her I would not.

Now begins the next phase of my journey.  I did get back to my 240 # weight this morning, without any assistance of fuelings from the OptaVia diet.   I concentrated on the Lean and Green with small portions and added in some exercise on the Snow Shovel.  Now I have discovered I can lose the weight without the OptaVia, I am done with that.  No more orders.  

On the same topic, in another direction, my sister, Judy had handed me a paper a couple week ago now with instructions to listen to a You Tube video by a Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn about the underlying causes of Cardio Vascular Disease.  Initially, I had trouble getting in there, but I finally got to listen to it and a bunch of other Interviews he has given to various venues.  I have to say, he convinced me of the validity of his primary premise, that we have in this country effectively locked ourselves into causing our own demise by the diets we all subscribe to.  The number one issue seems to be ALL OILS.  He explained how even Olive Oil, which has long been given a pass by the medical field because it raises the good cholesterol and lowers the bad, is just as bad at being a causative factor in plaque production, and eventual Cardio Vascular Disease.  He also includes in his list of foods we should not be consuming, ALL MEAT.  Not just red meat, as many will insist.  Even Fish is not recommended, along with all other animal foods, like Eggs, Milk, etc.  In other words, you need to be a strict Vegetarian to be completely safe.  He gives a few other helpful suggestions.  He lists the five best foods as being Kale, Swiss Chard, Beet Greens, Arugula and Spinach.  I will for sure immediately add Spinach and next year I will concentrate on growing Beets and Swiss Chard to can up for next year.  These greens, he advises to add a little Balsamic Vinegar.  I will be buying a quart of that next time I am in town.  I have already begun down that road, but it will take me a while to get off all meat, because I do not want to waste what I have already bought.   I will immediately quit buying any meat and will gradually use up what I already have on hand.  This will allow me to work my way into that total diet over a period of weeks.  He includes in his list of Good Foods, pretty much all grains.  I am not going there, ever again.  I have already decided that I have once and forever conquered GERD by my not eating any bread at all on the OptaVia Diet, and I am never again allowing myself to suffer with GERD.  I will concentrate on the "Good Grains"  Rice and Oats.  Oatmeal with fruit, especially Strawberries, will go back into the OK to eat list.  I will finish up the dairy and eggs I have on hand and will not buy more.  Sugar will still be not tolerated in any form, including Stevia.  As long as I am eating fresh, and not prepared foods, this should not be an issue.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Creationism Vs Evolutionism

Ron and I were talking about various aspects of Glaciation. It struck me that his ideas are very radical and quite different from my own. I got to thinking about it and decided to write a BLOG about how much alike we are, rather than concentrating on our differences. It is said that 99.9% of our genetic material is identical. In other words, genetically speaking, we are 99.9% identical and .01% different. Why is it that when we get on certain subjects, we are so diametrically opposed?? Seems like if you get six people together to discuss a particular subject, you will get six different opinions. Why is it we can not find some common ground and agree to disagree on the rest?? Since the discussion began with Glaciation, I decided the entire topic should concentrate on the area of, How was the Earth formed; in six days by a Creator, God in the Judeo/Christian Arabic view or the extreme opposite, that it developed over many billions of years, or is the Truth somewhere in the middle of these two diametrically opposed views??

(Sorry, I have been distracted and did not get this post finished.  Maybe it will whet your appetite to see where I am going with it.)

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Figuring Stuff out on my Own

Well, I am 72 years old, and I have got a lot of stuff figured out.  Some of this stuff I have been thinking about for a very long time, and I don't just say stuff off the top of my head.  I have done my research.  Like most everybody else, most of my research is done through Google.  Since I am sort of hard of hearing and a lot of these websites it is hard for these old eyes to read what they have written there, I usually like to click on videos and start scanning down until I see something I have not seen before that seems to be along the lines of what I am looking for.  I wear my headsets all the time, and I listen to these videos pretty much all the way through.  Some of them are as much as nine hours long.  Sometimes I view full screen and sometimes I am off and about doing other things and just listening to the video in the background; Clicking back now and again to see if there is something I should be seeing.   I sort of prefer the ones where the guy is standing at a lectern with maybe a laser pointer and a screen with his graphics on it.   Most of the time you get the gist of what he is talking about just listening, and then I will go back over certain spots, especially if he has something on the screen that needs to be read.  Sometimes I Share this stuff with other people I think might be interested, but mostly they think I am a Kook and very seldom do any of them listen to it all the way through like I do.   Over the years, I have made some startling discoveries, and verified it many times through various sources.  Pretty much all of this stuff has to be categorized as Alternative Information.  I learned a long time ago you can not trust Mainstream Media.  One of the best examples I can give you is when the BBC Reporter is announcing that the third WTC building has collapsed, Building Seven, and in the video, you can clearly see Building Seven in the background still standing strong for some twenty minutes after she has made her announcement.  You just know when you see this stuff, they have been fed the stories they want you to cover and the Media has no idea where this information comes from, and certainly do not verify the facts.  Mainstream Media is the puppets of the Government, and the Government is the puppets of the Ruling Elite.  But I am getting ahead of myself.  The main thing I want you to understand at this time, is that pretty much all of the stuff I have figured out is definitely not what the majority of the people believe.  They just all consider me to be a nut case and a conspiracy theorist.

As a matter of fact, I maintain a website I call North Country Alternatives, and it includes all sorts of alternatives to everything from Alternative Building styles to Alternative Healthcare, Food and Nutrition.  NECA, is there for the Electricians.  How they tell you to wire an outlet is the way the big electrical outfits can make the most money in the shortest time, not what is the safest way for you to wire your own house.  And if it says, "UL Approved", that is so some great invention you made is not going to easily make it on the market to compete with their products.  The AMA is there to help the Doctors, they are not going to tell you what is good for you, they want you to know what is good for the doctors, and the doctors get paid by the Pharmaceuticals, and it is Big Pharma that is getting Government Grants to do the research to tell you to use this drug or that drug to fix whatever ails you.    And it is their top executives that sit in all the top spots in the Administration to make sure their drugs get approved.  A great example is Donald Rumsfeld and how he got Aspartame approved by the FDA.  Do your own research on that one, That is a book by itself.

A very long time ago, one of the first things I figured out is that sugar is at the root of all my physical problems.  Mostly it is in my Acid Reflux, or GERD, as it is called.  For some reason or another, hardly anyone will believe that eating sugar gives you acid.  People just naturally assume that eating acid gives you acid, just like eating high cholesterol foods gives you high cholesterol.  I know I certainly was not surprised to find out they are finally reversing all this claptrap and recognize that eating eggs for breakfast every single day of your life does not contribute significantly to your High Cholesterol readings and may even help to lower your blood pressure.  I have known this for years, and I am not going to go down the road so many of my acquaintances have gone to having severe muscular issues including death, from them taking doctor prescribed Staten drugs to lower their cholesterol.  Like I say, I learned about sugar before 1975, but I still have convinced very few people of the dangers of eating refined sugar and especially in the case of High Fructose Corn Syrup.  For some reason or another, people will not believe anything unless some very well paid professional tells them.  And then of course, they are immediately on all the diabetes medications which is obviously the biggest rip-off in the medical industry.  They certainly do not want you to understand your problem and fix it on your own, they want you on these drugs for the rest of your life, which may not be very long.  It was not for some time after that, when I fully appreciated just how extensive this problem is, because they put sugar in everything, and if they advertise, "No Sugar Added", you better believe there is something worse than sugar in there, like Aspartame.  Of course, these days most people are finally catching on to the fact that anything prepared for you is not good for you, but they eat it anyway.  All the advertising is made on this Junk Food and it is especially aimed at the very young, so they get indoctrinated at a very early age.   Why is it we finally banned all that cigarette advertising but it is still OK to advertise Pop and other soft drinks??  It is a much greater problem, especially in America than smoking ever has been.  And that includes  smoking Marijuana, I might add, but they certainly do not want you to find out all the medical uses for marijuana, now, do they??

Sugar has gotten into everything.  Even McDonalds dips their French Fries in sugar water so they caramel up nicely when they hit the frier.   One of the worst prepared foodsn are the breads and bread products.  
At one point I thought I was having some GERD issues when I ate pizza.  "No sugar there", I thought.  WRONG AGAIN, I finally figured out it is the crust for Pete's sake.  Now I eat all the pizza I want, I just scrape all the good stuff off the crust and leave the crust.  I suppose I could start eating the pie filling and leave the pie crust, but the pie is loaded with sugar as well.  I have pretty much given up every kind of dessert.  The first thing to go, was one of my most favorite of all snacks.  A carameled nut roll will put me out of commission for three days.  One of the LAST things to go, is a simple sandwich.  Needless to say, I Love bread.  What are the alternatives??  Sorry little boy, no bread, is the alternative.  I still buy ham and cheese, but I can not eat ham and cheese sandwiches.  But, of course, if I tell anyone else all these things they are absolutely certain I must be Gluten Intolerant.  One of the areas that I have not yet done much research is in the grains, but I do know we are ALL pretty much Gluten Intolerant.  It seems we were introduced to grains somewhat recently,  some say by aliens, who brought it to Earth for us to cultivate after the Great Deluge.  I am not opposed to this view, as they appear somewhat suddenly on the scene in Mesopotamia, along with animal husbandry.  One way or another, our bodies do not seem to handle certain foods very well.  Some foods are toxic, if not well cooked, like lentils.  This is actually a design plan by the plants themselves.  They really have no interest in animals eating them, except in a limited fashion to distribute their seeds.  An excerpt from Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, "...Cereal grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, sorghum etc)  and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, garbanzo beans, peanuts etc.) most typically have evolved toxic compounds to prevent predation."  Two major problems caused by consuming these toxins,  1.) Reduced natural insulin production resulting in Diabetes and 2.)  Joint inflammation, resulting in Arthritis.  How many people know this??  Try telling someone he has to stop eating beans and other lentils; all of the above mentioned grains, especially wheat; and add to that the entire Nightshade family, (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant).  I can almost guarantee you no one will take your advice.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Country Of the Politicians, By the Politicians and For the Politicians

For some time I have been wanting to do a BLOG on the people who make the rules to fit their personal ambitions and somehow expect the rest of us to blindly follow, like sheep to the slaughter.  This of course, does not limit the scope of this discussion to Politicians, as the title implies.  It includes all those independent companies and individuals, especially those with enough money to buy their influence and thereunto, the laws they wish implemented.

Yes, this is primarily aimed at all the politicians, who are, largely, lawyers themselves.  All  the CEOs of all the large Corporations, all the Bankers and Lawyers, and yes, to a lesser extent, the Doctors and Teachers and Law Enforcement, for, whereas, at least they do provide a certain service that we do need, have largely bought into this system that has been taken over from a country that was designed to be a government of the people, for the people and by the people to one that is there for big money and the average man has very little to say about it.

A really good modern day example of how this system now works, let us take the recently enacted Affordable Health Care Act.  A lot of you are probably under the belief the Republicans fought tooth and nail to get it blocked, while the Democrats jammed it down their throats, however, they are just as complicit as their supposed foes on Capitol Hill.  In fact, most of what is wrong with the law was placed their by the Republican Leaders, before they would sign on to it in a "JOINT" effort to finally do something about the Healthcare system in this country.  It is hard to find any individuals who think they got a good deal here.  Those who still think it is a system worth keeping are in the healthcarre industry itself, and of course the Insurance Companies are eating it up.

Insurance has long been the root of all evil perpetrated against the American public.  They were the first to get laws implemented that said every individual has to have insurance, starting with Car Insurance and now with Health Insurance as well.  Any economics professor would be quick to acknowledge that the Insurance business is the greatest example of Corporate "Skimming" that has ever existed.  ALL people in the Insurance business make their living at the expense of the average guy who thinks he can not live without insurance.  On the contrary, if he simply put every dime into a simple Savings Account, that he now pays for Insurance premiums, he would have no trouble at all paying for the services that insurance supposedly covers.

A better example may be the TARP program, that bailed out the banks a few years ago.  Most people in America are under the mistaken belief that the banks have long since paid off their debt and TARP is history.  The facts reveal that the bankers are still reaping huge profits from that program and the "help" it supposedly gave to homeowners trying to keep their homes has been pretty much missing from the equation.  How many people do you know who have actually had their mortgages rewritten as a result of the TARP program??  Here again, it was George W. Bush who called both major presidential candidates into his office prior to the election in 2008 to "advise" them of the consequenses of either bailing out the banks, or not doing so.  Whichever one was elected, was expected to carry out the policy instigated by George W. Bush, which Barack Obama did, so both Democrats and Republicans perpetrated this evil against the American public.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Perils of being a Christian

I got to thinking a lot lately about how hard it is to be a "Good Christian".  You have so much responsibility.   You always have to keep second guessing the other guy and try to figure out if he is a "Good Christian" like yourself or if he really needs some help, or even if he is really saved at all, and you got to decide whether you need to teach him about what the Word says, or if you need to "Stand in the gap" for him, or if it would be terribly bad for you if you caused him to stumble, etc.  And then it gets even tougher, when you have to decide whether or not, maybe he is a "Better Christian" than you are and maybe you need to listen to him more about what the Word says and maybe he is right to decide, maybe YOU are not really saved and he has some sort of knowledge that you don't have that could really make you a "Better Christian".   I really got to thinking a lot about this after I realized that..."Strait is the Gate and narrow the way that leads to Eternal life and few shall find it but wide is the path that leads to destruction, and many shall go in thereat."    When I got to thinking about all those people who call themselves Christian and how they always call a few others a bunch of Cults, I could not help but wonder, "What if it were those Cult guys who are right and all those others are on that wide path leading to destruction??"  I'm sure that is the way those Cult guys look at it.  They certainly are not going to make the mistake of calling them "Good Christians."  Oh Woe is me,  what can I do to understand which group it is I belong in??   I know if I bring this up to my pastor, he is going to say, all I got to do is study the Bible and it will become very clear to me.  Then he will ask me when It was that I received the Holy Spirit, and if I am not able to tell him the exact day and hour, he will be convinced I am not saved at all and will invite me to come to the Bible study so I can learn how to be saved, and then when I receive the Holy Spirit, I will know for sure what I need to know to set my mind at ease.

Monday, March 05, 2012

The Case against Aspartame

I guess I have been a little bit reluctant to enter into the conversation surrounding Aspartame. This is mostly, because there is a very significant article on Snopes that mostly discounts all the articles written claiming there to be a significant Health Risk associated with Aspartame usage. That is, until I read the original article supposedly written by a non existant person who attended and lectured at a non-existant conference. Makes it look pretty much like scare tactics, as usual. Unfortunately, I began to smell a snake in the grass when I read that Donald Rumsfeld might be involved in a scheme to push the approval through the FDA in the early days of the Reagan presidency. As a matter of fact, GD Searle, the inventor of the original product re-submitted his request for approval the day after Reagan took office. This raised the hairs on the back of my head and I began to have serious suspicions of a government conspiracy at the very highest levels, much as we were pushed into the war in Iraq, by that same Donald Rumsfeld in a later Republican administration. Sure enough, I quickly learned the controversy goes much deeper than Snopes seems to have discovered. It makes you wonder if Barbara and David Mikkelson don't themselves own stock in Monsanto. I was especially concerned after discovering that Monsanto had bought GD Searle in 1985 for 2.7 billion dollars. I knew Monsanto had a history of manipulating their friends in Congress and the white House. Therefore, in my thinking, they must all be guilty as charged. Then when the U.S. Supreme Court, headed by Conservative, Clarence Thomas, who is a former attorney for Monsanto, refused to hear arguments by Consumer Groups that the FDA did not follow proper procedures in approving Aspartame, I was positive there was government and political manipulation going on here.

It was not until 1995 that Consumer activist Betty Martini managed to force the FDA to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act that supplied a list of all the adverse effects reported to the FDA by consumers associated with their Aspartame ingestion. The list is quite startling and
includes four deaths and more than 90 unique symptoms, a majority of which are connected to impaired neurological function. They include: headache; dizziness or problems with balance; mood change; vomiting and nausea; seizures and convulsions; memory loss; tremors; muscle weakness; abdominal pains and cramps; change in vision; diarrhoea; fatigue and weakness; skin rashes; deteriorating vision; joint and musculoskeletal pain.

For a complete time-table in the history of Aspartame, visit the main link supplied in the title of this BLOG. I will be making further contributions to this BLOG, or modifying the existing content, in the coming days, as I further investigate the claims both pro and con.