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Thursday, August 6, 2015

The M.I.C.*, AMA, MAINSTREAM DOCTORS AND THE FDA ARE JUST "NOT THAT INTO YOU!"

 Although the analogy may be spurious, at times greedy, profit-hungry Big Pharma execs, the FDA and their prostitutes (mainstream doctors) remind me of religious clergy. You know, the kind who profess being sinless themselves (a patent lie), while commanding their parishioners to live like saints and follow their rules. If they don't, here come the "Hail Marys," and "Our Fathers." These same hypocrites THEN PREY ON LITTLE BOYS AND OTHERS and instead of seeking help or leaving the clergy, they seek asylum in the church and invariably continue their predatory practices. The church cover-ups over the centuries have been far and wide until recently.

Likewise, for years various mainstream medical practitioners' (include Big Pharma researchers and medical device researchers), egregious and erroneous treatments/drugs have largely gone under the radar with their lethal side effects, until recently. When family, patients and investigative medical journalists finally began to wake up and sue, word of medical errors made the papers. Unfortunately, the litigation largely has been a drop of water in an ocean of hypocrisy with mainly the lawyers benefiting as patients have died or have been damaged beyond imagination. Money is a small palliative and in some states (like Texas with torte reform laws) there is little remunerative recourse. 

The bean counters have proven that such litigation in the long term does little to inroad profits of drugs and medical devices and by the time the drug or device has been taken off the market, billions have been made. Why does this process continue?

Medical practitioners have sought the comfort of group think and the "legitimacy" of mainstream M.I.C. practices. These have been sustained by the AMA, FDA and various NGO foundations and for-profit or not-for-profit hospitals, medical universities and colleges and medical centers, etc. All carry with them the patina of "righteousness" and holy perfection. The irony is that this is pure image; the true story is that politics and corruption abide, and oftentimes, great harm is being done. (the burning, poisoning and cutting of cancer treatments are a bleak example). I especially refer to the treatment of chronic disease entities, not the great surgical emergency care delivered in some ERs around the nation. (few proportionately...not all ERs are equal)
Courtesy of Suzanne Somers book.

Of course (as in the instances of those abused by clergy) by the time folks wake up and confront the harm, the obfuscation and confusion and general "lack of ability to articulate" has created such delay that the situation is past correction. Family end up burying their victimized loved ones, not knowing if there was an alternative treatment to health and life. Especially in torte reform states, the medical industrial complex enjoys the money and the "status" of appearing to help.

For the great number of patient deaths that occur yearly (in the hundreds of thousands) NO ONE IS RESPONSIBLE EXCEPT THE PATIENT WHO HAS BEEN VICTIMIZED AND SHAMED BY HIS DISEASE. THE EXCUSE OFTEN IS HE/SHE DID NOT ACT QUICKLY ENOUGH TO GET TREATMENT, not that there was a better way other than what conventional medicine offered. The predators have had "their fun." The holy church of science and the medical industrial complex have protected those involved. The FDA with God-like regulation has blessed the situation; the drugs, protocol and players are  "clean." This religious fervor permeates to the ancillary fields of medicine, i.e. psychiatry and extends its tentacles to all supporting rehabilitation and nursing care facilities. Medical practitioners need to wake up and extricate themselves from this religious group think.

For your own benefit and to as best as possible not allow yourself to be preyed upon, you have to become your own doctor/advocate. You have to discover what ultimately may cause symptoms which are the end result of underlying body imbalances that morph to full blown disease. Doctors are only concerned with treating symptoms, not underlying causes. So, get educated.  Read all you can about nutrition, holistic medical protocols, alternative treatments and interventions that do not involve heavy use of chemicals-toxic drugs with egregious side effects like "death," "heart attack," "stroke," "blindness," "nausea," "paralysis," or other symptoms that may cause you to live an impaired existence:  damage your immune system and lead to your early death.

That the FDA has sanctioned drugs whose side effects may be "death" and "stroke" is beyond worrisome. The notion is that the drugs are effective against the disease, but may kill you in the process. Then what? The onus is on your family to hold the company accountable. The escape clause has been that the drug side effects are printed for you and are read on TV in rapid fire nano seconds; you know, the voice over narration rapidly scrolls the long and horrendous list of the drug's side effects. So, you heard THE LIABILITIES (death, stroke, paralysis, etc.) or read them. Yet you risked taking the drug anyway. It is your fault not the FDA which gave the drug clearance to be used. OBVIOUSLY, THE FDA IS "JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU!" It is INTO HELPING ITS BIG PHARMA FRIENDS. You are forced to protect yourself and be your own advocate. (but don't "practice medicine without a license") The medical industrial complex with its friend, the WHORE OF BABYLON FDA, have made it a Catch-22. You, the patient/consumer are...DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON'T. So are any alternative doctors who go overboard and state that they have been successful against killer diseases with alternative protocols.
GM crops cause sickness and weakened immune systems.

Is it worth it to even try alternative doctors? Yes, especially those who are licensed MDs who know both sides of conventional and holistic medicine. These doctors are trained in both aleopathy and homeopathy and are brilliant practitioners WHO WILL BE INTO YOU. They take their professional oaths seriously because they risk defamation and anathema as holistic practitioners. The better and more successful they are, the more the FDA is likely to go after them to protect the M.I.C.

Recently, a few alternative doctors have died. It is a shame because they were successful in helping patients over and above conventional treatment. Dr. Gonzalez of NYC, whose protocols I am familiar with and who has had success in treating many individuals with cancer, is no longer around. His co-partner is in practice. And they have a website. Their treatments live on and they in spirit live on exerting their protocols from another realm of consciousness.
Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, MD is dead.

There are many sites devoted to beneficial alternative treatments. Some of these have been around for decades, centuries and thousands of years and have been used successfully. Examples are those from Eastern medicine or are folk remedies of outlier cultures (i.e. the Amish of Pennsylvania). Some protocols involve herbs, poultices, fasting and teas, clean foods, fruits and vegetables, elements, minerals, vitamins, etc. There are books on herbal or ancient folk medicine. The interesting factor is that there are little or few side effects.

Sometimes, our ancestors, through trial and error jettisoned a remedy if it didn't work and the side effects killed the patient (unlike modern medicine). They kept what had power and efficacy, as in herbal remedies. The process was slower, but it was effective over time and the patient's immune system was able to recover and was even strengthened. Did this work for malaria? Cholera? Sometimes. Great swaths of people died, but some lived. Such illnesses were situational and conditional, pretty much like toxic radiation poisoning (the government kept this officially secret from those living near test sites for years; except for leaks to the press-no one knew). Unlike water born illness or insect born illness, folks who had radiation poisoning had one way to go: speedily into the ground.
Dr. Bruce Hendendal is dead.

When reading through alternative therapies in books and/or on websites, you must learn to sift, cull, weed out and cobble through, then make your own decisions about your own health. Good health is an art; it involves trial and error. As a unique individual with your own DNA, you must assess what works and what doesn't; you are the arbiter of your own health, ultimately. And you are an individual in mind, soul, body. Nothing is as simplistic as the conventional field of medicine in disease diagnosis has made it. The integration of the mind soul and body is what the holistic medical practitioner works best with.

The fact that medical practice is an art as stated in the professional oaths that doctors supposedly swear to uphold, does not mean that they "practice" it as an art. For the most part doctors do not acknowledge that you have a soul and only until recently did they begin to acknowledge the impact of the mental state of being on the body

This is part of the art that holistic doctors acknowledge in their diagnosis. On the other hand, mainstream doctors as a cult of science have not only forgotten proper diagnosis is an art, they have relied as group thinkers on their "esteem" and "honor" as science gods, pandering to the allegedly empirical evidence of scientific protocol. (whose results are founded on profits)

The emotional and unethical basis of such scientific protocol and research results nullifies and pollutes much of the research data because the results are tied to whether the drug is "effective," (regardless of side effects) in stopping symptoms. For example, Lipitor is effective in lowering cholesterol. On the other hand, it causes tremendous damage.

Let's face it, making money is a huge emotional component for practitioners. Company profit grounds the "science" which is supposed to be OBJECTIVE. PR agencies help promote and project the medical industrial complex's image of infallibility, again for huge profit. Medical practitioners work under the presumption that they know all there is to know about your condition, when in fact, there is tremendous uncertainty and the best they can hope for is your truthfulness in describing the condition and their experience with that condition.

Oftentimes, and especially with prescribing meds (doctors receive a profit on the drugs they get patients to use long term), they ignore that each individual is different and often do not accurately take into consideration age, weight, size, demographics, lifestyles, habits, nutrition and many other factors. And of course if one were to check into the research of the drug's acceptance by the FDA, that is a can of worms. The research is often faulty; the results skewed toward acceptance. On the other hand holistic MDs, naturopaths and homeopaths do take into consideration that you are an individual being when delving into the art of diagnosis and intervention. They know the effects of toxicity on the immune system. They do not prescribe toxic medications which can impair your immune system from fighting disease. Or they offer cleanses to purify your system of toxins created on the road to health.
Dr. Teresa Sievers is dead.


To begin to make proper disease assessments, medical practitioners must take a lot of time with you, asking you questions, using their senses to gauge what condition you are in, looking for the hidden information that you may not even realize you are occluding. Time is what mainstream doctors do not have. The naturopath, the holistic medical practitioner uses time as his or her friend. With mainstream doctors, diagnosis is quick and dirty. They rely on the scientific "perfection" of machines and tests to do what they themselves should be doing. Machines do not clarify; oftentimes, they misdiagnose, overdiagnose, hyper find shadows that appear and disappear (this happened to a friend of mine). Machines and lab results require that experienced individuals make sense of the data; God help you if the individual doesn't "get it right." Radiologists sometimes are notorious for this. Lab tests may be erroneous and have to be redone, if someone even thinks to ask for a retest. (misreads happen more frequently than technicians would like to admit)

Oftentimes, patients, worried and fearful, assume that doctors and their data relate the perfect scientific proof, when there is uncertainty. However, in the last 10 years, statistics, widespread and numerous articles on hospital and doctor errors, FDA approved drug disasters that caused death, the publication of the increase in malpractice lawsuits, and many other issues like hospitals being dangerous places (to pick up anti-biotic resistant bacteria like mrsa),  have taught the well read, educated public to dispute, doubt and question.
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez's lost interview.
To question is your right. You have a right to good health and to seek alternatives. No one, least of all medical practitioners and the medical industrial complex who IS JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, should be allowed to use you as a guinea pig. You must prevent them from having extended access into your insurance company money allotment. You have a right to govern your finances regarding your right to health. So you CANNOT AFFORD NOT TO QUESTION. Ultimately, in the long run, misdiagnosis or overdiagnosis is much more costly financially, physically, emotionally, psychically and spiritually. And it can be a devastation for your family stuck with debts wondering if they could have done anything different.

If your doctor is spending 5-10 minutes to diagnose what might be ailing you and then relies predominately on testing, he/she is "JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU!" Go to someone else who understands that health is achieved by a COMBINATION of art and knowledge of the body, not by the medical device company's or Big Pharma's "science." It has become the norm that drugs and device research is skewed in favor of the drug or protocol which the FDA has assigned a stamp of approval because someone has paid a lot of money to usher in its use, regardless of the malformed research design or inconclusive data "proving" the device or drug is sound. Speak to any hip replacement or knee replacement patients lately? How about mesh vaginal implants? The list is long and lousy of drugs and devices that have caused more injury and damage to people than if they just LEFT THE SITUATION ALONE.
Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez is dead.

Ask like minded friends to help you if you don't have the time to comprehensively research your condition on your own. One thing you should know and conclude is this. If you have worked in an environment with suspected carcinogens (even it is not conclusively "proven" by the government-check European standards-they are higher and not as prone to corporate hegemony), toxic air, toxic dust or toxic, fluoride water, polluted products or petrochemicals, then you are at an increased risk that these elements may have poisoned you. Most probably you are suffering from the ill effects of immune system shut down as your body attempts to rid itself of extensive toxicity and stumbles in the process.

Likewise, if you are eating toxins in processed foods in cans and packages, and if you have not been reading labels, begin to do so. The sodium in a can of average chicken noodle soup could give you sodium toxicity over time. Coupled with the other sodium you are ingesting from other processed foods (check out MSG-known as "flavor enhancer"), high blood pressure is a given, among other weakened immune system conditions.

The body needs to be flushed of toxins. What you eat is more dangerous than what you don't eat. Providing you get clean water and clean liquids into your system, cutting out all the toxic processed and unwhole, unlive foods would be a boon for your immune system. If you are not eating organic, clean, sourced food, you are in trouble whether you know it or not. Nutrition involves more than eating vegetables. It involves eating NO POISONS, no herbicides, no pesticides, no DNA toxins inherent in plants (Round-up ready corn or veggies), and animals (put there to convenience and increase profitability for agra-business, not increase your nutrition).

If during your doctor's brief visit with you, he does not discuss nutrition or lifestyle or recommend an organic nutritionist (why should he...in med school-6 hours of nutrition is about what is required despite the multi-complex, chemicalized- food-water-air toxic environment), then face it. HE'S NOT THAT INTO YOU!

These 8 holistic doctors were INTO their patients whom they helped by using other than the medical industrial complex protocols and drugs. BUT NOT ANY MORE. THEY ARE DEAD.

To find out about the doctors,  CLICK HERE
Here is a story of the 9th doctor (dentist) who cared for his patients and who is dead at 41. CLICK HERE.
Here is a controversial article suggesting one reason why the particular MDs may have mysteriously died or have been killed. CLICK HERE.

*medical industrial complex 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Flabbies, a Rotten Side Effect of Weight Loss!

This is a slimming arugula salad with provolone.
OK. You've selected the right weight loss and exercise program for yourself and perhaps you are under your doctor's care because you have over 60 pounds to lose. You've bought your foods, have your plan at the ready and have selected the times for your exercise workouts and meetings if you need encouragement from others. Maybe you have already begun or are at the end of your weight loss regimen and are enjoying great success and the compliments of family and friends.

My insane love for bread kills me.
Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of losing the weight, there is probably something you didn't consider, especially if you are "taking it off fast," and are losing more than 20 pounds. If you are over 30 and are on a weight loss plan and work your gym memberships to a fault, you may not have considered this either. What will your body look like completely nude? If you exercise like a maniac four times a week with a complete weight routine, which you will have to do until you're dead, you should be OK.

However, the older you are, the greater the weight loss, the greater the stretchability of your skin. Eventually, unless you keep up extreme fitness, your body will probably show signs of dimpling in the areas you avoid looking at for long periods of time in the mirror. These are areas you have exercised but are stubborn and resist firming. Regardless, if you lose more than 40 pounds and are over 35, there will be the equivalent of one or more of the following fleshly signs: ripples, creases, the ever-so-gentle tiny waves, uneven undulations or horrors, the curtain folds and/or drapes of flesh.

Do we all have a genetic proclivity for flab after weight loss? As we age and/or lose weight our surface flesh which is very forgiving to accommodate excess adipose (fat tissue) also hangs around when that adipose is long gone.The greater the weight loss, regardless of exercise or slowness of reduction, the greater the likelihood of drooping jiggles marring our new, slender figure. This is especially so for Yo-yo dieters, who lose the same 30, 40, 50 pounds over the decades, like me.
The inevitability of the flabs  after weight loss.

Looking back on my 110-120 pound weight loss, though I exercised, had the right food plans and moved to organic food, little meat and no junk food, and took it off in two years and kept it off, there is something I wish I had considered when I started. I wish I had synchronized my weight loss with targeted exercising. How I wish I had hired a trainer to help me do this. I couldn't do it alone. The trainer might have made a difference, if I had stuck to it.

Some people go for wraps. Wraps might have encouraged areas on my body toward more firmness and less sag. However, I thought that like most weight loss gimmicks, they were a joke. I slowly lost weight. I am a thin, BMI 21 which is uber normal. Yet, I have a flubber effect under my arms that shakes with any severe movement. So when I am bare armed I keep my arms close to my sides, robotic when I remember to hold them in. God forbid, I do not lift them in the summer heat, unless I am playing tennis when everyone on the court is looking at the ball, not my flutters. My shapely legs? The upper part are jellies borne down by gravity. Is it too late to get a trainer to force me to exercise the upper flights of flesh? It's never too late! I just have to get up the will to do it!

I am healthier and much happier having lost all the weight. I have extended the life of my liver and kidneys and heart and the rest of my organs because, unlike before, they are not smothered in fat. Now, they thrum along like efficient tugboats without being  obstacled by the toxicity of any medications except the very occasional, like once in three months use of  one advil in the winter if I play tennis 5 days in a row in back to back sessions. I don't huff and puff going up 6 flights of stairs. And I look great in my clothes. It's a big "Yeah," all around.
This is what I would look like at 100 pounds: anorexic. No way.


But here and there, I catch a sidewise glance in the mirror and see under my neck. To get off this genetic creasing, I need to weigh about 110 pounds and that is an underweight BMI. My arms at that weight will crinkle like a bad case of the crazies. I could get down to 100 pounds of bone, but then family and friends would shake their head (they did this before when I weighed 119) and whisper behind my back how I was anorexic.

There is another way, of course, a way that will bring success, though it is very painful and dangerous with a long recuperation period. Have a cosmetic surgeon take care of the jiggles and jelly butter rolls and flabaroos. Countless women and men are going under the knife with fearless abandon. Many of my friends have spent thousands of dollars and a few of them look better, though I don't know what they would have looked like if they had done nothing. I do have one mentor who are in their 70s. They are normal BMI thin and they are good tennis players. Another friend my age thus far has repudiated cosmetic surgery and look good if she smiles a lot, like I have to do because of those folds around the mouth.

Cosmetic surgery is a viable option, but I am afraid I would lose brain cells to the anesthesia. I am too negative in my thinking perhaps, but I can't get it out of my mind that afterward, like the old Rolling Stones song which my X husband used to quote, I would be "Dazed and Confused."Anesthesia brings complications of memory loss. Many of my friends who have gone under the knife have the attention span of a fly on a wall.

Bottom line, for me, homeopathic methods are better than surgery. So back to the drawing board! I will have to engage in a self-made exercise plan of stretching to do along with my tennis and stair climbing. Maybe I'll hire a trainer. What can I lose? What can I gain? A tighter look. I really want to keep body mutilations and memory loss down to the bare minimum. Cosmetic surgeons, I am not ready for you yet!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fat Warp Essays #5 The Rebellion of the Obese!

The way of the media, the way of the culture: be thin or be fat shamed.
THE PECULIAR CASE OF OBESITY

Until women and men achieve inner resolutions which bring a unity of purpose in a community of spirits abiding in harmony, there will be rebellion, psychological manipulation and the desire to cut off Medusa's head (media images of the hyper thin body as beautiful) with swords of defense. Some obese women have gone into psychological combat to kill the skinny Gorgon superficially represented by celebrities and guests on mainstream media's women's shows. This is because celebrities in 45 second sound bites often are unable to reveal the quasi spiritual and physical wellness they may have achieved losing weight.. Sometimes, the TV program editors are agenda driven. They cannot allow profound topics on a program for the imaginary, dull audiences their bean counting marketers have determined watch the show. Fat people are sickened by such pap and in the past decade have answered with fervency using: fat rebellion, weight gain as a shield, fat rants on Youtube, books praising what it is to be fat and beautiful, apologist's rants to accept the fat body.

In both mainstream and alternative media both mainstream and alternative fat women have speared the unrealities of uber-thinness, photoshopping, the BMI calculator's normal weight index and they have piked these unrealities around the castle that promotes gorgeous appearance and fitness. They are continually raising a challenge to defeat noxious standards of "how thin we should be."

There are the inspiring TED Talks which "spread the word" that it is "OK to be fat." Panting in support of these rumblings against the grain of "looking good," the Fat Acceptance Movement  truncheons "fat ridicule" as discrimination. For them fat lady jokes are as as damnable as telling a woman she is ugly. The Fat Acceptance Movement has redefined what "looks good," adding 50 to 300 pounds as acceptable.

Likewise, in comedies filmmakers use hyperbole about weight and loveliness with celebrity casting to massage the American appetite; recently mindful of their audience, they are benign and gentle about obesity, unless the tone demands otherwise. The importance of one's inner humanity over appearance becomes a film theme when heavyweight heroines (Melissa McCarthy) are featured. However, the majority of women unconsciously are not convinced fat women are heroines. And unlike following the example of the thin and fit, no woman is mentoring and embracing becoming a fatty heroine.
Righteous rebellion of the obese in protest of the uber hype about skinny appearance and healthy eating.
 F.R.A.F. (Fat Rebels Against Fitness)

In a category of their own, not advocating "fat rights," or overtly politicizing their weight or appearance, there are those obese who are in a righteous rebellion. These women embrace the condition of what only can be described as fat pornography, or manifesting an obsession to be fat. In an irrevocable and peculiar turn around, excessive weight is the red flag waved and hauled on high. The mercilessly taunted fatties taunt back, crowding out others with their large bodies. It is as if in their hugeness they say, "Here I am." It is a subtle "F-you!" These obese displace air and oxygen with physicality. As each cubic foot gives way to their mountainous flesh, power is exerted and territory is claimed.

Rebellious fat people have a Walmart, Target notoriety or infamy, if you will; they are the online jokes as people have uploaded photos of their appalling appearance...examples of folks who shop in Walmart or Target. They defy the images of thin; they slap down the culture's lionization of beautiful. They succeed in themselves without acceptance and they boast with their swaying flesh, that the culture's finger pointing is wasted. The very act of "thumbing their nose" at standards of appearance is an outrageous wickedness. For them, that wickedness, is fun. So they intentionally eat to be fat to annoy and provoke. In this way they gain power over the labels by willingly becoming extremist. They are the ungainly, unsightly, grinning and macabre horror. And they enjoy this stature. Happily outrageous and offensive, the uber obese cannot be made to feel ashamed of their weightiness. They have gone beyond the state of humiliation. They revel in their power to terrorize the thin, reminding the beautiful what they can look like if they "let themselves go," or "forget" themselves and eat that extra cookie.

For the thin this fat rebellion is a loss of sanctity. Their usual cultural veneration is displaced by the demonstrated gall of being insanely, madly fat. In amassing flesh, the heavy achieve success by physically taking up space. Displacing air with huge mounds of flesh is an egregious condition for the thin. For who of them wishes to embrace the fat person's distended, misshapen load? The magma blob of earth is an impenetrable fortress and the thin and fit's attempts to ridicule, attack or reason with the fat creatures are like a bobby pin chiseling a battlement. They can only flee from the bulbous fat locker and affirm that the pillow paunches are not normal or reasonable or human. This is how the fat become the alien, the other. Only spiritual individuals, ministers, clerics or Buddhist monks would dare to communicate with the inner beings of such self-engineered, malformed mounds.

Judgment, criticism? "Would you allow yourself to be that fat: 200 pounds overweight?" The hypocritical, less fat, less overweight stare in wonder at the mountain of flesh accumulating on obese bodies. These obese have made themselves into a voyeur's playground. Oogling online pictures of ungainly, unwieldy Walmart fatties trundling or golf carting down the aisles in search of snacks has become a fun, finger-pointing past time for the average overweight person. Meanwhile, the thin cringe.

Doctors and critics are missing the point. Obese folks are projecting self-satisfaction in their rebellion. You can imagine the conversation blooming from their minds:
   
"The culture prizes slender beauty? Well, I am happy that my quadruple chins and hillock hips torment and torture you so you feel the need to criticize. I have gotten your attention, even if it is negative. I am gleeful and happy. Yes, I am disgusting. But I love it. Pleased to meet you, too! I hoist you on your own petard. I laugh at your disgust."

Anorexia is the reverse of Fat Rebellion; it is skinny rebellion against hyper attention to appearance. Preference?
 The Fat Acceptance Movement  is forced to respond in embarrassment when the unhealthiness of these megaliths is pointed out. What the movement doesn't realize is that the uber obese are not interested in being accepted. They are rebelling against the fascist concept that all must fit into an unrealistic weight image and when every one of us does not, they are ostracized or punished for it. That punishment is monstrous, not the obese person's fat.

Fat rebellion is the obese's clever stand against such monstrous cultural narrowness using physical metaphor, hyperbole and reverse psychology. "You say I must be thin? I'll show you my interpretation of thin!" Though they are are damaging themselves to do it, they are making an extreme point for all of us who hate having to fit these wacko skinny images to be a part of the greater culture's acceptance. The fat rebellious advocacy is just, though it is doubtful it will generate a political movement. It also doubtful that the current "fat acceptance movement" which is tame by comparison will ever fully "accept" the uber obese. However, my hat is off to them in their rebellion. I get it!



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hanging in the Balance


Here is the devil I need to make friends with today.
In my house the record keeper of infamy, the scale, has been used for everything but its function. It is an extra shelf on the floor so magazines can be piled on top of it. Scale batteries are never replaced so it is dark if stepped on which it never is. Even better, I've tossed scales in the garage hiding them where I can't easily get to them. There, they molder and rust, unloved, forgotten. Matching my yo-yo weight loss to the loathsome devices, I must have purchased, dumped out and repurchased white scales, clear scales, electronic high points, to fit my bathroom decor and mental readiness. When I've purchased a new one, I fantasized I was turning over a new leaf and readying myself for a different weight loss plan or iconic transformation. "Fat" chance. Over the years I have thrown out fifty in the various Spring clean-ups, probably 100 if I allow for the truth.

When my excess weight is not recorded by sight, in the mirror or on the scale, it doesn't exist in my mind. There is always the comforting thought, I will diet tomorrow. Tomorrow is pushed farther back into next year. Next year never comes. Until there is recognition and fear, the decision to do something is pushed away. But sometimes, the light comes: forgiveness for my ugly fat is accepted, a particle of self-love and acceptance is received and a miracle occurs. I make the decision to diet. This is a long time coming. And though it may come, after initial weight loss, it will leave.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Naturopathy vs. Aleopathy. Should Your Doctor Use Elements of Both? Part II of my Medical Rant


Let's face it. Fifty years ago, doctors and practitioners (mostly aleopathic in the US), were not under the constraints they are today: the threat of medical malpractice, medical school debts, the pressure of the medical device and big pharma allurements, inflationary insurance, the stress of being overworked, new medical insurance under Obamacare, collegial/medical pressures to "fit in" and systemic bending the rules.

Alternative medicine has taken tremendous strides as the pressures have been squeezing mainstream doctors. At times, it would appear that only the few top notch medical industrial complex doctors connected with teaching universities and hospitals attempt to put into practice their professional Hippocratic oath. The public is NOT as stupid as corporate elites would prefer they be. More and more they have turned from aleopathy to naturopathy. There are medical doctors who also practice holistic medicine, implementing the best of both. They are turning away from treatments that they see are often counterproductive to encouraging patients' immune system healing. These doctors are less prone to overdiagnosis and overmedication. They continually read different journals and are not so ready to embrace an industrial medical complex approach. The trick is finding them; they are out there and they are excellent because they use a number of modalities. They reject the "one size fits all," stupidity of chemical protocols and systemic medical complex practices. Some are even specialists in cancer treatment alternatives.

Does your doctor tell you to avoid at all cost processed foods, sodas, white sugar? He/she should.
 The industrial factory office is the place where a doctor spends little time with you. It is the place where a surgeon (before a hugely expensive and risky operation), does not look you in the eye but glances down, looks out the window, or writes notes while talking to a tape recorder. You have to search for a great doctor who treats his patients so they understand the risks, a doctor who spends time with you, a doctor who follows the professional oath he swore to uphold. (see previous post). And for those doctors who use the three minute approach? For three minutes (minus the time you had to wait in the office for your appointment), they get to charge your insurance company upwards of $60-120 for the visit which may be a follow-up "hi" and "goodbye." Because insurance pays, and we pay the Co-pay, we may not think about it. Next time, THINK ABOUT THAT THREE MINUTES. Ask questions; try to GET YOUR MONEY'S WORTH! Or switch doctors if it appears that his time and money are worth more to him than caring for your health and well being.

Increasingly, Naturopaths are receiving licenses as states license them. These alternative doctors spend much more time with you. They use a number of ways to check a diagnosis, not the least of which is touch, observation and listening acutely to the patient. They ask many questions and dig deep. They are skilled in the art of diagnosis and use intuition. They understand that as represented in the doctor's professional oath from long ago, medicine is an art which incorporates experience, intuition, research, education and knowledge. Overdiagnosis with medical instrumentation and/or technology which can overblow "every little infelicity" is much rarer. Over testing, overmedication, misdiagnosis and other problems are less frequent. They understand that prevention is better than giving a pill for every occasion, a pill which now more than ever comes with multiple side effects. They are not doctors who adhere to the American Medical establishment's entrenched and egregiously costly protocol in the service of the corporate medical industrial complex model. They exercise more care; use a holistic approach recognizing the person is least of all the body. They treat the whole person, mind, soul, body. And the good ones do this with logic, brilliance and humanity. And many of them are apprised that with the egregious amounts of chemicals and toxins in our environment, that toxins that are making us sick. Aleopaths discount this. Natropaths and doctors who use both modalities do not. (Dr. Mercola and Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez are two examples of medical doctors who practice both, Gonzalez specializes in cancer interventions which work).

Gardening heals: mind, soul, body.

Toxic chemicals making you sick? Your mainstream doctor will burden your system with more. It is necessary to de-tox yourself. Click here for an article about this.

I have no problem with the corporate medical industrial complex model of seeing the patient as consumer. I have no problem with their looking for high profits and encouraging the doctors to exploit your illness, disease, anxiety, stresses. I have no problem with industrial doctors acting in the service of pharmaceutical companies who dispense medication like candy and hook doctors with special rates,perks and freebees that they do not pass on to their consumer-patients. I have no problem with doctors treating "patients" more like clients or that euphemistic phrase found in retail clothing stores, "guests," which does not mask that they see you as a walking wallet. I have no problem with side effects for meds that sometimes include "stroke," "blindness," "death." That is fine. JUST OWN UP TO IT and not in a TV ad that lasts 3 seconds or a huge print-out that may not be clear for those who are loath to read and understand the dangerous side-effects.

With the practice of medicine, we are discussing life/death/wellness/harm. The medical industrial complex to a large extent is guilty of predation and exploitation of disease and illness which results in harm/death. The determination can always be, "Well, they died of the disease eventually." Well, if there was NO intervention, would the person have lived longer? There are cases, many of them, where this is true. And of course, the opposite is true. There is a risk one takes with a medical doctor who is mainstream and who treats certain illnesses.

On the other hand, wouldn't it help if we, when selecting doctors, could eliminate the ones concerned with making money, the ones not really adhering to the oath they may have sworn to uphold, the ones who don't care that they are poisoning you in the service of their own profits? In a surreptitious way isn't that occurring when secretaries and assistants hand over the insurance forms for you to fill out? Are they not saying, "Just give us access your bank account" even though the treatment you get may not really prevent illness over the long term? Understand why aleopaths are there: for themselves and their families and to treat your systems. They are not equipped to treat the underlying illness or disease and they are clueless to properly diagnose it within a range of varied symptoms which could be any number of diseases for all may run together after a while and often do. Look. That's OK. Doctors just need to own up to where there are in this dark age of unenlightened science heading backwards. Admit it is all I'm suggesting.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Naturopathy vs. Aleopathy. Which More Closely Follows the Modern Hippocratic Oath? Part I


Do we know how medicines really affect us?
Is the Medical Industrial Complex Harming You or Helping You? Are you asking enough questions of your doctors?

Most of us are aware that doctors swear an oath before they receive their license and begin "practicing" in earnest to pay off the medical school debts. Back in the day doctors swore to the various healing gods, until it was thought that this was unrealistic as no one believed in the healing gods of the Greeks. Using the original Hippocratic Oath, then became outmoded.
What did physicians do? They swore the oath most probably mouthing the words and concentrating on wanting to remain ethical and moral to the best of their abilities. It was a simpler age then, house calls were made, and there was quaint discussion of a doctors cultivating a good bedside manner for hospital patients. The pharmaceutical companies, medical device industry and the medical industrial complex was not what it is today, even when the oath was updated in 1964 by an Italian fellow with a tasty surname, Louis Lasagna.  He was Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University. Here is the oath as it was updated. It is referenced from Janice H Tanne (2003), "Louis Lasagna". BMJ 327: 565. Be reminded this was 50 years ago. How things have changed.



THIS IS WHAT DOCTORS SAY:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow. I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism. (OVERDIAGNOSIS AS WELL?)   XXX
     
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. XXX

I will not be ashamed to say "I know not," nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of
another are needed for a patient's recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me so that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my powers to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with all humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all I must not play at God. XXX (medical deities excepted?)

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being,
whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes
these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick. XXX

From Suzanne Somers' book.*
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure. XXX

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human
beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with
affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I
long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.[5]

  
In France, the oath which the French have configured must be signed. Other countries have come up with a combination of the modern version of the Hippocratic Oath. In the US, a survey was given to medical schools at various times as to gauge what oath they had their students swear to. All of the medical schools in 2000 did give some type of profession oath and many use something along the order of Louis Lasagna's. One would have to write to the school to see which oath they administered and then check to see which school your doctor went to.

An interesting fact is that in Germany during the Third Reich, the medical students did not take any oath, though they knew the medical ethic of "nil nocere," do no harm (which by the way is misunderstood to be part of the oath, though it isn't). Do you believe your doctors are following the oath as they have treated you? Or are they primarily serving themselves out of self-interest? If you believe it to be the second one, then switch your doctor, fast.

*Photo courtesy of Dr. Mercola's FB page.

    Saturday, May 2, 2015

    Corporate Influence: Engineered Appearance Issues - Soul vs. Body Image Warping

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    The Perfect Hot Body. Do You Want to Look Like This?
     CRITICAL PROBLEM

    Our cultural institutions supported by corporate entities and the interlocking corporate industrial complexes (medical, weight loss, fashion, entertainment, pharmaceutical, food industry, health/wellness, advertising/marketing, chemical) exploit our assumptions and mores about the fat, the thin and the fit. Their brainwashing concepts redirect us from what we should focus on: healing and nurturing our inner selves. The complexes make money from instigating insecurities about our having a completely inadequate outer appearance. The more guilty we feel that we cannot measure up to the images media presents, the more we succumb. Often, we live with discomfort and discomfit others. None of us is exempt from the scourge of the "importance" of outer appearance. The industrial complexes create and feed upon our appearance failures. They promote a homogenization of our looks. They blind us to our immutable soul beauty. They lionize mortal flesh. In their worship of mammon they lure us toward an emotional matrix of images in which we become slaves of our own imagination about how we must look and feel.

    THE MISERABLE FACTOR

    Corporations' prodigious investment to capture the minds, souls and bodies of the American people in a consumer matrix in order to make trillions of dollars has been successful. The residual has been that Americans suffer tremendously because they have not focused their attention on inner soul development. A side effect of becoming embedded in materialism to the exclusion of the spiritual has, to one degree or another, resulted in misery. To cope folks spend their lives attempting to throw off throbbing psychic aches with medications for various mental disorders. Or they engage and become active in a continuum of escapist activities involving the sports and entertainment industries. Those who are nearest to confronting intense pain self medicate through alcohol or drugs and often totter on the brink of revelation, destruction or oblivion. The more educated and enlightened are less chained to corporate group think. Some who are journalists, writers, artists, musicians, activists intellectually threaten the complexes with their movement to get "off the grid" of corporate social/cultural control. Others succumb. The flexible, untangled consciousness of the critically thoughtful person is more open to alternate mores and folkways. Their path is less culturally dependent.

    This is mostly true on an acute level for women. However, even though one may be a genius, women are still entranced by iconic standards of beauty and youth because the images supporting this are ubiquitous as they filter into the arts and media images. Women continually confront an image bondage about which they may be completely unconscious.
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    How Does Bad Ass Translate to Inner Wellness?
     Despite class, education and intelligence, women are ruled by their looks and the appearance of other women. Whenever females look in the mirror, they are discontent. When they see themselves in photographs, unless they have been handled by make-up artists and hairstylists beforehand, it is even worse. In both instances they often find fault with how they look. "Master-race" images chain mail their feelings about themselves. Mirrors reflect their thoughts back, cautioning against weight gain, wrinkling, puffy-faced sleeplessness, aging, flabbiness, sun damage, double-chins, haggardness and hollow cheeks, in an ever increasing list of flaws. Rarely does their appearance satisfy or bring contentment, though for some, it is an occasion to make fun of themselves and others.

    But ultimately, vanity and a sense of attractiveness are gaping holes that must be filled by humor, resignation or cosmetics, enhancers, fillers and/or surgeries to grab and maintain youth and beauty.Self-esteem about appearance is the emotional life-blood of women. In the more enlightened ones, spiritual energy transfusions bring health which supplants and drains the virus that, like formaldehyde, cretinizes and atrophies the soul and psyche. In those captivated by the culture and their own deceptive flesh, old age, weight gain and wrinkles are the devil.
      
    Until one comes to the end of oneself psychically in these matters of appearance, competition rages between and among women. If the issue is weight, it becomes a sliding scale of who is the superior thinnest and inferior fattest in a community of friends or a collegial circle. For fit athletes, the balance tips to favor the most fit and disfavor the most soft fleshed and least able. For the beauteous, celebrity icons are lifted up as examples. Celebrities' bad plastic surgeries become the prod to quell the desire to mutilate oneself into youthfulness. But the incredibly insecure and soul damaged jump and take the consequences sometimes becoming addicted to youth enhancing treatments and surgeries. The sad fact is that the apex of existence should be seeking a lifestyle of health and complete inner and outer wellness. However "spiritual wellness and physical wholeness" seem to be the Medusa in the room that no one acknowledges.

    Medusa by Carvaggio

    A SANE UNITY: FAT IS THIN IS FAT - OUTER APPEARANCE IS IRRELEVANT

    The fit, the thin and the fat need to exchange places in an imaginary exercise. They need to walk in each others' shoes. The intolerant, arrogant and self-hating (the fat, the thin, the fit), need to recognize that they have a soul. They need to confront the pain of their own inner misery and darkness. They must be free to forgive their need to hate themselves and their looks by despising and demeaning others or by changing their outer appearance to the point of obsession. We need to grow from within before we reconcile our outward appearance. We need to recognize we are much more than our bodies. Only then can we begin to confront and overthrow the industrial complexes that would keep us enslaved to their profit making, lying, predatory enterprises. And then our thinness and wellness will empower and raise us to a Power of Oneness.