Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Back on the Healthy Living Bus

Since I birthed two boys, I fell off the Healthy Living bus.  Granted, I didn't give up my Smart Balance balanced oils spread, or happily choose non-organic produce, but I do regretfully, and I certainly eat way too much sugar (pure, no artificial stuff of course) and, unbeknownst to me, grains!! 

I had a Chiropractor tell me today that Monsanto has so fully destroyed our food system in terms of manipulated and polluted grain crops that they have actually caused all the gluten intolerance we're suffering from today. He's been gluten free for two years.  Members of my family and friends have children and themselves testing for gluten intolerance right and left!  I haven't had any glaring digestive issues, in fact, I like to think I have a British stomach made of iron, but I've definitely been suffering from cognitive shortcomings lately that I suspect are nutritional, rather than aging, thank G-d.

After looking at my symptoms chart he demanded that I stop eating high-fiber English muffins for breakfast (and dump the Smart Balance for butter [but the saturated fats!!] or olive oil), and as for my whole wheat lunch crackers with cream cheese?  I promptly made a rare trip to Trader Joe's and picked up the recommended goat cheese (more pure than Cow milk, I guess) and rice crackers.  I ate at least 20 of them for lunch today--not exactly filling alone.  And I skipped the toast at dinner.

I already feel better, and my sharp neck pain is gone to boot!

There are a lot of doubts about Chiropractors in the MD community, but I would take a referral for a  D.O. or a Chiropractor over any blind MD!  Alternative therapies promote wellness, but should also be regulated like traditional therapies.

I noticed that since this Doctor is outside of my insurance plan, I can reveal my complete medical history without fear of being dropped by my insurance!  It made me see that not only is our insurance system corrupt in it's greed, but it so easily corrupts being honest about health. What a horrible "health" system!  With Universal Healthcare, we would never fear losing access for any reason, we could be completely honest about our health histories and habits.

I wanted to see the North Korean government get whacked so I watched Team America (2004) last week, too violent and not for kids, but there was a funny thing about "three kinds of people," which I won't go into here, but I was wondering if this has any truth to it:

There are three kinds of people; those who want peace on earth; those who want hell on earth; and those who just don't give a sh#@$# which means only about 1/3 of the world's people are working toward peace?  Well, at least the cup for peace is a third full...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Right to Life Begins at Birth

On February 5th, Randal Terry will be putting pictures of aborted fetuses, arranged in morbid tableus, on prime-time television.

In his portraits of the unborn, he doesn't discuss the women who bore those fetuses; he does not tell us if the abortions happened because a woman was poor, a woman was raped, a woman already had five children, a woman was not capable of bearing a child, or a woman was dying.  The physical and legal reality that exists between a woman and what's inside her womb, and her family, doesn't matter to him.  Or anyone who is willing to compare a fetus to a Holocaust victim

When I was a child in the 1980s my preacher father vehemently defended a woman's right to legal abortion within our church and within our community.  He deeply understood with compassion that women do not always control how they get pregnant, and that they and their families bear the moral choice to continue or, very tragically, end a pregnancy.  He and other ministers exchanged impassioned letters arguing both sides of the issue.  As a child I observed what often gets ignored: those arguing to outlaw abortion rarely considered the liberties or life of a pregnant woman. Their compassion stops outside the womb.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Citibank and the 1%

I dressed in my best coat and went to Citibank.  It is in my wealthy neighborhood, well, at least the neighborhood directly south of us has many 1%ers.   I went to transfer my measly $2000 IRA CD to another bank.  My husband has more savings, and we have good life insurance.  But because I've been a stay-at-home mom for years, and had part-time jobs for a decade before that, I'm lucky to have $2000 for retirement!  My Social Security future securities have been decimated because Americans MUST be on a PAYROLL to accumulate even the measliest individual retirement security!! 

The Citibank employee sat with me and gave me a lot of information, but could not do one blimmin' thing to help me make this transfer.  Momentarily I actually have to make a call to a Citibank 800 number TODAY to make sure there aren't any IRS charges applied to my transfer--a call the bank employee could not make on my behalf.

I said, "What's the point of a branch office if employees can't do things like this?"

No response, instead she asked, "Why are you transferring the IRA to another bank?"

I said, "Well, at the new bank I can actually trade the funds myself.  I can control the investments and it's not locked up."

And she said, "You can do that here!  Over here in our 'Wealth Management' corner, we have people who can help you invest, there's no charge for their advice!"

I said, "Oh, I did not know that."

Then her, "How much are you transferring?"

I said, "Oh it's not a lot, about $2,000."

And her response was, "Oh, well, they really only work with people who are investing large amounts of cash..."

So I said, "Oh, I guess we're not rich enough!  Okay, thanks anyway."

And I think she knew at that point that I would never be back.

And I think $2000 can help a lot of women's small businesses and sustainable farmers, so I hope I can invest in those kind of things!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


I've been debating some Islamophobic bloggers (although one I saw shakes off that label because it describes "irrational" fear and he thinks his hate is justified...but I digress).

They take the Koran (Quran?) literally (and it basically allows the same horrific elements that some parts of the bible does: murder, slavery, rape, incest, etc.) and they believe it is a world-domination plan for every Muslim.

They interpret world history as a power play by Muslim Arabs to dominate the Western world (citing massacres in India and Turkey).  And they think that everyone is controlled by the Saudis.

I must admit, our relationship with the Saudis freaks me out.  But if the Saudi's didn't have oil, would we have any reason to have a relationship??  Really?

Sat Sept 3
Op Ed today in New York Times from a faculty member at Yale calling out right-wing legislation against "Sharia Law."  I sent him an e-mail thanking him, asking if he knows of any religious groups integrating Muslims successfully, and warning/or recognizing that he's about to be abused by the Muslim-haters.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Conservatives are turning any expression of Muslim religion into Jihad

If anyone is interested, I'm trying to stay reasonable with these guys, but it's hard.  There's just so much desire to fear, to hate, to spread it...

Ron Paul and Chris Christy

I asked a Ron Paul supporter on Facebook to explain/defend/articulate his position against the mere existence of the Fed.  Chirp.  Here is Mr. Paul discussing hurricane aid: http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/ron-paul-thinks-hurricane-aid-wasteful-tout

I give kudos to Chris Christy for calling all the hype about "Sharia Law" what it is, crazy BS!!! Kudos to rational Republicans!