Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Love of others … Love of self

Waiting On The Night To Fall”, by “Casting Crowns”, from the album “Thrive” (2014)

The fundamental binary choice every human makes is to love the self or not, to love the other, or not. We ALL have to make that choice regardless of our desires and ambitions.

Unlike the Angelic creatures, the Heavenly host, who exist in God’s eternal now and whose choices are instantly for eternity and irrevocable, mankind has been gifted by our Divine Father with a lifetime, an existence within time, a time for rousing, a time for choosing.

Someone famous and holy once remarked that “our entire life is but a single night in a bad hotel”.  Another remarked “What does it matter in the light of eternity, “Quid hoc ad aeternitatem” in Latin. And yet, isn’t the love of self our “natural state? Don’t we love “our” problems.

The tiny “personalness” of them, the importance and urgency, the “zest” they give to us in our special unique existence. How are we doing today, considering the alternative, don’t the problems make us feel alive?

Isn’t it true that daily I happily wear my Inuit sunglasses to avoid having to look upon the blinding glare of eternity?

Don’t I actually love the never ending blizzard of bills I can never pay in total, the surly complaining wife, the angry dismissive daughter, the shabby apartment, perpetually under renovation of some sort or other, the old beater of a vehicle, 300,000 miles and still truckin’, likely, more and more, to be buried in it.

Don’t I cherish my shivering pains, cramps, swellings, aches and itches, numbness and tremors, the grim brooding of never to be paid off debts, the fears of the business failure in an economy destroyed by others, these favorite fears that role through my mind when I find myself awake and contemplative at 2:00 AM?

Most especially do I not relish the dark thread of fear that I might not have been a good dad, the feeling sometimes that maybe there was a better husband for my wife if only she had hung in the game a little longer.

And the one that haunts me every minute of the blessed week, month, year, the health and joy of my kid, and the fragility of her future. The “personal” special problems that prove I am still alive and kicking, that I still matter somehow to someone, sometimes. Don’t I love the self image of “soldiering on”, to “persist doggedly”, no matter what, “never give up, never give up”?

Are not all these “problems” simply a manifestation of “Love of self”? Alternatively,  “Love of others” is a way of accepting all these “problems” if accepted with humility and meekness, without taking offense and building the castle of self love higher, of refraining from claiming special victim status, and ceasing to worry about the fairness of life.

I am starting to realize that each life “time” is but a divine “wake-up call” from God’s switchboard. We each have an unavoidable and immensely important “meeting” to get to “in the New Dawn”, at the end of this single night in a bad hotel.

During that lifetime we humans each are shaken to our very depths, so that we may wake up to understanding the truth of ourselves. The primary condition for a fruitful and rewarding lifetime is renunciation of attachment, surrender of self, detachment from all the things of this world, this one night.

It seems a hallmark of Truth that it always believes and expects the best of others and acts accordingly. It also seems a hallmark of untruth that it always believes and expects the worst of others and acts accordingly.

The measure of every institution and organization is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person, made in God’s own image and likeness, the image and likeness of his Son, on Whom we were modeled.

Man must abandon all his self centered dreams, his conceit, his arrogance, all the pretense with which he hopes to deceive himself and others, his default narcissism. If he fails to do this, brutal reality will take hold of him and rouse him forcefully in a way full of both anxiety and suffering.

Life can be difficult for those who don’t fall in line and bow to the religion of the day, the generally accepted wisdom of their society, the Barabbas of the moment. It is always easier to go along with the crowd. To just get to the end, of the day, of the week, of the year … of the life?

This is even true when the crowd embarks upon an evil venture. As long as we can avoid being blamed, being held accountable, then its all just OK, right?

I was just following orders, I just pushed my wheelbarrow, I just handled the doors, I just scheduled the trains, I just shoveled the coal, I don’t make policy, I wasn’t at that meeting, there were no minutes, I don’t remember, I didn’t know …

Witness the results yesterday of the Irish referendum on the acceptability of infanticide as social policy. And of course, eventually, euthanasia, the natural next step everywhere else, especially here in Canada. And why not Ireland? Self or Other?

But we still have to go to that meeting,

I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go. (John 21:18)

And so we have to make that choice, self or other … Self or Other … ask not for whom the bell tolls.

Cheers

Joe

Self of Other …

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Cancer … and the Ketogenic diet …

WooHoo!  The Cancer book arrived today. “This book is dedicated to the millions of people who have suffered and died from toxic cancer therapies“. Just about says it all. From the Amazon.com blurb … “The book addresses controversies related to the origins of cancer and provides solutions to cancer management and prevention.

It expands upon Otto Warburg’s well-known theory that all cancer is a disease of energy metabolism. However, Warburg did not link his theory to the “hallmarks of cancer” and thus his theory was discredited. This book aims to provide evidence, through case studies, that cancer is primarily a metabolic disease requiring metabolic solutions for its management and prevention.

Support for this position is derived from critical assessment of current cancer theories. Brain cancer case studies are presented as a proof of principle for metabolic solutions to disease management, but similarities are drawn to other types of cancer, including breast and colon, due to the same cellular mutations that they demonstrate.”

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

And from the back cover … “Supported by evidence from more than 1,000 scientific and clinical studies, this groundbreaking book demonstrates that cancer is a metabolic disease and, more importantly, that it can be more effectively managed and prevented when it is recognized as such.

Moreover, the book provides detailed evidence that the traditional view of cancer as a genetic disease has been largely responsible  for the failure to develop effective therapies and preventive strategies.

From the abstract of the article found here  at the U.S. National Library of Medicine I highlight and quote the connection to what this book is about and the Ketogenic diet as follows : “Emerging evidence indicates that cancer is primarily a metabolic disease involving disturbances in energy production through respiration and fermentation.

The genomic instability observed in tumor cells and all other recognized hallmarks of cancer are considered downstream epiphenomena of the initial disturbance of cellular energy metabolism. The disturbances in tumor cell energy metabolism can be linked to abnormalities in the structure and function of the mitochondria.

When viewed as a mitochondrial metabolic disease, the evolutionary theory of Lamarck can better explain cancer progression than can the evolutionary theory of Darwin. Cancer growth and progression can be managed following a whole body transition from fermentable metabolites, primarily glucose and glutamine, to respiratory metabolites, primarily ketone bodies.  (this is the connection I want to shine light on between the Ketogenic diet and cancer prevention and treatment.)

As each individual is a unique metabolic entity, personalization of metabolic therapy as a broad-based cancer treatment strategy will require fine-tuning to match the therapy to an individual’s unique physiology.”

As previously posted relating to standards and guidelines, “we are all outliers” unique individuals and there is no “standard Human” to which standards and guidelines apply. Standards and guidelines are created and enforced for the convenience of practitioners and administrators, not people and patients.

It is my personal belief that the “authorities” don’t care if the “guidelines and standards” kill a few hundred thousand patients as long as they can’t be blamed, their well ordered universe is not disturbed and the gravy train is not derailed.

I am not for a minute suggesting individual personal intent in any of this. But we all want to belong to the “In Crowd”, the “right clique”, we all love ourselves and want to think of ourselves as knowing better than the rest of the mob. Peer pressure is a truly diabolical power especially amongst “professionals” whose very livelihood depends on “being on the approved list”.

My 65 years of observation seem to show that humanity is almost universally happy to ignore “truth” and “provable facts” in support of their personal “fantasy”. This is obvious with just a cursory look at everything put out by mainstream media these days.

The current “political” and “economic”polarization of our society bears daily witness to this fact. This problem with “truth” and “provable facts” is especially obvious if “truth” and “provable facts” hurt their chosen fantasy du jour, and becomes a virtual certainty if the fantasy improves their own lot in life.

The short story is we cannot live on bread alone, or cake, or candy, or rice and potatoes or a danish and a latte. We all require fine-tuning (of our diets) to match our life therapy to each individual’s unique physiology. and we cannot live without fat.

Culturally our society appears to be willingly killing ourselves with a diet high in glucose producing carbohydrates because we love our breads, sugars and starches, and we love them enough to try to eat them 6 or 8 times a day.

Many of us have become so metabolically deranged working our glucose metabolism 24/7 365 days a year that our mechanism for safely metabolising glucose has become broken – and that is how we got type 2 diabetes, and a host of other killers like cancer. “Let them eat cake” may be historically inaccurate, but it does seem to be a death sentence for us today.

Those kinds of foods are very cheap to produce and have a very high profit margin. The drugs that our current medical model prescribes to treat the resulting diseases of a cheap high carbohydrate diet have little effect in reversing and curing our current crop of medical killers and many actually create worse problems going forward.

2 Keto Dudes

2 Keto Dudes

As the 2 Keto Dudes say: “We can, however, hack our body into being full time fat burners. This hack not only allows us to maintain safe glucose levels (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19099589), with less medication (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25071075), but improves many of our biomarkers of disease.

If we additionally choose to use this hack to also lose weight it preserves more of our our resting energy expenditure (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1199154) and over time if we have intervened early enough can allow us to reverse the progression of type 2 diabetes (http://www.yorku.ca/mriddell/documents/istype2reversible.pdf).

This dietary strategy is still something that Diabetes Associations around the world are only just now looking at, and Dietetic associations are firmly opposed to, as it is not a modest tweak of their established food pyramid, but a complete upending of it.

There are political issues as well. The USDA has a conflict of interest when it comes to dietary guidelines. That said, the ketogenic diet is quickly becoming the first approach in diabetes management among progressive medical specialists (http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/pdf).

The bottom line for us is that following the low fat model for the past 40 years has made us fatter and sicker.”

Much more to follow as I delve into this fascinating area.

Cheers

Joe

So much to study … so much to share …

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Wisdom … and the getting of … we are still waiting for the book … so coat-tails again.

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

Several posts ago I mentioned Dr. Seyfried’s research program. I said I would keep you all posted on how I feel about Dr. Seyfried’s area of research after I have read his book,  or maybe sooner if it goes slower than I expect.

Dr. Seyfried’s research program is focused on the mechanisms by which metabolic therapy manages chronic diseases such as epilepsy, neurodegenerative lipid storage diseases, and cancer. The metabolic therapies include caloric restriction, fasting, and ketogenic diets.

I also mentioned that, I was interested enough that I went ahead and bought the book … yes, $120.00 Canadian might seem to some to be a little steep but often in life one gets what one has paid for. I have spent at least that much and more on a good night out on the town so in the big picture it is really chump change.

2 Keto Dudes

2 Keto Dudes

But it is taking a while to arrive, and thus no progress reading up on this area to date. So in the interim, I give you the 2 Keto Dudes.

The following is from their podcast site at: http://2ketodudes.com/  but it is probably best to visit their site and read and listen to everything they have put up there …

The Science (behind Keto)

Our bodies run on two primary fuels: glucose and fatty acids.

It’s kind of like we have a car with an engine that can run on either gasoline or diesel. We fuel up by eating food. If we eat food containing sugars and starches (carbohydrates) we convert those quickly into glucose and we run as glucose burners. All the cells in our bodies can turn this glucose into energy.

This is why it’s sometimes called our primary fuel. If we eat more glucose than we need for immediate exercise requirements, our livers sweep up the extra glucose and turn it into saturated fat, and sends this (and any fat we have eaten) off to our fat cells to be stored for lean times.

If we don’t eat any carbs and instead eat fat (and moderate protein) most of our cells can easily burn the fatty acids for energy. It could be the fat in our food but it could also be fat that we have stored in case food is ever scarce.

This state is called nutritional ketosis. We often go into ketosis during sleep (if we haven’t eaten a late dinner), and of course anyone doing a fast is running their fat burning engine.

Some cells in the body (and the most metabolically active organ – the brain) can’t burn fatty acids, but your brain can use ketones. These are small water soluble molecules that you make as a by product of metabolizing fats.

Luckily your liver makes glucose even when you don’t eat any carbohydrates, and by a quirk of fate, when it is making glucose for your brain it is also pumping out a lot of ketones.

We evolved to be predominantly fat burners for 11 months of the year. At the end of summer (when ripe fruit is available) we became predominantly glucose burners. We are good at adapting from one mode to the next, although it can take a few weeks for the machinery of fat burning to spin up to full efficiency and put our glucose burning into idle.

Once you are adapted to burning fat (keto-adaptation) and you start eating carbohydrates again, in a few weeks your glucose burning metabolism will be back up at full speed.

In our modern world, however, we are burning glucose all year round, 6 meals a day. Our bodies have forgotten how to burn fat. We just store it and never get a chance to burn it.

Some of us have become so metabolically deranged working our glucose metabolism 24/7 365 days a year that our mechanism for safely metabolising glucose has become broken – and that is how we got type 2 diabetes.

The Ketogenic diet addresses this by forcing your metabolism to predominantly burn fat, restricting your dietary carbohydrates, and relying on your liver to make all the glucose and ketones your brain needs. Most of the rest of your body burns fatty acids directly for energy.

When you give your body fat, it becomes good at burning fat! When you give your body glucose, it becomes good at storing fat!

But what about the studies that show correlation between fat intake and heart disease? If you look carefully, study after study shows that increasing fat intake while eating more than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day will indeed increase heart disease and all that goes with it. These studies fail to remove the carbohydrates!

Some people are good at switching from one mode to the next. Type 2 diabetics, however, have a broken metabolism for dealing with glucose, so when we eat carbohydrates we get progressively worse glucose control and consequently get sicker over decades.

We can, however, hack our body into being full time fat burners. This hack not only allows us to maintain safe glucose levels (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19099589), with less medication (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25071075), but improves many of our biomarkers of disease.

If we additionally choose to use this hack to also lose weight it preserves more of our our resting energy expenditure (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1199154) and over time if we have intervened early enough can allow us to reverse the progression of type 2 diabetes (http://www.yorku.ca/mriddell/documents/istype2reversible.pdf).

This dietary strategy is still something that Diabetes Associations around the world are only just now looking at, and Dietetic associations are firmly opposed to, as it is not a modest tweak of their established food pyramid, but a complete upending of it.

There are political issues as well. The USDA has a conflict of interest when it comes to dietary guidelines. That said, the ketogenic diet is quickly becoming the first approach in diabetes management among progressive medical specialists (http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/pdf).

The bottom line for us is that following the low fat model for the past 40 years has made us fatter and sicker. In 2012 some 52% of US adults – according to the projections in this study (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2434682) – were either diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (9.1%), or undiagnosed type 2 diabetics (5.2%), or they had a condition called prediabetes, meaning they were metabolically deranged but not quite at diabetic levels (38%).

So, it is no longer just some of us. Most of us are in trouble. That is why we’re 2 keto dudes, and why we’re doing this podcast.

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So enjoy the ride – stop with the wheat, the bread, the sweet (continental?) breakfasts, the coffee break donut binge, you know, all that stuff that made us sick by doing what we were told. Love the fat, eat the fat, get healthy!

Cheers

Joe

We weren’t designed to live on fast food and sugar … 

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Prayer and Trust … letters for our times …

“A Dhia Ghleigil” (Oh Glorious God) Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, 1996

Glenstall Abbey House

Glenstall Abbey House

Today’s Gospel is about Christ’s prayer, from John 17: 13-26…

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13And now I come to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy filled in themselves.

14I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world; as I also am not of the world.

15I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil. 16They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.

17Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

19And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Prayer for all Believers

St. John, by Pieter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577-1640

St. John, by Pieter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577-1640

20And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me; 21That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one: 23I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me.

24Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me may be with me; that they may see my glory which thou hast given me, because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world.

25Just Father, the world hath not known thee; but I have known thee: and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have made known thy name to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me, may be in them, and I in them.

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These days I am thinking about mortality, and sin, and the state of affairs in our current modern English society. Thinking of Christ’s prayer that all believers be one. Here is a little story from the Catholic side of my family. My line is Irish/French on my mother’s side and German/Swiss on my father’s side.

I guess you could say I am a “religious half breed”, Catholic and Methodist (United Church now, seems to be the universal catch-all for dieing denominations), which is why I see these religious things a little differently from those who come from a unified spiritual background and a single point of view with respect to religion, or, more commonly now, no spiritual background at all.

“An Taiseirl (The Resurrection)”, Noirin Ni Riain and The Monks Of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, (1996)

Nóirín Ní Riain

By Nóirín Ní Riain official website, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php

On the East coast as a child on Sundays I would sing in church with my Catholic mother, and then an hour later sing in church with my Methodist (United Church)  grandmother. Everyone was just trying to save little Joe’s soul as best they knew. Now, as an old(er) man, I sing in church with my daughter who plays piano for our music ministry.

Anyway, here is a little story of my recent ancestors.

November 24, 1831.  “I the undersigned, having received the mutual consent of Michael Devanny, Son of Darby Devanny and Margaret Gillan, of the County of Sligo, Ireland, and Ann Magown, Daughter of James Magown and Bridget MacCown,  of the Same County, Married them in the presence of John Stewart, Patrick MacMullin and John Scollion. (signed by) J. Loughran P.P.”

Thus begins the story of my mother’s family in the new world. Before the first child was baptized the family name had been changed to DeVan, (from Belgium via the Channel Islands, as the family mythology goes, because of course “Irish need not apply”)  and they had three children baptized as DeVan before Michael’s untimely death 7 and a half years later.

The DeVan Family Bible states that Michael DeVan died 20th of May 1839 at Dartmouth from stepping on a rusty nail. St. Mary’s R.C. Registers (Halifax) Burials (1830-1842) No. 25, (PANS Reel 11506)

“I the undersigned buried Michael DeVan aged 34 years, husband of Ann McGowan, a Ship carpenter by trade and a native of Ireland. J Loughnan P.P.”

In a time when life was often short and even brutal, bigotry was more common, more overt than today, and more virulent, and literacy was not as widespread amongst the common man as our modern educational “establushment” claims we now are. Back then name spelling varied from day to day and person to person it seems.

Just an aside, I still can’t, for the life of me, understand why using Apple computers and iPhones and trinkets from the AppStore and having a Facebook account and 500 “friends”, counts as “literacy” but then again, perhaps I am just an ignorant throwback to an earlier day when party lines were the most common connection and the World Wide Web had yet to be born as ARPA net. Anyway, this post is about prayer, remember that Joe.

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Saint Patrick

In the early 1800’s literacy was not as widespread amongst the common man as claimed today but their prayers still survived. There were prayers still, in the time of Michael and Ann, powerful prayers, that had come down from ancient times and which are now lost to most modern sophisticated peoples, prayers abandoned along with the sacraments by we enlightened moderns.

As John wrote: “and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world;

Sometimes called “The Deer’s Cry”, this is one of those prayers, translated from Old Irish around 1898, to be read aloud as a morning prayer, attributed to St. Patrick (ca 433?)

St. Patrick’s Breastplate
(“I Arise Today”)

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

Domini est salus, Domini est salus, Christi est salus. Salus tua, Domine, sit semper nobiscum. (Salvation is of The Lord, salvation is of The Lord, salvation is of Christ. May thy salvation, Lord, be always with us.)

Good Morning and may you have a blessed and peaceful day …

Cheers

Joe

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Confusion Fosters Doubt … unless we trust God’s plan

“Crux Fidelis”, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, from the album “Lent at Ephesus”, (2014)

Mary of Jesus of Ágreda (Spanish: María de Jesús), OIC, also known as the Abbess of Ágreda (2 April 1602 – 24 May 1665), was a Franciscan abbess and spiritual writer, known especially for her extensive correspondence with King Philip IV of Spain and reports of her bilocation between Spain and its colonies in New Spain (now New Mexico and Texas). She was a noted mystic of her era.

Venerable Mary of Agreda Incorrupt Body

Venerable Mary of Agreda, In 1909 her casket was opened for the first time after her death in 1665. Her body was found to be completely incorrupt

A member of the Order of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Conceptionists, Mary of Jesus wrote fourteen books, including a series of revelations about the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Her bilocation activity is said to have occurred between her cloistered monastery in rural Spain and the Jumano Indians of central New Mexico and West Texas, and inspired many Franciscan missionaries in the New World. In popular culture since the 17th century, she has been dubbed the Lady in Blue and the Blue Nun, after the color of her order’s habit.

I am currently reading Venerable Mary of Agreda’s “Mystical City of God”.  It is four volumes and possibly the biggest book on my Kindle. I have discovered, in Volume One, Chapter VI, an articulate recounting of a view of the perennial controversy amidst various schools of thought and theological points of view within The Roman Catholic Church and within Christendom at large.

The Second Vatican Council, Vatican II

The Second Vatican Council, Vatican II

It would appear that ever was it so, and even I myself in my own lifetime have seen the controversy and confusion arising out of the Ecumenical Council Vatican II at the end of the 60’s as a result of the agendas and narratives of various participants in the Council, including the infamous “Spirit of Vatican II” by which some parties, even those who did not participate, sought to append their own agendas onto the body of genuine theological work which the Council produced.

Pope Francis,

Pope Francis,

These days, and for the last several years under Pope Francis there seems to be a never ending stream of controversy emanating from Rome with respect to this or that fundamental doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The sides are drawn up, the Pope stands in the middle, and while saying nothing dogmatic one way or another seems to have adopted a position of “We neither confirm nor deny” whatever the latest controversial topic may be.

So, as controversy seems to be “status quo” for the Catholic Church for many centuries, I expect we should not judge, not take sides, but simply have Faith and Trust in the King’s plan about which we really don’t know anything – it is, after all, “Above our Pay Grade”. This situation appears, quoting from “The Mystical City of God” to have been the case for centuries, and hopefully this quote will shed some useful light on “The Plan” which we are expected and commanded to Trust:

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“74. “And in order that thou mayest better understand the answer to thy doubt, remember, that there is neither any succession of time in my decrees, nor any need of it for the perception and the execution of them. (ed. God exists outside time in the eternal now)

75. “The existence of different opinions regarding these sacraments and other mysteries in the Church, arises from the fact that I manifest and give light concerning one set of mysteries to some teachers, and illumine others concerning other mysteries; for mortals are not capable of receiving all the light. It is not expedient: that the knowledge of all things be given to one man, as long as men are viators (travelers or pilgrims in this world).

For also in the state of comprehensors (one who comprehends; one who has attained a full knowledge), they obtain them in parts and according to the state and the merits of each. … mortals receive it neither entirely, nor is it always given so clearly, as to assure them altogether. Therefore they must acquire it by means of study and the use of letters and science There are also many truths revealed in holy Scriptures and to some men light is given from above.

Yet, as I leave most men to work by their natural light, it must follow, that they understand these mysteries in different senses, and that there exist different explanations and different meanings regarding the different passages in Scripture; for each adheres to his opinion according to his understanding. Many have a good intention and the light and truth is essentially one, but it is made use of with diversity of judgment and inclinations, so that some adhere to these teachers, others to those and so the controversies arise among them.”

77. “Take notice also, my spouse, that very often I permit and cause differences of opinions among the doctors and teachers. Thus some of them maintain what is true and others, according to their natural disposition, defend what is doubtful. Others still again are permitted to say even what is not true, though not in open contradiction to the veiled truths of faith, which all must hold. Some also teach, what is possible according to their supposition.

By this varied light, truth is traced, and the mysteries of faith become more manifest. Doubt serves as a stimulus to the understanding for the investigation of truth. Therefore controversies of the teachers fulfill a proper and holy end.

They are also permitted in order, to make it known, that real science dwells in my Church more than in the combined study of all the holy and perfect teachers, and that she can make them wise above the wisdom of the worldly wise; that there is above them One, who is the Prompter of the wise (Wis. 7, 15), namely, Myself; who alone knows all and comprehends all; who weighs and measures, without ever being measured or comprehended (Wis. 9, 13); that men, although they may search my judgments and testimonies ever so much, cannot attain them, unless I give the intelligence and light (Job 32, 8), who am the beginning and the Author of all wisdom and science.

I desire that men, in acknowledging all this, give Me praise, exaltation, confession, supremity and glory forever.”

78. “I desire also that the holy doctors acquire for themselves much grace, light and glory by their earnest, laudable and sacred study, and that the truth be more and more clearly detected and purified, and be traced to its source, By humbly investigating the mysteries and the admirable works of my right hand, they come to be partakers of them and of the bread of the understanding, the holy Scriptures (Eccli. 15, 3).

I have especially shown my Providence in regard to doctors and teachers, although their opinions and doubts have been so diverse and for such different ends. Sometimes, for my greater glory and honor, sometimes for earthly purposes, they are permitted to dispute, and to contradict each other; and there is a great inequality in the manner in which they have proceeded and do proceed to show their emulation and earnestness.

But with all this I have directed, governed and enlightened them, giving them my protection in such a manner, that the truth may be investigated and clearly manifested. The light has spread out, so that many of my perfections and wonderful works have been made known, and the holy Scriptures have been interpreted according to high standards, which has been very pleasing to Me.

For this reason the fury of hell, with inconceivable envy (especially in these, our times), has raised its throne of iniquity, pretending to engulf the waters of the Jordan (Job 40, 18), and obscure the light of holy faith by heretical doctrines and seeking to sow its false seeds by the help of man (Matth. 13, 25).

But the rest of the Church and its truths are in most perfect order; the Catholics, although much involved and blind in other respects, hold nevertheless the truths of faith and its holy light without diminution. I call all men with fatherly love to share this happiness, yet few are the elect, who choose to respond to my call.”

79. “I also desire thee to understand, my spouse, how well my Providence disposes things in such a way, that the teachers, by the diversity of their opinions, and by their own diligent exertion and study, scrutinize more deeply my testimonies and thus lay bare the marrow of the holy Scriptures to wayfaring men.

But it would be very pleasing to Me and in harmony with my service, if learned persons would extinguish and do away with pride, envy and ambition after vain honors; also all the other passions and vices, which arise from them, together with the bad seeds, that are likely to be generated from that sort of occupation (Matth. 13, 25).

But I do not root out this bad seed at present, in order that the good may not be rooted out with the bad.”

Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (Volume One chapter VI, para 74 – 79). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition.

*****

So, something to think about, Trust, perhaps the most difficult of virtues in a singularly distrustful, self-reliant world which has come to worship “Self” above even God.

I think some of us have an unfair advantage. It is easier for those of us with a military background, after spending years sometimes, following orders without knowing the big picture, to accept that the “Plan” is above our pay grade and to Trust that the King knows what he is doing. Military personnel give up worshiping themselves or they simply don’t last.

It has been my experience that modern society, especially our academics, progressive bureaucrats and the “Brights” of our day look down from their tower of self, on we military, serving and vets,  as “stupid” and “brainwashed” because we, the dogs in the back yard, learned honor and integrity, and volunteered to “go in harms way” to serve and protect others, even when those others hate us for our service … hmmm … the long haired screamers still offend even in their old age.

But we know that we chose to let ourselves be brainwashed, if that is what it is. To willingly accept the breaking down of the childish self and the rebuilding of that individual self into a member of a team with a purpose greater than the sum of the parts. To accept the uniform code of military conduct without having to think about it, to make a habit of all the little sacrifices daily in order to advance unit integrity, effectiveness and putting the mission first. Service and sacrifice Ad Aeternitatum.

That is really the essence of self-sacrifice, even in the world at large. Just look at what any loving mother or father go through for their children, even when the children don’t recognize or understand the sacrifices. And look at the daily sacrifices involved in simply trusting God’s plan.

The Brights and their progressive societal hangers-on are more deeply brainwashed and simply can’t see their reality because it’s all dressed up in bright shiny cool stuff that folks hang on their “I love me” wall. Everything and everyone that doesn’t agree with their world view is simply branded as “stupid” and Bulverised into oblivion. We just know that we are right, isn’t that so Justin?

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

But “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophyHamlet, Act I Scene v.

And Trust in God’s plan is an important constituent in charity, that is Love in the Agape sense. That charity which accepts that the right things have to be done even though some will not thank you and will ridicule you even while accepting your protection and help. Trust in God’s plan lends patience and kindness even to trying situations.

4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; 5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. 12 We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known. 13 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Cor. 13: 4-13)

Cheers

Joe

Quid Hoc Ad Aeternitatum

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Dark Places in the World

Waiting On The Night To Fall”, by “Casting Crowns”, from the album “Thrive” (2014)

Well, I guess it would be too much to expect me not to comment on evil when it is rubbed in our faces. There are dark places in the world, where the Powers of Darkness rule over their subjects unfettered by any sign of light.  North Korea comes to mind as the quintessential regime of death with no apparent redeeming values whatsoever outside of fraternal charity towards our neighbour, which includes North Korea’s people.

YEA! CANADA!

YEA! CANADA! We are such NICE people…

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, Canada runs a close second in the banal ignorance of the Progressive Canadian people who consistently vote in favour of a regime of death. For example, a recent poll reported four in five Canadians believe there are some laws on the books somewhere that limit abortions in some way.

Sadly, NO, Canada is unique, in having no such laws whatever. Here in Canada, we kill anyone up to and including the moment of natural birth.

And if we miss you at birth we get another crack at you under our new Euthanasia laws under which almost anyone, but especially inconvenient or expensive people, can find themselves the victim of a “Death with Dignity”, an “Assisted Suicide” for medical or budgetary reasons. If one wonders where we are headed, look no further than the status quo in Belgium, The Netherlands and Iceland.

Trudeau, Murderer? ... Who Knew - a perfect proponent of his generation

Trudeau, Murderer? … Who Knew – a perfect proponent of his generation

Whatever euphemism we apply this is really naked quintessential evil in action. Although, one wonders if there is any malice involved, or intent, or will, all of which are required to do evil. Perhaps what we are dealing with in Canada is simply smug, thoughtless, ignorance, of the same sort that has legions of young modern progressive Canadians “Hating” Donald Trump, because that is what their peer group thinks is cool on Facebook.

Their parents generation hated “Americans” in general because someone at the CBC thought that was cool. Somewhere there is a reference to the sins of the fathers being visited upon their children to the 7th generation, or maybe I imagined that one. Maybe it is a genetic mutation, an evolutionary inferiority complex brought on by too many arctic winters huddled around the fire feeling sorry for themselves.

Or perhaps we Canadians are not unique: it is entirely possible that this state of affairs could also be imagined of North Korea, or maybe China, or places in the middle east where Christians are not considered human beings, but I find it impossible to check these assertions. And yet here in Canada, many amoral, self worshiping people have the vote in our free Canadian elections. And we get what we deserve, I guess … I suppose Pol Pot was worse, eh?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with the media in the foyer of the House of Commons following the release of an ethics report in Ottawa on Wednesday December 20, 2017. regarding his conflict of interest charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld ORG XMIT: ajw105

The requirements are very simple: To vote in a Canadian federal election you must have a pulse, and must be: A Canadian citizen (Temporary and permanent residents cannot vote); 18 years old or older on election day; Residents in the electoral district; and be registered on the voting list.  In Canada, that is all that is required to make decisions about the well-being, life and death of others.

Now, any Canadian voter could choose to stand against the powers of death and vote otherwise than what they do, and no doubt a few do stand against death, witness the 25,000 or so who turned out Thursday for our National Right To Life Marches. But sadly, the majority of Canadian voters do not so choose.

The majority of Canadian voters choose death, and without a moment’s consideration also choose everything that this regime of death leads to. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

No moral cover offered or requested by virtue of government compulsion such as might be found in China, or Iran, or North Korea, No compulsion in Canada. Canadians freely choose to vote for death. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

This is the underlying truth of the statement that God doesn’t send anyone to hell … Hell is not a punishment but rather a life or death choice. Those who go to Hell CHOOSE to go there by their own volition. But of course Canadians also choose to pretend that there is no Hell and no Satan. Sad. Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

Thomas Cardinal Collins speaks at the National March for Life in Ottawa, May 10, 2018, Patrick Craine / LifeSiteNews

Thomas Cardinal Collins speaks at the National March for Life in Ottawa, May 10, 2018, Patrick Craine / LifeSiteNews

So we have the Roman Catholic Church defending the right to life of Canada’s most defenseless people.

Thomas Cardinal Collins spoke to the March for Life on Parliament Hill on Thursday, confirming the crowds in their right to speak up for life in the public square, pointing to signs of hope, and advising pro-lifers how to overcome evil in contemporary society most effectively.

“It’s wonderful to see everyone here today,” he said. “It’s a place where we come to express our views as citizens of this country.”  Collins, who is the archbishop of Toronto, pointed out that the religious believers of Canada contribute to society and so have the right to speak up.

“We contribute to those who are homeless, those who are in need in this country, and as people of faith who are there when they’re in need,” the Cardinal said. “And therefore we have a right to a place at the democratic table, and that’s what we’re exercising here on Parliament Hill.”

A rally on Parliament Hill is the right place to “loudly” express support for life, Collins stated, but also to recognize the “greater struggle”.  “We are here to loudly and clearly profess our support for life, for the sanctity of life from the first moment of conception to natural death,” he underscored.

“These are under great attack in our country, as we know. But we are here also to recognize that this is part of a much greater struggle.” “…The right to life here in our country must be put in the context of the will of God and of the great struggle … of good against evil,” Collins continued.

Thousands of pro-lifers joined in regional Marches for Life across Canada this year, joining forces with the record-breaking crowds at the National March for Life in Ottawa on May 10th, all with the aim of ending abortion in the country. In addition to the nearly 20,000 that marched in Ottawa, almost 3,000 more participated in regional marches, with even more gearing up for the marches in New Brunswick and Alberta on May 17th.

So do Canadians choose DEATH?

So do Canadians choose DEATH?

But now the Federal Liberals have tied all Federal Assistance programs to a pro-abortion attestation. A signed written endorsement of the Liberal program of killing old and young Canadians is now required to qualify for Federal Programs.

During an interview with Ontario filmmaker Kevin Dunn prior to the march, Collins addressed (this) “horrible thing” of the pro-abortion attestation Justin Trudeau’s government has attached to the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

“We have a nice program here, paid for by us, the citizens, we’re citizens, we pay taxes. It’s a great program to help young people get a first job during the summer. And it usually is used to help in summer camps, feeding the needy, good things like that,” Collins said.

But this year, “they slipped in a new thing: ‘my group or its mission approves the rights underlying the charter of whatever they are, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

or do Canadians choose LIFE

or do Canadians choose LIFE

He noted that the charter does not actually reference “reproductive freedom” but is inferred to be “underlying it in their vague kind of way.” He also pointed out that the charter does guarantee “freedom of conscience and of religion, but they don’t know that.

“So this is ideological, I mean, I’ve never seen a Catholic theologian as doctrinaire as these people,” Collins said. “They won 39 percent of the vote in the last election, so it’s not exactly a mandate from the people.”

And so it goes … what of the rest of the world, those few places where killing babies and seniors is still not generally accepted government policy?

Soon, perhaps, this same sad state of affairs will be said of Ireland, where the vote to remove the constitutional restraint on baby killing will be held on the 25th of May, and the Irish will or will not take a decisive step down the road to perdition. (Not the first step though: that journey begins with open contraception and easy divorce.)

It could also serve as the final, irretrievable betrayal of Ireland’s Catholic heritage; of that Ireland which was once the beacon of Christian civilization; which sent her missionaries into the heart of barbarous pagan Europe in a very dark age — foreshadowing universities, hospitals, cathedrals, and other Catholic inventions; Dante and Shakespeare and all that. (I stole that last 2 paragraphs from David Warren).

Cheers, and soon we will all be asked to enjoy a Happy Canada Day …

The Canadian Landscape in 2018

The Canadian Landscape in 2018

A hundred years ago Canada was a great nation, an arguably “moral” nation.

Then the methods of the Axis bureaucrats of death, the losers in WWII, a true Axis of Evil, morphed, in the name of efficiency, into the bureaucratic methods of the government administrators of Canada, our once proud civil service, the model of civil services everywhere, became — just like every other sophisticated modern progressive civil service in every “modern” country …

Oh Canada … Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

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Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part Five Cancer & Ageing & other stuff …

Snow”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”  (2013)

Continuing in my series of posts, an overview of what I have found about nutrition and diet over the last 15 months or so, information sources which I have found helpful. As mentioned, your mileage may vary but my goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough.  Anyway …

2 Keto Dudes

2 Keto Dudes

Well, life is interesting. I am excited by what I have been reading about the work of Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried at Boston College. First  we take a listen to one of the “2 Keto Dudes” podcasts featuring Dr. Seyfried. It is found at  http://2ketodudes.com/show.aspx?episode=113

This got me so excited that I immediately followed up on Thomas N. Seyfried at Boston College, found at:

https://www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/mcas/departments/biology/people/faculty-directory/thomas-seyfried.html

Thomas N. Seyfried

Thomas N. Seyfried

Dr. Seyfried’s research program focuses on mechanisms by which metabolic therapy manages chronic diseases such as epilepsy, neurodegenerative lipid storage diseases, and cancer. The metabolic therapies include caloric restriction, fasting, and ketogenic diets.

Dr. Seyfried’s approach is based on the idea that compensatory metabolic pathways are capable of modifying the pathogenesis of complex diseases. Global shifts in metabolic environment can neutralize molecular pathology. In the case of cancer, these therapies target and kill tumor cells while enhancing the physiological health of normal cells.

The neurochemical and genetic mechanisms of these phenomena are under investigation in novel animal models and include the processes of inflammation, cellular physiology, angiogenesis, and lipid biochemistry.

Dr. Seyfried published a groundbreaking treatise entitled, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer (Wiley, 1st ed., 2012). The treatise provides extensive information showing that cancer can be best defined as a mitochondrial metabolic disease rather than as a genetic disease.

This new concept has implications for the development of new non-toxic cancer therapies including the ketogenic diet. Experts in the cancer research field have praised this comprehensive study as one of science’s hottest topics. Amazon customer reviews.

Of the 10 pages of reviews, about 75% are 5 Stars. *****. That is extremely good for a high end medical book which requires significant neurons firing to make headway.

I have to say a little to the negative reviewers. First of all, it is well known that one can’t please everyone and no matter how good the message there are some humans who will find something to bitch about no matter who you are or what you are saying. Look what happened to Jesus Christ, the most perfect Man who ever lived.

As usual, there are always a few panning the book for all the usual reasons – like “It’s too expensive“,, “He is just pushing his diet“, “I didn’t think of this first, Oh Wah!” and so on. In this case I suspect that virtually all the negative reviews are from people who were looking for an authority which agreed with them, or were looking for a quick and easy fix for their particular problem.

For all those reviewers you have the whole established medical paradigm to fall back on. Hope that works for you. I would bet a good Keto meal that most of these nay-sayers never actually read the book all the way through but gave up as soon as the going got tough.

But death is a tough route … cancer sucks BIG TIME … so go with your feelings and see if the genetic cancer model, and radiation, and chemo works for you … who knows, you might get lucky and be cured without having to change your thinking.

I quote just one review here:

*****

“Cancer is an illness that directly or indirectly affects most people at one time or another. Thus, my interest in this book was motivated by a desire to learn more about recent advances in the treatment of the disease and the success that has been achieved especially in recent years with the well chronicled revolution in “precision medicine” and its underlying application of gene therapy.

However, I was stunned and somewhat disheartened to learn of the slow rate of progress in the treatment of cancer in spite of the monumental financial investment and the efforts of so many scientists and other professionals in universities, medical schools, and in the pharmaceutical industry.

As so powerfully and effectively described by the author of this book, slow progress in the “war on cancer” lies not only in the complexity of the disease itself, but also, and perhaps more importantly, on the non-universal recognition of some of the most basic and fundamental aspects of the cause of cancer.

The author takes the position that cancer is a metabolic disease, following up on the pioneering research of Nobel laureate, Dr. Otto Warburg. Seyfried’s review of the Warburg’s work is clear and compelling, even to a non-specialist, although a web search from time to time is helpful to fully grasp some of the more sophisticated concepts in biology.

The presentation and review of the author’s research as well as that of many other leading scientists provides a logical and clearly written account of the impressive body of data that continue to give validity to the “Warburg theory”. Accordingly, metabolic processes in normal and abnormal (cancerous) cells are compared with an emphasis on realistic models based largely on animal studies.

Supporting data are illustrated by figures and images that convincingly implicate metabolic dysfunction and respiratory insufficiency as the essential cause of cancer. Importantly, Seyfried then makes the strong case that it is the metabolic dysfunction that induces gene modification, now commonly recognized in virtually all cancers.

The important take home message, however, is that it is the metabolic dysfunction of the cell that drives genetic modifications-not the other way around. This is profoundly important with far reaching implications, especially for the management and prevention of cancer.

Indeed, in light of these results, it is a mystery to this reviewer why there is presently such universal focus on the genome in the development of drugs to treat what appears to be a metabolic disease. This seems to be a case of the tail wagging the dog, which would be OK, if the stakes were not so high for so many.

The last four to five chapters of the book emphasize the broader aspects of metabolic dysfunction in cancer and how an appreciation of this can lead to more humane treatments than presently is the case. The so-called “standard of care” overwhelmingly used at present emphasizes the application of poisonous drugs and toxic doses of radiation, which, as noted by the author, often engenders in patients a fear that rivals that of the disease itself.

In chapter 20 the author details the beneficial and therapeutic effects in cancer treatment of the ketogenic diet that takes full advantage of strategies logically linked to the scientific principals developed throughout the book.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in the origin and treatment of cancer. It is a challenging book, but one that rewards the reader with knowledge and contemplation about one of the great plagues in modern society with every turn of the page.

*****

Well, I am interested, and I went ahead and bought the book … yes, $120.00 Canadian might seem to some to be a little steep but often in life one gets what one has paid for. I have spent at least that much and more on a good night out on the town so in the big picture it is really chump change.

I will keep you posted on how I feel about this area of research after I have read the book,  or maybe sooner if it goes slower than I expect.

Cheers

Joe

You can always find an upside even in a bad situation. Never Give Up, Never Give Up, Never Give Up!

 

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Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part Four


“Àki”, Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

In many ways this journey of discovery about diet and health is a story of the great courage of the leading edge practitioners who are willing to try new ideas because of results rather than simply get along, go along, with the establishment in their field because of fear.

It also requires courage and determination to take responsibility for one’s own health and life and not to simply rely upon “expert opinion”. Turns out that “expert opinion” is the same as any other opinion, and is frequently wrong.

It’s your life … you have to take responsibility for it … the path the world wants you to take is often about what’s good for them and not what’s good for you.

As mentioned previously, this post was going to be about Iodine and it’s importance but has morphed into a story of courage to try new ideas in the face of ridicule and denial. This is my continuing summary of what I have found about diet and health over the last 15 months as I searched for the Holy Grail of a cure for my Type II Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

This is part four of my summary, and I am trying to post all this consecutively so that we can find it just by following the “Previous Posts” link at the bottom of this post. There might end up being the odd post out of sequence but mostly they are all easy to find by following the “Previous Posts” links at the end.

As previously mentioned, I am posting information and links to authors of note and to books and information sources I have found helpful in my quest. Your mileage may vary but my personal over all goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough. Peace of mind in a healthy body, the synergy is unbeatable, and I believe it is all related to our diet.

I am currently personally using all the things I write about and have found them helpful in my search for a healthy lifestyle. That said, none of what I write is intended as “medical advice”, I am not a doctor nor am I any kind of medical professional.

I am just a regular Joe who has made a habit of questioning “authority” most of my life, often quietly, and often while preparing for the inevitable outcomes and disasters when we are tasked to follow through with some ill conceived plan by some superior or authority who (charitably) lacks imagination.

“Mentioned in dispatches” often happens not because of anything particularly heroic but rather because it was obvious where the situation was going and one just prepared in depth for the inevitable disaster. Best possible outcome looks pretty good after some egotistical idiot’s plan blows up in his or her face.

My daughter says I am an ENTJ according to Myers Briggs  which probably explains my personality and my tendency to be skeptical of authority and self reliant. Whatever, I just don’t believe everything “authorities” tell me is so, and the older I get the less I believe. I guess you might say, personality wise, I am “from Missouri” –  “Show Me”.

These posts on diet and health are just my reflection on my own personal experiences, what I use, the effects I have experienced, and as mentioned many times, your mileage may vary.

I have mentioned previously that my family doctor is on board and exercises oversight on my lifestyle and nutrient choices. So far he has not disagreed with anything I am doing and so far everything seems to be working out for the better. I urge anyone who is going down the path of trying this stuff out to get their doctor of choice on board with their program of health and nutrition.

This journey has been mostly about nutrition and eating and when to eat and what to eat. The results are real, but there are a lot of folks in the medical establishment who are simply knee-jerk anti diet as a fix for all the usual diseases which they prefer to treat with medications and then treat the complications from the meds with more meds and while you are at it eat lots of carbs as per the Canada Food Guide.

If you just call your diet meat and veggies all of a sudden its fine. I eat meat and veggies…doc says good! I eat Keto, doc says bad. Keto  and fasting have become a trigger word that forces many to defend or pick a side.

This way of looking at things creates a lot of cognitive dissonance in the head of both patents and old school doctors, so much so that doctors who deviate from the medical association guidelines and government guidelines are often pilloried and treated like pariahs or quacks.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage for certified medical professionals and practitioners to speak truth to power.

Often the truth will not be accepted until the generation believing the current paradigm dies out and are replaced with people who don’t have their professional ego entrenched in the current paradigm.

Absent some large personal reward, supporters of the current accepted medical paradigm will circle the wagons and revile anyone who disagrees with them. Just one example of this is reported in my last post on vested interests

We need to re-thread our heads about diet and food. So first I have a link to a 58 minute podcast from the 2 Keto Dudes. While in Perth, Australia, Richard Morris talked to Martin Cebis about the strategic dissonance in the health care system brought on by scientific findings about fat, sugar, and Diabetes.

Martin Cebis is an electronic engineer by training, with an MBA and lectures at the University of Western Australia on entrepreneurship and innovation. He is also a type 2 diabetic who reverse engineered his disease, discovered a dietary treatment using a low carbohydrate diet.

Lynne Farrow

Lynne Farrow

So, finaly, we get to today’s post on Iodine and why we need it … and why we can’t live without it.  I have just recently finished reading a book called: “The Iodine Crisis, What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life”

The author is Lynne Farrow. Her book is titled “The Iodine Crisis, What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life”. The blurb from “Goodreads is: Thanks to environmental pollutants Iodine deficiency has become a worldwide epidemic.

Everybody knows pollutants cause cancer. What they don’t know is that these pollutants cause a deficiency that can make us sick, fat and stupid.

Iodized salt–supposedly a solution to iodine deficiency– is actually a nutritional scam which provides a false sense of security.  The Iodine Crisis explains how we became so deficient, then shows the time-tested solution to reversing many conditions.

Lynne Farrow reveals how she and thousands of other patient-activists changed their lives by researching and using iodine. Frequently Asked Questions cover everything you need to know about iodine. The proof of iodine’s benefit is demonstrated by the dramatic case studies shared in this book.

So I started taking Nascent Iodine,  1 drop per day. I found further information at True Hope .  And the True Hope web site is at https://www.truehope.com/.  The information on this site has been a life saver for our family.

Here is a short excerpt from the story of Anthony Stephan  the founder of True Hope …: Ten children were left motherless the cold January day that Debbie took her own life. She had been suffering the pains of Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD) for years and finally succumbed to the dark and irrational side of the disease.

Somehow, out of the sheer agony and crushing pain of her loss came a determination for Anthony her husband. He began a prayerful and desperate search to find hope and health for their children who were also ravaged by the disease. At the time of her death, two of Debbie’s children had also been diagnosed with BAD.

As a desperate father, and after exhausting all known medical routes, Anthony sought the help of a friend. Together these two men established a program of nutritional supplementation that would eventually lead to the recovery of Anthony’s children and the formation of The Synergy Group of Canada Inc. – a non medical research group dedicated to researching and overcoming the disorders of the central nervous system.

Debbie’s tragic death had initiated that series of events which would change the grim picture of mental illness forever. Anthony Stephan, in reflecting on the marvelous recovery of his children, said; “Truly God has answered my pleadings and intense prayers with a great blessing.” Go Read The Rest!

Well, until next time, I am now looking into diet and its connection to cancer according to some recent research by Dr. Thomas N Seyfried. Should be interesting.

Cheers

Joe

From my library, looking out over a cool rainy spring day … so much to learn, so much to share, so little time …

 

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The vested interest in keeping people sick …

Snow”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”  (2013)

Good post this morning over at David Warren’s site…  Go read the whole thing.

Dr. Atul Gawande

Dr. Atul Gawande

He drew from Crisis Magazine (here) , which I subscribe to …”In a recent episode of the podcast Freakonomics, Dr. Atul Gawande contrasted the adoption rate in the 1800s of two new technologies: anesthesia and antisepsis. An anesthetic gas, which could be used in surgery, was discovered and first used in Boston, and “…within two months of publishing the result that a gas could render people insensible to pain, it was being used in every capital in Europe.

There’s no internet. You had to send news by boat and horse.  And within two months people were using it in the capitals of Europe, and by six years later there wasn’t a hospital in the country that was not delivering anesthesia care.

Compared to anesthesia, the adoption of antisepsis was very slow, even though sterilizing equipment and washing hands could cut the rate of infection by up to eighty percent. Since infections were often fatal, an eighty percent reduction meant a huge savings of lives. And yet, according to Dr. Gawande, “a generation later, you still haven’t gotten to half of the profession doing it.”

The difference in the adoption rates of the two new technologies was caused by the fact that anesthesia helped the doctors as much as it helped the patients: “Surgeons don’t like having a screaming patient on the table. They had to do their operations in 60 to 120 seconds because you just didn’t have that much time when the orderly is holding people down. And having a patient asleep meant you could be meticulous—you were so much happier as a surgeon. And so this was a win-win for both.”

By contrast, antiseptic protocols didn’t do anything for the doctors, they were just an added problem for doctors, and so they had no incentive to use them.”

And not much has changed amongst the medical establishment and the health industry in general here in the 21st century. There is no incentive to the system to actually help patients and to actually cure them because the medical and pharmaceutical bread and butter of the western world depends entirely on the continued existence of sick patients.

If the Department of Health and the medical Associations ever actually fulfilled their stated mandate of curing people and supporting a healthy population they would put themselves out of work. Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that “in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people”:

First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.”

Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Dr. Jerry Pournelle

Dr. Jerry Pournelle was a blogger of note before the internet was invented and before that in columns in Byte Magazine. He died last year in his 80’s. I followed him for many years. He will be greatly missed. Anyway … Health Departments and such …

Ergo, the mission of Health Departments, Medical Associations, and Pharmaceutical Research Companies everywhere is not (as stated) to get people healthy and keep them there but rather to encourage illness everywhere possible, both physical and mental, in the interest of continued existence, expansion, and an ever increasing revenue stream.

There once was a book I owned and readThe Organization of Hypocrisy” by a Swedish researcher, Nils Brunsson, who is (or maybe was) Professor of Management at the Stockholm School of Economics and Chairman of the Stockholm Center for Organizational Research. In his little book he laid out chapter and verse why such conduct occurs, and why it will continue to occur.

Unfortunately I loaned my copy to one of my college professors who never returned it. It is out of print and currently retails new for around $1200.00 U.S. Never trust your college professors, as they also fall under the Iron Rule of Bureaucracy. The ones in charge will always be corrupt.

Some say I am too cynical, but I prefer “realist”. If it walks like a duck, and all that stuff.

Cheers

Joe

Ready, Aye, Ready … Quid hoc ad aeternitatem

 

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Life in a small town

Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part Three

“Ladies in Lavender”, Joshua Bell, from the album “the Essential Joshua Bell”, (2005)

So here we are again, with my summary of what I have found about diet and health over the last 15 months as I searched for the Holy Grail of a cure for my Type II Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

This is part three of my summary, and I am trying to post all this consecutively so that we can find it just by following the “Previous Posts” link at the bottom of this post. There might end up being the odd post out of sequence but mostly they are all easy to find by following the “Previous Posts” links at the end.

As previously mentioned, I am posting information and links to authors of note and to books and information sources I have found helpful in my quest. Your mileage may vary but my personal over all goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough.

Now I have come across another researcher who is blazing a wide swath of destruction through another colossal medical boondoggle, that is the crusade against salt on the part of established medical and dietary authority.

At first blush it seems they are as out to lunch about salt as they have been about fat and the other sacred cows of modern dietary guidelines such as are found in the Canada Food Guide.

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D

James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm. D., is a respected cardiovascular research scientist, doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and the associate editor of British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) Open Heart.

He is the author or coauthor of approximately 200 publications in medical literature. His research has been featured in The New York Times, ABC’s Good Morning America, TIME, Fox News, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo! Health, BBC News, Daily Mail, Forbes, National Public Radio, and Men’s Health, among others.

His new book, The Salt Fix” is sure to change the national conversation about this historically treasured substance.

The Salt Fix elegantly and accessibly weaves the research into a fascinating new understanding of salt’s essential role in your health and what happens when you aren’t getting enough—with far-reaching, even heart-stopping, implications.

We’ve all heard the recommendation: eat no more than a teaspoon of salt a day for a healthy heart. But there’s one big problem with this: the vast majority of us don’t need to eat low-salt diets. In fact, for most of us, more salt would be better for our health, rather than less. (Not to mention, much tastier.)

Robb Wolf

Robb Wolf

Now, Dr. James DiNicolantonio reveals the incredible, often baffling story of how salt became unfairly demonized—a never-before-told, century-spanning drama of competing egos and interests.

Not only have we gotten it wrong, we’ve gotten it exactly backwards: eating more salt can help protect you from a host of ailments, including internal starvation, insulin resistance, diabetes, and even heart disease. (The real culprit? Another white crystal—sugar.)  Some reviewers (whom I have read) follow:

“For decades, doctors and mainstream medicine have recommended that you lower your salt intake, but in this well-researched and surprising book, Dr. DiNicolantonio explains why this seemingly well-informed advice is, in fact, wrong.

The Salt Fix provides the advice and the program you need to add back the salt and in the process improve your health and your waistline.” Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat

Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades

Doctors Michael and Mary Dan Eades

“The medical profession has done a disservice to millions of people by misleading them into thinking they need to avoid salt in their diets.

Our blood is salty; our tissue fluids are salty; we need salt to thrive.

In The Salt Fix, Dr. DiNicolantonio charts the ill-begotten thinking that got us to this sorry state of almost universal salt avoidance, and imparts invaluable scientifically-sound advice for adding this healthful substance back into your diet.

Dr. DiNicolantonio’s book will help you improve your health by actually adding salt back into your favorite foods.” Michael R. Eades, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Protein Power.

And of course, The Keto Dudes” have an episode on the salt problem.  I continue to investigate a discovery which somehow doesn’t surprise me even a little bit…

Another recent proponent of Paleo/Fasting lifestyle style diet is an author named Melanie Avalon. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress living in Los Angeles, and author of the self-published Amazon #1 Best Seller and Audible featured, “The What When Wine Diet: Paleo and Intermittent Fasting For Health And Weight Loss.” She is represented by Celeste Fine and Sarah Passick at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Melanie Avalon

Melanie Avalon

Melanie holds a certification in Holistic Nutrition from the AFPA (American Fitness Professionals & Associates). For more from Melanie, check out her blog (MelanieAvalon.com), and youtube channel (youtube.com/c/melanieavalon), where she discusses her thoughts on Paleo, intermittent fasting, wine, holistic health, and the science of diet.

After unending fad diets and calorie counting to lose weight, Melanie Avalon stumbled upon a dietary protocol which changed her life forever. Realizing there was a science to weight loss, the actress spent years researching the mechanics of body fat regulation. But what started as weight loss techniques ultimately became lifestyle changes for health and happiness!

The What When Wine Diet explores the science of how what you eat (Paleo) and when you eat (Intermittent Fasting) can hormonally establish the body as a fat burning machine, rendering weight loss effortless! These conscious food choices free you from calorie restriction and cravings, while discouraging the ailments and degenerative diseases stemming from today’s standard, toxic diet.

Say goodbye to headaches, blood sugar swings, and constant hunger, and hello to health, vitality, and a thin, toned physique! Plus, drink some wine along the way to boot! Jam packed with scientific studies yet written in an accessible manner, here is just some of what you’ll learn in The What When Wine Diet:

WHAT? The science of low carb and Paleo diets. How to “do” Paleo. Sugar and grains’ effects on the body. All about the gluten-free “craze.” Why junk food is so addicting. How to transition to Paleo. How to eat at restaurants and shop for groceries, Paleo-style.

WHEN? How eating in time windows can maximize fat burning, energy levels, and productivity. What your “metabolism” actually is. How to eat all you want, while losing weight! How to eradicate hunger between meals. How to never count calories again!

Plus, learn the secret to exercise without “exercising,” and the many health benefits of wine! The What When Wine Diet also includes a guide to 30+ supplements! Say goodbye to restriction, as you enter this amazing diet wonderland! Have your steak, and eat it too!

So more to follow, next up will be a post on Iodine and our current current dietary Iodine crisis …

Cheers

Joe

So much to learn and share … so little time …

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