Life imitating art
- Created on Saturday, 14 March 2020 05:55
In the movie, No Country For Old Men, the monstrous killer Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, has his latest victim, Carlson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson, at gunpoint, and before he shoots him, he asks, “If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?”
I am reminded of it because I got a call from a man who said he is in heart failure, and his cardiologist prescribed three drugs for him to take, but for quite a few years, he’s been seeing this cardiologist who has been treating his high blood pressure with drugs. So, after placing the care of his heart with this cardiologist, the outcome after some years is that he wound up with heart failure.
So, my question is: “If the medical advice you followed brought you to this, of what use was the medical advice?”
Am I saying that the way the cardiologist has been treating his hypertension caused his heart failure? I strongly suspect that that is the case, yes. We know that some of the drugs used to lower blood pressure do so by weakening the heart, such as beta blockers and calcium channel blockers. And other drugs that are used likely contribute to it as well.
Unless his blood pressure was so high that he was on the verge of a catastrophic event, he never should have agreed to take any of this man’s drugs. He should have sought to bring the pressure down by improving his diet, cutting out all bad habits, including caffeine, shedding any excess body fat he may have had, and then taking perfectly safe supplements that may help coax down blood pressure, such as magnesium, CoQ10, resveratrol, Vitamin D3, and more. None of that is disruptive. None of it involves causing abnormalities to fix an abnormality. And even if it took a while to work, such as many weeks or even a few months, it would have been worth it because he would have fixed his problem right. There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and the stuff Medicine prescribes for high blood pressure is the wrong way to go- even if it works.
And this guy was athletic his whole life, a weight lifter. He was used to being physically active. I’m sure that the situation he is in now is a nightmare for him.
But, what is the doctor thinking? He treats this guy for years for blood pressure, and then the guy winds up with heart failure, and he doesn’t feel responsible?
Conventional cardiology, occasionally it does some good things, such as fixing holes in kid’s hearts, and when valves go bad replacing them. But, most of what it involves, especially drug-wise, is counterproductive, in my opinion, and that’s putting it mildly. I wouldn’t want it even if it were free.
More on the Corona virus
- Created on Friday, 06 March 2020 05:22
First, it’s very strange that they are calling the disease “corona virus disease.” A disease is a pathological manifestation, and even if you think a virus is the cause of it, the cause isn’t the disease. The symptoms, the departures from normal in structure and function, that’s the disease.
So, what are we talking about here? It seems to me that we are talking about a respiratory flu. Symptomatically, it’s the same as the flu, and like the flu, it occurs in all different degrees of severity. I began to wonder why they aren’t calling it SARS, a sudden acute respiratory syndrome. But then I saw that in communications to doctors, they are calling it SARS. Be aware that the original SARS was a corona virus. The full name was SARS-cov. So this one, they are calling SARS-cov19 to doctors, but the 19 just refers to 2019.
So basically, it’s the same thing. It’s SARS which started in 2019.
So, why don’t they call it SARS to the public? Because: they want to frighten the public.
Have you seen the movie V for Vendetta? In it, the High Chancellor of the UK tells his Cabinet that they need to make the citizens realize “how much they need us.” And that led to news broadcasts about the spread of deadly viruses. So, life is imitating art.
They have swiftly developed this reverse transcriptase test for the cov-19, but the truth is that all these reverse transcriptase tests, including the one for HIV, are notorious for generating false positives and false negatives.
So, what’s happening is that people are getting flu symptoms, and they are seeing their doctors, and the doctors are taking swabs and sending them in to the CDC, and then a result follows saying whether they have the flu or corona virus. But, some people who are having no symptoms, who don’t appear to be sick, are testing positive for the cov-19. And there are also people who are only mildly sick, and who seem to be recovering spontaneously, who test positive for cov-19.
Reportedly, we were already in the midst of the worst flu season in years, with 14,000 Americans killed by the flu so far this season.
Now, I want you to think about something. Have you gotten the flu this season? I haven’t. And if you haven’t, what do you think the reason is? Do you think it’s because you were lucky enough not to come in contact with the virus? I don’t think that. Why should I? I’m around people. I wait on lines at the post office and in the supermarket. I attend my grandson’s soccer games where I am in close proximity to adults and children. And I operate a retreat where people come from all corners. I don’t assume I haven’t contacted the flu virus. I assume that I have. And I assume that the reason I haven’t gotten sick is because my nutritional state, my immunological state, and other aspects of my general health have protected me. It’s already established that many people who were exposed to the corona virus have not gotten sick from it.
I didn’t react to the first SARS outbreak, or to Ebola, or to MERS, or to Swine flu. And what I mean is that I didn’t get sick, and I also didn’t react mentally- I ignored it all. To me, personally, it was just noise. I don’t engage in viral paranoia.
So, what am I going to do? I will not get vaccinated- no matter what. I don’t have any travel plans outside the U.S., but I am planning to fly to California in July, and I am going to make that trip, unless they shut down the flights. Will I wear a face mask? Who knows, they may require it. They may say you can’t go out in public or enter a store without one. And if so, I’ll wear it because that isn’t going to hurt me. You have to pick your battles, and I am not going to fight over that.
I’ll leave you with this: the whole paradigm of: you contact a virus, and because of its virulence, it makes you sick, is nowhere near the whole truth. I am sure the etiology of acute illnesses is never as simple as that. And in this case, you and I have no ability to determine the validity of anything they are telling us about this, and I am wary of everything they are saying. I am not saying that I don’t believe there have been real deaths. But, there are deaths from acute respiratory infections each and every year. And I will tell you, honestly, that the Brave New World reaction to the corona virus scares me more than the corona virus.
- Created on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 04:29
There seems to be quite a bit of panic being generated by government and media lately over the Corona virus, with trillions shaved off the stock exchanges in the last few days because of it. I realize that people have died, and that’s tragic. I am paying attention to it, but I am not in a panic, and I do not fear that I am going to succumb.
I’d like to remind people that we have been through this before and many times. I recall 1976 with the Swine Flu epidemic. They quickly came up with a vaccine. Millions took it, and many wound up with Gullain-Barre Syndrome- from the vaccine, not from the disease- and tied to iron lungs for the rest of their lives. I didn’t take the Swine flu vaccine. And guess what? I’m not going to take the Corona vaccine either, if they come up with one.
I want you to realize that fear sells. And it’s also good for business, the government business, including the CDC business. I am reminded of the line from V for Vendetta, when the despotic High Chancellor tells his Cabinet, “They (the people) need to be reminded, again and again, why they need us.” And you should also think about the fact that every time there is an outbreak, some people get sick and some people don’t. And that was true even in the worst pandemic of the 20th century, the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Back then, there were so many people who were traumatized, depleted, and malnourished from World War 1, that they had no resistance. I have to think that the state of your nutrition, the state of your vitality, and just your overall health has a huge bearing on whether or not you get sick. And frankly, I feel vigorous. So, I am not losing a wink of sleep worrying that I am going to succumb to this virus.
But, let’s talk about the people who are probably going to be more vulnerable than I am, and it consists of millions of people. For instance, there are the millions of people who take drugs every day to destroy their stomach acid. Do you realize that stomach acid is meant to be a sterilizer? That one of its purposes is to kill microbes and to protect your system from infections? So, all these people who take Nexium or Prevacid or other acid-blocking drugs are tampering with a powerful protective mechanism. The truth is that stomach acid is something that you need. I realize that when it rises up into your esophagus and throat that it’s a problem, but it certainly does belong in your stomach, and to solve the problem of acid reflux by destroying your stomach acid is the wrong approach. Doing that has unintended consequences, and increased susceptibility to infections is one of them.
Do you realize how much energy it takes for the body to concentrate acid in the stomach? It takes a lot of energy, and that’s why young people, who are more energetic, have more stomach acid than old people.
You should think of your stomach like a battery. What happens when your car battery runs out of acid? You have to get a new battery; that’s what happens.
Saliva is another protective agent. There are anti-microbials in saliva, and plenty of people take drugs that cause “dry mouth” as a side effect, and that increases their risk of infection too. Taking mucus blockers does the same thing because the mucus that lines the respiratory tract, from top to bottom, is also protective. And then people are taking a lot of other drugs that are immune-suppressive, including steroids, plus all these new “biologics” that are prescribed to treat auto-immune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Then there are the cancer chemotherapy drugs that are also immune-suppressive.
So, there are a lot of vulnerable people out there, but I am not one of them. I’m not doing anything to hurt my immune system, and I’m doing plenty to support it, nutritionally and otherwise. I apologize if that sounds cocky, but I am just telling you honestly that I am not worried for myself about the Corona virus. And I am going to be 70 years old on my next birthday.
And, there is a very important point here, and it is that susceptibility arises from weakness, and weakness results from what people do to themselves, and what doctors do to them- with their prescription pads. And there is plenty more of the latter going around than most people realize.
Beware the Benzodiazepines
- Created on Friday, 21 February 2020 17:18
When benzodiazepine tranquilizers came along in the 1960s, they were hailed as a big improvement over the heavy-duty barbiturates that they replaced, such as the ones Marilyn Monroe took. Benzos were easier to take, and they really seemed like kinder, gentler drugs. But, it was a delusion. Benzos are a trap. They are so highly addicting. They are physically addicting as well as psychologically addicting. And getting off of them can be shear hell. And the irony is that they seemed to be less toxic. But, we know now that there are people who, even after a short course on a benzo such as Xanax and Ativan, never get completely over it. They are left with an edge of anxiety or panic that lingers permanently. The cerebral and neurological axis that it affects remains permanently damaged.
It often starts casually. The patient sees their doctor complaining of stress, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. So, the doctor suggests they take a low dose of Xanax or Ativan. It’s bad advice. Its bad medicine. It’s bad everything. It is a road you don’t want to go down, and that’s true even if it seems like a godsend at first. What’s likely to happen is that, at first, a tiny dose seems to work wonders. It eases you into sleep at night, and you bask in it for a while. But then, you get so used to it, you have to raise the dose to get the same effect. And then serious psychological dependency sets in, where you can’t wait until it’s time to take it again. It’s as strong as any drug addiction that is out there. Then, at some point, you realize that you need to get off this stuff, and that’s when you discover how trapped you are because even lowering the dose causes in tolerable withdrawal symptoms.
The track record on these drugs is well known. The danger that they pose is well documented. So, why does any medical doctor today prescribe them? Now, to be fair, not all do. There are doctors who won’t give them, who prescribe newer drugs with less dependency. But, there are still plenty of doctors who dispense these “brain candies” as though they are harmless. And I really think that it constitutes malpractice. I think the only ones who should be given benzos are perhaps people who are dying, who are terminal, who are nearing the end of their lives, and the only consideration is to try to make them comfortable. But, anyone who has a prospect for living should not be given these drugs. And there really is no excuse for giving them- with all that we know about their harms and dangers.
And frankly, I’m not enthused about the drugs that followed the benzos, such as the z-drugs (Ambien, Lunesta, etc.) for sleep and BuSpar for anxiety, and I don’t care for SSRIs and the SNRIs either. I like SAM-e for depression. I like some of the stress-relieving herbs, such a lemon balm. I like L-Theanine, which is an amino acid from green tea which makes it relaxing. I like the amino acids glycine and taurine, which act as inhibitory neurotransmitters. These things are all safe. But, whether a person takes them or not, the most important thing is: don’t get started on benzos because you are sure to regret it. It’s like the Pied Piper, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Here are some videos on Youtube by regular people who got caught in the benzodiazepine trap. It’s just a bad decision to start taking them, and I hope you believe that.
Fixing Inguinal Hernias- the right way
- Created on Saturday, 01 February 2020 17:54
I never thought I would get an inguinal hernia. I don’t know why because I have certainly done a lot of strenuous exertion in my life. Is it because I think I’m Superman? Yeah, it could be that. But regardless, I got one, and I immediately started looking into what to do about it.
If it’s mild, as mine was, there is always the option of doing nothing and just living with it. But, that doesn’t make sense because it’s not going to go away, and it’s likely to get worse. Plus, there is the psychological factor of constantly living with the thought, “I have a hernia; I am broken; I am not intact” and it plagues you night and day. So, one should get it fixed, and the sooner the better.
I knew before I started investigating that I did not want mesh. And that’s not only because of what I’ve read and heard about it, including the lawsuits, but from hearing directly from men who had mesh repairs and regretted it. One young man I know went back and had a second operation to have the mesh removed.
So, mine would not be a mesh repair, and I knew that going in. There are several non-mesh repairs that use the body’s own muscles to form a new floor. The two most prominent are Shouldice and Desarda, both named after doctors. Dr. Shouldice was a Canadian surgeon who developed his hernia repair method during WW2. The Shouldice hospital is still located in Ontario and receives patients from all over the world.
Dr. Desarda, who is still living, is an Indian surgeon, from India, and his technique, which he has been doing since the 1990s, involves a simpler method. It consists of dividing the External Oblique muscle and moving part of it “from the ceiling to the floor” i.e. from above the inguinal opening to below it. The Shouldice method involves cutting and overlapping several muscles, and it involves much more cutting and much more suturing. And all that extra trauma results in a slower recovery, and so they keep you at the Shouldice hospital for 5 days after surgery because of the pain and delicacy. With the Desarda method, you can go home the very next day.
I watched both surgeries online before I decided, and from that I knew that I wanted to go with Desarda. In a word, the muscle looks very happy to be put where it is put, and it looks like a solid trampoline of support. It all looks very comfortable when it's done. But, with Shouldice, it really looks tense and uncomfortable the way they reconfigure the muscles.
So, I watched both surgeries, and the Desarda looked much more appealing to my eye.
So, after that decision was made, the next was where to have it done. And it turns out that there is only one surgeon in all of America who is certified by Dr. Desarda to perform his technique, and that is Dr. Robert Tomas of the UFirst Rejuvenation Center in Ft. Myers, Florida.
And besides watching videos of Dr. Desarda operating, I got to watch videos of Dr. Tomas operating, and I was equally impressed with both of them.
So, I hoped on a plane to Ft. Myers and let Dr. Tomas fix me. It went very well. I don’t remember anything from the surgery. I was told that I was woken up and asked to cough to test the strength of the repair he had made, and I apparently did that, although I don’t remember it.
The thing I feared most was the post-surgical pain. But, here it is the 3rd day after surgery, and I am in very little pain. And what pain I have isn’t constant. It’s mainly getting in and out of bed, and it does hurt a lot when I cough or sneeze. But, I’m not doing that all day, and as I sit here typing, I’m not feeling anything at all. At this moment, I’m as comfortable as you are.
In fact, the pain is so mild that I have already discontinued the pain meds. I took them for a couple days, but I don’t need them anymore. And you know how I am: I don’t like taking drugs.
So, this has been a good experience, and I am very impressed with Dr. Tomas and his whole team. He is very dedicated. He charges a very reasonable price. It was less than $4000, and that’s for everything, including the pain meds. The pre, the post, the anesthesiologist, everything is included. And I say to get abdominal surgery for that little in this day and age is amazing. But, Dr. Tomas told me that he wants to make it accessible to people of ordinary means.
So, to any man who has an inguinal hernia, I would strongly urge you to go to Dr. Tomas. This is not a paid endorsement. I wouldn’t dream of doing that. I am offering this advice because I think it’s valuable, and the fact is that 25% of men will get inguinal hernia in their lives.
So, my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Robert Tomas and his staff, and here is his website:
FDA says that sunscreen chemicals seep into your blood
- Created on Saturday, 25 January 2020 17:44
After applying sunscreen extensively (with 75% coverage of the body) to 24 young adults, they found significant measurable levels of the chemicals in the blood.
The extent of danger or harm from this is unknown. But, I think it is axiomatic that we don’t want sunscreen in our blood.
What I have been doing for a long time is using a zinc-based sunscreen: zinc oxide. If any is absorbed into my blood, I figure it won’t hurt me to get a little more zinc. And I only use it on my face and neck. For my body, I rely on coverage. Even when I’m swimming, if I expect to be in the water for a long time, I will keep a shirt on throughout. I’d rather do that than apply sunscreen.
And be aware that when you eat a lot of green and yellow vegetables, and fruits such as mango and papaya, you get a lot of carotenoids, particularly beta carotene, which builds up in your skin and acts like an internal sunscreen. Realize that the photo-protective effect of carotenoid pigments is the whole basis for having the yellow carotenoid lutein in your retina. It’s there to prevent ultra-violent damage to the macula.
I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, and I admit that I look a little bit orange from it. Not terribly so, but a little. And I can live with it.
But, try the zinc oxide sunscreen. There are several different brands of it. The one I am using currently is by Neurtrogena, called Sheer Zinc. It goes on white, which is the color of zinc, but it vanishes as soon as you rub it in. It’s not like the lifeguards with a white nose. It’s absolutely undetectable. Plus, it’s dry; it’s not greasy; not oily. It really is the way to go.
I’m pushing 70 now, and so far, I haven’t had any skin cancers or pre-cancerous lesions, despite having spent a lot of time in the sun. And I admit that I love the sun. I would get depressed living somewhere that got little sun. I wouldn’t consider it. I know myself too well.
And realize also that as far as cancer goes, the sun is mostly protective, that except for skin cancer, the incidence of other cancers go down from sun exposure. For instance, there is much less colon cancer among those who have lived in the sun, for example, throughout the Equator, there is less colon cancer. Another correlation exists with multiple sclerosis. There is increasingly more M.S. as you move north or south from the Equator, with the highest levels in the far north and far south.
So, the beneficent rays of the sun should not be shunned. But, it is necessary to control your exposure and always avoid burning. And I am very careful about that, although I will admit that during the filming of My Stretch of Texas Ground in Texas in July 2018, I did get sunburned. But, that’s the only time in decades.
Report on the 2019-20 flu season
- Created on Friday, 17 January 2020 00:27
The CDC is saying that this is the worst flu season in decades, but they are also saying that the percentage of Americans taking the flu shot has never been higher, with over 60% of children vaccinated for it, and nearly 50% of adults. And yet, we are in the midst of an epidemic of flu.
If it were true that it’s mostly unvaccinated people who are being stricken, then surely they would say so. But, they are not saying anything about that, which tells me that vaccinated persons must be succumbing at the same rate as the unvaccinated. And who knows, it could even be worse.
Be aware that flu vaccine is never tested for efficacy. They test it to see if it raises antibody titers, but that’s not an end in itself. There’s no guarantee that having a higher antibody titer is going to keep you from getting the flu. That’s the wishful thinking, but it’s never tested. And it could very easily be tested. Take two groups of one thousand adults each who are comparable in every way except that one got the flu vaccine and the other didn’t. Then, see how many in each group gets the flu.
They could do it easily, and every single year. But, they never do it.
And this year, when it’s clear that people are succumbing despite having been vaccinated, do they step back and question whether the vaccination is really working? No, they don’t. Why? It’s because, as Dr. Robert Mendelson taught us, Modern Medicine is a religion, and vaccination is its sacrament.
Last year, they admitted that the flu vaccine was only 10% effective, meaning presumably, that for every 10 unvaccinated persons getting the flu, 9 vaccinated ones would get it.
Another claim that they make is that if you get vaccinated and still get the flu, that it’ s likely to be milder, lasting a day or two less.
I would tell you that it is entirely possible that the flu vaccine is doing nothing positive at all and only harm. I have not gotten the flu. I feel fine. But, even if I did get it, I would have no regrets about not getting a flu shot. Even if I knew for sure I was going to get the flu, I wouldn’t get it. I am not worried about lasting harm from the flu, but I do worry about it from the shot.
The bottom line is that if the flu vaccine were effective, they would be more than willing to test it. But, they don’t test it, and there is no excuse for that.