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Inspirational Lauren Hill: I want everyone to know I never gave up

I hope that they keep the video up about this girl’s story. Great quote – “Dying is easy, the least of us will manage that. Living well, that’s the trick.” Original article found here. Such an inspiration to keep living regardless of how bad of a hand we are dealt.


Lauren Hill touched a nation with her desire to play for Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team, even as she battled an inoperable brain tumor.

Her resolve, spirit and courage were celebrated Nov. 2 when she realized her dream at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Cheered on by a sold-out crowd of 10,250 and a television audience, Hill scored the first and last basket of the Mount’s 66-55 victory over Hiram College.

She passed away Friday at the age of 19.

Mount St. Joseph’s will hold a celebration and prayer service on its campus to honor her.

“We are forever grateful to have had Lauren grace our campus with her smile and determined spirit,” said Mount St. Joe president Tony Aretz.

Hill death was acknowledged by several celebrities, including LeBron James, who wrote a series of tweets.

The Indiana native said at the game her goal was is to find a cure for cancer. Hill was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma shortly after her 18th birthday. The rare form of brain cancer typically affects young children ages 4 to 9.

“When I was diagnosed I remember kind of feeling lonely because nobody understood. And now that more people know about this story and the awareness of DIPG. I’m so happy that people know about it now and that we can get some research going and hopefully find that home run cure for cancer,” Lauren said.

“And even though I’m probably not going to be around to see it, it’s going to help a lot of people. And that’s why we need to keep staying with this and not end it with this game, and keep supporting research.”


An announced $40,000 was raised the day of the game for The Cure Starts Now Foundation and pediatric cancer research. Overall, her nonprofit foundation has helped to raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research.

“Through Lauren’s fundraising and advocacy efforts, she not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come,” The Cure Starts Now co-founder Brooke Desserich said.

Dr. Mariko DeWire, Lauren’s physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said fundraising has allowed doctors to study DIPG more closely in the last five years. The condition is incurable.

DeWire explained what HIll endured physically at the basketball game – that loud noises affected her balance and bright lights bothered her. The forward wore sunglasses and headphones on the bench and earplugs throughout. None of it stopped her from having a memorable day in the short time she played, or gracefully accepting a halftime award from legendary Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt.

“As you can see, Lauren is strong. She was going to rock it, and she did,” Dr. DeWine said. “She did more than rock it.”

The NCAA granted an exemption for the game to be played ahead of schedule so she could participate. It was an emotional day for Lions coach Dan Benjamin, who said Hill committed to the Mount in October of 2013 and told the staff 49 days later that she had the tumor.

Coach and player bonded instantly, and then the team followed suit.

“The two biggest thing we wanted to accomplish is team and team chemistry, and Lauren helped us do that. But along the way she’s made a lot of our girls become very mature, which is apparent. That’s what you always want to do. You want your kids to understand what life’s about,” Benjamin said.

“And here instead of me teaching them, it was Lauren teaching them. She’s made a great impact on these young ladies. I think they’re going to remember this life lesson forever and hopefully they carry it out and help her carry the mission in their own lives.”


Dad is in need of help!

The last time I saw my Dad before he drove home and I am hoping not the last.

The last time I saw my Dad before he drove home and I am hoping not the last time I see him.

Things have been a little stressful around my house here lately as my pops has gone ill.

He drove out here the second week of March to see my brother and myself as well as checking off two of his bucket list items – drive cross country in a convertible and see some Cincinnati Reds spring training games. He was able to see three games and his two boys and then headed home. Upon returning home he has been bed-ridden, unable to eat (no appetite), and unable to hold anything down if he does eat. He has been taken to the doctor but they cannot tell anything without testing.

And that is the catch – he has no insurance and is not eligible to get on a state program so all his medical care is up to us siblings. At the very least he needs a colonoscopy and probably some blood work.

If you don’t know my Dad then I’d like you to know that he is one of the most laid people, always happy, and always optimistic. He hates to inconvenience people – even when it comes to his health he would rather suffer than bother someone. While that might work for a heartburn, that doesn’t work when you are staying in bed for 20+ hours a day and unable to eat either due to the pain of eating or simply because you can’t hold it down. Even in the above picture I am pretty sure he was in pain – but didn’t want to inconvenience my brother or myself by saying so and “ruining his trip.”

I don’t like asking for donations but I think that charity is one thing that is great about people. My dad has always embraced the idea of charity – he was the guy who waited to be the last one at the drive-in movies to jump anyone that ran their battery down, would give his life savings to his sibling just because they asked, would mow the neighbors grass if he knew they were sick/old, or buy the less fortunate a burger who was begging on the corner. His willingness to donate to charity even if he wasn’t in the best position to do so has definitely been something that has stuck with me and been adopted to me in my own life.

So if you have anything to donate, it would be welcome. If you have any connections to any medical outreach programs in Dayton, Ohio, that is also very welcome as it is extremely hard to do all this from Arizona! Simply click the logo below if you’d like to donate – anything helps!gfm


Obesity: Humans and Primates?

First off – I loved this article. It was long and I had tobreak the reading up into three different sittings but it was pretty easy to read despite the very complex issue.

Second – I am not sure if I read part of the conclusion correct. It seems to conclude in the third to last paragraph that the government should be involved. Of this particualr point I vehemently disagree. Government was not created to be our mommy/daddy/nanny and it should not regulate what is good or bad for us – that is our decision no matter how detrimental it is to us or “to society.”

Third – I felt pretty good about this article. It addressed a lot of things that I have read about, personally concluded, or even thought about myself from my own life experiences. For example, I read about the possibility of “genetics” being passed down from generation to generation. Something that your gandmother was affected by may be passed on to you from your parents type deal. I personally believe this is true generally based on the idea of micro-evolution. Humans are animals and animals change over time in response to their surroundings. It seems completely plausable that my grandmother being affected to coal burning plants to affect my mother and then me in some fashion. Likewise, so would her desire for food and nutrition.

As for the environment, I remember laying out in the sun and feeling better. Yes, it is 112F here in Arizona on a normal summer day, but just laying there in the sun and not worry about anything made me feel better. I also am slim on my AC and heater usage – I am almost a “little hot” or a “little cold.” Even with this recent heat wave here in the west – I still drive with my windows down and I still sit outside and sunbathe. I’ve always felt that sweating… was human, natural, and good for me. Likewise, I’ve also felt that if my environment was 112F and the store/house/building is 72F, then that change of temperature was bad for me – after all, if you change the temperature too fast on glass, it cracks… if you change the temperature of ice too fast, it goes almost straight to steam. Things must move more naturally through the cycle. So I thought it was interesting to address the thermoneutral zone.

They also talked about the idea of bacteria and viruses. I’m definitely no expert on it, but I believe that we have bacteria in our intestines that help us break down food more and pull out nutrients. I have periodically taken probiotics to try to help that bacteria. The idea of having good bacteria break down food makes sense to me. Backing up just a bit, I also had a blood micronutrient test done out of curiousity and I was borderline Vitamin D deficient and fully deficient in B12. Maybe this is another reason that I felt good to lay out.

Speaking of, what about deficency of foods. The latest crave is that of GMOs. Are they good or bad? Are they nutritious? Does GMO food allow more pesticides to be used on them and do we get that residual pesticide/carcinogen from that sprayed crop? With that said, one of the diets that I am most fond of is the caveman diet which in my mind coincides with the idea of higher proteins and fats – like our ancestors did – and less carbohydrates which were much more seldom (and if there were carbs, they were more whole grain type stuff, with little to no preservatives).

Last but not least, while I am fortunate with my metabolism and stay generally thin… there is plenty of evidence to suggest that we are obese because we do not maintain enough physical activity and our eating habits are not on par. To shame people just to shame them is wrong. However, if someone is obese and they sit and watch Jersey Shore and Oprah all day… and their main physical activity is moving to and from their chair to the bathroom and then back, then to the fridge… is it unfair to say that they have no part in their obesity? Sure, maybe they won’t be <30 BMI as suggested to be not-obese… but their actions have pushed them into the >45 BMI range. I believe when you personally changed your diet and started hooping you lost weight. Even I have lost some weight by starting to eat more smaller meals a day (instead of one large one), swimming, eating less carbs if I can help it, no drinking pop, and taking vitamins every day… I’ve lost weight. Again, I’m not saying that we should call people out but I think we have every right to recognize the fact that obesity is triggered or emphasized by our actions – either by conscious decision or by passive conditions nearly out of our control.

Obesity Era by David Berreby (link)

Years ago, after a plane trip spent reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground and Weight Watchers magazine, Woody Allen melded the two experiences into a single essay. ‘I am fat,’ it began. ‘I am disgustingly fat. I am the fattest human I know. I have nothing but excess poundage all over my body. My fingers are fat. My wrists are fat. My eyes are fat. (Can you imagine fat eyes?).’ It was 1968, when most of the world’s people were more or less ‘height-weight proportional’ and millions of the rest were starving. Weight Watchers was a new organisation for an exotic new problem. The notion that being fat could spur Russian-novel anguish was good for a laugh. Continue reading ‘Obesity: Humans and Primates?’


The Mental Illness Epidemic?

Ever since I was a little kid I thought it was odd that people were taking drugs to calm down. For me it was kids taking Adderall or Ritalin for supposedly having ADD or ADHD. But really, what kid is 100% focused? None really. So it seemed like a sham to me even at a young age.

As an adult I’ve known so many people suffering from depression or anxiety. It seems like everyone has one or both of these ailments these days. Being more of a naturalist I’ve thought that it was excessive. Sure, I think there are people who do need medicine but I think that the vast majority do not. I think that instead of fixing the problems doctors have been foreced by the hands of lawsuits and the FDA that to basically prescribe everyone a cocktail of medicine instead of actually treating the actual problem. It is much easier to cover a problem than to fully address it and fix it. however, the former is covered and endorsed by the law because it somehow negates the liability.

The following article I’ve long since loved and hated. Loved, because it is the truth. Hated, because it is the truth. I keep forgetting where it is at so I’m posting it here in my blog for ya’ll to review.

Part I HERE. Part II HERE.

It seems that Americans are in the midst of a raging epidemic of mental illness, at least as judged by the increase in the numbers treated for it. The tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007—from one in 184 Americans to one in seventy-six. For children, the rise is even more startling—a thirty-five-fold increase in the same two decades. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability in children, well ahead of physical disabilities like cerebral palsy or Down syndrome, for which the federal programs were created.

Continue reading ‘The Mental Illness Epidemic?’


Raw Milk Revolution

My body, so why can’t I feed it what I want?

Find out where to buy Raw Milk at HERE.

Original article here.

“Try some,” says Rosie Paul, taking a plastic bottle from the fridge and holding it up to the light. It looks different, certainly: butter-yellow, not chalk-white. The top quarter (or thereabouts) seems somehow more solid; that’s a hell of a cream line. Rosie upends the bottle a couple of times, gently mixing the contents. And fills a glass.

The taste is spectacular. Smooth, silky, unctuous. Sweet almost, but not in the least rich, and with a body to it that’s a world away from its anaemic processed cousin. If you drink it regularly, says Rosie, it tastes different every time: it changes with the season, with the weather, with what bit of the farm the cows are grazing, whether they’ve had a bit of clover or snaffled some wild garlic from the hedge. It’s milk, but not as we know it.

And what do we do with the vast majority of it? “It’s as if,” says Rosie, “we took a bunch of fine wines, each with their own unique flavour and aroma, then processed them and mixed them all up together so they all smelt and tasted the same. We take a really good product – raw milk – and we make it awful.”

Rosie and her husband Dave, a third-generation dairy farmer, have 180 Guernsey cows (the breed is important; more on that later) on 250 acres in Somerset. Some 75% of their milk is bought by a dairy, where it will be heated to 72C for 15-20 seconds to kill off potentially harmful micro-organisms (pasteurised), and most likely homogenised. Mixed with milk from other farms, it is then forced through small holes to break up the fat globules and spread them evenly through the milk, preventing separation.

Raw Milk vs Processed Milk
From Miranda’s Art of Living… she sums it up nicely!

But like fewer than 200 other farms around England and Wales (distribution of raw milk is illegal in Scotland), a growing proportion of the Pauls’ milk is sold raw: maybe 10% now, Dave reckons (the remainder is used mainly for unpasteurised cream and yoghurt). Every Saturday, Dave loads up a truck with Hurdlebrook raw milk and cream to sell at Islington, Notting Hill and Marylebone farmers’ markets in London; the couple also sell from the farm, at selected local markets and by mail order.

Demand is rising, he says: “At first it was the older generation, who remembered what real milk tasted like. Now it’s younger people, interested in authentic, unprocessed foods. But you do need an urban customer base to make it viable.”

Sales of raw milk are strictly regulated: producers must sell direct to consumers, not through shops or supermarkets; bottles must carry a health warning; and environmental health officers “really put you through the hoops,” says Rosie. Hygiene must be irreproachable.

Despite huge advances in refrigeration and hygiene since we started pasteurising everything, raw milk still worries us. The Food Standards Authority says bluntly it may contain bacteria “such as salmonella and E coli that can cause illness”. In practice, says Dave, who never drinks any other kind, raw milk today is produced in clinically clean conditions, goes “from teat to tank” without contacting the air, and is cooled to 4C within five minutes. The risk is minimal.

The health benefits, meanwhile, could be substantial. Besides tasting better, raw milk’s proponents argue it is more nutritious, higher in vitamins, healthy enzymes and “good” bacteria than pasteurised milk. Studies have shown it can significantly reduce allergies. Most also comes from small, grass-fed herds far less likely to suffer from infections and illness than factory cattle kept on concrete and fed grain by industrial-scale dairies.

In the case of traditional breeds such as Guernseys and Jerseys, it is probably also more digestible. This is relatively recent and still disputed science, but the commonest type of milk in Britain (bar the Channel Islands), the US, and much of Europe bar France is produced by black-and-white Friesian and Holstein cattle and contains a type of protein known as A1. Traditional breeds and cows in Africa and Asia tend to produce A2 milk, as do horses, goats, buffalo – and humans.

Hygiene aside, we have been sold the myth that milk is full of fat: a dairy industry delighted to sell its raw material twice (as “healthy” skimmed milk, and the skimmed-off cream) has somehow convinced us that whole milk is not good for us. “When you ask them, people often say whole or full-fat milk is 20% or more fat,” says Nick Barnard of the natural foods company Rude Health, who is so convinced by raw milk he runs blind tastings at food festivals.

“In fact, it’s less than 4%. Milk is not a fatty product. It’s been blended, homogenised, pasteurized standardised, demonised. Milk looks and tastes the same wherever and whenever you buy it – like some kind of anonymous white water. Whereas it’s a wonderful, richly differentiated, naturally nutritious foodstuff. It’s a travesty.”


Medicine: How Much Does It REALLY Help?

It bothered me a lot when I was in the U.S. Army at how they addressed my health. I remember getting processed in and getting the shots, about 7 all at once in a cattle-like assembly line. Later in basic training at 3am, again where we rolled up our sleeves and proceeded through a line of 2-3 more shots like zombies. Then again at my duty station, forced flu-shots. In summary, they were shot crazy.

Prior to this I can only remember a few times where I got shots. Furthermore, in general, growing up I never really went to the doctor either. I would  just “sleep it off.” Even when I was older and had my wisdom teeth pulled out I refused to be gassed and opted for local anesthetic instead. Since then I have never been a fan of Western Medicine and today I am almost completely against it – and for more reasons than one.

In my personal experience I haven’t had a lot of success with medicine. Even something as harmless as Aspirin never seemed to help me. People will claim that it helps them but I really wonder how true this is. They will point to the numbers showing that we live longer than we used to, but I still wonder if this is because of other things, other than our medicine (such as, better emergency room care for injuries, better delivery methods for deliveries, and better life ending medical procedures).

According to this site HERE in 1960 the US life expectancy was 69.8, in 1970 it was 70.8, 73.7 in 1980, 75.2 in 1990, 77.0 in 2000, and 78.1 in 2009. So in that time, how much has medicine played in extending the life expectancy? How much of the +8.3 increase in life expectancy be attributed to pharmacuticals?

The World Health Organization (WHO) states HERE that of medicine consumption “low-income countries falling and that of the high-income countries growing. The market share of the USA alone rose from 18.4% of the world total in 1976 to over 52% in 2000.”

So if we are consuming a disporotionate amount of drugs, then why are we not rising faster on our life expectancy? I think this lends creedance to my above suspicion.

If this is true, then what are all those drugs really doing then? In the last few years there has been some controversy over the flu-vaccines and autism. While the CDC (Center for Disease Control) says that the vaccines are safe – are they?

After all, supposedly in 2009 CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding took a job at Merck to head up their vaccine division (link). I know that the whole flu-shot vaccine is “bunk conspiracy” but I don’t really believe that line. After all, it is widely admitted that the flu-shot has thimerosal in it, which is mercury. And we’ve all been told that mercury is bad for our bodies… to see what mercury does to our bodies, watch this video from the University of Calgary here. So after watching that video, I am not sure how the CDC says that the vaccine is “safe.” There is also a lundry list of things mercury also does to you here.

In any case, this is my point. I never go to the doctor. I never have. I’ve never taken the flu-shot except the one that the military forced me to take (I fought it, but lost). and you know what? I almost never get sick. I refuse to even take pain medicine. The way I figure it, there are far better and more natural ways to combat things wrong with your body. If you don’t believe me, then watch the movie Dying to Have Known (availible through Netflix and Blockbuster).

And if that movie is right, then what does that say about the FDA, WHO, CDC, and all the other “health organizations”?


Health care bill goes back on vow, twists IRS purpose

Original at Bachmann Bulletin

Health Care Reform and the IRS

One of the key parts of the Democrats’ recently passed health care overhaul overlooked by many in the media is the new and expanded role of the IRS in enforcing the new legislation. Below is my column published yesterday in the St. Cloud Times speaking to this very troubling relationship:

St. Cloud Times – Your turn: Bill goes back on vow, twists IRS purpose

President Obama claims that his heath care reform package recently signed into law will expand accessibility to health care.
What he hasn’t been so keen on mentioning is the expanded role of the Internal Revenue Service in the oversight and compliance of his new legislation.
The IRS will gain access to the details of your health care plan and will have the authority to fine Americans who have not purchased “acceptable” health care coverage in the eyes of the government.
The bill results in a monumental change between the relationship of the taxpayer and the IRS, and adds responsibilities even the IRS admits it’s not prepared to deal with.
Through the Individual Mandate Tax, the IRS would assess a fine of 2 percent of household income or a maximum of $2,250 per household — whichever is greater — for not carrying proper coverage.
However, the 2009 IRS Taxpayer Advocate’s report to Congress articulated the concern that running a new program (such as health care) through the IRS brings about a “conflict with the IRS’ traditional mission (of revenue collection).”
The bill states the IRS is the regulator of “economic and financial decisions about how and when health care is paid for, and when health insurance is purchased,” and thus, acts as both prosecutor and judge to every American citizen regarding their health care plan.
Unless, of course, you’re in one of two groups of people: either in jail or in the United States illegally. The IMT does not apply to prisoners, who are already receiving taxpayer-funded health care.
Illegal immigrants who evade income taxes can still receive treatment for a head cold at the ER without paying any part of the fine for not carrying proper coverage.
Further, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that 46 percent of the IMT collected by IRS agents would come from the pockets of families making less than 300 percent of the federal poverty line, about $66,150 for a family of four.
That’s a direct contradiction of the President’s promise that those making $250,000 or less would not see any tax increases.
It is simply unacceptable for this President to destroy one promise to the American people while promising free health care to those here illegally.
The CBO suggests the IRS’ budget could grow by $10 billion to cover new IRS employees and the costs that come with them. That’s wages, overhead and health coverage all paid for on the taxpayers’ dime.

The only thing this bill expands is government power. It’s a boondoggle for the American people and sponsors government growth through increased taxation. If the President and Congress wanted to enact real reforms, they should have listened to the two-thirds of Americans who, based on polls, believe this overhaul expands government’s role in health care and costs way too much money.
Instead, the federal government has decided to tell the American people that we know better than you do. Ironically, it’s the American people who will have the final say come November.


"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

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"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

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