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As I reported earlier, the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead has had a profound affect on my life style. Now, six weeks later I’ve lost 13 pounds, I feel better, and I’m off all of my daily medications.
The key is more than juicing, it is a major change in how I see food. I’m not juice fasting any more but I have changed my diet to the point that 70% of my food intake is raw fruit, vegetables, and nuts.
The biggest impact is two chronic health issues were resolved with diet change. For years I’ve been on daily medication for GERD and Allergies. Today, I no longer take daily medications for these ailments and I am symptom free. In addition to relieving myself of the expense of these medications, I’ve also reduced the potential of long-term effects of taking the these medications everyday.
Yes, our country’s healthcare system is in distress, but we can all contribute… the solution is eating better and avoiding the need for healthcare in the first place. Will you join me?
After watching the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. My wife and I decided to give the 10 day juice fast a go.
I hopped on the scale and I’m starting off at 194.4. It will be interesting to see how much weight change I’ll experience over the 10 days.
I’ll provide a little more detail as I work through the process. There’s a lot to learn what produce to buy, where to buy, how much do really need, recipes for juices that are beneficial and drinkable.
More To Come!
We met when you visited Barnes Healthcare Services last year. Thanks for taking time to understand the needs of our complex and challenging industry.
Even though I just turned 50, I’m very new at political activism. So please excuse me if I make a few missteps.
I am concerned about a number of things facing our country and I hope you will take my thoughts under consideration as you work in my behalf in Washington D.C.
1) Debt – As I have to keep my personal financial house in order, I expect the same from my government. I also do not believe that the US government can tax its way out of the fiscal mess it has created. Significant, painful spending cuts are the only way out. There’s to much talk about a million here and a billion there. We have to talk about cuts in the hundreds of billions per year to make any kind of dent in the debt. That takes me to…
2) Military Spending Cuts – Honorably discharged from the USAF after nine years of service during Desert Storm, I have a special place in my heart for the military. However, I think we spend too much and we are engaged in too many conflicts. I believe in bringing the boys home and taking up a defensive stance. We will never substantially change the mindset in the middle east. If anything, we are only antagonizing the situation by being there. There is no benefit and too much cost in lives and in dollars to continue the current course. This can save half a trillion per year.
3) Healthcare Spending Cuts – What am I nuts! I work in healthcare. That aside, I know there are excess costs in healthcare. For example, my wife had to have an “emergency” tooth extraction back at Thanksgiving. The total cost for the fifteen minute procedure was almost a thousand dollars. Does a dentist really need to generate six million dollars a year? I don’t think so. I’m sure that tort reform would help to reduce insurance costs, but we have to take a really hard look at the going rate for services. I think we could save $250 billion here. And finally…
4) Liberty & Freedom – Two fundamental tenants of the American way of life. These rights are being eroded at an alarming and increasing rate. The second amendment is at the heart of the crisis. Fear, Panic, Outrage, and Ignorance is being leveraged against the facts. It would appear that the facts have little power against the tidal-wave of lies and false pretenses. We have to stand for the Constitution now or all of our liberties will evaporate. I ask that you fight against any new gun legislation.
I know I am asking a lot of you. But in these difficult times, I have no other choice.
Thanks for your service!
The decades old fight of Left vs Right is a dead end, a blind alley that U.S. politics entered and may never exit.
Why? Where is the Center?
Politics and Government isn’t about “them”, it is about “me and mine”. Not realizing this simple tenant is the cause of generations civil unrest and civil wars.
Ultimately, the human race, at a genetic and sociological level, is still too primitive to embrace the greater good. In the end it is all about “ME”. Add in power and money and you have a recipe for dishonesty, corruption, distrust,and irreconcilable differences.
A lot is being said about this special interest group or that group, but the only groups that really matter are the groups with the most money. That is who really controls what you think, how you act, and what products you spend your hard earned cash on. So how can we find the center when we’re so heavily influenced by these massive forces of thought and principle. We can’t! Turn of the news and the advertisements. Do your own research. Make your own decisions with a clear head.
Is there a way out?
We have to find a way to come together in the center. The left nor the right will never save us… we are not their agenda. We are only a tool they use for leverage like a crowbar.
The greatest weapon citizens have at our disposal is hard data! The time of irrational thought and ancient philosophies has past. The time has come for pragmatic information based leadership and decision making.
First of all, ”Assault” is a misrepresentation.
Second, in spite of recent events, the statistics do not support a ban.
The government is taking advantage of public panic and ignorance. Nothing new there. While I’ve been as active as I can be, getting the word out, just like a lot of other concerned gun owners. I know that it is an exercise in futility. It may keep you warm and comfortable at night when you think about this wonderful Democracy that you are a part of, but it is a lie – it has been a lie for decades. The government has no interest at all in the will of the people. They see us as mindless sheep, irrational and incapable of making decisions.
Assault Weapons - The government uses this term for two reasons: It incites fear in the general public, but more importantly the government is fearful of patriots who would use these weapons to enforce the second amendment.
Guns Do Not Kill People – I won’t repeat the numbers here, you can go look at them yourself on the government’s own CDC website. If you look at the numbers it is clear, guns with capacity in excess of ten rounds and rifles in particular are not the problem, not even close. The argument is a non-starter.
So the the desire and the momentum for a gun ban is not about protecting the public. It is about protecting those who would take away your rights. Just as the constitution lays deteriorating in a museum, our rights are deteriorating. The combination of the Patriot Act and a new more comprehensive gun ban will only accelerate our loss of rights. It won’t be long before a blog post like this one will be illegal. As a matter of fact, it could be illegal today, depending on your interpretation of the Patriot Act.
What Say You?