Sunday, May 29, 2016

Reinstate the Draft

When I see episodes like these, it makes me think that maybe we should reinstate the draft. Perhaps with some provisions that were not available in the previous conscription but for those who qualify for being drafted, if they don't like it they can leave the country. And stay away.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Why I Eat Healthy Foods

I was in my early thirties when I began eating healthy foods, that was about 35 years ago. I also started exercising everyday at about the same time. My exercise routine has always been simple, just enough to keep the blood and oxygen flowing, muscles and joints pliable and not stiff. I walk everyday and stretch using a resistance tube. Sometimes I use lightweight dumbbells. Exercising everyday was easy to get used to doing.
Changing my eating habits was the hard part. It took me about 2 years to completely stop buying processed food. No more frozen chicken pot pies or prepared frozen dinners. Macaroni and cheese in a box...out of the question. Canned soup...I haven't opened a can of soup in 35 years. At the supermarket I shop the perimeter; produce, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood. Staying away from the center isles.
Okay. But why? I saw so many people older than I who were always at a doctor's appointment for high blood pressure, aching joints, arthritis, diabetes, back pain and a slew of other conditions. It seemed as soon as they turned 50 the medications started. I decided back then that I didn't want to go through all that when I got older. My choice to eat healthy and exercise was not to live longer, but to stay out of the doctor's office.
Over the years some people in their attempt at wisdom have informed me that I could get run over by a bus and die tomorrow. Well, I know that. It's not up to me when I die. It is up to me to be healthy up until my final day. Everyone I know, some younger than me and some older, has regular doctor visits and prescription medication for one, two or even three conditions that need to be managed. Not me.
If I could give a piece of advice it would be...start young!
Here are all the exercise products I use. Nothing more. 15 minutes a day, or a ½ hour, or 5 minutes, it doesn't matter. Just do something everyday. Twice a day if you feel like it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Haus the Hero Dog and Rattlesnake Bite Survivor

Haus's first day at the vet
It was a beautiful day in Tampa, Florida while 7-year old Molly played in the backyard as her grandmother watched along with the family's 2-year old German shepherd Haus. Suddenly Haus jumped up in front of Molly and reared up several times. Although he was bitten several times by a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake he never backed down, protecting Molly from the rattler. At the time the grandmother didn't know what happened but Haus was bleeding so he was taken to the vet immediately. There it was discovered Haus had suffered three poisonous rattlesnake bites.
Haus's bloodstream was filled with venom, his kidney's were damaged and there was blood in his urine. He needed such a large amount of anti-venom that the vet put Haus on an IV drip rather than injections.
A friend of the family started a GoFundMe page to help with the veterinary costs which in just two days amounted to $10,000. In that same amount of time, the GoFundMe page raised $48,000. The donation page is shut down now because the family said that's more money than they need for Haus's medication and treatment.
Almost a week has passed and Haus is expected to make a full recovery, it'll take time though and he is still at the vet. You can follow Haus on his Facebook page Haus the Hero Dog for updates on his current condition.

Haus the Hero Dog on Facebook 


Almost a week later, still at the vet

Friday, May 13, 2016

Confused About Which Door to Use?

There's much ado about something lately and it centers around which door to use; Men. Women. Male. Female. Trans. Gender Free., etc.
Here are a few other choices to consider.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

I'm an INTJ. What Are You?

Recently a friend told me that I have an INTJ personality. My first thought was INTJ must be one of those internet texting acronyms that I would have to look up in the urban dictionary. But no, it's not one of those. I also learned from the same person that it is not an insult. Oh good! 
It's an indicator known as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) the purpose of which is to make Carl G. Jung's theory of psychological personality types understandable and useful. I know, that's quite a mouthful. Carl G. Jung introduced a theory in the 1920's which categorized individual personalities into four parts. His theory was of course quite complicated until the 1940's when along came Isabel Briggs-Myers and her mother Katherine Briggs. Together they simplified Jung's theory by assigning a letter to each personality trait, limiting to four traits.
My four letters, according to my friend, are INTJ. As it turns out, those letters and their meanings are exactly right. Here are the meanings:

  •  I - Introversion
  •  N - Intuition
  •  T - Thinking
  •  J - Judging
The longer version:
INTJ's are considered to be arrogant and aloof and don't care what anyone thinks about them. They rely on and appreciate facts and logic while dismissing with disdain anything illogical. INTJ's are direct and will tell you what they think of you. They do not understand emotions, especially decisions made from emotions. The two most difficult things for INTJ's to understand are irrationality and emotions.
If you want a psychological profile for yourself, go to Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I suggest having a friend assist you in selecting your personality traits.

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Monday, May 9, 2016

The FDA - Misleading and Deceptive

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is supposed to be the watchdog for us, the American consumer, they are the oversight that prevents mega food corporations from poisoning us. Yet it seems to me they are more interested in protecting big corporations, could it be because those big food processing companies are buying their way through the FDA. As a result, we the people are being misled and deceived.
What is misleading? Here's just one example: Greek Yogurt. Does it come from Greece? Greek cows? Do Greeks know more about yogurt than the rest of the world? The answer to all those questions is, no! The FDA has no regulations about naming a food, so it's called Greek. That's misleading.
The bigger problem in my opinion is deception. We all know, or should anyway, that processed food has preservatives. Frozen dinners, meals in a box, etc. have some sort of preservatives present, for instance high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to prevent freezer burn.  But if you look at the front of some processed foods you might see one of these 'no preservatives' logos or something similar, leading us to believe there are no preservatives added.

Common sense tells us that can't be true, it just can't. We also know, being the well informed public that we are, that salt, sodium, sugar and high fructose corn syrup are primary preservatives in processed food. So I decided to investigate the Food and Drug Administration's regulations for these 'no preservatives' labels on food. This is what I found: 
  • “In recent years, we have held that the statutory words “chemical preservative” are not necessary in order to satisfy the 403 (k) provisions of the act, so long as the declaration on the label does reflect the fact that a chemical preservative is present.
    The term “chemical preservative” as defined by 21 CFR 101.22(a(5), means any chemical that, when added to food tends to prevent or retard deterioration thereof, but does not include common salt, sugars, vinegars, spices or oils extracted from spices.” 
The 'no preservatives' logo actually means no chemical preservatives, but the food corporations aren't required to indicate that information. This, in my opinion, is deceptive. For those people who are diabetic or have been instructed by their doctor to maintain a low sodium diet, this deception could cause even more serious health problems.
I suppose the best thing to do is what I've been saying all along...don't eat processed food.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Ramen: Stop Eating This!

I am on a constant, however unsuccessful, quest to convince my friends to stop eating processed food. For diabetics and people on low sodium diets, processed food is practically a death sentence. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sodium are the primary preservatives in processed food. 
Let's take a look at Ramen. It is probably the worst thing that anyone could eat. I wanted to see the contents and take pictures so I actually paid for this stuff (it cost me 25 cents), I opened the package taking care not to disrupt the label or the contents because I didn't want to shell out another quarter. 
One section shows the ingredients for the noodles and the soup base. The other section shows the nutrition facts. Nutrition? Well anyway, the noodles are made from wheat flour and the usual long list of chemical and non-chemical preservatives including TBHQ. The soup base main ingredient is salt. It's just a packet of salt with some spices and more preservatives. 

Looking at the nutrition facts, you'll see the sodium content is 960 milligrams per serving, and there are 2 servings per package. That's 1,920 milligrams of sodium per package.

I don't know how many ways to say...Don't eat this!
I haven't decided what I'm going to do with it now that I have an open package. I won't put it outside for the wild animals, I don't want to kill them. It might make a good loofah.

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