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Monday, 5 May 2014

I am discontinuing this blog

I am discontinuing writing this blog - "Life on an Alien Planet" - because I need time to devote to it. I do not have the time. So it hangs on my shoulders like a cloak of guilt - another something I have not done AGAIN today! 

I hate that feeling.

I am going to be free!

Thank you for following me and reading my ramblings. I'm just called Vapingpoint, or Vapingpoint Liz. I shall be on Vapingpoint as usual. And I'm on Twitter, Facebook, You Tube and Google+

See you there!






Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Transluscence rising - Gut Flora

My wish for 2014 was that things we know, will gradually be accepted in the Mainstream, as things we know!

Much knowledge has been trashed by "experts" as being pseudoscience, or myth. I remember reading an article on The Gaps Diet by a "scientist" saying it was all a load of **** - well not in such words, but it was dismissed out of hand as rubbish.

The Gaps Diet is about re-populating the gut with missing microbes. And in the beginning, it's quite difficult to do. But it is primarily for people who cannot get rid of serious conditions.

But the Full Gaps Diet  is not dissimilar to the Paleolithic diet, (general Google collection) which, I know, from personal experience sorts out all sorts of health problems people have. And people practising most forms of alternative medicine, have been on about anti biotics and gut flora for many many years.

Gradually, it has dripped, dripped, dripped into the medical mind that maybe there is something in having or not having the correct gut flora after all.

It's a pity science phoo phoo's first, and takes so long to "prove" what to others, is so blatantly the truth.

Recently, I have noticed several, if not many, articles in Mainstream Media about the importance of gut flora.

I am posting the whole article from The New York Times yesterday here, before it disappears behind a pay-wall....it's reviewing a new book, and is somewhat thought provoking. 


We Kill Germs at Our Peril
‘Missing Microbes’: How Antibiotics Can Do Harm

Quote -

"You never get something for nothing, especially not in health care. Every test, every incision, every little pill brings benefits and risks.

Nowhere is that balance tilting more ominously in the wrong direction than in the once halcyon realm of infectious diseases, that big success story of the 20th century. We have had antibiotics since the mid-1940s — just about as long as we have had the atomic bomb, as Dr. Martin J. Blaser points out — and our big mistake was failing long ago to appreciate the parallels between the two.

Antibiotics have cowed many of our old bacterial enemies into submission: We aimed to blast them off the planet, and we dosed accordingly. Now we are beginning to reap the consequences. It turns out that not all germs are bad — and even some bad germs are not all bad. In “Missing Microbes,” Dr. Blaser, a professor of medicine and infectious diseases at New York University, presents the daunting array of reasons we have to rethink the enthusiastic destruction of years past.

Audio Listen at 7 minutes to 16:60 minutes  - Podcast:  an Antibiotic Overload
First and foremost, the war has escalated. Imprudent antibiotic use has resulted in widespread resistance among microbes; infectious disease doctors (I am one, as well as a casual acquaintance of Dr. Blaser’s) now operate in a state of permanent near panic as common infections demand increasingly powerful drugs for control.

Second, as always, it is the hapless bystanders who have suffered the most — not human beings, mind you, but the gazillions of benevolent, hardworking bacteria colonizing our skin and the inner linings of our gastrointestinal tracts. We need these good little creatures to survive, but even a short course of antibiotics can destroy their universe, with incalculable casualties and a devastated landscape. Sometimes neither the citizenry nor the habitat ever recovers.

And finally, there is the accumulation of disheartening evidence that the war against the old plagues is simply leading to worse wars against a whole series of new ones.

Parts of Dr. Blaser’s argument are familiar, such as the story of Clostridium difficile colitis, an increasingly common cause of diarrhea. This condition arises most often when a course of antibiotics skews the normal microbial population of the gut to favor a single toxin-producing organism. Sometimes yet more antibiotics will restore normal intestinal function. But sometimes no treatment works — nothing but infusing feces full of normal bacteria into the ailing intestines, a last-ditch strategy that has proved stunningly successful. Without it, otherwise perfectly healthy people can die.

Less familiar is the paradox posed by the little comma-shaped organism Helicobacter pylori, a denizen of the human stomach. Dr. Blaser is one of the world’s experts in these “ulcer bacteria,” which are associated not just with ulcers but also with stomach cancer. We have been slowly eradicating H. pylori with antibiotics — the organisms have become quite uncommon in developed countries.

But as they vanish, Dr. Blaser notes, a small epidemic of esophageal disease follows, with inflammation causing heartburn and even cancer. It turns out that this bad germ is also good, instrumental in protecting the human esophagus from trouble.

And that’s not all, folks, far from it.

We know that giving antibiotics to young chickens, cows and pigs means bigger, fatter animals brought to market. But we are doing pretty much the same thing to our own young, repeatedly dosing them up against all the infections of childhood (many of which do not require antibiotics to resolve). The results of an interconnected series of experiments in Dr. Blaser’s lab, with infant mice fed a variety of antibiotic regimens, lend strong support to the theory that exposure to antibiotics early in life has long-term effects on metabolism, and may contribute to our epidemic of childhood and adult obesity.

For other increasingly common conditions such as asthma, inflammatory bowel syndrome and celiac disease, Dr. Blaser offers an inversion of the so-called hygiene hypothesis, which holds that by removing us from contact with outdoor microbes, sanitized modern life has allowed the immune system to spiral out of control. Instead, he suggests, blame rests on the distortion of our internal microbial world.

Antibiotics are partly responsible, but so are other medical habits, such as our increasing use of cesarean sections. These aseptic procedures prevent newborns from acquiring their mothers’ organisms through the birth canal, possibly setting them up for a lifetime of trouble, with higher than normal risks of a range of immune-related problems.

Dr. Blaser presents this all at a rapid clip, not stinting on the technical language but infusing enough human interest to make his argument and data reasonably accessible. (He had writing help from Sandra Blakeslee, a veteran science journalist and a frequent contributor to Science Times.)

The discerning reader should not forget that the research he discusses is largely his own; we hear no dissenting voices or contradictory evidence, although much of the narrative remains scientifically hypothetical.

That said, however, the weight of evidence behind Dr. Blaser’s cautions about antibiotics is overwhelming. They are certainly lifesaving drugs — they saved his own life when he had typhoid fever, and he testified in Congress recently on the urgent need to develop better and stronger ones. But they are also immensely dangerous, both to individuals and to the firmly linked communities of microbes and men." end quote


Sunday, 27 April 2014

The wonderful Stinging Nettle

A year ago, I wrecked my shoulder metal detecting. In the beginning, my husband worked the machine and did heavy digging. I could work the probe! But then he had, first, a mini stroke and then a heart attack, So we put ourselves out to pasture!

The first month of my wrecked shoulder, I SUFFERED! Then I went to the doctor. His prescription of Inflammation Reducing Pills (NSAIDs), were so savage on peoples' stomachs, that he also had to prescribe more pills to protect my stomach from destruction. It frightened me. I am not a pill person.

But serendipity intervened, On the Internet, I happened to find this article. Dr Christopher's Herbal Legacy

The bit that jumped out at me was quote "The leaves of the fresh nettle plant are stimulating, thus making it a powerful rubefacient. Arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, gout, and tendonitis have all been treated successfully with urtification. In a group of eighteen patients with joint pain treated with the topical use of the nettle sting, all except one respondent were sure that the therapy had been very helpful, and several considered themselves cured"

I had never heard of a Rubefacient or urtification - quote - from History of Stinging Nettles A standard practice of flogging oneself with the fresh nettle plant, called urtification, was prescribed to treat such illnesses as chronic rheumatism, lethargy, coma, paralysis, and even typhus, and cholera. This practice of urtification is known to many cultures and has been used for thousands of years. The Roman soldiers are said to have brought their own nettle to the British Isles to treat their tired, painful legs on long marches in the cold and wet climate by urtification, thus stimulating the circulation. Documentation or anecdotal reports of its use in this way have been found among the Ecuador Indians, ancient Romans, and Canadian and American native tribes."

I went out and collected some stinging nettles and used the on my shoulder and arm. The result was astonishing. They sorted my shoulder more efficiently than the doctor's pills.

I used them twice a day for about five days I think. But just in case the pain might return through the winter when nettles are not available, I potted a beauty and it grew all winter in the sunlight on the bathroom windowsill. I simply had to warn our guests of its presence.

As my nettle plant and me became friends, I used it even if I felt a faint twinge in my arm or shoulder, and also I found other uses for it. For cuts, bruises or under skin bleeds on my hands from bumping them as happens to older people, sticking it into my friendly nettle, accelerated healing.

The scientific explanation is that the body responds to the sting by rushing naturally produced hormones and anti inflammatory chemicals to the site. The site happens to be your wound, or pain which gets sorted out as well. Simples! And it works!

But there is more!

I am a peripheral diabetic - Type11 threatening but not actually. For a year I have controlled my blood sugar with diet. The Paleolithic Diet actually. The Diabetic nurse is quite impressed! But I now also have another secret - Stinging Nettle Tea.

I discovered Nettle Tea reduces blood sugar - and it does. I am going for my 6 monthly HBA1c soon. Cant wait! It's going to be good. I will feel proud that I have done it without their horrid pills!

Warning! If you ARE on medication -

Nettle Tea can decrease blood sugar levels. It might increase the chance of low blood sugar in people being treated for diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use stinging nettle.

Also
Don’t confuse stinging nettle (Uritica dioica) with white dead nettle (Lamium album).

Currently, I am picking and drying nettles. They crumble easily into a sort of tea leaf consistency (use gloves to crumble) and in a caddy, they will last me till next year. They are much stronger than a single fresh leaf in a cup of boiling water that I usually have. And I put half a teaspoonful of dried in a tiny muslin bag which does several concoctions over a few days, drying again in between. And like all things, I don't overdo drinking it. It's powerful stuff.

Drying nettles in the fan oven at about 100 deg - not ready yet!






And made into tea in my Caddy with little muslin bag to serve.

Nettle Tea Benefits
Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
Helps to support the adrenals
It helps with diabetes mellitus
Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
Promotes milk production in lactating women
Relieves menopausal symptoms
Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
Helps break down kidney stones
Reduces hypertension
Helps with respiratory tract disease
Supports the kidneys
Helps asthma sufferers
Stops bleeding
Reduces inflammation
Reduces incident of prostate cancer
Minimizes skin problems
Eliminates allergic rhinitis
Lessens nausea
Cures the common cold
Helps with osteoarthritis
Alleviates diarrhea
Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas

Stinging Nettle





Thursday, 24 April 2014

Appropriately from the Martian Herald

The Martian Herald seems a very appropriate read for someone who feels like they are living on an alien planet. In fact I have found it fun and it's confirmed my feeling that I'm living in the wrong place, but boy it's an interesting place!

Enjoy THE MARTIAN HERALD


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Knock yourself out you crazy bird

It's spring - that means garden. Lots of weeds to discipline. Surprises everywhere. Little plants re-introducing themselves. Old ones being aggressive and overwhelming.

I like plants. I like gardening. I like animals. There is no deceit in them.

There is a Robin who has become my friend. He shows almost no fear and will land next to me only inches away from my hand. I know what he's looking for. WORMS! He's a greedy chap as he fills his beak with as many as he can find until he looks like a mini Madeusa. I thought he was collecting for his children. But no - he gobbles the lot. I know why he's my friend. I'm the worm exposer. We have a crystal clear relationship. I like that.

But this year we have a crazy bird - a hedge sparrow, dull brown, who is sitting on the bench outside our garden window. Constantly he leaps down and hurls himself at the glass with a thud. Sometimes he does this for several hours or so. The dog's nerves are shot and I'm feeling jumpy too. Crazy bird. What IS he doing?

When I was a young woman, a silly person told me that birds at the window were carrying the message of death. That thought-implant/nocebo has followed me around all my life. So this cazy bird is not nice. I don't know his motive. It is not clear. My husband says he thinks the sparrow mistakes his reflection as his competition and is attacking it. I hope he's right.

I think little seeds of fear grow into huge trees. I disapprove of Plain Packaging for cigarettes for the reason that the medical porn images MUST have a terrible effect on the health of society for everyone who sees them. Smokers and their families should be more affected by smoking and get sicker quicker than ever before. Smoking will become more harmful, as it has already, and not less so.

The little messages of smoking harms have hurled themselves against our windows for so long, everyone knows it's not healthy. The best thing Public health could do, is NOT introduce Plain Packs and if they do, I hope they knock themselves out against the glass of their own foolishness and irresponsibility.
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Sunday, 13 April 2014

On Rape - and silly people.

This poor woman has copped it -

Tory councillor sparks outrage by saying 'when rape is inevitable, just lie back and enjoy it' during public meeting

Now I have heard this saying in two different forms "When rape is inevitable, just lie back and take it"  or as it was used  "When rape is inevitable, just lie back and enjoy it"

It is a saying in the English language. Rape is about overcoming. It's about power. That is the context she used it in. For the victim, it is also about acceptance of the inevitable. It is a metaphor surely? To take it literally from a woman of 77 shows deep ignorance. But if we do not see it as metaphor, how else can we see it?

Our modern culture has moved away from the rape culture that I grew up in which was still tainted by Victorianism.  It is liberated now in allowing women to enjoy sex. It wasn't long ago when that was not generally accepted, hence the other saying "think of England" whilst having to engage in marital sex. Sex was a chore that women endured rather than enjoyed. Enjoyment was not something easily admitted.

The idea in rape culture dominant in most of our history, and only moved away from (if indeed we have!) in the recent past, was that men will be men and women just have to take it. For women brought up to believe enjoying sex should not be owned up to, "When rape is inevitable, just lie back and enjoy it" was giving them permission in a world where sex and rape seemed not much different, within or outside of marriage.

I don't understand why the holier than thou's  are running around being holier than thou with hardly one cell of intelligence or education in their brains. The world is populated with very silly people! While the sanctimonious call for the resignation of a really good councillor is trumpeted around in the press,  I ask whether the rape culture has been eradicated in our new righteous modern world?

No, it is alive and well and living in advertising, industry, the cultural psyche and especially it is active  in the porn industry that is now educating our new generation of men.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Where the hell are we going?

I have given this blog a new look! I'm behind the fence if you study the image. Or is it that I am outside of the fence and everyone else is behind it? I am by nature a recluse, a hermit, a prisoner to myself. So perhaps I am alone behind my fence.

I have been blogging on this blog for many years - although you won't know it. I blogged about my life, a fascinating life on two continents in historical times. I have been such a lucky person. This blog was moved from the older blog a while back but most of the entries have gone. The "Life on an alien planet" title seemed appropriate for its new incarnation because it describes how I feel deep inside myself. It really often feels the planet changed during my life time, to be something unreconiseable to me - an alien place.

And indeed it has changed.

I am turning 70 this year. The transformation in the world has been as great as the one my grandmother saw between the 1890's and the 1960's when we landed on the moon! She lived to be a very old lady. I would like to, if I can remain healthy.

In the meantime, I look at some of the things happening today and simply despair. The problem with the planet is the people who live on it! And of the people who live on it, it is not you or me that are the problem, but THEM. THEM are those who guide us. They are the ones that know better. They are the ones who draw borders between countries in arbitrary places, who make wars, who legislate, who consult the experts who promote our laws "for our own good", who ban pleasures, who brainwash the new generation with care so they will continue the myths promoted by THEM.

History was my major and I've always been interested in it. My mother had a doctorate in History and was a lecturer. I remember when one of her critics told me that History wasn't science - just interpretation and opinion. So later, I also studied science to see how the scientific method differed. I loved it! And I have watched how THEM in the modern world, that plots and plans in statistics and evidence based facts, have chucked the baby out with the bathwater. Science is simply one way of knowing about physical things. In my old age, I wish THEM would plot and plan with the wisdom of History and Philosophy to guide them.

My grandmother lived through two world wars. But I haven't. Yet. But I often wonder where the hell are we going. Have we not learned anything from History?

Saturday, 5 April 2014

The shame of modern science

We have to have Gods! was a quickie post a while back pointing out that our old Gods have simply been replaced by new ones.

Our God is Science and the priests, scientists. The fashion in Government is to accept only this God. Every aspect of Governance is supposed to be supported by scientific evidence, figures and stats. Trouble is, science has become corrupted by the priests' ambition to please in results they produce and support themselves in their industry. We are worshiping a false God.

Tufts University (world ranking here) has an interesting presentation called CORRUPTED SCIENCE . It is describing the USA. But much applies to most science in every country anywhere. It's a quick read.

But this is longer - published last year.

I liked this blog (its a whole book actually) - Not Even Trying - The Corruption of Real Science.  Bruce G Charlton is Visiting Professor of Theoretical Medicine at the University of Buckingham and Reader in Evolutionary Psychiatry at Newcastle University. He has some interesting stuff on other topics too. Here is his Blog.

He summarises his book in this paragraph.

"Briefly, the argument of this book is that real science is dead, and the main reason is that professional researchers are not even trying to seek the truth and speak the truth; and the reason for this is that professional ‘scientists’ no longer believe in the truth - no longer believe that there is an eternal unchanging reality beyond human wishes and organization which they have a duty to seek and proclaim to the best of their (naturally limited) abilities. Hence the vast structures of personnel and resources that constitute modern ‘science’ are not real science but instead merely a professional research bureaucracy, thus fake or pseudo-science; regulated by peer review (that is, committee opinion) rather than the search-for and service-to reality. Among the consequences are that modern publications in the research literature must be assumed to be worthless or misleading and should always be ignored. In practice, this means that nearly all ‘science’ needs to be demolished (or allowed to collapse) and real science carefully rebuilt outside the professional research structure, from the ground up, by real scientists who regard truth-seeking as an imperative and truthfulness as an iron law."

Sounds exactly what I have been thinking for a long time.

I'll be away for a while, while I read this book! 

 






Monday, 31 March 2014

The planetary uniform

I haven't blogged here for over a month. I'm waiting to be uplifted. But I'm not. I thought I'd blog just to show I'm not dead, but living and thinking.

Watching the world go by from my position on this alien planet, I notice how very uniform Western culture has become and how much it is coveted by people not living in it.

I'd like out - they want in!

Mass production of political correctness is implanted in the people by tame media and tame education, serving their political masters and ideologies.

There is no luck, fate, magic, wonder, excitement, awe, serendipity on the planet in the west - well none allowed by the prevailing culture - it is experienced covertly only. It is not politically correct to think that something greater than us might possibly exist.

Science leads. Statistics and evidence based facts are Supreme.

The inhabitants of the west dress in mass produced clothing, live and work in mass produced buildings, tightly controlled by regulations and protected by health and safety laws.

Ingenuity, spontaneity and  individuality have been cloned into celebrity who do the stuff for the watching dis-empowered people.

Adventure is practiced on safe mass produced slopes, ropes, vehicles, and centres in mass produced adventure industry uniforms.

Health is controlled in a one-size-fits-all medical system, preaching to the people in a tongue more fire and brimstone than the old vision of hell and satan. Death is more feared than ever, not viewed as being the companion to life and a blessing to sufferers, but something to be avoided at all costs, even suffering to do so.

The West has become a playground for a restless bored species consuming itself, whilst marketing "happiness".







Sunday, 23 February 2014

Translucence rising - Climate Science reflects modern science (videos)

There's been a frisson among climate scientists that give us a peek into science today. 
(interesting comments)
 
There has at last been a judgment against Mann - the scientist who, with his "hockey stick graph" that we saw so prominently in Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth"  - was annoyed because it was criticised as trash by another scientist called Steyn. So he sued him. The court proceedings have dragged on for years, during which time Mann refused to  share his data (surprise?). The Judge has just chucked his case out. And Steyn has put in a counter suit. Mann is bankrupt already and is probably due to get more bankrupt if that is possible. To read the claims see here.

It is totally possible and becoming even most probable that the whole Global Warming thing is a load of bollocks, imposed on us by a set of scientists spouting rubbish, experts, who, advise governments that have immediately seen the opportunity to make money out of a population converted by An Inconvenient Truth and a blind trust in Science and who can be made to feel guilty for their actions. The same social engineering using guilt as the prod is used against smokers.

We must NOT trust scientists. They are misusing science. Science is fantastic unless it is used to promote ideologies or industries. Industries carrying ideologies that have emerged in our modern world are the Global Warming Industry, The Charities Industries, The Tobacco Control Industries, The Education Industries, The Quango and Advisory Industries, The Politician Industry, The Health and Pharmaceutical Industries, The Psychiatric Industry, and many more. They all have self perpetuating motives and an internally self consensus bias that promotes their own self righteousness.

Those who break ranks are viciously punished, as the court case above shows. But a case like this does nothing to expose the error of the scientists, only their arrogance.

How do we ordinary people expose these errors of science?  Without scientific knowledge we cannot. But we can use our wits. If there is an "industry" dangling off a set of "facts" (like the facts of second hand smoke, or the perils of vaping) our personal experience should sharpen our perception that the "facts" are suspicious.

I think this is a mass hoax era. And the new industry scientists drive it with their "expertise".

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Translucence rising - Placebo means Nocebo too.

 My wish for 2014 was that truth would rise up as the year progressed.

Last night in the UK, we were provided with a program - Horizon: The Power of Placebo (BBC Two). If I link it here, it will not be available after two weeks - so please Google it if you want to watch it. Sometimes these programs go up to YouTube after a while.

"The Power of Placebo" is the first time I have seen mainstream media offering anything intelligent on placebo. It is well worth watching. It gives us scientific reasons for effects us humans have known about since the first Shaman on earth. We are what we think.

We are what we think.

This is so utterly simple, yet encompasses and explains so much. Placebo could cloak Homeopathy, hypnotherapy, spiritual healing, faith healing, shamanism, and LOVE into mainstream. I talk about LOVE as caring/attention - not mindless copulation as is the trend.

So to see Placebo taken seriously for the first time, has been uplifting for me. The truth that it is a thing that is no longer questionable is a ray of light in our mainstream darkness.

Anyone who has lived in Africa knows that Placebo has its opposite. And it's the opposite that is the dangerous one. Believers that m'tagati has been cast on them in Africa, sicken and die. REALLY. In our enlightened times, spells are cast constantly. They percolate into every brain so none of us are free of them.

In the UK, there is a fixation on "health"or rather, the avoidance of ill health. This is not the same as celebrating the joy of being "well". Our TV/Media overflows with fear. Our Government legislates for it. The citizens are drip fed it. Our politicians are paralysed by it.

Soon, we will have legislation introducing plain packs with medical porn visuals and SMOKING KILLS, even larger than reality on them. When will anyone take seriously that such an action is a crime against those who smoke? Smokers, their families and all whose eyes fall on plain packaging are having a spell cast on them. Not only that, but "third hand smoke" has raised it's ugly head again. "Third hand smoke" will wreck trillions of lives/businesses if it is allowed loose and not challenged.

Trouble is, with nocebos, one tiny idea implanted, however briefly, can poison.

Electronic cigarettes are the target for fear induction now. Only vapers themselves actually know about vaping and what it has done to improve personal health. Only vapers know the miracle. We know that we do want regulation to keep us safe from dodgy e liquid or exploding batteries. But such regulation would be the same as we expect for exploding washing machines, or bottles of bleach. We need protection as consumers.

Nocebos and fear about vaping are being offered in the media, considered by legislators, and pushed by fear cursed politicians.

Smokers have been used for voodoo since the1980's. It is time it stopped. Vapers need to arm themselves with powerful positive thought. We ARE what we think.

In 2014 I hope to see that, if the idea of The Power of Placebo is now accepted as real and "scientific" someone somewhere, will study The Power of Nocebo.  If any scientist reads this blog, I suggest that smokers are a good subject. They are the only group that have been constantly cursed by anti smoking ideology. China, in particular NOW, has a SIGNIFICANTLY lower death rate from smoking than the west. They are "pures" in that they have been free of nocebo around smoking.

When we accept scientifically that we are what we think, our health will be transformed. Accepting that negative ideas we tell others to think, can be a dangerous, immoral action, and voodoo implanted via media and governance stopped, we might transform our world.




Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Tyranny of "good"

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
CS Lewis

Now, in the UK, we have a tyranny of "good".  Our government is not a democracy, but a lobbyocracy. The reason why laws get passed in parliament, is not that the people want them, but because fronts/charities/entities/ lobby groups intent to change society "for its own good" make it happen. That is why, when you live in the UK, the laws seem so discordant with what most ordinary people think.

CS Lewis - those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. And may I add, convince us that we can feel righteous approval of OUR consciences, only if we and politicians also agree with them. It's a hopeless case really it is.

BRING ON THE ROBBER BARONS PLEASE!







Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Translucence rising - Promises, promises, promises

My wish or 2014 was to see wrongs exposed in our world. I wish for a year of translucence arising.

IF David Cameron gets in on the next election (which I think is highly unlikely), he PROMISES to have a referendum on EU membership for us here in the UK.

Promises, promises, promises! Promises are a kind of corruption. Especially when you use them as "bait" for votes. We should have had a referendum NOW if the man was really sincere.

Politicians are corrupt. Politics is corrupt. The political elite are corrupt. The EU is corrupt.

Corruption across EU 'breathtaking' - EU Commission

But 64% of British respondents said they believed corruption to be widespread in the UK, while the EU average was 74% on that question.

Originally, the report was also supposed to have included a chapter assessing corruption within EU institutions as well as within member states. But that idea was dropped.


The idea was dropped? I wonder why? I think the EU Institution is virtually totally corrupt. In fact, the shenanigans with electronic cigarettes has absolutely PROVED it to millions of us vapers. I will delight the day that is exposed too!

Until then, I don't think we believe promises any more.





Thursday, 30 January 2014

The mask of respectability

This is an interesting idea which I'm thinking about.

The idea is that Social Services, children's homes, young offenders institutions, the prison services, The Home Office is a vast industry. Each section makes a profit off the other.

I don't know much about any of these sections of "the industry" but I know that in the USA, prison services are private companies. I think some are in UK too.

The idea disquiets me. I am willing to believe it to be true. The comodity that is used to make the profit, are children.

Behind the mask of respectability, hide horrible undercurrents. We ask "How could society IN THOSE DAYS let that happen?" Here is a comprehensive link to The Monsters of Medomsley. 

The 27 suicides and missing children of the nineties in the young offenders care establishment are not explained - yet.

Behind our current respectability, we pretend nothing similar happens today. We add a lucrative section of psychologists now into "the industry"  (because we are respectable) yet the industry is still under fire.
 2012 - Care system 'fails young offenders', says report
2013 - Youth justice system is 'failing vulnerable young offenders'
2014 - the industry grows - 'Fortified school' planned to improve education of young offenders

The Standing Committee for Youth Justice is not a parliamentary committee but a membership body; it describes itself as "an alliance of over 30 organisations working together to improve the youth justice system in England and Wales".

Just wondering....

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The money diet makes you feel so gooood! Like Paleo and vaping

I was working on a post that I was going to call "the Money Diet". My Paleo way of eating and exercising and vaping instead of smoking is very satisfying. It makes me happy and my health is excellent at the moment. I am perfect except for the tendancy towards a sugar reading on the cusp of being diabetic. I control my sugar to be normal by eating a high fat, low carb diet.

But my money diet is equally pleasing! I spend very little. I buy most of my clothes second hand, not because I am mean particularly, but I lower the rape of the earth in a small way by doing this. And real people get my money. We don't go out to eat much, because husband is a fantastic cook and "out" food is somehow disappointing, not memorable. Why waste money on second grade goods? If we do buy a big item, we go for good rather than price and avoid silly white goods insurance where in two years you could buy two new machines for the price of it instead. We have found wonderful good things on Freegle which is a system of giving away freely that which you no longer need. And we give too.

There is a most delicious delight in the feeling that you have aquired something valuable in exchange for your money rather than feeling let down by it. Its the same feeling I get when I do not eat the coffee and walnut cake covered with butter icing or smoked an analogue instead of vaping.

Vaping pleases me, not only because I enjoy it more than smoking tobacco, but because it is a really good experience for less money than smoking. I would assume it will be heavily taxed in the future when we are made into dispicable nicotine addicts by the really dispicable Tobacco Control Industry. That will be a shame.

So I was beavering away at this post, when I found this excellent post that follows. Please read and enjoy. If we went on a money diet we would end up with truly worthwhile lives.

The difference between being good with money and bad with money

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Paleo fat loading, Vaping and our health "experts"

We just came back from a birthday morning coffee bash where I vaped happily, comfortably, like I do at home.  I feel good about myself.  I feel good because I didn't have a piece of the coffee walnut cake covered with butter icing.  If you follow this blog you will know I practise the paleo eating habit.  Coffee walnut cake covered with butter icing is not on the list of things a caveman might have found somewhere. Several members of the family follow the same way of eating. They didn't have any either.  

The weirdest thing is that you feel so good in yourself, so well. that you don't want to screw that feeling up, not even for the momentary pleasure of rolling a mouthful of coffee walnut cake oozing with butter icing around in the mouth.  Or smoking an analogue - vapers will understand this good feeling.

Coffee walnut cake oozing with butter icing will shortly make the body weary and the brain dull.  And you can feel it doing it. The next day is hungover with coffee walnut cake oozing butter icing poisoning.  Some people reading this will think I'm exaggerating,. But those on paleo will know exactly what I am talking about.  

The main culprits in coffee walnut cake dripping with butter icing are the flour and the sugar and probably a few modern chemicals added to make it especially delicious to our jaded tongues.  Flour is poisonous.  Sugar is poisonous.  The chemicals we add to commercially produced foods are mostly poisonous.  The stuff that's been added to natural tobacco has made it poisonous too.

I sound like a zealot.  But I'm not.  I believe it is only a matter of time before more and more people will discover how food affects them from personal experience and they will also dump the coffee walnut cake oozing with butter icing because the poisoning from it isn't worth it.  The feeling of health and vibrancy you have when not poisoned is better.  The same will happen with smokers who move to vaping.

I fat load.  Paleo people will know what I mean.  I fat load because I am on the edge of being categorised as a type two diabetic. I am avoiding the clutches of the diabetic nurse who cannot understand how I keep my sugar normal by fat loading.  She is under the mistaken impression that fat is bad for you.  She was taught that by health experts who were taught that by more health experts who actually know jack shit.  

Many of our diseases are caused by our health experts.  The meat on sale in shops is a crime and butchers throw the fat away! The low fat industry should be abolished and people should eat proper food that has not been made unhealthy by anti fat idiots. I do not touch sugar or wheat - they have been altered by the food industry as tobacco has been. They have been made poisonous by US. And vaping should be welcomed by anti smoking experts - they have not felt the benefits us vapers feel.

Fat does not cause heart attacks,strokes, obesity, cholesterol or any of the other crimes it is accused of. I burn the fat that I eat as energy.  I don't need sugar.  I am seldom hungry. I eat very little. I seldom crave anything and I am not overweight.  If we ate fat as we once used to when fat was the most valuable treasure all sorts of other problems might melt away, like the obesity problem we are told about constantly.  Fortunately more and more people are becoming wise about how silly Public Health experts really are.

Two areas that prove it  without doubt is the false dietary information we are fed and the attitude to vaping electronic cigarettes as shown by the very bad legislation putrefying in the European Parliamentary heap.  

A rich fat diet would stop people eating so much because eating fat makes you feel satisfied and gives you energy and electronic cigarettes would reduce smoking. I believe that the "experts " who regulate how we should stay healthy by pontificating about fat and electronic cigarettes are doing us great harm. We can FEEL the difference in our bodies and that's how we know.

It's really simple.
 
 

Friday, 17 January 2014

Aaah! Russell Brand - clever man, an arsehole or a gibbering fool? Your call.

If you like the activity of thinking watch Russell Brand. He has some stimulating ideas and watching this video was my today's You Tube painful/pleasing treat.  I think he might mature into being less of a restless visual annoyance and  more of a really brilliant speaker if he could just leave out being a gabbling idiot in between ideas. 

This is him at Cambridge Union talking about really important things to our future rulers..

Anyway - enjoy or hate - or skip through - its up to you!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

My Art

Here are some examples of my art...



Smoke rings


Crystal Grove


Satellite


Tree Line


Street Dance


Sandstorm


Sea Creature


Solar Wind


Speed

Friday, 10 January 2014

Pleasing me - Vaping, paleo eating and MY kind of excercise

I have felt really well since I switched to vaping in 2011. It really has suited me in every way - elegance, cleanliness, fun and has become an exciting hobby in my golden years. I have a lot of extra breath in me now. But I'm still a lazy so and so.

You might remember, I have blogged that I follow Paleo eating. I usually feel great unless I break it and then I can feel the dull and lethargic difference.

I hate exercise. I am happiest when I am sitting vaping and drinking coffee rich with double cream.

Paleo excercise seems as logical to me as Paleo eating.

PALEO WORKOUTS

"Paleo exercise should be fun and engaging. It should have a lot of variety so you don’t get bored or burnt out. It does not require going to gyms, running around tracks, or using elliptical machines. It does require you to get up off your butt and make a little effort though."

Move Around A Lot at a Slow Pace  - I do this naturally.
Avoid Chronic Cardio - Ditto
Lift Heavy Things - I've always done this because I'm too impatient to wait for help. Unless someone else is there, and then I would never dream of it!
Sprint Once in a While - Never, not since I came last in Baby School sports day.

 I walk the dog when I feel guilty though.

That should be enough.

 

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Translucence rising - "Global warming" - please share

My new year's wish was that this would be a year of exposing truth and the mud will start dropping to the bottom of our grubby pond. It's going to be a fantastic year. I am delighted to bring you the following!


And now it's global COOLING! Return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 29% in a year

"A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 29 per cent.

The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.

Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores."

I have added this sentence after several comments showed confusion about my delight. It was caused by the proving of "wrongness".  To make it clear that in the 1970's experts told us it was "Global cooling". But I don't think it was used to make money off world citizens. You could only do that profitably when, like smokers were made guilty, you could "prove" it was our fault by "experts". "Global warming" has been a MOST PROFITABLE idea.






Monday, 6 January 2014

Side effects - what Doctors don't tell you and probably don't know

My husband and I are sitting chatting in our lounge. I'm vaping and drinking coffee, husband is having tea. He is going up to the doctors for an  I N R test - hes on warferin. I N R tests test the blood viscosity. Husband has been a walking pharmacy for several years for diabetes and since his heart attack and mini stroke he's Big Pharma's best friend. Husband has had regular "funny turns" in the morning. Always in the morning. Scientific thinking tells me it's being triggered by something. I consulted the Internet. Yes! "Funny turns" are triggered by four - FOUR - pills that have the exact same "funny turn" description in their side effects.

Husband says side effects make Big Pharma rejoice because then they will make sales for the  pills that are given you to treat the side effects.

And I have asked doctors for several years "Why is my husband on pills for high blood pressure and cholesterol, when he has NEITHER of these things?" The doctors tell me the pills are treating the diabetes. I am thinking, the pills are making my husband SICK!

I believe doctors are supposed to tell you  the possible side effects of the pills they prescribe.

In our experience no doctor every has!





Sunday, 5 January 2014

Mission Creep UK

Here are four links to subjects that are not what they seem. They are AGENDAS in disguise.

Shall I unmask them? They are ALL about CONTROL.

David Cameron's internet porn filter is the start of censorship creep This one speaks for itself - "Smoking" and "Vaping" included in non accessible information I will presume?

One million school children fingerprinted at school This one is about future Databases - though they say not - should we believe them?

Has obesity quadrupled in developing countries?This one is about fudging science so it can be used to beat fat people over the head with.

Hold the line against tobaccoThis one is against - what would you guess? Yes! ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES! 

This last link is so good, I thought I would give myself the pleasure of posting the whole thing! It's a little attempt at sharing the idea that some vaper might like to follow BMJ Editor Fiona Godlee on Twitter @fgodlee and the BMJ @bmj_latest or email her - email supplied below!

Hold the line against tobacco

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7686 (Published 2 January 2014)
Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:f7686
 
Fiona Godlee, editor, BMJ fgodlee@bmj.com
How should we view e-cigarettes? As a safe and effective way to quit tobacco? (There is some evidence in support of these claims for harm minimisation.) Or as a grave risk to public health because of their potential to renormalise and glamourise smoking, especially among young people? New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg has made his own view clear. In one of his final acts before leaving office, he has banned the smoking of e-cigarettes in indoor public places (doi:10.1136/bmj.f7677).

Bloomberg’s track record on public health has been extraordinary. Although his critics charge him with failing to tackle New York’s rampant social inequalities, there is no doubt he has provided global leadership in public health. His administration’s moves against tobacco, trans fats, and sugary drinks, and for promoting physical activity and calorie counts on menus, are credited with improving life expectancy among New Yorkers—now two years higher than the US national average. But just as importantly, his clarity and courage has helped administrations around the world take a firmer line against industries and behaviours that harm the public’s health. 

Will others copy his decision on e-cigarettes? Scotland may be one place to watch. As Katherine E Smith and Jeff Collin say in their editorial (doi:10.1136/bmj.f7595), Scotland has good reason to claim public health leadership within the United Kingdom. As well as being the first place in Britain to ban smoking in public places, the Scottish government endorsed standardised cigarette packaging and held firm on a minimum price for alcohol, in stark contrast to the UK government’s equivocations.

It aims to make Scotland “smoke free” by 2034. Success in this may depend on taking a firm stance on e-cigarettes. While e-cigarettes will help some smokers to quit, they also threaten to blur battle lines and reverse hard won gains in tobacco control. In their Analysis article, Marisa de Andrade and colleagues warn that commercial exploitation of e-cigarettes is undermining any potential public health benefits (doi:10.1136/bmj.f7473). The industry claims that e-cigarettes are all about harm minimisation. But it is developing and promoting products for first time users and encouraging long term use among existing smokers. E-cigarettes also legitimise the industry, buying tobacco companies a seat as “partners” at the health policy table.

With figures from the World Health Organization showing an increase in the number of young smokers, now is the time to tighten tobacco controls. The authors conclude that e-cigarettes should be regulated not as medicines but as tobacco products, and that the tobacco industry should be excluded from the policy making arena. And, I would add, from the funding of medical research, since this is another way in which industry seeks to legitimise itself. The BMJ and its sister journals recently announced that we would no longer publish research funded by the tobacco industry (doi:10.1136/bmj.f5193). 

Unsurprisingly, tobacco company researchers are unhappy with this decision. In a letter this week, Christopher Procter calls the new policy “antiscience” and invites the BMJ to reconsider its decision (doi:10.1136/bmj.f7489). We have no such plans.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Seaworld - Corporate Greed - one Corporation at a time.

I am taking 2014 as the starting point in MY life to assist in exposing that which is  untrue. Those things which ordinary people like me, have just accepted as the way things are done because OTHER people do them, or experts tell us how it should be done. I am not a conspiracy theorist - well, only a little, in that I believe where there's smoke, there's likely to be fire. So, everytime I see a little truth escape, it UPLIFTS me. Last year I promised not to constantly moan about life here, and the thing that makes me happiest, is to see I'm not the only one who does not simply accept they incarnated into such a strange planet, without trying to fix it. Other people don't like it either! Next life, I shall make other arrangements.

Today, I watched Black Fish. This link simply tells you how it was made.

but you can WATCH the movie in two parts HERE. Its worth the time. WARNING - You might not be the same person afterwards.


Friday, 3 January 2014

Transluscence arising - please share and share

My wish for 2014 is that THIS YEAR the mud will fall to the bottom of the pond. And boy, there's plenty of mud!

These things made me feel good today....

Drug companies accused of holding back complete information on clinical trials

 

 “No longer possible to believe much of clinical research published”

 

Nobel Winner boycotts journals Nature, Science, and Cell for damage to science

 

And DO take the trouble to watch this video - you will feel GREAT! It's going to be a really good year don't you think?

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Wedding dress vaping

Now we have got over Christmas and New year, there's THE WEDDING in March. I understood it was going to be very simple - "fish and chips to go" kind of wedding. Well, it's not.

Today, after swimming which I do weekly and come home pretty much wanting to blob out for the rest of the day, we looked after some small grandchildren while their mommies all went out to advise on the wedding dress.

Daddy came to fetch them after work. Peace has descended once more. Its SO nice!

NOW I can blob out. Vaping, drinking coffee with cream and watching the telly with the dog lying on my feet is what I'm doing - what could be nicer than that?


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My 2014 wish

This is 2014

My wish for this year. is that it will be the year of exposure and "inconvenient truths".

The year has started magnificently with Climate Scientists out to prove Global Warming stuck in thick ice in the Antarctic Summer. They have  made some successful observations including that  Mawson's hut was at the edge of open water, yet our Climate Scientists at the same place see sea-ice "as far as the eye can see". The penguins there (more than they expected) are dying because of the vast ice build up obviously in place for several years, making open water hard to get to. Listen here

As the Climate heats up, there will be more sea ice. The mass of ice is the fault of Global Warming it seems.

Is it?  Well OK if you say so. But to me it looks like an inconvenient truth!

Mawson's Terrible Journey is an interesting read about the difficulties of  science 100 years ago

I hope many "Experts" will be challenged in 2014. It could be a fun year if it happens!