Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Freedom

I just got done reading the book FREEDOM by Franzen, who was featured as a cover story by TIME magazine. The book was a #1 bestseller for a few weeks; but, I am not recommending it, unless you enjoy pain. Rather, let me give you the wonderful pearl in it, or, the “pony under the pile.” FREEDOM, much like Zola’s JOY OF LIVING, chronicles a lot of self-inflicted suffering as the author follows several characters who, like we all do, have trouble in their close relationships. Both books drone on and on about the details of their troubled lives. It is only at the end that both books redeem themselves.


FREEDOM is about forgiving our loved ones.


And that is how we may be finally free, free to love and live peacefully, in the company of those who no doubt will also need to forgive us if they themselves wish to be free.


Forgiveness is what I am most thankful for in this special time of THANKSGIVING. My favorite holiday also ties into all the other holidays: we are also thankful for the 4th of July as we celebrate political freedom, which has been earned by our soldiers (Veterans Day) and the sweat of our forefathers’ work (Labor/Memorial Day.)


Yet, it is Christmas that celebrates true FREEDOM the best: the freedom to forgive ourselves and each other and live forward, not backward. By Christmas I mean ALL philosophies and religious/spiritual traditions that teach us how to be truly free from a materialistic world full of ego, dogma and illusions. None of them count, unless we are truly FREE to choose, unencumbered by unquestioned traditions and cultures. Wisdom and spiritual guidance may help us retain what is good and discard what is not from our environments.


May you have a Merry Christmas and a future of forgiving and FREEDOM.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WICKED meets MEGAMIND

As a Cold War child, I rebelled against the Black and White world that shaped Baby Boomers’ attitudes and thinking. "Either-Or" thinking has its merits and ardent proponents, to be sure. I do see how some issues require such approach. Some of you no doubt feel that ALL issues are “Black and White.” Well, going against this attitude shaped my world view, OK?

Each generation seems to have its strengths and weaknesses; the latter seem to serve as a launching pad for the next generation’s theme. It seems that the world Baby Boomers have created has resulted in significant conflict and polarization. Our country is paralyzed by extreme ideologies (Democrats vs. Republicans) and my home state (Utah) is split right down the middle into Mormons and Non-Mormons, a condition that colors practically all discourse and social interaction.

No matter what profession we examine, we are likely to find “Left-Right” divides. Discourse at all levels consists of extreme views pitting each other with the final outcome resulting in a winner and a loser. Think of our legal system: “guilty or not guilty.” While some issues are indeed that clear-cut, there are many situations, especially civil cases, where compromises may be more satisfactory.

Fortunately, Baby Boomers' Black and White thinking has influenced our youth to be more conciliatory and cooperative. Instead of aggressive competition, our youth seems more interested in consensus building after considering all viewpoints as equally meritorious. In my opinion, this is more in keeping with ancient wisdom recorded in practically all cultures. For instance, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Christ were fond of the MIDDLE WAY.[1] Philosophers like Kierkegaard and writers like Shakespeare have entertained us with tales of paradox and balancing extremes. In my own feeble attempt, I have submitted a novel, THE FENCE; it is the allegory of a boy living on a fence and meeting people/animals on both sides.

These are some of the thoughts I had when I watched the Movie MEGAMIND (you may need to borrow a little kid to go watch it.) MEGAMIND deals with Good and Evil in a way I feel is refreshing and thought-provoking. Good and Evil may be found in everyone, even in Superheroes (shocking words for those who are sure to skip Harry Potter this weekend on the grounds that it deals with Evil wizards...)

Remember the prequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ, WICKED? Well, it has the same message.

Maybe I was born at the wrong time….



[1]

Sure, fundamentalists will argue that Christ was the Master of Black-White issues; I respectfully disagree.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Suspicious of C.O.P.s

As previously reported here, cholesterol is a benign molecule in charge of repairing cell membranes (which are 80% fat) and hence the lining of arteries. Cholesterol is also vital to synthesize hormones. Unfortunately, while busy working to patch up our leaky arteries, cholesterol has gotten a bum rap; it is now erroneously thought to be the cause of circulatory problems. That’s the thanks it gets…


Blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like blaming the cops who show up at the scene of the crime. Well, they are found around the dead body, are they not?


A good detective would ask why the cholesterol is elevated; he/she would find that the arteries were leaky from cell membrane oxidation.[1] Then, cholesterol would get a medal for trying to repair the leaks.


The problem is that living in the same seedy precinct, cholesterol also gets oxidized. Cholesterol is then forced to do its patch-up job with one hand tied behind its back. The result is predictable: a contaminated crime scene. The patch up job is so bungled (my WWII friends would say FUBAR) that plaque forms on the arterial walls. Think of VELCRO; if both surfaces (cholesterol and arterial walls) are sticky, they will stick together. If cholesterol and the walls were free from oxidation the repair job would result in walls as smooth as a baby’s bottom.


It turns out that the repair of leaky arteries by cholesterol is happening in your very neighborhood (arteries) as you read this article; it is the way of life, creation-destruction, as symbolized by the Egyptian cross, the Ankh and the Mesopotamian Auroboros, the snake eating its own tail.


So, be suspicious of C.O.P.s, or Cholesterol Oxidized Products;[2] they are the real criminals, trying to pass for real cops at the crime scene. They raise the risk of heart disease by a factor of 8. This is most evident in people who eat too much sugar and have a diabetic or pre-diabetic problem.[3] The concept that cholesterol is the problem is so entrenched that the researchers studying C.O.P.s felt that it was “really surprising and quite significant,” even though the oxidation of cholesterol has been well documented in the medical literature for about 10 years.


That C.O.P.s are the real problem is well demonstrated by drugs that treat cholesterol like rosuvastatin; they seem to lower the risk of heart disease even in patients with normal serum lipids. A study showed that the incidence of strokes, heart attacks and other circulatory problems decreased significantly with statin drugs because they have an anti-inflammatory/ anti-oxidative action[4] and not necessarily because they lowered cholesterol.[5] Sadly, the study has been used to promote the sale of these drugs even to people with normal blood cholesterol.

So, how do you prevent oxidation instead of using a potentially toxic drug?


I thought you would never ask…


Eat more foods high in antioxidants, the very ones you no longer find any taste in, because you got used to foods excessively processed, salted and full of High Fructose Corn Syrup. Fruits, vegetables and nuts, redolent with antioxidants, have been shown to reduce heart disease in numerous studies. Yet, Americans eat only 2 servings a day of these foods (French fries and ketsup,) instead of the recommended 13 servings to prevent cholesterol and arterial wall oxidation.


Fats are not the problem;[6] animal fats and trans-fats are; they have no antioxidants. So, why did we demonize all fats, including vegetable and fish based fats? For that matter, why do cholesterol-lowering drugs loom so big and fill the airwaves with their commercials?


I thought you would never ask….


[1]Oxidative Stress and its Association with Coronary Artery Disease and Different Atherogenic Risk Factors,”

J. Internal Medicine 2004;256:308

[2] British J. Nutrition 2002;88:335 & J. Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews 2007;23:35

[3]J. Family Practice News October 1st 2010, page 22 & J. Clinical Immunology 2010;134:55

[4] Oxidation also raises the inflammatory marker CRP. J. Clinical Chemistry 2007;53:456

[5] NEJM, November 9th 2008 (10.1056/NEJMoa0807646)

[6]What if Fat Doesn’t Make you Fat,” New York Times Magazine, July 7th 2002 &

The Soft Science of Dietary Fat,” J. Science 2001;291:2536

Monday, November 1, 2010

Moneymaking

Some of you may be struggling having lost your job; your suffering is more troublesome to me when I contemplate why our economy is so messed up. Before you read on I must warn you that I am neither Republican nor Democrat. As an Independent and as a self-professed Integrative thinker, I feel both parties are puppets in the hands of the Moneymaking Wizard behind the curtain who purposely instigates discord, intolerance and extreme ideologies in both parties so that they “don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain.” The result is predictable and seen throughout history: we the people get suckered into fighting each other while the Wizard laughs all the way to his temples, the banks, where he cranks up his moneymaking machines to enslave us with his “funny money.”

John Adams, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson warned us this would happen if we let private bankers take control of our currency and money supply. Adams even stated that the surest way to lose our freedom was not to be conversant about how money works. Surely you know that whoever controls the purse calls the shots.

Since our Founding Fathers, honest Presidents have struggled, and some have lost their lives (Lincoln, Garfield, Kennedy) trying to regain Congress’ Constitutional right to issue our currency. “Banksters”[1] have always tried to take this prerogative from the people in various ways, mostly by creating moneymaking central banks. In the short history of our country, one President stands out in this titanic struggle, Andrew Jackson. Sadly, the “moneychangers” finally succeeded with the creation of the Federal Reserve Banks in the still of the night in 1913.[2]

The main consequence is an economy that runs on debt, not real wealth.

Since the dawn of mankind, money has defined Homo Sapiens; some feel we should be more fittingly named Homo Economicus. The manipulation of money has bedeviled every society’s policies and science. Initially, money was as it should be, a reflection of a society’s wealth from people’s honest labors as stored in the king’s or Lord’s warehouses. Instead of trading and conducting business in those bulky, perishable goods, governments of all stripes came up with some symbol of said wealth as currency to be used as legal tender in trading. That is when bankers stepped in to convince governments to using bullion/precious metals as currency, because the moneychangers happened to own the mines producing said metals. Later, international trade from East to West necessitated the exchange of currencies from gold to silver and vice versa.

Soon after that, banksters figured out that they could print money to symbolize the precious metals, only to print more than the metal reserves they had on hand. The next step was creating money out of thin air as they loaned money to governments and the people. Debt-creation became a dogmatic axiom that even today is viewed as necessary to run a society’s economy. This is not true; but we have been brain-washed to think it is. Debt-driven societies allow the Moneymaking Wizard to retain the power he has over people and their governments, who then become mere marionettes under the strings of the super wealthy. But, deep inside, the least of us intuits the truth: true wealth has been and will always be the fruit of our labor, like my mom’s backbreaking janitorial work, not speculation or moneymaking out of funny money.

The basic problem with fiat money is that it doesn’t create enough money to repay the debt thus generated, thereby obligating the borrower to slavery in too many cases.[3] Slowly, banksters come to obligate even heads of state throughout the world to do their bidding. In fact, these greedy elitists often incite wars to gain even more from their manipulation of money. Often, the “other side” is demonized to justify an attack, when in reality the “enemy’s” main transgression is the fact that its rulers/kings have dared to reject the banksters control of moneymaking. In other words, when said chieftains dare print their own money, banksters must eliminate the threat to their lucrative racket. But, when countries create their own money they become incredibly wealthy because they are dealing with true wealth from their hard labor. A modern example of this is China. Of course, China’s social violations are magnified while ours are minimized.

This is why history has demonized rogue nations from Sparta to China. Not surprisingly, history (written by the elitists who control the media and academia) fails to tell that banksters themselves initially enrich rogue countries (like Russia and Nazi Germany) just to instigate the wars that end up benefitting the banksters and their partners in crime, the military-industrial complex. For example, the Bolshevik revolution was financed by J. P. Morgan, Rockefeller and their ilk on Wall Street, much the same as the American revolution was about money. Ben Franklyn felt that the substitution of debt as money, the replacement of real money by the facsimile of money that was the real cause of the Revolution:

“In the colonies we issue our own money. It is called Colonial Scrip. We issue it to pay the government’s approved expenses and charities. We make sure it is issued in proper proportions to make the goods pass easily from the producers to the consumers… in this manner, creating for ourselves our own money, we control its purchasing power, and we have no interest to pay to anyone. A legitimate government can both spend and lend money into circulation, while banks can only lend significant amounts of their promissory bank notes, for they can neither give away nor spend but a tiny fraction of the money people need. Thus, when your banks here in England place money in circulation there is always debt principal to be returned and usury to be paid. The result is that you have always too little credit in circulation to give the workers full employment. You do not have too many workers, you have too little money in circulation, and that which circulated, all bears the endless burden of unpayable debt and usury.”[4]

In other words, your unemployment is a result of the greed that fuels our funny money economy. And how do banksters respond to Franklyn’s enlightened statement? They will tell you that Colonial Scripts didn’t work, and for that matter, neither did Lincoln’s Greenbacks. They will also say those currencies fueled too much inflation. What they will not tell you is that Banksters sabotaged those currencies by flooding the market with forged notes they printed themselves.[5]

We must understand moneymaking if we wish to be free. “The facsimile of money is deliberately designed to enhance and enrich only those who control its issuance, and can never serve the broader public good because it is not designed to do so.”[6] So, don’t get suckered into the maze of smoke and mirrors created by Wall Street; by obfuscating common sense with “derivatives” and other tools to further manipulate debt and money, they think themselves to be smarter than us, while they laugh all the way to their temples to consort with the Wizard.

I say it is time to throw the moneychangers out of our temples, abolish the Federal Reserve Banks and restore our right to create our own money. But, before we allow our government to do so, we will have to disinfect it of the Wizard’s influence. Keep this in mind as you vote this Tuesday.



[1] Book “Babylon Gansters,” by Joseph Farrell; Feral House Book, 2010

[2] Book “The Creature from Jekyll Island,” by G. Edward Griffin; American Media, 1994

[3] Book “Shock Doctrine,” by Naomi Klein; Metroppolitan Books, 2007

[4] Book “Web of Debt: the shocking truth about our money system and how we can break free,” by E.H. Brown; Third Millenium, 2008

[5] Or, withdrew the notes; wither way, they surreptitiously controlled the money supply to create inflation or deflation, whichever suited their purposes.

[6] Ibid, Farrell