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An Open Letter to People Who Hate Obama More Than They Love America

This excellent article is from 2012 and is even more on target today…

An Open Letter to People Who Hate Obama More Than They Love America
by MinistryOfTruth

I meet you all the time. You hate Obama. You hate gay people. You hate black people, immigrants, Muslims, labor unions, women who want the right to make choices concerning their bodies, you hate em all. You hate being called racist. You hate being called a bigot. Maybe if you talked about creating jobs more than you talk about why you hate gay people we wouldn’t call you bigots. Maybe if you talked about black people without automatically assuming they are on food stamps while demanding their birth certificates we wouldn’t call you racist. You hate socialism and social justice. You hate regulations and taxes and spending and the Government. You hate.

You like war. You like torture. You like Jesus. I don’t know how in the hell any of that is compatible, but no one ever accused you haters of being over-committed to ideological consistency. You like people who look like you or at least hate most of the things that you hate. You hate everything else.

Now, I know you profess to love our country and the founding fathers (unless you are reminded that they believed in the separation of church and state), but I need to remind you that America is NOT what Fox News says it is. America is a melting pot, it always has been. We are a multi-cultural amalgamation of all kinds of people, and yet you still demonize everyone who is not a rich, white, heterosexual christian male or his submissive and obedient wife.

You hate liberals, moderates, hell, anyone who disagrees with Conservative dogma as espoused by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. You hate em.

Well, here are the facts, Jack. If you hate the Government then you are unqualified to manage it. If you hate gay people more than you love America than you should take your own advice and get the hell out. There are several countries that are openly hostile to gay people, but they are full of brown people and you don’t like them much either from what I understand. It looks like you are screwed, but that’s not what I am here to tell you.

Now that you have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at President Obama and it still hasn’t worked you are panicking. Obama’s approval ratings are still near 50% despite your best efforts to undermine the economy and America’s recovery at every step you can. You tried to hold the American economy hostage to force America into default on its’ debts, debts that YOU rang up under Bush, so you could blame it on Obama and it failed. You’ve used the filibuster more than any other Congress ever, going so far as to vote against providing health care access to 9/11 first responders. You remember 9/11, don’t you, it’s that thing you used to lie us into a war in Iraq, and then when Obama killed Bin Laden and ended the war in Iraq you told people that he hates America and wants the troops to fail. You monsters. You hate Obama with a passion, despite the fact that he is a tax cutting, deficit reducing war President who undermines civil rights and delivers corporate friendly watered down reforms that benefit special interests just like a Republican. You call him a Kenyan. You call him a socialist. You dance with your hatred singing it proudly in the rain like it was a 1950’s musical.

Frankly, you disgust me. Your hatred nauseates me. Your bigotry offends me. Your racism revolts me.

Dear haters, I am openly questioning your patriotism.

I think you hate gays, Obama, black people, poor people, all of us, women, atheists and agnostics, Latinos, Muslims, Liberals, all of us, I think you hate every one who isn’t exactly like you, and I think you hate us more than you love your country.

I think you hate gay soldiers more than you want America to win its wars.

I don’t even think you want America to win wars, you just want America to have wars, never ending wars and the war profiteering it generates. You love that kind of spending, you love spending on faith based initiatives and abstinence based sex education (George Carlin would have loved that one), you love spending on subsidies for profitable oil corporations, you spend like drunken sailors when you are in the White House, but if it is a Democrat then suddenly you cheer when America doesn’t get the Olympics because it might make the black President look bad. But oooh you love your country, you say, and you want it back. Well listen here skippy, it isn’tyour country, you don’t own it, it is our country, and America is NOT the religiously extremist Foxbots who hate science, elitist professors and having a vibrant and meaningful sex life with someone we love if Rick Santorum doesn’t approve of it. Rick Santorum isn’t running for America’s fucking high school dance chaperone, he should probably just shut the hell up about sex, but he can’t because he has nothing else to run on.

Republicans can NOT win on the issues. They’ve got NOTHING. All they have is a divide and conquer class war that pits ignorant racist and bigoted people against the rest of us in a meaningless battle of wedge issues and the already proven to fail George W. Bush agenda again of tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, privatization and war profiteering and nothing else, so all they can do is blame black people, gays the government, anybody and everyone else for their own failings. The party of personal responsibility, my ass.

But they love multi-national corporations, just ask a gay hating and racist religious extremist if they think Corporations are people and they will gladly agree, but if you ask them if gay people are people they aren’t so sure.

Dear haters, you are the cruel, heartless misinformed assholes who would sell America out to Haliburton in a heartbeat, you would rather pay ZERO taxes than you would see a newly born baby get access to quality health care, you cheer when we discuss denying health care to young people with preventable diseases, and you boo when we discuss the First Ladies plan to cut back on childhood obesity. You are a cross to carry and a flag to wrap yourself in away from being the people who Sinclair Lewis warned us about, but I guarantee that if Fox News told you to dress that way you would, because you are the same blind, ignorant and closed minded dunces who drove this country into a civil war years ago because you are bound to the notion that some men are more equal than others. In short, the reason I proudly wear my union army hat is because of seditious sell outs like you who constantly fuck over working class Americans so a foreign entrepreneur like Rupert Murdoch can get a bigger tax break. If corporations are people, they are neither American patriots nor capable of love. Just like you.

So stop wearing your hate with pride. Stop celebrating your anti-science, anti-math ignorance. Stop using code words to mask your bigotry like “family values”, especially when you hate my family and when you stand on the same stage as a guy who has had three marriages or if you share a seat in the Senate with a guy who cheated on his wife with hookers while wearing diapers. You should be ashamed. I know that you are just doing this to motivate your misinformed hate cult base because if they actually knew that your ideas will make them poorer than they are now, they would never vote for you. You are doing your best to impoverish your countrymen so rich people can get bigger tax breaks and you can keep on delivering corporate welfare to the special interests who have bribed you, and I am disgusted by the way you gleefully parade your hatred with aplomb. I don’t think you do love America. At least, not as much as you hate everyone in America who isn’t exactly like you.

You should think about that, and maybe get some help.

And for the record, I do not hate you. I am embarrassed by you and nauseated by your cruel and thoughtless behavior and your all consuming greed, but I do not hate you. I forgive you and I hope you can change someday, but I don’t hate you. You have enough hate in you for the rest of us as it is.

 

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HISTORIC SENATE ACTION A VICTORY FOR DEMOCRATS

Historic Senate Action A Victory for Democrats
by Tracy Knauss

Today’s decision to limit the filibuster is a major victory for our Democratically controlled Senate, for President Obama and for American democracy. The final straw that caused Senator Harry Reid to use the “nuclear option” was Republican obstructionism which blocked four of Obama’s five nominees to the all-important D.C. Circuit Court, a court with privileged powers pertaining to cases involving the Executive and Legislative branches of government. This court has eleven members. Right now it has only eight active judges. Four Republicans and four Democrats. Bush appointed the four conservators on this court. Obama has the right to appoint three more, giving the court a solid Democratic majority on decisions regarding the EPA and even the Affordable Care Act.

So now President Obama will be able to make lifetime appointments to this powerful court and other federal benches as well. This will help swing the pendulum back to the Democrats and the American middle class. No longer can the minority Republican Party stifle the president’s nominees. The promiscuous use of the filibuster was due to the rise of the Tea Party and other radicals with no respect for government. These radicals want to destroy the government and nullify President Obama’s election victory. But today’s historic action in the U.S. Senate will put an end to a lot of that nonsense. It’s nice to see a modicum of reason return to what had been termed “the nation’s most deliberative body.”

Nuclear Option Provides Relief For Dispirited Dems

THE BIGGEST THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY? The Nullification Of A Presidency!
by Benjamin T Moore Jr

Elections *do* and *should* have consequences. Congressional Republicans have been committed to nullifying the Presidency of Barack Obama since the night of his first inauguration. The will of the people be damned! 

Whether you love him or hate him… is *NOT* the point. The office is larger than the man. Unlike our previous President, President Obama was not appointed President by a panel of judges on a court stacked by his daddy. He was duly elected by a majority of the American people. He deserves the opportunity to enact his agenda. He deserves… the American People deserve for him to have his full cabinet filled. He deserves to have his appointments either confirmed or declined.

When one Party – ANY Party – takes it upon themselves to subrogate the collective will of the electorate, replacing it with their own agenda, Democracy dies. We no longer have a Constitutional Republic. What we have becomes an fascist oligarchy which will quickly degenerate into tyranny and despotism.

What Harry Reid did by changing the Senate rules ending the abuse of the procedural filibuster was to strike a blow for Democracy. Don’t be naive! Sequestration and the shutting down of the Government was all designed to deliver a one, two punch to the Affordable Care Act. Both came at a time when the federal government needed resources to launch the program correctly. The timing wasn’t an accident. Now of course, the Republicans are holding hearings to find out why things are going poorly. Republicans need look no further than their own mirror.

http://www.thewhirlingwind.com/

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Americans Can Register To Vote When Signing Up For Obamacare

 

Via TPM

Americans will be able to register to vote when applying for insurance through Obamacare, a White House official told TPM Tuesday, despite reports to the contrary and outcry from congressional Republicans.

Mother Jones reported earlier Tuesday on a report from progressive groups, which asserted that the Obama administration was planning to back down from its plan to offer voter registration on the federal marketplace, which will cover 36 states. The source of the claim is unclear, which the Mother Jones article acknowledged, but it sparked some panic among liberal activists.

Not to worry, a senior administration official told TPM: Voter registration through the health insurance marketplaces will continue as planned. The official said any reports to the contrary were “inaccurate.”

Insurance applications filed under the health care reform law are required by law to have a section for voter registration. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act mandates that any government agencies providing government services must also provide people with access to voter registration.

The Obama administration had previously said that the marketplaces fell under the 1993 law’s statute and would therefore offer voter registration. That’s still the plan, according to the senior administration official.

According to Mother Jones, the left-leaning policy group Demos and voter registration rights group Project Vote posted a report last month that the Obama administration would not offer voter registration services on the marketplaces. Instead, the insurance application would simply link consumers to a mail-in form.

When contacted by the magazine, the groups seemed to back off the report, saying that they had considering pulling it.

Congressional offices had been in touch about the matter, according to Mother Jones, though HHS had declined to comment to the magazine. HHS didn’t immediately respond to TPM’s request for comment.

Congressional Republicans have been critical of voter registration on the marketplaces. House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in March, questioning the administration’s plan.

Combining voter registration with the Obamacare marketplace, Boustany wrote, “could lead some to think voter registration is somehow tied to subsidy eligibility.”

 

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The Rise Of The Feudal Lords

It’s been almost two weeks since my last post. I had a close call with a bacterial infection. I’m on the mend and will do my best to post a bit more frequently. Thank you all for for subscribing. It is appreciated! Marion

 

 

via Liberals Unite


The Rise Of The Feudal Lords

What do you call a system where the will of 90% of the people is ignored? What do you call a system where financial institutions are deemed “too big to prosecute” and are raking in profits while the rest of the country is stagnating in the mess they created? What do you call a system where one party gets one million more votes in an election but loses leadership of the House of Representatives? What do you call a system that allows the theft of people’s homes, even when those people have never missed a payment? What do you call a system that then pays the victims of the theft pennies on the dollar and then those checks are hard to cash?

That system is called an oligarchy, defined by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as 1: government by the few 2: a government in which a small group exercises control esp. for corrupt and selfish purposes; also: a group exercising such control 3: an organization under oligarchic control. Boiled down, it’s just a word to describe the actions of people who are doing what the feudal lords of old did to our forbears – only worse. The feudal lords of today aren’t dressed in velvet head-dresses and long flowing robes. They are attired in Brooks Brothers suits. The power they wield is dizzying and they are drunk with it. They OWN this country and any little irritant, like an upstart black guy in the White House or the will of the people, isn’t going to upset their applecart because they hold all the cards and they intend to keep them.

Just like the serfs cowered in front of the lord who could kick them off the plot of land they farmed for him, the citizens of the United States have been kicked out of their homes, watched their retirements evaporate, and stood helplessly by when our Supreme Court endowed corporations with the same rights as individuals, thus dictating who is important and who is not. And now, the Supreme Court is going for an encore in McCutcheon vs. FEC.

…When a small minority dictates policy for the majority, you no longer have a democratic republic. You have an oligarchy and the people who run it, people like the Koch Brothers and Mitt Romney and Sheldon Adelson, are the ones calling the shots. They keep themselves hidden and send out their lackeys to do the dirty work; those lackeys being people like Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and John Boehner. Those guys want a crack at getting a big piece of the pie from the feudal lords and so they’ll sell you down the river while they look you in the eye and tell you it’s for your own good.

Our system is broken and one wonders if it is beyond repair. When the Attorney General of the United States tells us that the big banks are too big to prosecute, when not one of the fat cat bankers who pushed this country off a fiscal cliff is called to account, when the will of the people for sane and sensible gun laws takes a back seat to the will of the entitled few, then you know we have reached a point in time where we are in danger of losing it all.

The feudal lords use fear and prejudice to divide people. Just look at what happened with the Tea Party. This was a movement that originated in response to the bank bailout. They were angry and they let everyone know it. A lot of liberals were just as angry as all those original Tea Party folks. But the Tea Party has morphed into something else entirely. It didn’t happen because they were all “right wingers.” It happened because they were manipulated by the feudal lords who were behind the scenes and pulling strings. They watched as their puppets danced to their immigrant hating, racist tactics and they loved the great divide. We were already a country deeply scarred by the events of September 11, 2001. We were already at odds with each other about things that heretofore we NEVER would have countenanced, namely war crimes committed by an administration that was composed of oligarchs. Any chance at measured, productive conversation between the two sides is crushed without mercy in a barrage of misinformation geared to widen the gap between people who used to be able to, if not amicably disagree, at least respect that the other side has a right to their opinion. Now it’s just name-calling and shouting and nothing gets done. Which suits the feudal lords just fine because they are getting richer as they continue to steal the wealth of a nation. And those lackeys? When their usefulness is done, they will be turned out just as the serfs who were no longer needed were turned out. In the meantime, the rest of us will be wallowing in the mudpit we have been cast into, arguing about who should be allowed in this country and who shouldn’t.

It’s disgusting, really, how malleable the American public has become. We let it happen. We have allowed the feudal lords to tell us that no matter the cost, we must have our guns because the government is out to get us. They tell us that we have no money, so we must cut police and fire and, their very favorite for the chopping block, education. Education is always the first to be cut and the last to be restored. We are told that women should have no choice and to even think it is tantamount to murder. We are told that climate change is just an unproven theory, even though 97 per cent of the world’s scientists say otherwise. That doesn’t matter to the feudal lords who could care less about an oil spill or a fracking explosion in your back yard. They live in their grand homes, far from the danger and they are so blinded by their own greed that they don’t see that the demise of the environment will mean their demise as well as ours. So they’ll lay down and die covered with thousand dollar bills. But you know what? Dead is dead, whether you’re a prince or a pauper.

The only remedy lies with the people, and I am cautiously optimistic.

…The reason the people in government don’t do our bidding is because we have allowed a system to be put in place that effectively negates our power. People have DIED to protect our right to vote and yet, people stay home in droves on election day.

If you want to take this country back, no matter if you are on the right, on the left or somewhere in between, it is up to you—indeed, it is up to all of us—to stop bickering, to find common ground (because it IS there) and take back our democracy. It has never been easy and sometimes it hasn’t been pretty, but it has always worked. It can work again, but it will take the will of the people to overcome the will and the vast resources of the entitled few. Until then, we must come to terms with the fact that we no longer live in a democracy. We live in an oligarchy where the modern day feudal lords rule and we the people are expendable.

The entire article is here

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5 Hidden Healers in Your Kitchen: Your Spice Rack as a Medicine Cabinet

These herbs have saved my life. Really. I’ve written before of a bacterial infection that nearly had me a goner, and the ongoing pain of osteoarthritis. Five years later, I am pain free, no infections, have not had a cold or flu and — drumroll, please — enjoy the flexibility of my legs again. I grow sage, oregano, basil and several other herbs on the patio in pots. I use them daily in food and teas. They are easy to grow, lovely to see and reduces the cost to about nothing as they grow year after year, as opposed to buying fresh in the store which is expensive if you use daily as you should.

Via Natural Society

You don’t have to be a chef to know that some herbs and spices taste good in certain dishes. Likewise, you don’t have to be a professional herbalist to use many of these same spices and herbs to treat and prevent illness and disease. Your kitchen should double as your medicine cabinet, as you’ll often find what you need without having to hit the drug store or the pharmacy.

While we could write a book on healing herbs and spices (many such books have been written), we’ll just give you a brief run-down of some of the more commonly overlooked herbs and spices with healing properties. Here are 5 healers that can be found in your kitchen.

1. Sage

Common sage is often used in meat dishes and in cooking with root vegetables. But sage has many health benefits. Made in a tea, you can use the herb sage for sore throat relief, to soothe digestion, calm a cough, and even boost memory. One study found consuming sage can improve scores on memory recall tests. Maybe best of all, you can grow your own.

2. Turmeric

The many benefits of this golden yellow spice are really no secret, unless you haven’t been following natural health news at all in recent months. It’s a powerful antioxidant, can be used to detox the liver, and even relieves pain. There is evidence that turmeric can protect against Alzheimer’s disease and even prevent breast cancer. Perhaps the most documented benefits of turmeric is in its ability to fight cancer cells.

3. Oregano

You might put it on your pizza or in your pasta dishes, but what you probably didn’t realize is how oregano could be benefiting your health. Oregano and the oil derived from it has been shown to encourage weight loss, promote healthy digestion, treat sinus infections and even sooth toothaches. It is an anti-bacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine herb. And like sage, you can easily grow your own to experience oregano benefits.

4. Cinnamon

Everyone should be getting some cinnamon in their daily diet. This spice is great on everything from desserts to teas. And it’s good for managing diabetes, promoting a healthy heart, fighting Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, and PMS.

5. Basil

More and more you can find fresh and actually live basil plants in the grocery store produce section. This isn’t only good for your salads and pesto sauce, it’s great for your health. Basil can improve circulation, reduce cholesterol oxidation, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity. It can also treat stomach cramps, nausea, and headaches. Check out some information on sweet basil, one of numerous basil varieties.

There are numerous other herbs and spices in your kitchen right now that are great for your health and can double as medicine. What are your favorite spice-rack healers?

 

   

This and That…

There’s so much going on these days in my personal life so I haven’t been posting lately. However, I AM reading your blogs here at WordPress, and I AM keeping up with events. So know that if I am not commenting in your great posts, I am still reading your great content, my friends. Here’s are a few of my thoughts on current events…
 
 
RACIAL ENTITLEMENT – Really, Justice Scalia? Have you gone mad? Even two other justices called you out on your gross, disgusting statement which leads me to believe Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act will not be struck down, and you were simply being your disgusting self. It’s a sad day to see the Republican Party has installed men like you who are neither for justice, equality or this nation. Melissa Harris Perry takes aim at Scalia…http://video.msnbc.msn.com/melissa-harris-perry/51017508
 
 

ASPARTAME IN MILK WITHOUT A LABEL? Big Dairy Petitions FDA For Approval – No one in their right mind would willingly use aspartame. It has been linked to all sorts of disease and illness. Yet, big dairy is trying to shove this down our throats without warning. This is a good reason to eliminate milk from your diet.
http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27427&Itemid=19
 
 

Crazy Pro-Gun Republicans Claim Obama is Raising Private Black Army to Massacre Whites – So how does an African, socialist, marxist, communist, alien (yes, some idiots believe Obama is from another planet!) convince blacks to create a private army? Word to these racists: blacks represent 13% of this country and don’t arm themselves on the order that paranoid whites do. Too bad the GOP is blocking social programs. We need massive mental facilities and rehab for these nuts. http://tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27426&Itemid=39
 
 
A dear friend wrote: WE ARE WITNESSING THE REGURGITATION OF HATE FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF THE CIVIL WAR…THE POTUS HAS CAUSED A RUMBLING IN THE GUT OF THE GHOSTS OF THE CONFEDERATES AND THEIR OFFSPRING! THE EVIL THAT WE ARE WITNESSING IS THE BY PRODUCT OF THE CONFEDERATE SOULS AND THEIR PAST AND PRESENT ALLIES WHO ARE WILLING TO BLOW THE BIT##H UP RATHER THAN SHARE THIS COUNTRY WITH THOSE THAT ARE NOT STRAIGHT… WHITE AND RICH!!!! … THE SAME COUNTRY THAT THE DUMB ASSES TOOK FROM THE NATIVES….AND HISPANICS THAT THEY BLOCK EVERY DAY AND WHO KIDNAPPED AFRICANS FROM A FAR AWAY LAND TO CLEAN UP THE MESS!

THESE SAME CONFEDERATE APPARITION DESCENDANTS ARE THRASHING ABOUT IN A EXORCISTIC RAGE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED! BECAUSE ONLY IN AMERICA CAN WE SEND OUR SOLDIERS TO DIE IN FOREIGN LANDS TO LIBERATE THEM, BUT OPPRESS THEIR VERY OWN PEOPLE IN AMERICA…THAT MAKES OUR SOLDIERS’ DYING A WASTE OF TIME! BURN IT…BURN IT ALL! JOHN BOEHNER…YOU AND YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY AND PAY DEARLY…..

(Note: While my friend talks of burning it all down, I understand him to mean the system is broken, immoral and needs to be torn apart. I fully agree. I believe the only solution is a revolution at this point. ~Marion)
 
 
Piranha cover-up in South Carolina. The people of South Carolina are just now learning about the piranha in their waters. Ignorant, irresponsible fools who dump unwanted deadly fish, reptiles, animals chemicals and the kitchen sink into the environment are responsible for this.
http://grist.org/politics/south-carolina-piranha-danger/
 
 
THE MARKETING OF MADNESS: ARE WE ALL INSANE?
“In this film you’ll discover that many of the drug side effects may actually make ‘mental illness’ worse. Psychiatric drugs can induce aggression or depression. Some psychotropic drugs prescribed to children are more addictive than cocaine. Psychiatric diagnoses appears to be based on dubious science. Of the 297 mental disorders contained with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, none can be objectively measured by pathological tests.

Mental illness symptoms within this manual are arbitrarily assigned by a subjective voting system in a psychiatric panel. It is estimated that 100 million people globally use psychotropic drugs. [That’s 1/3 of the population!

The Marketing of Madness exposes the real insanity in our psychiatric ‘health care’ system: profit-driven drug marketing at the expense of human rights.

This film plunges into an industry corrupted by corporate greed and delivers a shocking warning from courageous experts who value public health over dollar.
http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/marketing-of-madness-are-we-all-insane/
 
 

I close with this beautiful story…
 
Video Overnight Thread- Man reunited with gorilla he raised as a baby
http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/2013/02/24/video-overnight-thread-man-reunited-with-gorilla-he-raised-as-a-baby/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wwwTPC+%28The+Political+Carnival%29
 
 

Patch Adams and a Vision for the Future… NOW…

Via Kauilapele’s Blog
 
 
As one who believes healthcare should be free for everyone, Patch Adams’ model for community healthcare has me excited and is right along with my thinking. What I have dreamed about has materialized. ~Marion Young
 
 
 
 

 
 
The Circus Comes To Town

Get ready to hear some truly great news you won’t hear on the nightly news.

We have been induced to believe that we individual citizens don’t stand a chance against vast corporate interests, especially when it comes to things like “health care.”

Two men, both very dedicated visionaries–Paul Glover and Patch Adams–are hoping to prove that wrong, with the formation of a new community based clinic, founded as a charity.

Bringing together all of their shared experiences in changing the world their own way, against all rules, Glover and Adams have designed America’s first FREE health clinic, now in the planning stages. It is extremely unique. Modeled on Adams Gesundheit Institute in rural West Virginia, he and Glover have developed “The Patch Adams Free Clinic at Philadelphia,” which will offer basic primary care to everybody–even dental, and even veterinary care–for a nominal members fee, which can also be paid in volunteer work. The clinic is owned and run by its members, in cooperation with Glover and Adams.

“We’re more than a free clinic,” says Glover, the legendary founder of Ithaca HOURS local currency, Citizen Planners of Los Angeles, and a dozen more organizations. Never accepting the common wisdom that Americans are not legally allowed to create independent health insurance systems, Glover, who did just that in Philadelphia in recent years, says, “There are practical alternatives to corporate style health systems.”

The new venture will be more than just a free clinic; Glover call it an “economic development force,” creating thousands of “green jobs,” training, organic gardening, fresh food and farmers markets, community trading and barter, beautiful outdoor settings, and their most central feature, “love, fun and justice,” which they consider to be “partners in healing.”

“We’re funny and healthy,” says Glover. “We are the circus come to town.”
–Celia Farber

Glover has just published his latest book, Deep Green Jobs: 40,000,000 jobs that will rebuild America, secure our homes and clean our environment.
 
 
http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/deep-green-jobs/18922140
 
 
To learn more about Paul Glover, go to www.paulglover.org
 
 
To get involved in The Patch Adams Free Clinic At Philadelphia, see: www.patchadams.org
 
 

Turmeric Extract Puts Drugs For Knee Osteoarthritis to Shame

Prior to 2005, I was suffering from crippling, painful osteoarthritis. I could predict rain was coming 3 days in advance. Winters were horrendous and I could barely get out of bed or walk. I would sleep with heating pads and wrap my legs up with three or four layers of leggings to stay warm. Refusing to have surgery and take the recommended non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), I researched for natural, healthy pain relief. I found Turmeric and I am pain free today! ~Marion
 

Laboratory tests have found that turmeric is antioxidant and antimutagenic, as it potentially helps prevent new cancers that are caused by chemotherapy or radiation used to treat existing cancers. Turmeric in the diet may prevent pain from arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis. A volatile oil in the spice is as
effective in relieving pain, under laboratory conditions, as equal amounts of steroids. http://www.nutritionalwellness.com/archives/2006/nov/11_heller.php

 
 
CAUTION: The only side effects found with Turmeric is it can cause constipation, sweating and even diarrhea if too much is taken. Limit dosage to 1/2 teaspoon per day.
 
 
DOSAGE:

1/2 teaspoon in 4 oz of water. Drink.

I prefer to add 1/2 tsp. of Turmeric to hot cereal. Just add to the water before boiling and cooking. It also tastes great in soups, vegetable, egg and meat dishes. Feel free to experiment.
 
 
Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

1. It is a natural ANTISEPTIC and ANTIBACTERIAL agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

2. When combined with cauliflower, it has been shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

6. Is a natural LIVER DETOXIFIER.

7. May prevent and slow the progression of ALZHEIMERS disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of CANCER.

9. It is a potent natural ANTI-INFLAMMATORY that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS in mice.

11. Is a natural PAINKILLER and cox-2 inhibitor.

12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in WEIGHT MANAGEMENT.

13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for DEPRESSION.

14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for ARTHRITIS and RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.

15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug Paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on PANCREATIC CANCER.

17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on MULTIPLE MYELOMA.

18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in TUMORS.

19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

20. May help in the treatment of PSORIASIS and other INFLAMMATORY SKIN CONDITIONS.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/turmeric-magic-healing-t221077.html
 
 
Where to buy Turmeric?

Buy Turmeric from a health food store or Indian store (India). Because I use it daily, I buy it in bulk from here: http://amzn.to/HStxFR

Maybe you have a relative or friend who suffers from inflammation due to arthritis or other joint conditions. Do them a favor and get them started on Turmeric. They will be so grateful.
 
 
Natural Cancer-Fighting Spice Reduces Tumors by 81%
http://wakeup-world.com/2011/10/18/natural-cancer-fighting-spice-reduces-tumors-by-81/
 
 

 
 
Disclaimer: As with any alternative treatments, work with your doctor. Know that alternative remedies may not work if the person’s condition is too far gone.
 
 

10 Reasons to Buy Your Fruits & Veggies at Your Local Farmer’s Market

By Dr. Edward Group for Wake Up World

Which of these two scenarios sounds more vibrant for overall quality of life and health?

The wind on your face, the sun on your skin, you talk with a local farmer about the size and taste of this year’s harvest of peaches, as you pop a slice in your mouth. After tasting several different varieties, you choose your favorite one, walking away with a great memory of the farmer in your mind.

Or…

You stand shivering in the freezer section at your local mega-mart, your eyes begin to glaze over from the halogen lights and the neon-colored cardboard boxes containing substances claimed to be food products? You decide on the one with the least amount of additives and make your way to the self-check-out line, excited to get in your car and out of the supermarket.

Clearly, most of us would agree that the first scenario, at the local farmer’s market, is much more appealing than a trip to a big chain grocery store. But what, besides the aesthetic factor, are some of the other benefits of supporting your local farmers market? Here are ten reasons why I believe you should shop at your local farmers market.

1. Buying Locally
Buying from your local farmer allows you to support local agriculture. This means that the food you are eating comes from nearby, and does not require us to waste lots of energy and petroleum to ship the food half-way around the world. You are eating food in your own environment, where it has perfectly-created nutrients for your specific climate and region. You are also supporting the environment by reducing the usage of fossil fuels.

2. Cheaper Organic Fruits & Veggies
You can find a variety of fresh, organic produce at more affordable prices than in a supermarket. There are also many farmers that carry products that are not technically “organic,” (as this is a costly and often beurocratic-heavy process), but have many low-priced foods that are pesticide and herbicide free. The advantage at a farmers market is that you can actually talk to the farmer, learn about their methods, and then decide for yourself and in most cases they will allow you to come and visit their farm.

3. Supporting Your Local Economy & Farmers
You are supporting human beings and the local economy, not massive agribusiness GMO food conglomerates.

Not only will your money be staying in your area, but you will happily please the farmer that worked to grow that food. Your belly will remember the farmer’s smile as they handed you that juicy peach.

4. Eat Seasonally
By shopping at the local farmers market, you will eat seasonally, fresh and ripe. This is another great way to increase your overall health. Supermarkets offer too much variety and the food is picked before it has ripened decreasing the vitality. The body does not need to be eating imported pineapple in the dead of a Montana winter!

5. Safer Foods
Food from your local farmers market is generally safer. Remember the recent outbreaks of E. coli in bagged spinach? These things happen mostly in large industrial settings, where business-men work to mass produce food, preserve it and bag it in mass amounts.

6. Fresher Fruits & Veggies
The food from your local farmers market is, quite frankly, fresher. Because it was grown locally, there is a good chance that the apple you buy from the farmer was picked a few days ago. This is virtually impossible in a big supermarket.

7. Great Variety
There is usually an amazing variety of fruits and veggies at your local farmers market. Each farmer may have his own method for growing tomatoes or peppers. This is something that never happens at a grocery store.

8. Better Taste
There is no doubt that locally-grown foods just simply taste better. You will never be able to eat a carrot from the grocery store again!

9. It’s Healthy!
There’s just no way around it, eating fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies are great for your health.

Buy yourself some local honey, which is sold at most local farmer markets. It has just the right components for allergy prevention in your neck of the woods, not to mention it’s tasty!

10. Most Importantly — It’s Fun!
We stated it in the beginning, but farmers markets are just plain fun for the whole family. Meeting your local community is an excellent way to feel connected to the world around you, increasing health for body, mind and spirit.

Or Just Start Your Own Organic Garden
An even better solution would be to grow your own food by creating an organic garden in your yard or even on your balcony. Of course, this will take extra time and money, which a lot of us seem to lack these days.

Find a Farmers’ Market near you

The USDA directory is available at http://farmersmarkets.usda.gov/

http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/
 
 

Stevia…sugar substitute

By Christine Frazier, No Meat Athlete
 
 

Is Stevia Safe?

After a not-so-great first experience with stevia and pumpkin, I vowed to do some more research on stevia to get it right! I didn’t just find out about cooking with stevia, I also learned about the crazy controversies surrounding the sweetener.

The sweet leaves of the stevia plant are originally from South America, and have been sweetening Yerba Mate in Paraguay for centuries. Japan has been using stevia as a sweetener since the 70′s and now it makes up 40% of all sweeteners used. So how come it’s 2009 and stevia is just showing up at my grocery store?

Stevia had quite the journey coming here: there were a handful of very dated and poorly executed studies on stevia that showed dangerous results, which scared the FDA and fueled sugar lobbyists. Two of these old studies found stevia to be a contraceptive. The data methods have been seriously questioned and the results have never been able to be reproduced (ha!) since. One study from 1985 made it seem that very high doses of stevia were mutagenic in rats. It has been shown now that the data was handled incorrectly- even water would appear mutagenic — but in 1991 the FDA decided that stevia was an unsafe food additive.

There was a lot of fuss about the FDA’s ruling because it was made on the idea that stevia hadn’t been proven safe. This contradicts the FDA policy to rule unfavorably only if a food has been proven unsafe. The ruling also conflicted with trade laws, and in 1995 the decision was reversed and stevia was allowed as a “dietary supplement” but not a “food additive.”

What does this distinction mean? It says that stevia is safe to include into a food because of its health benefits, but cannot officially be listed as a “sweetener.” Silly, right?

In 2006 the World Health Organization declared that stevia is safe. Just last year in 2008 the FDA finally decided that Rebiana, one extracted part of stevia, is generally regarded as safe. For some reason, they haven’t ok’d the entire leaf yet. Rebiana is the main ingredient in Truvia, owned by Coca-Cola, and PureVia, owned by Pepsi. My impression is that when the two big sweetener-guzzling companies got interested in stevia, their influence overpowered the aspartame and sugar lobbyists’ impact on the FDA.

So now that stevia is here, what good is it? Well for starters, our bodies don’t metabolize the glycosides, so we can enjoy the sweetness calorie-free. I feel much better about eating a natural no-calorie sweetener than a synthetic one. Stevia also doesn’t effect glucose levels, which makes it safe for diabetics. It doesn’t cause cavities in teeth, either.

As for baking, stevia is heat stable so it won’t break down like synthetic sweeteners under high heat, and it also can handle being frozen. Because of this, it doesn’t caramelize so it is unsuitable for, well, making caramel, and also things like meringue where you would need the sugar to brown. Stevia can’t ferment either- sometimes in bread recipes you’ll see sugar being used to feed the yeast. With stevia the bread will not rise as much.
 
 

Stevia as a substitute

When substituting with stevia, it’s important to compensate not just for sweetness but also for bulk. You only need to use about 1/2 a teaspoon of stevia extract for 1 cup of sugar, so you need to make up for that loss. But remember that sugar melts in the oven, so for every cup of sugar you take out, you only need 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of filler. Refer back to my post on healthier baking to find some great replacements; pumpkin, mashed bananas and applesauce all work well.

Stevia extracts aren’t standardized yet, so the strength of different brands will differ. Start with a very small amount like an 1/8 teaspoon and taste as you go. Stevia can very quickly have a bitter aftertaste. Try adding a tablespoon of maple syrup to “warm up” the taste.

Vegan Orange-Currant Brunch Cake

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My thoughts…

Not all stevia brands are created equal. I’ve tried many of them and have been very disappointed with the bitter aftertaste left by these brands. I fell in love with KAL brand in the image above. It tastes sweet, with no aftertaste.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are two of the major food corporations I avoid buying from because of their harm to the land and people here and in other countries. As a responsible consumer, I do my best to buy from corporations and businesses that do no harm, or as little as possible.

That said, the reason to avoid artificial sweeteners that contain aspartame has proven to be carcinogenic and induce disease. It is well documented on the web, and I encourage you to read up on it if you’re unsure. The same with refined, white sugar. Avoid it like the plague.

There are other sugar substitutes for your baking, cooking and drinks. You can read about them here. ~ Marion ♥

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