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Election years are all about making a choice. Choosing a direction that you feel our government should be going in. Sometimes those choices are easy.  Sometimes, not so much….   This election cycle we are handed the ‘not so much’ set of choices.

Rhetoric is thick out there. Like swimming in nine day old porridge. Sifting through the first up links on the internet is all about spin. And television media??? ….  Wow!!! You are bombarded with other people’s interpretations of what just happened.  The slant is the thing… depending on who is doing the writing, and what they want you to believe.

For myself, I find that what is most valuable, is to hear the actual speeches, in full.  I have a brain. I’m perfectly capable of determining, for myself, what I see, and hear, and how I feel about it.  I have history to go by, and experience.  I can sift through the bombast, and the promises, and see where a stated course will take things. I can anticipate how the whine of a sentence will influence others, and how that will affect my life, and yours. I’m not so easily influenced by flattery… not anymore.  I’ve seen where that course takes you also.  It’s never good; whether individually, or nationally followed.  Flattery is always used by con artists to lull you into a false confidence, while they take everything you have.

I used to make the mistake of believing that if I didn’t have very much, a con artist wouldn’t be interested in what I had.  I was wrong. What ever you have, someone else is always interested in taking, if you don’t guard it well.

In this election season, as in all of them, we must look to what we have, and guard it well.  Who is trying to take something, and what are they telling us?  Are they  using flattery to keep us calm?  Or giving us false confidence?  What is the aim?  What do they want, that we have?  In their ability to get things done, do they have Our best interests at heart? or theirs?

Remember that any governments first job is to protect it’s citizens from foreign takeovers. That’s what the military is for.  Its second job is to protect the citizens from corruption.  That’s what laws are for.

The rest is deal making.  Deals can hurt us, or help us.  Who will do the job in a way that most benefits the whole country, or our state? or our local communities, for those elections in your local area.

Don’t let the side notes take your mind off the end result.  Know that you’re not electing family members, that hairstyles, or suit styles don’t determine the outcomes of negotiations, and that celebrities aren’t necessarily smarter than you are.  Decide for yourself.

Remember that character does count…. which often as not, leaves us with few choices, in the end. Since no one is perfect …. whose imperfections appear to be mostly in the past?   Whose recent activities are indicators of trust?  or corruption?   Who would you trust with your life, if push came to shove?

In the end, that’s what this is about; your life.  Protect it. You are valuable. You have something to contribute to the society as a whole. You are a valuable part of the community fabric.  Who will help that fabric to be stronger?  And while you are trying to decide, don’t forget to ask for divine guidance.  Don’t forget to pray.  We need that help, now, as ever.

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Speak Kind to Yourself

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Greater Middle East

Greater Middle East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isn’t it interesting how the political beast we feed bites us?

If we were to feed so altruistically and steadily an animal from the wild, they would certainly come to expect us to feed them, and  would probably become dependent on us for the food, but would be far less likely to bite us, as long as we were providing the handouts.

However, on the political front, it frequently turns out that the beast we feed turns and rends us for our troubles.  This isn’t even a new phenomenon.  It’s quite old in the repeating patterns of ask, take, demand, take, and then the taker finally destroys the giver.

Perhaps the taker sees the giver as weak, because they are willing to give.  Or when the demands for more sustenance exceed the ability of the giver to provide, the taker, having gotten fat on what they had been provided, and having weakened the giver by having taken so much, sees an opportunity to take the rest, and damn the future.

Whatever the reason, the patterns are there.  As recently as World War I there were angry plotters, who, having been fed and taken as much as could be given, thought to send a further message of revolt to those they felt should stand with them, and shot and killed the son of The Archduke of Ferdinand, thus starting the chain of events that led to WWI.

The son of The Archduke had been one to try always to help those less fortunate.  How ironic that he should be the one targeted.  Or perhaps it was because he had been to the areas where the help was needed, that he was recognizeable to the plotters of his eventual death.  They cared nothing for his altruism, his heart, his intents. Only that he was a political target that would gain them notoriety.

Here we are again, watching the same type of behavior.  President Obama, having held out the hand of friendship and sent financial aid to those who asked, is now seeing his hand come back a bloody stump, the image of one of his Ambassadors, having been beaten and killed, being dragged through their streets, stamped indelibly in the hearts and minds of all of his constituents.  And to make it worse, the Ambassador was one to always want to help those in whose county he resided.

What to do, what to do?  Their betrayal must sting mightily.  It certainly does to the Ambassadors family.

And thus we see that the old English saying about Not paying the Dane geld is still relevant today.  Not the Danes who are asking and demanding now, but the Middle East, and Near Asia, and Africa who constantly tell us to go away and yet demand that we send them aid at the same time.  According to them, we owe them because we have been “Stealing” their oil.

This stealing is defined as, we don’t pay them enough for the oil we take out of their ground.  Our (foreign) companies provided the equipment and the expertise, and their people benefit by enjoying the economic benefit of the increased infrastructure, which the companies built, and the increased income from the purchase of the oil fields, and the increased income from the pay given to the workers; all of which has made it possible for the unhappy wretches to arm themselves and turn and rend their benefactors.

Never mind that it is their own government peoples who have made policies that restrict the proper development of their people.  Never mind that it is their people who have been corrupt and deceitful and withheld that which would have most benefited others around them.  No, They must always see the foreign element as the real reason for their dissatisfaction with life.  And that foreign element just happens all too frequently to be the U.S.A.

Why?  Because we’re bigger and appear to be strong enough to take the hit and keep on giving; and mostly because it redirects the energy of the base of people they want to control away from their own evil activities, and toward those who are two far away to be able to effect the political climate.

We can inject some cash into an economy, but ultimately, we can’t decide it’s course.  It might be wise to observe another old maxim here.  By their acts ye shall know them.  Perhaps, if we stood back a bit, and observed the overall history of the region,  going back several centuries, we might get a clue as to why we shouldn’t bother with them.  They have a long standing tradition of  destroying that which they have been given charge of.  Perhaps, it isn’t just an individual problem, but one of culture and heritage.

The choices now are fewer.  We can bring everyone home and Hope that they stay on their side of the pond (that didn’t work before) or we can take a more assertive stance and demand concessions for the aid and the commerce they get.  We can back these demands up by building new oil refineries here, by opening up the availability of oil fields here, by increasing our own output of fossil fuels and other fuel sources here.  We can let them know that we do not need them.

Will they still want to dance?

Let’s see how the chips fall out then.

 

 

 

English: Tornado Fries
English: Tornado Fries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      I know that we can get what we need nutritionally from our foods, but sometimes when we look at all the things the “Health” industry has been telling us about what to eat and what Not to eat, it Seems like there has been a Conscious effort to limit our use of the foods that provide iodine, which is essential for the proper function of the thyroid gland (whew- talk about a run on sentence).

      Some will say, how can you say that?  Dr’s and Drug companies are all about helping us feel better.  Yes. I would agree with that statement. They are all about helping us “Feel” better, but not necessarily about helping us to actually be healthy.  Nutritionists have been totally sidelined by the American Medical Association. You are Not encouraged to eat what is actually good for you.  If you did, the Dr’s would be largely out of business.

     Let’s look at a short list of things we are not supposed to eat due to some possible link to something unhealthy.  Fats from red meat (possible link to an increased risk of heart disease), eggs, butter, fat from milk (possibly leads to an increased risk of extra weight), salt (retains water and possibly increases blood pressure), potatoes (fried), cheese (high in sodium), fish (possible risk of mercury contamination), baked beans (supposedly too much sugar), and the list goes on.

So how does this stack up to a conspiracy to limit our iodine intake?  To answer that, let’s look at a list of foods that are natural sources of iodine and compare the two lists. Eggs, whole milk (with the fat IN) yogurt, butter, cheese (especially mozzarella)  potatoes, Navy Beans (that’s what  baked beans are made with),   fish, shellfish, Himalayan salt, iodized table salt, strawberries, cranberries, and all the edible seaweeds. In addition, it is well known that iodine deficiency is caused by an inadequate diet.

If that’s not enough to alarm you, let’s look at other things that interfere with the proper use of the iodine you Do get.  And I’ll Quote another author  

         “Two groups of substances found in food – isoflavones, most commonly found in soy foods, and thiocyanates, most commonly produced in the body from glucosinolates found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli – have been shown to interfere with iodine utilization by the thyroid gland, but only under very specific circumstances. These circumstances involve simultaneous dietary deficiency of iodine or selenium (or both) and imbalanced overall dietary intake. We’re not aware of any evidence showing problems with iodine metabolism by the thyroid gland when either soy foods or cruciferous vegetables are eaten in moderate amounts in an overall balanced diet that also contains appropriate amounts of iodine and selenium. “

Soy foods and broccoli have both had a huge surge in use as food sources in this country in the last couple of decades.   Our non-dairy coffee creamers are soy based and mock crab is soy based, and many fillers added to meats are soy based, as are many vegetarian meat substitutes.  In China, where soy foods have been a large part of the diet for centuries, they Also have a larger percentage of  sea food and sea weed foods and brown rice which help to balance the effects of their soy intake.

      Let’s look at some other vitamins and minerals that would be beneficial to your overall health through their support of the proper uptake of iodine and it’s proper interaction with the other glands.  Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, all the B vitamins, and Salt.  

Iodine deficiency induced hypothyoridism

Iodine deficiency induced hypothyoridism (Photo credit: Wen-Yan King)

 

Selenium is necessary for the uptake of iodine into the system as is the naturally occurring cortisol in your body.   Vitamin D, which is naturally supplied by the exposure of your skin to the suns rays is essential.  Magnesium is also necessary as a pre-cursor to the proper functioning of all your glands.  Brown rice is a natural source of selenium, and magnesium, but how often do we see that in our daily menus?  White rice has none of that in it.   Salt supports your adrenals, among other things, so that is necessary to your overall health too. 

Foods that help us are discouraged or difficult to find.  The many foods we’ve been told to avoid, because they might harm us, in fact could have been doing us a lot of good, instead.  Let’s look at how that would have worked out.

     If you had been eating all the discouraged foods all along, and had the encouragement and availability of foods that supply the necessary uptake nutrients, you might have had enough iodine in your system to keep your overall body temperature up to the normal level.  Why is this important?  Because when your overall body temperature (not just your head) is at 98.2 (the correct temperature for your body as taken under the armpit) the fats in your system are all liquified and will not build up in your arteries and you won’t have arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

     Additionally, with the proper levels of iodine in your system, the thyroids proper interaction with both the pancreas and the pituitary gland will keep both of those in better shape, thus reducing, if not eliminating altogether, the incidence of Hypo and Hyperglycemia (diabetes).  Also eliminating much of depression and anxiety symptoms.  When all these glands function normally, the stresses of life are easier to handle.

       Unfortunately, we have been led to believe as a society, through vast amounts of money spent on advertising,

Health

Health (Photo credit: 401K 2012)

and through articles written by pharmaceutical companies (which stand to gain by our acceptance of their word on the effectiveness of their drugs) that we shouldn’t eat the very things that help us.

     And all this is exacerbated by the acceptance of those articles by scholarly medical journals. We’ve been taught very carefully, that we should look to the pharmaceutical companies to relieve all our suffering.  

       This path leads only to the enrichment of the investors in pharmaceutical stocks and the makers of hospital equipment (dialysis machines, robotic heart surgeries, synthetic thyroid medications, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics).    Having our glands work effectively would reduce the stresses on our bodies, and thus also reduce many of the vast numbers of cancers, and their attendant cancer treatments.   These would all be unnecessary if our bodies had their proper allotment of nutrients in the proper time and form.

     So I am not going to say that there Has been a conspiracy, per se, but the overall effect of our believing things written by those who stand to gain the most from it, has led us all down a very rosy path into a stinking quagmire of unhealthy intentions.  Our politicians, even now, are crafting legislation which adds to the burden of our unhealth.  

The FDA has also played a roll in our overall unhealth, though it is their stated intention to do otherwise.  Recently, a Pennsylvania dairy farmer got arrested for selling Raw Milk, (which is decidedly healthier for us), because people in D.C wanted to purchase his milk.  The Interstate Commerce Department got involved in that one too.

    Perhaps it’s time we let our congressmen and women know how we feel about their ignorance of our health concerns.  Perhaps it’s time that we demand our legislators not allow the various Departments to impose restrictions on the population without the properly informed consent of the population on which they are imposing these restrictions.   Rules that disallow the population to eat what they want when they want it should Not be the purview of the legislative branches. 

© Ellen M Story and EMariaEnterprises, LLC 2012

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