Sunday, March 1, 2015

150301 Politically Correct Lies

People use euphemisms to soften a hard truth, but that is not what political correctness does. Political correctness disguises the truth. Leonard Nimoy, a respected entertainer, passed and was laid to rest. That says it much more nicely than, "The old coot freakin' died!" (Strangely, I was more saddened when another Russian Jew left the land of the living. I still mourn the death of Isaac Asimov.) Euphemisms help us to cope with harsh truths. This explains why we have such a hilarious number of them for the end of life.

This morning, I read some trollings concerning opposing political opinions. The PC crowd cannot handle facts. They have to explain them with corrections. They have to massage the numbers into a lie. One of my favorite lies says that when 17% of the population commits 39% of all non-drug related crime, it has to be the fault of the other 83% of the population. Part of that lie says that education has to be acquired without discipline, because discipline means oppression. Tell that to an Olympic gold-metalist. Another lie says that culture doesn't matter. It doesn't matter unless that culture is Christian, because Christians are oppressive, divisive, and destructive, (unlike Muslims,who are simply misunderstood).

Where do I get these ideas? Mainstream American news outlets and the trolls who follow them beat these messages on the relentless drums of propaganda. In 2012, I made the dark prediction that we Americans have had our last free election. Now more and more people are starting to agree. Few adults know history without the filter of the progressive agenda. Fewer children have any idea what brought about our Declaration of Independence, nor what true freedom entails.

2 Corinthians 3:17
"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

Obviously, in order to bring about a totalitarian government, they have to get rid of God. Only God can bring us back to freedom.

Monday, February 9, 2015

150209 Water Is Not a Problem; Godzilla is.

I thought I'd better update everyone on the 'water' problem. The plumbers fixed it. The end.

Or is it?

Fans of the old Japanese science fiction horror films might see the humor in that. It was the tag end of the old black and white Godzilla films. It could be that a miniature version of Godzilla now lives in the pipes. Every time I flush the toilet, the bathtub glubs. Online research says that there is trapped air in the line, or maybe an $8 valve is defective. Either way, I'm not removing the wooden skirting and crawling in the soggy mud under the house to find it. It is too minor for that. Internet 'experts' suggested that it may be caused by too much TP, so we'll start with reducing that. Isn't this a fun topic?

Yesterday, I told people that I talked about essential oils in my blog. Yeah, I need to do something about actually doing that. Essential oils won't fix plumbing. They may make me feel better about it, but they are not designed to deal with technology! For the first time in years, I have been experiencing 'hay fever'. It used to be so bad, I could not function without heavy doses of antihistamines and decongestants. Then, I discovered that certain foods made the rhinitis worse, and drinking more water made the stuffiness go away. Why did it come back?

Usually, a whiff of peppermint or lavender would stop the drip, but that wasn't working this time. I went all out and tried Harmony:

At $85 for this little bottle, I should hope it would work, and it did. I like the smell, too. Back to my question - why did the rhinitis come back? The answer lies in the diet aid someone suggested to me. I've been guzzling Bullet Proof Coffee. It contains cream. Cream comes from cow's milk. Cow's milk products cause my body to fight itself, (a.k.a. allergies). I've also been eating quite a bit of cheese. I was using cheese as a substitute for various high carbohydrate snacks. Mystery solved. Quit the cow's milk products. Bullet Proof Coffee without cream needs a lot of stevia. My body will thank me for this, even as my mouth cries over the lack. I should check to see if goat's milk causes the same excess of drip. Almond milk might work.

Bullet Proof Coffee came from the Paleo Diet (220-270 calories and 0.5 carbohydrates)
1 large cup coffee
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of cream (optional)
stevia to taste.

Monday, January 19, 2015

150119 Still Alive and Watching X-Files

I haven't been writing much lately. I even quit posting on the Atkins site. No time, or no thoughts, or a combination of both.

On my Amazon Prime account, I noticed that I could watch the X-Files for free, so started doing that. I'm glad I don't believe that stuff. My sister was really into it, and is a first class conspiracy theorist. Sometimes, it is hard to talk to her when she latches onto a theory. I have only one: Satan. It's all his fault. ;) God, however, is stronger. Without God, I'd be in hot water.

Right now, I am out of hot water. Cold water is missing, too. Something under the house broke, and I'm waiting on a plumber. Thankfully, I have two five-gallon jugs with which to get water from the neighbors. It's not a problem; it's an adventure.

If this drags on, it could become a problem.

Friday, January 16, 2015

150116 Would You Take This Drug?

For the Consumer

Applies to metformin: oral solution, oral tablet, oral tablet extended release
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by metformin. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking metformin:
More common
  • Abdominal or stomach discomfort
  • cough or hoarseness
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhea
  • fast or shallow breathing
  • fever or chills
  • general feeling of discomfort
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle pain or cramping
  • painful or difficult urination
  • sleepiness
Less common
  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chest discomfort
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • depression
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • feeling of warmth
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • increased sweating
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wheezing
  • Behavior change similar to being drunk
  • difficulty with concentrating
  • drowsiness
  • lack or loss of strength
  • restless sleep
  • unusual sleepiness
Some of the side effects that can occur with metformin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
More common
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bloated
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • full feeling
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • loss of appetite
  • metallic taste in the mouth
  • passing of gas
  • stomachache
  • stomach upset or pain
  • vomiting
  • weight loss
Less common
  • Abnormal stools
  • bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
  • change in taste
  • difficulty with moving
  • discoloration of the fingernails or toenails
  • flu-like symptoms
  • joint pain
  • rash
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • swollen joints
This is why I am taking these instead:

Coupled with changes in my diet, my blood glucose levels have been consistently below 110.

Essential Oils: Smell Of Cooking Beef No Longer Triggers PTSD

Supposedly, I am using this blog to further my business, not to whine. Essential oils do something, but in the USA it is illegal to say what. Here's a personal testimony from the wife of a military man:

Essential Oils: Smell Of Cooking Beef No Longer Triggers PTSD

I don't doubt that it works. I have had some things change in my own life. For instance, I am walking with neither can nor walker, and I can hear people talk. :D