What Establishment Medicine Has Wrought

Just a follow-up on my post about my 86-year-old father, who had two strokes in 2013, has an arterial blockage, and my mother moved him to a “memory care” facility in September.

Since then, in November he was sick again and had a severe drop in blood pressure. They diagnosed it as probably a urinary infection. But he recovered from that. He hadn’t been able to move back to the memory care place because he has too much difficulty in moving and needs more than two people to help him go from wheelchair to bed and vice versa. And then this past week he has pneumonia and is on antibiotics.

As I wrote in my earlier post, I really believe that he wouldn’t have had the arterial blockage or the two strokes if he had not been given that statin drug, lipitor. As I wrote in that post, “It is my belief that such a drug that consists of synthetic chemicals has some kind of effect on the circulatory system, making changes to it in some way. (These articles, this, this, and this, assist me to reach that conclusion even if they don’t state that explicitly. But I tend to read between the lines on these kinds of things.)”

So in other words, we are dealing with this whole ordeal, especially my mother going through all this (they’ve been married for over 65 years), unnecessarily. Except these drugs are making the pharmaceutical industry a lot of money. And as I also have mentioned a few times, I am working on a lengthy piece on my own experiences with my medical ordeal from the late 1990s to the late 2000s, and the Establishment doctors who know nothing about nutrition and who really just want to give people drugs. I’ll have that post on here soon, I hope.

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Soluble Fiber Good, Insoluble Fiber Not So Much

There is a somewhat recent post on fiber by Mark Sisson, who is known for his “primal blueprint.” It is quite informative. I’m glad that at some point he notes the difference between soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is also referred to as “roughage” and doesn’t dissolve in water and isn’t digestible. If someone such as myself has issues in the colon then avoiding insoluble fiber is advised.

Insoluble fiber is found in many vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains.

Back in 2004 or so I was reading about fiber and how it could be helpful for someone with inflammatory bowel a.k.a. ulcerative colitis. But at that time I hadn’t learned enough about it. I was having pea soup for a while, but when I had another relapse of colitis in late 2004 I looked into these things further.

But it is okay for a sensitive colon to ingest soluble fiber, which does dissolve in water and is digestible. But not too much of it.

And even some forms of soluble fiber are still “harsh” and a bit difficult to digest, as I have found out. One example, in my experience, was pectin. The acidophilus pearls that I was having from 2005-2013 seemed to add pectin to their ingredients and I wasn’t aware of it until I then had a relapse in late 2012 the first one since 2005. In 2013 I switched to a different brand of acidophilus supplement.

Another harsh form of soluble fiber is fructooligosaccharide (FOS), which Ensure Plus had added and which seemed to give me a bit of trouble (when I was drinking Ensure, that is). Ensure removed the FOS at some point. I’ll bet people complained about it. One thing Ensure is good for is for people who have big issues in their digestive system and can’t eat a lot of food at that time, especially someone with ulcerative colitis.

But I had read that soluble fiber is good for the colon and actually aids the acidophilus probiotics to do what they’re supposed to do. So for several years I have been having a half-teaspoon of guar gum powder 3 times a day, mixed in with my apple juice or grape juice.

Tooth Filling Broke, Another Expensive Crown

These past two months have not been good. A tooth filling broke and there was this hole, so I went to the dentist for the first time in 8 years.

I have been doing my own thing with teeth, such as the picking and scraping with the scaler that I got at CVS, and rinsing with coconut oil (“oil pulling”) every morning since about 2014, as well as the usual brushing and flossing.

During the mid-2000s a different tooth and filling broke and I had a crown installed (that my father paid for, because those are expensive, etc.) that seemed to go well.

But this time I was telling the dentist that I preferred that he just replace the broken filling, and he said he didn’t want to do that because he said he had too many patients who had just returned after a short time with a more cracked or broken tooth problem, and so on. So I reluctantly got the crown which was even more expensive than the previous one.

But if it happens again I am going to insist that he replace the filling rather than a crown, because this time around the whole ordeal was much more difficult than previously. And it’s just very expensive.

The dentist did say that the drilling was a bit of a challenge because my bone or enamel was very strong. Besides my four servings of milk every day, I also take extra vitamin D as I have mentioned before, and vitamin K2 that’s important for efficient calcium distribution. So that makes sense.

But I think that the coconut oil and doing my own cleaning has been much better than going to the dentist every year. The two fillings that broke and were replaced by crowns were from when I was a kid, the 1970s, so they were old. And I have only had one cavity since at least 1990.

And it has been my experience that the coconut oil in the glass jar is more effective than in a plastic jar. I think that the coconut oil has very strong properties that actually affect the plastic, I don’t know.

Freedom of Speech, Thought, and Conscience

It’s been over 2 months since I’ve written anything here, and I did want to make a point of writing here regularly. I did put a PayPal donate tab in the About page because I don’t have that much of an income. Currently, I am working on an article on my experiences with doctors, their bad advice that made my condition worse or caused new problems, or their prescription drugs which also caused problems. It’s taking some time to get that done, however.

One thing that I think is important is freedom of speech. That also includes freedom of thought and conscience. For instance, People should have the freedom to write a blog giving their experiences regarding bad doctors and prescription drugs, and suggest alternatives to establishment medicine, particularly nutritional remedies.

But we now live in a heavily regulated society including the regulations of speech, especially on college campuses. The ultra-sensitivity is out of control now, in which people really have to conform to the consensus way of thinking. Conformity is now the way of life, and it is beyond college campuses and is reaching people’s employment environments, the gym, and at churches as well.

Here is a Reason article on all that involving college campuses. It’s really out of control now, in which some students with a minority point of view are afraid to express their minority views out of fear of being reported to the authorities by hostile, intolerant students. What is this, the Soviet Union?

The U.S. is different from other countries in which we have a Constitution with a Bill of Rights that includes the First Amendment to protect “unpopular” speech and views. It was not written to protect views that everyone agrees with, or the “consensus” view, because those views or expressions don’t need protection. Right?

Clearing Arterial Blockage with Foods Such as Pomegranate Juice

Just a follow-up to my previous post about my 86-year-old father with the arterial blockage. I did do a lot of research online about the cognitive issues and Alzheimer’s related confusion and memory problems that my father has.

And what I learned was that the arterial blockage acts as a physical obstruction that gets in the way of the nutrients and oxygen that the person needs in the brain for normal cognitive functioning. When not enough oxygen, vitamins and other nutrients can get into the brain via the bloodstream, then that causes problems such as memory loss or confusion.

I am not sure what kind of blockage my father has specifically. It could be related to inflammation, it could be calcium buildup (calcifications). I learned that there are nutritious ways to try to clear away the blockage, or at least some of it. For instance, B vitamins are important. And also I saw that pomegranate or pomegranate juice has properties that help to clear things away. My mother was at some point giving him pomegranate juice as I suggested, but I don’t think he’s getting that now at his new memory care facility.

Extra virgin olive oil and other sources of healthy fats are also good, such as avocados and fish.

Negative Effects of Statin Drugs, Strokes, and My Father

I still haven’t completed my post on my experiences with doctors and their bad advice and prescription drugs/side effects that was mainly from about 1999 to 2008. But I am sure that will be finished at some point soon.

But for now I wanted to mention that my father who is 86 is now in a memory care facility. He has Alzheimer’s among other problems. My mother had been caring for him at home where they have lived since 1957, but she could no longer handle it, and didn’t want to have a live-in aid, which is what would have been required. He has a huge difficulty walking and his coordination in sitting himself down in a chair was very difficult.

They both had been taking good care of themselves since at least the 1990s, which is what he told me. Way reducing or eliminating red meat, as well as processed foods and having a goodly amount of fruits and vegetables each day. During the 2000s he told me that he was taking lipitor, a statin drug, supposedly for cholesterol. I don’t really believe that at that time he actually had such high cholesterol that the statin drug was necessary. It was my conclusion that his cholesterol maybe was “a little high,” and that the establishment doctor wanted to give him the drug to prevent the cholesterol level from getting higher. If the doctor were informed and experienced on the importance of nutrition, he would have instead told my father to increase foods that were of an anti-inflammatory nature, such as fish which is high in omega 3, as well as the extra virgin olive oil that my mother told me they have been having.

Prior to all this, my father had two strokes in 2013, a “mild” one and then a week later a “major” stroke. Also at that time they discovered that he had an arterial blockage, that was located in a difficult part of his neck, so they decided that surgery would be too risky and to just leave it alone and hope for the best. He recovered quite quickly and was back home with my mother a month or so later. The only major issue was that he was walking more slowly and his memory was not as good, and he had some confusion at times. But it wasn’t too bad.

But I really believe that he wouldn’t have had those strokes and the arterial blockage had he not been given that lipitor statin drug. It is my belief that such a drug that consists of synthetic chemicals has some kind of effect on the circulatory system, making changes to it in some way. (These articles, this, this, and this, assist me to reach that conclusion even if they don’t state that explicitly. But I tend to read between the lines on these kinds of things.)

So, in my view, a drug that was theoretically intended to lower cholesterol levels and thus would lower the risk of strokes or heart attacks, was probably a main contributor to my father’s strokes. What else could have caused that? For years, he had been eating healthy foods and not having bad foods, processed foods, etc. He certainly wasn’t under too much stress because he retired about 12 or 13 years prior to the strokes.

And my father had been doing very well all these 5 years since those strokes, but in the past year his walking and ability to sit down in a chair, shower, etc. was more difficult. My mother had an aide come in to help him with morning showering, but the rest of each day was too difficult for her to help him.

So, she moved him to a “memory care” facility just a few weeks ago. After beginning there, the practitioners there took him off one of the two drugs he had been taking for his memory (aricept and memantine, but I’m not sure which one has been stopped), supposedly because one of its side effects may be what’s causing him to have such difficulty walking. But now, my mother tells me his memory and condition is worse, and that he “hardly talks,” and still walking with great difficulty and needs the wheelchair. She said that now he doesn’t even recognize her, which wasn’t the case a day or two ago.

I’ll bet the practitioners at the memory care facility didn’t gradually stop the drug or otherwise stop it in some controlled way.  Those drugs are very strong. They are synthetic chemicals that our bodies probably don’t want to have in them.

It’s just another case that reinforces my views against pharmaceutical drugs, and that they cause worse problems, or worsen conditions in the long run. Or, if someone is used to taking something like that, removing it suddenly could also worsen the condition.

Further Update on Magnesium Supplements

I probably have mentioned this before, but in the past few weeks I have been experiencing apparent problems with the magnesium supplement again. I’ve been taking the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate 200 mg twice per day. But I have noticed that it seemed to be getting less effective and my arm issue I have had was returning. And now this morning I’m waking up with lower leg cramps, which I rarely get, a good sign of magnesium deficiency. But that particular brand of magnesium seemed to be the best so far, that I had been taking since about January or February (and reviews online as well as Labdoor testing report seem to agree with me).

And then I checked out whether the extreme hot and humid weather we have been having could affect the supplements, which it turns out that could have an effect. I live in the northeast U.S. and we had many more 90+ degree (F) days than usual for three months, all Summer long. And the humidity has been extremely oppressive. It’s even affecting my front door, which has been sticking way too much.

So I added a 133 mg caplet* of the other form of magnesium I had been taking prior to switching to Bluebonnet magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, in addition to my two 200 tablets (or caplets) per day, until I buy new pills at the store.

To reiterate, I have to take magnesium supplements along with zinc and other vitamins and minerals. Because of my ulcerative colitis digestive condition, I can’t have the particular vegetables that are the sources of those nutrients.

*I assume they are 133 mg caplets/tablets because the nutritional information states that one serving is 3 pills that adds up to 400 mg.

Life Insurance Companies to Track Private Health Data

According to Nicholas West of Natural Blaze health news, life insurance companies now want to add fitness tracking data to all policies. That includes John Hancock, that will track your “fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones.”

I know that a lot of people will go along with this, because they don’t understand where exactly this could lead, especially with government involvement in health care. The article mentions the Affordable Care Act, which encourages employers to offer wellness incentives. And the article concludes with a reference to China’s “social credit score.”

Frankly, there’s too much intrusiveness by both government and the corporate sector in a country that supposedly prides itself on “greatness,” what was at first the greatness of freedom, particularly the right to be secure in one’s person, houses, papers and effects. How will things be 25 years from now, in America?

Colin Kaepernick Protesting “Oppression”

I wanted to write something about the football player Colin Kaepernick who doesn’t want to stand for the National Anthem. I’m not big on flags or anthems. But he really is a goofball.

I don’t want to get into all the race stuff here. America in general is not a “racist” country, especially given that Americans elected a black President in 2008 and reelected him in 2012. Obama couldn’t have gotten elected without the majority of white voters.

And I don’t want to get into the police stuff here. I think there would be fewer incidents of police harassing innocent black people if we ended the drug war. That’s the main cause of many of America’s social and criminal justice issues now. You’ll never stop people from getting their drugs if they want them. America was not meant to be a police state, or a nanny state.

Kaepernick was also shown wearing a shirt with pictures of Fidel Castro, while protesting America’s “oppression” of black people. Fidel Castro killed thousands of people while administering over a totalitarian regime of communist … “oppression.”

Meanwhile, back in capitalist America, Colin Kaepernick is making millions of dollars as a football player, and now as a Nike advertiser. Cognitive dissonance here?

Anyway, I just think Kaepernick is a goofball, with wild and crazy hair. He actually has more hair than Linc on “The Mod Squad.” So, he cracks me up.

And if he is so against “oppression,” then why is he a football player? They keep bashing each other’s heads and getting concussions. The whole thing is nuts.

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination

When I started doing this blog, besides writing about health and nutrition issues, I also wanted to include commentary on the issues of the day. But while I did post some items during the first year or so of this blog, it’s mainly been about my health and experiences with medical issues and dietary supplements. So, I will try to get some more commentary on other issues here.

For instance, President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. I would vote “Nay” on Kavanaugh if I were in the Senate.

Kavanaugh has shown that he doesn’t understand the Constitution, which includes the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. In past cases as a judge, he has written that if the government has a “special need” to search someone’s person, houses, papers or effects without a warrant as required and demanded by the Fourth Amendment, then that’s okay with him. He cites drugs and drunk driving as examples to excuse the police to search without a warrant.

However, I guess Kavanaugh hasn’t actually read the Fourth Amendment or he doesn’t understand that the Fourth Amendment doesn’t give exceptions. It doesn’t say, “except in cases involving drugs or people accused of drunk driving.” It doesn’t say anything about “special need,” or “exigent circumstances.”

Kavanaugh has also ruled on cases involving Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. He blindly accepts the government’s anti-terrorism strategy as a given. If he didn’t throw any case involving Guantanamo detainees out of court in which the government had no evidence against the accused and hadn’t charged a detainee with any actual crime, then he shows that he doesn’t understand due process. Everyone has a right to due process, regardless of where that individual was captured or what he is accused of.

The second aspect of this is that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t authorize the U.S. government to have a prison on any territory that is not a U.S. territory. Therefore the entire existence of this prison is unconstitutional.

And also, I thought that Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp”? With Kavanaugh’s apparent love of bureaucracy and his unwillingness or inability to recognize that all those three-letter bureaucracies in Washington are just not authorized by the U.S. Constitution and that therefore any case involving any of those unauthorized bureaucracies should be thrown out of court and the bureaucracy’s victims (usually innocent property owners and business owners, or victims of the illicit drug war) be compensated immediately, then he just isn’t qualified to be on the highest court in America. If he is just another part of the bureaucracy, then he is a part of the “swamp.”

Libertarian Murray Sabrin Running for Senate from New Jersey

If you live in New Jersey, and you don’t like the two major party candidates for U.S. Senate, the incumbent Democrat warmonger Bob Menendez or the Republican challenger Big Pharma Bob (the other Bob),you might want to consider voting for Murray Sabrin the Libertarian Party candidate. Dr. Sabrin is a professor of economics and wants to dismantle the military empire overseas and supports due process rights and civil liberties, and at the same time believes in economic liberty and doesn’t support the current structure of taxation because it is involuntary and involves coercion.

Brief Summary of Experiences with Colitis

I wanted to write just a brief summary of my experiences with the ulcerative colitis (UC) here, before I do the post on my experiences with the “doctors” and their bad advice.

The UC started in July 1999 with seeing blood with BMs. By September 1999 a “flexible sigmoidoscopy” indicated that the cause of the problems was UC. In September-October 1999 I was having maybe 10-15 BMs per day, mainly stimulated by the bleeding that was caused by inflammation. I also had a low blood count and low protein level, and weight being in the 117-125 lbs range. After being given a mesalamine based prescription anti-inflammatory, it was better by maybe late November and things were more normal by mid-December 1999.

But it got worse again in January 2000. I’ll get into much more specifics in my post about experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice. But it was much better again and more normal by April 2000. I had relapses between August 2001 and April 2005. If there’s bleeding with BMs I call that a “relapse.” But the number of BMs during those relapses were no more than 6 per day, not exactly 10-15 like during 1999-2000.

The situation was under control from 2005-2012, when starting in November 2012 there was the first relapse in 7 years. At that time I was under a lot of stress and there were some issues with my supplements, including the acidophilus “pearls” that I had been taking since December 2005 not being as good as they used to be, which I confirmed by seeing that other people were experiencing the same issue of that supplement not being as good as it used to be, as I saw on Amazon reviews at that time (which was good enough of a confirmation for me). So, the 2012-13 relapse ended by March 2013, and I switched to a different brand of acidophilus starting June 2013. I haven’t had a UC issue since then, except for occasional spasming and other non-bleeding digestive reactions.

So that’s my summary of those UC experiences since 1999. And I will be much more specific in my post on the experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice. I don’t know when I will do that, though.