Monthly Archives: September 2014

Scotland Will Not Secede

So the people of Scotland voted not to secede from the U.K. Hmmm. You know, this democracy thing, 55% of the Scots voting to force 45% to remain in a “union” in which they would rather not remain, seems unjust. I guess we’re saying that some people do have a right to compel other people to some association involuntarily. It just doesn’t sound right or moral, if you ask me.

Is Vitamin C Supplementation Necessary? Harmful?

I have read quite a bit about vitamin C over the years, and have my own experiences and conclusions to share here. Now, I am not giving “medical advice,” as I do not want to be accused by some bureaucrat of “giving medical advice without being licensed,” etc. But I do have a right to share some information I have learned.

Yes, vitamin C is good for you and necessary, but excessive amounts and in the long term can be harmful. Some people such as myself have some issues in the digestive area and can’t eat some of the foods, such as certain fruits and vegetables, which is where vitamin C is mostly naturally found. So I take some vitamins and other nutritional supplements to make up for what might be missing. I know, some of the supplements might be unreliable, and you really have to do your research when looking for the right ones to take.

Over the past several years I had increased my vitamin C supplementation because I thought it was a good idea. I take it with breakfast, lunch and dinner, because vitamin C absorbs and is excreted from your system very quickly. However, a few months ago I added an extra 1000 mg, and within the next few months I had experienced some muscle aches and some joint pain. I believe that the symptoms coincided with the increase in vitamin C because i had not made any other changes in those months. The symptoms could have been caused by something else, however.

So in doing some more recent research, i have discovered that excessive amounts of vitamin C and/or having high amounts of it in the long term could cause some issues. Some adverse reactions could include osteoarthritis and excessive iron absorption, among other issues. Now, I don’t know if that’s what I had been experiencing, but I did reduce the vitamin C gradually, from a peak of 6000 mg (not all at once, but total per day) down to 3500 mg. And I intend to further reduce it.

I found this good source of info, by the way: http://web.archive.org/web/20130901222422/http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21522 Even Wikipedia has some good information on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_C.

One study that Wikipedia points to, however, finds that the higher the amounts of vitamin C the lower the absorption rate. Now, if that’s true, then I wonder how those who take too much vitamin C (which allegedly isn’t absorbing as well as the lower amounts, according to the study) could be developing symptoms that are supposedly being caused by too much vitamin C?

Besides vitamin C, one important aspect of immune system support is probiotic bacteria. That is why probiotic supplements such as acidophilus are very helpful not only in maintaining good digestive system support but immune system support as well.

Obama Needlessly Sending Military to Africa to Fight Ebola

Researcher Jon Rappoport has been writing quite a bit about the Ebola panic. He mentions that the mainstream media do not seem to be questioning the assertion that “otherwise healthy” people are getting sick from Ebola. In his latest post today, Rappoport once again notes that the conditions there in Africa tend to contribute to compromising the immune system. He writes:

The true immunosuppressive factors include: severe malnutrition; starvation; war; contaminated water; basic lack of sanitation; overcrowding; fertile growing-land stolen from the people; industrial pollutants and pesticides; toxic medical drugs and vaccines which push already compromised immune systems over the edge into complete failure.

If those factors can be addressed — and after all the money that Western governments have been throwing into “aid to Africa,” why aren’t they? — then the immune systems of the people there would be stronger and better able to fend off diseases such as Ebola.

The reason why there won’t be an epidemic or pandemic here in the U.S. is because, as bad as the immune systems of many Americans are nowadays, most are nevertheless strong enough to resist the Ebola virus. Those who are already very sick and perhaps the elderly may be more vulnerable, though.

Joan Rivers Died Because of Unauthorized Procedure by Doctor Who Then Took Selfie

It appears that Joan Rivers died because one of the doctors where she was having a procedure performed an unauthorized biopsy on her throat, which caused her throat to swell which caused her to have cardiac arrest. She was there for an endoscopy to “diagnose her hoarse voice.” So, you mean you don’t know why Joan Rivers had a “hoarse voice”? She spent 5 or 6 decades yelling on stage and insulting people. I guess all that would make someone “hoarse,” no? And it also appears that the unauthorized doctor who made the mistake also took a selfie while Rivers was unconscious. Just what is this now, this new fad “selfies”? And why would a doctor do that? I really think that America is in decline now.

Piketty and the Political Rentier Class

In this excellent article, business consultant Steve Fritzinger picks away at author Thomas Piketty and Piketty’s now-famous book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

Fritzinger notes that Piketty doesn’t really ever discuss where actual wealth comes from. Piketty refers to investors as “rentiers,” which really refers to corporate parasites, from what I understand. And Fritzinger believes that a particular kind of “capital” that Piketty might favor is political capital, and points to the Clintons as an example.

An example I can come up with right now for the rentier political capitalist class is the new war in Iraq and Syria that Obama wants to start, that he says will take years to accomplish. But really, he wants Democrats to get elected in 2014 and 2016, and he wants the military contractors to make financial contributions to Democrat candidates. So he and his minions in Washington and in the media will make the military contractors happy. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure that out.

NFL, Police, and Domestic Violence

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to address domestic violence issues. Apparently, domestic violence is a growing problem in the NFL. But how do you address domestic violence in a profession that is characterized by violence as part of its routine? After all, part of the job description for those interested in joining is being one of many grown men running into each other and bashing their heads together. So exactly what kind of person is attracted to that kind of job?

Another job associated with violence — being a police officer — is also high in the domestic violence category. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Law enforcement officers beat their wives or girlfriends at nearly double the rate of the rest of the population …” And in some areas, advocates for battered women are timid in dealing with cases involving officers because it could affect cooperation of local police in cases involving domestic violence.

I can’t understand how a man could actually hit, slap or punch his wife or girlfriend. Something is definitely wrong with someone who would do that.

Obesity is Still Big in the U.S.

There is still an obesity “epidemic” in the U.S., more among black and Hispanic Americans than among white Americans, as well as the poor, according to the NY Times.

One reason is processed foods, which these days are less expensive than “real” foods. Real foods, to me, are actual foods without all the chemicals, such as preservatives, additives and dyes, that the big food companies add to their processed foods. For example, an egg is a real food to me, as well as a piece of chicken or an apple. Those are healthier.

What the chemicals in the processed foods do, as I have learned over the years, is interfere with the digestion process, so that even if you also eat real foods in addition to the processed foods, those processed food chemicals will interfere with those real, actual foods’ nutrients getting digested into your system. And so a lot of the things people eat are just either passing right through without actually digesting properly or some of the “junk” is being stored in areas of the body which then causes health problems, including obesity.

The bottom line as I see it is that it may be a good idea to cut out the processed foods entirely in order to be in better health. Now, that is just my opinion based on various items of information I have read, and if you disagree then please leave a message in the comments.

Some people are concerned that they just don’t have time to prepare the good, real foods they need to have, such as washing the veggies and meats, cooking various things, because so many people are “on the go,” etc. I guess you have to establish your priorities in life. And for those busy people with children, in which the mom does everything including preparing meals etc., it may be a good idea to teach the kids how to prepare foods and cook for themselves. I know, in this day and age of dependence and laziness that might be difficult. But perhaps it’s time for the kids to turn off the TV, put down the iPhone, turn off the video games, stop being a veg and a zombie, and do some things for themselves.

And that is what I have to say about that.

Is the U.S. Really That Bad Now?

According to this Canadian news report, police in the U.S. are operating a money stealing racket. The Canadian government warns Canadians to not carry too much cash with them if they drive into the U.S. or the American “men in blue” will steal it, without charges or probable cause. If this is the case, then why are “peace” officers doing this (except that they can get away with it because they have a uniform, a badge and a gun)? Are you a police officer? Would you just abuse your authority as is described in the article and just steal from people willy-nilly?

Vitamin D Supplementation Needs Vitamin K2 As Well

I have been through my share of health issues especially over the past 15 years, although most things are generally better, thanks to better nutritional support. I am in my 50s, by the way. Nutrition is the most important aspect of good health, in my opinion. And I have learned a great deal about nutrition, health, foods and dietary supplements over the years.

But I am not an “expert,” and this isn’t intended to be “medical advice.” But because I don’t want to get arrested for “giving medical advice without being licensed,” etc., like that innocent blogger in North Carolina, which I am not doing, I am just relaying what I have learned thus far. You can Google some of the terms to get articles for your own further research if these issues are important to you. But on with what I have to say about vitamin D and vitamin K2:

Vitamin D is being promoted to help calcium to absorb and work more efficiently, especially for bone health and bone strength. Vitamin D has also been shown to boost the immune system such as in preventing colds and flu.

But recently I have learned that vitamin K2 is necessary to regulate the calcium that the vitamin D is helping to absorb. If you aren’t getting enough vitamin K2 then your calcium might build up in areas where it could cause problems, such as in the arteries or the heart. The K2 regulates the calcium to make sure that it goes to the bones where it’s supposed to go and prevents so-called calicifcations in other areas. So, if you take extra vitamin D it is a good idea to also take vitamin K2.

As far as K2 is concerned, from all the articles and reviews of products I’ve seen it seems that two of the forms of K2, MK4 and MK7, are important. The problem with some of these supplement makers is that there isn’t enough of an availability of MK4, and there are too many MK7 products. One product, however, which I will not name here, contains 100 mcg of MK7 but 1,000 mcg of MK4 and 1,000 mcg of vitamin K1. That’s way, way too much of all that, and some reviewers have written about bad side effects, not surprisingly. As I have already stated, I don’t want to name the product, because I don’t want Life Extension to sue me. (But I’m sure you can find the information just from searching.)

Some other facts I’ve learned include that Vitamin K1 naturally converts to the MK4 version of vitamin K2. AND, there are animal-based foods which naturally contain MK4, such as butter and eggs (esp. grass-fed, etc.). And butter and eggs are good for you. But if you are worried about cholesterol, getting goodly amounts of omega 3 helps to regulate the cholesterol, such as from extra virgin olive oil and fish (or fish oil). But the MK7 version of vitamin K2 is harder to find in foods. It can be found in natto or fermented soybeans.

Some of the reviews I have seen for some MK7 products, such as on Amazon, have indicated that too much MK7 might cause problems, at least that seems to be what some people have experienced with some of these supplements. One issue with MK7 is that it stays in your system much longer, so therefore you don’t need too much of it. But the MK4, which is probably more important from what I’ve learned, absorbs more quickly, so a little more of that is probably better. And also, on some of the reviews of supplement products I have seen, some people complain of side effects with the MK7 products. I wish there were more of a selection of products containing the MK4 version of vitamin K2.

By the way, an article I recently found states that vitamin A is also helpful in preventing vitamin D toxicity which is a related problem. (http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/2009/04/tufts-university-confirms-that-vitamin.html)

Here are some informative articles I have found:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread59226.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/19/vitamin-d-vitamin-k2.aspx (The comments section is also very informative.)

Testy Conductor Walks Out in a Huff

The music director of the Cleveland Orchestra is Franz Welser-Most. He has also been the music director of the Vienna State Opera, until just days ago. It appears that Most got into a fist fight with one of the bureaucrats, and — oh, wait, it wasn’t a fight. Actually he had an artistic or bureaucratic dispute with the administration and/ or with the ballet company choreographer and Most just up and left. There was no fist fight. But can you imagine that? Anyway, his cushy job with the Cleveland Orchestra is safe, so he need not worry.

But I wonder if Andris Nelson’s debut as music director with the Boston Symphony will go on as scheduled, on September 27th, given how volatile these situations are now. These conductors, or artists in general, are really touchy. But with Nelsons, you see, last year his appearance at Tanglewood was cancelled because he got whacked in the head by a door and got concussion. (Yes, that really happened!) But supposedly Nelsons is a “rising star” according to a London newspaper. He’s only 35, or almost 36. Former Boston Symphony music director Seiji Ozawa is 79, and he’s still conducting, regardless of his poor health. Ozawa is someone who takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. (That’s an old phrase from the Timex commercials, in case you’re too young to have seen them.)

TV News Not Like It Used to Be

It seems that Chuck Todd has now replaced David Gregory on Meet the Press. Many of these TV news show hosts are insiders and politicos, so it’s hard to take any of them seriously. Does anyone even watch these shows anymore? Alas, there are no more David Brinkleys and Lawrence Spivaks now. And what’s with this little beard-mustache thing that Chuck Todd has? He looks like he just drank some chocolate milk and some of it spilled on his chin.

Another replacement now seems to be this “David Muir” replacing Diane Sawyer on ABC news. His hair is overly coiffed, if you ask me, and he also resembles Rick Santorum. (I’m glad I stopped watching television, anyway.)