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Ocasio-Cortez’s Identity Politics for Vegetables

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez now has her own version of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward”: giving vegetables an identity politics requirement.

In my view, what is important is the actual nutritional content of a food item. Wherever it comes from or whatever its cultural association does not matter!

Possible Contributors to Ulcerative Colitis

I have written about my having to deal with ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the colon, inflammatory bowel, etc.), including my years-long ordeal with bad or corrupt and dishonest doctors and their bad advice and bad prescription anti-inflammatories and their side-effects. But here I want to mention some of the things that might have contributed to my having the ulcerative colitis in the first place.

Of course, stress has been a major influence on things. But there are other factors.

For starters, before I get into dietary factors, I can see how some things from earlier years might have had an influence on my colon. For example, when I was in middle school, my mother took me to a dermatologist for acne. The acne actually wasn’t that bad and in later years like college I got into the habit of just washing my face later in the day, and that’s helpful. So right there I’m thinking now what a waste of time and money going to the dermatologist was, just for a minor case of acne.

Anyway, the dermatologist gave me prescription for antibiotics. The first one, if I remember correctly after all these 40+ years now, was tetracycline, and then switched to erythromycin. In all these years later, I have learned that it’s not a good idea to take antibiotics except to save one’s life like as a last resort. Antibiotics are terrible for the colon, because, while they kill harmful bacteria they also kill the “good” bacteria, acidophilus, etc. that are necessary for good colon health. So, I took those from about age 12 or 13 until about age 20-22.

And even before that, I was given some kind of antibiotics when I was a baby, according to my mother, who said that I had some kind of serious illness at that early time and so I was given the antibiotics. That was supposedly the explanation later on for why my teeth appeared a little discolored.

Another thing during those earlier years, during high school and maybe into college was that I occasionally had stress-related headaches and took aspirin. Aspirin supposedly promotes bleeding, and isn’t particularly good for the colon, as I learned later on. So, that could be another factor.

Another factor that may have contributed to the ulcerative colitis might have been drinking coffee, although, if I remember correctly, by the mid-1990s I was taking “No-Doz” and Vivarin rather than drinking actual coffee. Caffeine is a known irritant to the colon. At least, that is what I learned during those years. Now, information on the Internet is referring more specifically to coffee. But the problem with coffee is that it’s acidic, and that’s an irritant to the colon. So, two strikes against coffee for someone with ulcerative colitis or an apparent sensitivity to developing UC: acidity and caffeine. I no longer have anything with caffeine, and I haven’t had coffee since the 1990s.

But I have a feeling that the biggest factor in why I developed ulcerative colitis was my eating habits. (What a shock, I know.) During middle school and high school, while I did eat the nutritious food my mother gave us, I rarely ate a breakfast on school days, and the lunch I took to school was this processed lunch meat on plain white bread. So, in my view I was not very well nourished during those important years of development.

But worse was the junk food I ate. I ate those Sara Lee chocolate cakes and cheesecakes, Yodels, Ring-Dings, Ho-Ho’s, Devil Dogs, chocolate chip cookies, and so on. Every day when coming home from school I would have a big “snack” and I’m surprised that I was actually hungry by dinner time. And then after the dinner hour I would have another big “snack” like in the early evening. (No wonder I rarely slept well and maybe got an average of 5 hours of sleep per night!) So those terrible eating habits went on for years.

And I was never over weight, by the way, I was always skinny. It’s like all the junk food went right through and didn’t cause extra weight. And I’m just guessing here, but I’ll bet that all the additives and preservatives, all the synthetic chemicals in those junk foods had some kind of negative effect on my digestive system in general. So, whatever nutrients in the nutritious food I did eat probably wasn’t getting thoroughly absorbed. My conclusion is that I was malnourished especially during those important adolescent years. And the bad foods probably had a terrible long-term effect on my digestive system.

And with all that aforementioned junk food a large part of that was chocolate, which is also an irritant probably because it contains caffeine. I think that (although I’m not sure) specifically sugar is also an irritant to the colon. Those junk foods are obviously high in sugar.

And it took me as late as that 1999-2000 terrible ordeal with the ulcerative colitis and bleeding BMs to finally understand the effects that food has on the digestive system, and I didn’t fully stop eating the junk until April of 2000. And I haven’t had any of that stuff since then either.

There Is No Depression Gene. Who Knew?

An article on Natural Blaze by Mae Chan explains a new study by researchers at University of Colorado, Boulder, which finds that there isn’t a “depression gene,” a genetic predisposition to have clinical depression, and that previous studies had only found “false positives.”

I guess it’s back to the old drawing board for the pharmaceutical companies that have been pushing antidepressants (a.k.a. psychiatric poison) on people who probably weren’t suffering from clinical depression but may have been suffering an extremely unhappy time. While not mentioned in the article, in many cases the antidepressant drugs can make people more depressed and actually give them depression and suicidal thoughts!

“Climate Change Deniers” Are Better for the Environment Than Politicians, Says The Daily Bell

The Daily Bell has an article on why “climate change deniers” are better for the environment than politicians. The article cites the new U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign staff who use Uber and fly much more than they use Amtrak, and they eat hamburgers, resulting in cow farts. So there is some hypocrisy there among some activists who want to use the force of government to make everybody comply with certain arbitrary rules that very well may not make things better.

The article also points out that some people and businesses are voluntarily making efforts to be “green,” such as Trader Joe’s phasing out plastics. I get my olive oil and carrot juice at Trader Joe’s, among other things, by the way.

The Daily Bell also states that the U.S. military is the biggest polluter on Earth. No surprise to me there. Most of the pollution comes out of the mouths of bureaucrats who want to sacrifice your kids and grandkids for the sake of raking in more profits for Northrup Grumman and Raytheon. (I am not even sure that they are worse than Big Pharma!)

Incidentally, my “carbon footprint” is very small. I live in a small apartment, I don’t drive, and I don’t eat red meat, if you know what I mean.

Will Try to Increase Posts Per Day (Per Week?)

I’m supposed to be writing more on this blog, like at least once a day, because I’ve been wanting to possibly get some sort of income this way. (I put a donate tab in the “About” page. Maybe I should put it on this home page. I’ve never used or had a “donate” tab before.) In some ways I am clueless about these kinds of things. But I work from my home computer, partly because of issues I have with stress and being under pressure, and that combined with my condition in the digestive area. And that’s the way it is right now.

But so far it is a bit frustrating trying to keep up this blog, because sometimes there’s “writer’s block,” and sometimes it’s a bit time consuming. But even with the posts that I have had I see there are few views. WordPress says that we should tell people about our blogs to get more people viewing it. But because I’ve been using this blog to tell about my experiences with my medical condition (ulcerative colitis) and with the dietary supplements I’ve been having, most of the people I know I don’t want to know about my digestive condition. But there are other ways to get more views, I suppose. I have added “Categories,” and “Tags,” which WordPress says helps in search results. After over 4 years of this, I am still “new” at it.

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.

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.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Supplements, and More on Vitamins

First, this isn’t “advice,” because I am not a licensed nutritionist or otherwise medical professional. I am just giving my own personal experiences with things as well as what I have learned over the years, and readers can take it for what it’s worth.

But I really wanted to write a blog or article on my experiences with “doctors” and their bad advice that made things worse and caused new problems. But before I do that (and I don’t know when that might be), I wanted to write a little more on my experiences with the ulcerative colitis (UC), a.k.a. inflammatory bowel disease, as well as my experiences with supplements.

The UC began mainly in 1999. While I was given anti-inflammatory prescription drugs from then until the late 2000s, by about 2009 I was then relying on nutritional medicine including foods of an anti-inflammatory nature, supplements that could have anti-inflammatory effects, and other vitamins and supplements to make up for whatever nutrition might be lost because of not having the vegetables that are important for anti-oxidants and minerals such as magnesium, zinc and vitamin K and K2.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have learned that one can have too much of the vitamins and supplements, which could interfere with the body’s natural anti-inflammatory functioning and could actually compromise the immune system. Since May, for instance, I have reduced the vitamin D, from a total of over 4000 i.u. per day to now approx. 2400 per day. I wasn’t counting the added vitamin D in the milk I drink, and I wasn’t counting the 1000 i.u. vitamin D that my multi-vitamin has.

And that’s another thing that I didn’t mention in my previous post, it was possible the the iron was also interfering with my magnesium. My main source of iron was the multi-vitamin, that I was taking twice of per day. So I only take one multi-vitamin per day now. I have learned that it’s not a good idea to take too much iron, because it can build up in the blood and cause more problems. And I think that’s whether one is getting it from a supplement or from food such as red meat that contains a lot of iron.

As far as foods that contain properties of an anti-inflammatory nature (at least for the purpose of keeping UC in check), that includes whole milk, because milk fat has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as butter which is mainly milk fat. Butter is healthier anyway, than margarine, because of containing natural nutrients including omega 3 and vitamins. Margarine is a processed food containing chemicals and is not good.

And extra virgin olive oil is an important factor in preventing inflammation, not only if someone has UC or inflammatory bowel but it’s good to prevent inflammation of the heart and arteries.

Also concord grape juice is good, as far as foods are concerned.

Although not related to the subject of UC, I mentioned the arteries. A common scapegoat of problems with the arteries is cholesterol, when oftentimes the real culprit is inflammation. But another cause of issues in the arteries is calcifications, a calcium buildup in the arteries. That would be because of not getting enough vitamin K2, the main sources of which are vegetables (which I can’t have because of having UC). The vitamin K2’s main function is calcium distribution, in which K2 efficiently distributes the calcium to the bones that need the calcium, and prevents maldistribution of calcium to other areas that don’t want it, such as the arteries and the heart. So I also take vitamin K2, as well as vitamin D, C, natural E, and B complex. And magnesium and zinc too.

Just one final note about the B complex. I have learned from my experiences over all these years now and from what I read on the Internet that it’s not a good idea to take too much vitamin B6. Some B-complex vitamins contain too much B6. It should be a low amount. You really have to do your own research in all these things as I have had to do. And the actual learning experiences with all these things doesn’t seem to stop.

But regarding the ulcerative colitis, I will have to save more info on that regarding my experiences in the next post.

But the post or article I really want to write is about the bad advice and prescriptions from “doctors” as well as their withholding information about nutrition. Maybe that will be some time soon.

My Experiences with Ensure and Magnesium supplements

As I referred to in my earlier summary of my situation, I went through an ordeal with digestive issues, mainly “ulcerative colitis” (UC) or “inflammatory bowel,” in which I was in very bad shape mainly July 1999 until it was a lot better by April 2000. There were relapses (if there’s bleeding with BMs, that’s a “relapse” to me) from 2001 to 2005 and again in November-December 2012. It’s been more under control again since 2013.

I would say that between September and November 1999 my symptoms included bleeding with BMs, approx. 10-15 BMs per day, most of which were stimulated by the bleeding (I think). It got better by November probably because of the Rowasa enema. However, by January 2000 it got worse again. (I’ll get into that in more detail some other time!) And after various different medications it was better again by April 2000. By then I learned that diet plays a big role.

Anyway, one thing that I started in March 2000 was drinking Ensure, a liquid nutritional supplement to help me to reduce actual solid food intake while the lower digestive problem continued to try to heal. I think the Ensure was a big help in getting that better and getting in better physical health, by getting adequate nutritional support without too much solid food.

But the thing is, I continued to eat minimal amounts of solid food but also drink the Ensure as a main part of my nutritional intake for years and didn’t realize that it should only be temporary. (And it wasn’t any doctor who told me about the Ensure, it was my mother!) It took from that previous July of 1999 until March 2000 until I even KNEW about the Ensure!

So then I continued to drink Ensure mainly “Ensure Plus” the 8-oz. bottles, 4 per day, until September or October of 2013. Between then and 2016 I gradually decreased the Ensure from 4 to 3 per day, 3 to 2, 2 to 1, and then my last one was in June 2016. During that time (2013-2016) I had added hard-boiled eggs to my diet, a 2nd piece of chicken per day (white meat) for lunch in addition to one for dinner, extra-virgin olive oil, and butter replacing the margarine. But I still take quite a few vitamins and supplements.

And here is where I want to explain my situation with the magnesium. And these are my experiences and my own conclusions, so you can take it FWIW.

So, I didn’t have any problems (not really anyway) with my arms, such as with carrying heavy shopping bags and doing my regular exercises like push-ups in the morning, until January 2015. That was when I reduced the Ensure from 2 to 1 (8-oz. bottles). That month through March 2015 I had weakness in the arms and it was a problem. By March I learned that one cause of that could be magnesium deficiency.

So at that time I started taking magnesium citrate as I described in a previous post. And the arms weakness was really going away and by April or May 2015 was a lot better. Can I conclude from that that such weakness was associated with my decreasing the Ensure from 2 to 1 in January? Well, Ensure contains several added vitamins and minerals as well as protein and calories, including “magnesium phosphate.” Ensure Plus’s “% daily value” of magnesium is 25% and I was taking 4 per day for over 10 years. So my conclusion was that my body was used to the magnesium in the Ensure, but when reducing Ensure to 1 per day, that caused trouble. (I was having no other sources of magnesium, because I can’t have those vegetables and nuts that you need for magnesium intake.) I also had problems with various kinds of fish which is apparently high in magnesium, so I gave up on fish as well.

I continued with the magnesium citrate but then had more problems with the arms starting in October 2016. I guess I had a left elbow tendon injury which was probably caused by carrying heavy shopping bags all the way from stores to my apartment. (No car.) And then I reaggravated an old upper right arm injury because of carrying everything with my right arm because of the left arm healing. (Tendon injuries are difficult to heal and get reaggravated easily — please don’t get me started on that now.) So I increased the magnesium citrate because items on the Internet indicated that more magnesium is required to heal those kinds of tendon injuries.

But then the magnesium citrate I was taking (Vitamin World brand) still didn’t seem adequate, and the store here closed down as well. I took Magnesium glycinate at an earlier point in December 2015 for a few weeks but it seemed to have side effects, which I could be wrong about, and went back to magnesium citrate. So now I’ve been taking magnesium glycinate again and it really does seem to absorb better. However, after a month of that again this past December (2017) into January, it seemed to be getting interfered with by a different supplement that I occasionally took for reducing stress, “L-theanine.” Nothing on the Internet states that there’s an interaction between those two, or ANY known interactions between magnesium glycinate and other supplements. But I have to assume that something was going on there, and so I won’t take theanine anymore. Then, while things seemed to be getting better again, I happened to decide to increase my vitamin b12 from 2000 to 3000 mcg and it seemed that THAT was then interfering with my magnesium glycinate. So the b12 is back down to 2000 mcg per day. And that’s where I am now. I haven’t consulted with a nutritionist and rely mainly on the Internet for info. For now I’m sticking with the magnesium glycinate. (Apparently, magnesium chloride is also very good and highly absorbed, but lack of availability is a problem. I don’t want to order supplements on the Internet.)

UPDATE on 3/13/18: I was still having problems with the magnesium glycinate. I’ve been taking the KAL brand, which gets a low grade on Labdoor.com because apparently KAL magnesium tests very high for arsenic and lead. I don’t know if that’s what the problem was, but I have switched back to magnesium citrate, this time the Bluebonnet brand which gets high marks on the lab websites. So far so good.

Some of My Experiences Regarding Nutritional Supplements

Here are some items of information regarding my experiences with my digestive issues and nutritional supplements. I am not a “licensed nutritionist” and I’m not “giving medical advice” because I know there are bureaucrats who want to crack down on bloggers for “giving medical advice” while being “unlicensed.” But I am just relaying what I’ve learned thus far via my own personal experiences and information I’ve read extensively for these past 15 years now. You can look into these things further yourself if this interests you, or you can take it with a grain of sea salt. It’s up to you.

Because of some issues in my digestive system, while I can have “bland” foods such as baked chicken white meat and hard-boiled eggs, there are some foods I can’t have, such as most vegetables and fruits. However, I can have baked potato without the skin. I also have carrot juice, which has been a huge important addition since I discovered it. The carrot juice gives a great amount of vitamin A and potassium. I also have organic grape juice and apple juice. And thank God for the extra virgin olive oil as well.

But I do have various vitamins and other supplements to make sure I’m getting enough of the nutrients that might be missing, especially from my not eating actual vegetables. Now, for those who think that the studies which have concluded that taking nutritional supplements and vitamins makes no difference, the reason those studies conclude that (besides studies being funded by a Big Agra or Big Pharma company), is because most of the time those studies use junk products, such as synthetic vitamin E (dl-alpha tocopherol). Many vitamin E supplements use that form which is why they have virtually no effect. The more effective form of vitamin E is d-alpha tocopherol (not dl-alpha), which is the natural form. The label states which one the product has. I have learned quite a lot about all these things since about 15 years ago when my medical issues began.

And I also take quercetin in a capsule supplement, Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid which is found in some fruits and vegetables and has a high antioxidant effect. The problem with these supplement makers is that, while quercetin is a good thing to have in a supplement form (especially if you can’t have most fruits and vegetables but still need their antioxidant benefits), the quercetin supplement producers provide too high a dosage per capsule. I’m getting the lowest dosage I can find (500 mg) and even that’s too high, so I pour out at least half of the contents in the sink.

But most supplement makers seem to be putting too much into each pill. I wish they would make supplements with lower dosages.

I have already addressed vitamin C, and linked to this article regarding the effectiveness of lower dosages vs. higher dosages. i.e. taking too much at a time and per day reduces its effectiveness.

Another thing that’s important is magnesium. You get that mostly in leafy vegetables and nuts. I can’t have any of those things. Most magnesium supplements, and the forms of magnesium that most multi vitamins provide, are not very well absorbed, and mainly go right down the digestive system and act as laxatives. I guess that’s okay if you need a laxative. But a lot of people need extra magnesium for muscle health. So I was taking magnesium citrate, which is known to be very absorbable, certainly more than other forms. But I still felt I wasn’t getting enough, and when I increased the magnesium citrate it was then beginning to have too much of a laxative effect. So I have switched to magnesium glycinate which is a 200mg caplet that supposedly gives you 50% of the RDA. I think it’s possible that 200mg is just too much at once, so I’d like to get that in 100mg tablets or caplets.

Why aren’t more of these products available at the regular stores like CVS, etc.? Much of what they sell is magnesium crap, i.e. just not useful. And I don’t want to order stuff online.

And vitamin D is important. The best way to get adequate vitamin D is sunlight exposure. But if you take a vitamin D supplement, it is also important to balance that with adequate vitamin K2. The vitamin D helps your calcium intake to absorb, but that vitamin D and calcium need K2 to distribute the calcium to where it needs to go: the bones, mainly. Without adequate vitamin K2, your calcium could get built up in the arteries or heart. Most people who eat conscientiously, with a goodly amount of vegetables, etc., probably get enough vitamin K2. But there are people like me who can’t have those vegetables so I have to take K2 supplement. The problem with many of these supplement makers is that there seems to be too much an emphasis on the mk-7 version of K2 and not enough on the mk-4 version. Mk-7 is extracted from fermented soybeans, or natto. But supposedly if you take mk-7 supplements it stays in the bloodstream for several days, so you don’t have to take it on a daily basis. At least that is what I’ve learned up to this point. But most of the K2 producers are making K2 with the Mk-7 and there are not enough mk-4 products available. And why don’t these regular stores like the CVS or Walgreens sell ANY vitamin K2 or even K1 products? They really ought to look into that.

Probiotic supplements such as acidophilus are also important. That’s the “good” bacteria in the intestines, mainly large intestine or colon, that kills off the “bad” bacteria. Supposedly much of one’s immune system is in the intestines and having probiotic supplements is a good idea. The best forms of probiotics are in enteric-coated tablets or capsules, to make sure that the cultures are not released until the pill gets lower down. If the content is released too high up such as while still in the stomach then not enough of the bacteria cultures will make it down alive to be able to do anything useful for your colon. (The Vitamin World store’s own acidophilus capsules state that they are “rapid release,” implying that they dissolve soon after taking them, which is not good.) It is also important to note the expiration dates of the package, because if it is a product that has been sitting on the store shelf for months and months, then the bacteria cultures might very well have already died off and won’t do any good. It is also a good idea to refrigerate the package even if the product doesn’t say to do so.

So, while I’m not a nutritionist I thought I’d write about what I’ve learned and experienced thus far in these past 15 years of my medical and digestive issues.

California Against Free Speech

In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a requirement that women’s reproductive health clinics must inform patients of abortion as an alternative. The requirement now applies to religious-based clinics, even if such a requirement goes against the clinicians’ personal beliefs.

So, what they’re saying is, even if you oppose abortion you must nevertheless aid the woman or girl in her possibly getting an abortion. This doesn’t only apply to clinics that receive public funding, but those that don’t as well. And it applies to both licensed and unlicensed clinics. The new law has caused two lawsuits now. This is clearly a freedom of speech issue. If Dr. Smith wants to care for pregnant women at her clinic but feels that discussing abortion violates her religious views, she has a freedom of speech right not to discuss it. So this is the government really forcing a medical practitioner to discuss something that goes against her deeply held beliefs.

But UC, Irvine “constitutional law” professor Erwin Chemerinsky agrees with the law, in this op-ed in the LA Times. To diminish the serious rights-infringement aspect of the lawsuits, Chemerinsky immediately begins by writing, “Is merely requiring clinics to inform women of the availability of free or low-cost abortions an unconstitutional infringement of religious liberty?” Note his use of “merely,” like it’s no big deal. You see, to some people who identify very closely with a particular agenda (in this case, the abortion agenda), he doesn’t seem to empathize very well with those who are being forced to express ideas they strongly oppose.

Chemerinsky concludes his essay with a very incorrect assertion about the two clinics involved in the suit: “They are both part of an aggressive ongoing effort to deny women access to reproductive healthcare.” By “reproductive healthcare,” he means “abortion,” which he won’t even state explicitly at the end. And c’mon, Professor, no one is being “denied access” to abortion facilities. No, the two religious clinics are speaking up for themselves (in the absence of “constitutional law” professors who won’t speak up for them) in the ongoing crusade to force them to express views and ideas that violate their religious beliefs.