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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  Not sure if you can trust your emergency supplies company? Last Saturday I placed an order for a special offer from Emergency Essentials/ A couple of days ago I received a mass e-mail informing purchasers of an apparent problem with the item we ordered. It said the company was resolving the matter and would be in touch shortly. This is what I received today:

Please take a look. I don't think I've ever encountered anything like this. Order from this place! You can trust 'em! Other Ldotters love this place as much as I do.
Yesterday at 18:56 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Ditto, Attercliffe, never had bad service any and all have been terrific quality and helpful reps.
Yesterday at 19:49 EST .

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   Safetydude  What is a Lighthouse Lantern and Nomad 7m Solar Panel?

Sounds like something you can get at Nothern Tools, Lowes or Home Depot.
Yesterday at 20:44 EST .

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   Attercliffe  SD, The original price for the kit was $119.99 and it was on sale for just over half that--a special deal to announce an exclusive from Goal Zero. I bought two. I have other Goal Zero products from BP and they are all compatible--also, all of them work as promised. I've shopped with BP for must be over ten years now, on and off, and, like EC, am impressed with their quality of goods and service. Monthly sales are always good value.

If you go to the BP site, you'll find examples of the products above. Amazon also carries Goal Zero items--but not the exclusive kit, unless something's changed.
Yesterday at 22:15 EST .

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   ScarletPimpernel  OP, we get the catalog from this company; we've never purchased food, however. I gather that you do and you like the quality. Are there items that you particularly recommend to keep on hand? I'm trying to sort out what we should and should not do as it concerns food storage. Thanks, and have a wonderful day!
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   Escaped commieny  After 4 hurricanes, I have everything to survive. I don't buy the MRE's but have the freeze dried, solar-oven, water purification, crank-radio, hygiene products, fire starter, etc.
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   Attercliffe posted on Health & Diet  I know EscapedCommie enjoys Dr. Wysong's news--hope everyone else does. The latest Wysong e-Health Newsletter is out. Lots of good stuff, for instance:

In fact, cognitive function in the elderly should be of far more concern [than statins]. (As discussed in a previous issue. ) Unfortunately, as is always the case, pharmaceuticals have their dark side. Studies now show that elevated blood pressure in the elderly improves cognitive function and that blood pressure medication can accelerate its decline.

The next snip is of great interest if you have diabetes. I expect it's the lycopene (sp ) that's responsible:

Tomato consumption decreases blood pressure and reduces cardiovascular risk in diabetics. Int J Food Sci Nutr.
March 21 at 18:32 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Household Hints  As if you hadn't noticed--saving money is more necessary than ever these days. Lucky for us, a Daily Mail reporter has tested some "dry clean only" clothes. You'll like the conclusions here--unless you have a wardrobe full of cashmere and viscose. (I had to look up viscose: "Viscose rayon is a fiber made from regenerated wood cellulose." O-kay. ) I actually quit buying just about anything with a dry clean label years ago.

Oh--if it doesn't say no-iron, I don't buy it! I HATE ironing.

"Is this proof dry cleaning is a waste of money? Ignore the label. We show you CAN wash 'dry clean only' clothes at home - and save a fortune"

Read more: target=_Blank>

I'll share one of my new savings on laundry. My washer seems to have enough settings for everything you might have in your house, except leather. I used to use "jeans," "normal," "casual," "delicate," "ultra-handwash," etc., with great care On a whim, I began using "delicate" for all our stuff, except very delicate things like lace. It works! The cycle is much shorter than other choices and everything comes clean. If the items need a little more laundering (after I've been crawling around on the yard, for instance ), then I'll use the soak feature as well.

I use the same cycle on the dryer--"delicate." If a towel went in that dryer load accidentally, it'll come out only half dry but almost everything else is dry. Oh, and I have a line in the little utility space--it takes anything that doesn't really need to be dried (lingerie, some shirts, swim things, etc. ).

Savings--most/all are obvious;

Wear and tear on washer and dryer
Wear and tear on washable items
Wear on elastic, either in the fabric itself or to hold things up

When I hang things on the line, besides using plastic coat hangers I also use plastic pants hangers. The latter are VERY useful for some cat pillows and crate liners, those microfiber dish dryer thingies and, of course, pants and shorts.
March 20 at 11:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  I had a friend who majored in, of all things, textile design, at UNC. She always told me, you never quite know why the dry clean label is on clothes. They may be worried about colors running (I had a white silk blouse, with navy blue accents, that ran in the rain and was totally ruined ). Or, they may have put incompatible fabrics onto the same item (something that needs dry-cleaning, and something that doesn't really ), or, they just don't want liability if it wrinkles or shrinks or whatever. She always told me, hand-washing, or gentle machine-washing in cold water with Woolite, would do 90% of your garments.

Of course, a fully-lined, wool suit, would probably shrink and just suck when washed. But, dresses, blouses, etc. could be washed in Woolite. Either by hand or on gentle, always in cold water, and laid out to dry. You might also have to iron with a cool iron.
March 21 at 19:08 EST .

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   Carmen  Ha, if it said 'dry clean only', eventually it went in the washer! If it made it, fine. Years ago I got some great looking nutcracker place mats at Christmas time. Yes, placemats for eating on said 'dry clean only'. Well how ridiculous is that??? So I washed them. And washed them. For years. Still do.
March 30 at 16:08 EST .

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   Carmen  Ha, if it said 'dry clean only', eventually it went in the washer! If it made it, fine. Years ago I got some great looking nutcracker place mats at Christmas time. Yes, placemats for eating on said 'dry clean only'. Well how ridiculous is that??? So I washed them. And washed them. For years. Still do.
March 30 at 16:09 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  
Lower Your Blood Pressure. . .

. . . by looking at these beautiful photographs:

"Haunting images of a less-travelled Europe that look more like scenes from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale"
March 20 at 09:46 EST .

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   Rakasha  Thank you so much for this, Attercliffe! Now all I have to do is decide which to make my screen background first.

By the way, the captioner forgot to mention the dragon skeletons beneath the tree in the Palestine forest.
March 20 at 12:15 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thank you for the wonderful pictures. Little Switzerland in Luxembourg makes my heart sing.
March 21 at 20:35 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Health & Diet  

Will someone tell me which vitamin pills actually work?

Good, sensible report from a Telegraph writer. The following alone is very useful:

James Congdon sent me a fascinating piece by Naomi Mead, who is a Nutritional Therapist, in which she explains how each supplement works for your body; how to take them (with what and at what time of day ) – this is information not available from the manufacturers.

For instance, Iron and Calcium should not be taken together because Calcium inhibits absorption of the Iron. Calcium should be taken in the evening because it is best utilised at night and Iron should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. Zinc should not be taken with Calcium or Iron but must be taken in the afternoon. Vitamin D (which is much in the news ) works best if taken with a meal in the early afternoon – because this avoids its "negative influences on sleep" and the same applies to Co-enzyme Q10. Vitamin K should be taken with vitamins D and C plus Calcium and these should be taken with dietary fats – ie milk with cereal, nuts, yoghurt and avocado. Vitamin C only lasts a few hours in the body and, therefore, the doses need to be split throughout the day. I knew none of this.

More at:
February 19 at 05:29 EST .

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   Balogreene  I quit all vitamins and supplements because they upset my stomach and digestion. Neither my GP nor my cardiologist has complained. I saw an article recently that knocked calcium, E, D, and I don't remember what else. I've decided to try to eat right.
February 21 at 23:00 EST .

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   Surfhut  I got so confused about this and that study such a long time ago that, as you, just decided to ignore everything and eat right. My natural self brought me to protein in the morning and calcium before sleeping. We humans can actually figure stuff out on our own without a government pyramid. Go figure.
February 22 at 21:46 EST .

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   Balogreene  I have noticed I crave things I don't have enough of. Spinach, milk, veggies, fruit, whatever it is I've been skipping. This week I cooked a sausage-apple -egg casserole for breakfast, a pineapple, coconut, banana oatmeal, then bought six tomatoes, and 8 oranges. I think it's fruit I've been missing.
February 24 at 21:45 EST .

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   Carmen  That is the secret Balogreene. Listen to your body.
April 12 at 10:04 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Health & Diet  EC, more on our support for Puritan's Pride supplements--they're having a sale on organic coconut oil right now--see

I noticed in the reviews that some people had problems with it melting and leaking during shipping in summer months, so I'll be making sure I order more right before summer sets in.

Oh--and if you go to, you'll find coupons to use at PP. Doubt you can combine with sr. discount but if you spend enough you get a bigger percentage off. Free shipping right now too.
February 14 at 09:00 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks. I just went there and ordered. I am a big fan of coconut oil. Just read a great article about it. If I can find it again, I will post it.
February 16 at 10:46 EST .

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   Bettijo  This is not the article I was referring to, but this is good information. Warning, an obnoxious video comes on automatically and I could not turn it off! ;-((
February 16 at 10:52 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Health & Diet  

Some Prescription Drugs Will Cause Your Teeth to Become Brittle

I learned this from my dentist today. I was eating a raw green bean Friday night and thought I had somehow picked up a piece of gravel with it. Nope--about 1/4 of the top of a rear tooth had simply "fallen" off as I bit into the whole bean, No pain, so ate a lot of soup through a straw and kept swishing mouthwash around the hole until the dentist opened up Monday.

Fast-forward: Saw the dentist this morning; he told me some prescription drugs cause the brittleness in teeth. I asked which kinds, just knowing what would come up. "Anti-cholesterol and blood pressure pills are the worst." Then he corrected himself, "No, cancer drugs are THE worst. But the others are more common." So I said, "I understand the risk from cancer drugs--basically, death or dentures. But the others?" He shrugged.
February 3 at 15:10 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  DH had a mouth full of beautiful white teeth, no cavities. The the VA put him on BP meds and statins and his teeth started to decay and fall out. He ended up with dentures. We threw the statins out 3 years ago, the joint pain they caused was terrible. Three cayenne capsules solved the joint pain.
Too long a list for here but fish oil, max co Q 10, multi's and B's, C, E etc, keep him healthy. Scrap the scripts.
February 3 at 18:41 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Health & Diet  Improving impaired cardiovascular condition:

Short version: Five years ago back pain became unbearable. Doc-in-a-box showed me x-ray, pointed to long white thing in the middle of it: you see this? Yes. Well, you shouldn't. Aorta. That white stuff is plaque. Need to see cardiovascular surgeon. Panic. Aaargh! Saw CVS. Already on a statin drug so that was left as is, CVS reported 49% blockage in various parts of vascular system, couldn't find pulse in left foot, recommended exercise, tune up diet, the usual. Return in a year.

Did research. Lots. Came across studies by Dr. Michael Aviram, Haifa, Israel. Basically said pomegranate juice acts like a roto-rooter on plaque. Had some correspondence with Dr. Aviram, responded promptly and sent me links to other studies--e.g., it's good for prostate too. (It's all on the Net. )

Meanwhile, was doing aqua therapy to help back, also to let me exercise my whole body because rotten knees and back prevent almost all regular exercise. Result: Exercises got me off the walker, used occasionally, and the canes, used frequently. Eventually stopped using electric carts at the store. After PT completed (8 weeks ), started doing own wellness exercises at the therapy pool, tailored to self. Again, some help online. Goal is twice a week, sometimes go three-four times.

A year on, saw CVS again. Said he could now find that missing pulse. What had I been doing? Told him. Said, it's working keep it up, looks so good, don't want to see you for two years now. Various family matters stretched that to three years. Doc came bouncing into the exam room waving Doppler and Ultrasound diagrams, "What have you been doing now???" Aw, shoot, thought things had deteriorated. No! Doc said results were incredible, in some areas 100% improvement, 80% in others. I showed him the aqua exercise I thought was mainly responsible--heel lifts. I can do 200 of those without raising a sweat, sometimes throw in extra if I finish a bit early. I do other sorts of "pumping" exercises too. He was thrilled. Said don't come back for another two or three years unless there are symptoms of problems but from what he can see, has no doubt I'll be at least the same, likely even more improved.

And I've lost close to 30lbs. Have cut out "white carbs," y'all know that list. Have taken to buying giant packages of fresh green and yellow beans, celery, brocolli, cauliflower, but not carrots (too sweet for diabetic to munch a bunch ) and dip in hummus (Tribe is fewer calories than Sabra ). Eat organic chicken, use organic whole milk (in coffee, that's about it ), organic cheese. Am going to start making my own hummus, freeze in portions, soon as I get dreaded taxes done, papers shredded, etc.

Supplements: RYR, CoQ10, pure pomegranate juice (Old Orchard, on line $ ), horse chestnut (circulation ), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Leutine--lots, lots more, filed in big old picnic basket with handles! Take as indicated on the Puritian's Pride label! (Yes, EC
January 17 at 10:37 EST .

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   Attercliffe  [Oops, error, PURITAN'S Pride]

. . . and I both keep PP in business. ) Make list of what supps you take, doc will need to see it.

Please--do research on your ailments. Obviously, use a reputable source for your information. Mayo Clinic has some recommendations. Check footnotes of reports on studies. And Type 2 diabetics, please look at drug and supplement recommendations at excellent site, have read it for long time, helped me a great deal:

Am losing enough weight that wedding ring (bought another one 10 years ago because original no longer fit ) is now on right hand. Another dress size and should be able to wear original ring.

Next month is endocrinologist, annual check, not much can be done about thyroid nodules, just keep watching, make sure they don't interfere with anything. If they do, then we bring out the sharp things. . . .
January 17 at 10:39 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Attercliffe, what an amazing report. Congratulations on such a wonderful turnaround in your health. I am envious but encouraged.
January 18 at 13:40 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Attercliffe, has helped me more than once, now DH is getting pomergant juice
January 18 at 19:27 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Bought some pomegranate juice today.
January 19 at 00:01 EST .

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   Surfhut  Thanks for this wonderful report. And congratulations!
January 19 at 06:41 EST .

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   Attercliffe  So glad you read it all, was worried it was too long. Couple of things to help even more but first:

Correction to original post: that should be Lutein for eye health.

1. That weight loss didn't take three years. Just over a year ago I got serious about losing weight, then about halfway through went on low-carb diet. Only a thimbleful of creamed potatoes or rice, absolutely no pasta--you know the routine. So that's nearly 30lbs in 6 months. I'd like to go faster but then I'd have to give up even more.

2. Dr. Aviram says that he and his researchers were surprised to discover pure pomegranate juice doesn't raise blood sugar like other fruit juices. Also, there are posts online that say pom juice acts like grapefruit and interacts negatively with various drugs. Dr. A says that's not true.

3. Dr. A is the same guy who discovered that red wine is good for you!

4. Most important--the exercise. My PT at the therapy place told me what to do to improve circulation, probably some exercises online that can be done out of the water--but you can definitely do a lot more in the water and hurt a lot less afterwards!

I hope some or all of this works for you. Hollyhock and EC. As you know, we have to keep as fit as possible now that Obamacare has descended upon us like a thick smog. If your insurance allows you to go to a specialist without a referral, do it now before it changes. Perhaps you can find some back pain that would need an X-ray from your GP ("Not a disk? Oh well, maybe I just pulled a muscle" ) and then casually ask how the aorta looks. . . . Then you can locate a CVS specialist and find out how your whole circulatory system looks. We have a history of strokes and heart disease on both sides of the family so I worry. Cancer is another biggie--all kinds. Am thinking of paying for a whole body scan at some point--before it becomes illegal to pay privately for some things.

Some Medicare Supps will pay for part (all? ) of aqua exercise if you can find a therapy pool, spa or whatever that qualifies for the Silver Sneakers Medicare certification. (YMCAs, Curves, others ). Unfortunately, our closest YMCA doesn't keep the pool at a therapeutic temperature (92 to 94 deg at the place I use ) and, besides, I'd rather do my own thing than follow an aerobics instructor : ) I simply cut a few corners and am able to afford that $50/month.

I know EC is really up on the latest research on supplements; I just concentrate on those health problems that are prevalent in our family and what my lifestyle might produce--bearing in mind the Mississippi has gone through eight people by the time it reaches New Orleans and I was there for 17 years, stuff like that!
January 19 at 07:15 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Not sure if I told you Attercliffe, I was a certified Silver Sneaker instructor at our local "Y", politics closed it, but had many happy participants. And Life has kept my Nam injured vet, heart attack 3 stents, prostate cancer, mouth cancer hubbie alive. I have no choice but to keep up with all the latest natural remedies.
January 19 at 12:11 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Our "Y" had Silver Sneakers paid by Humana, no charge for the participants, not sure what the pool temp is at the other local "Y", my routine was in the gym for 'resistant' and balance training. We all had a fun time, with some wild music to move those buns. We used elastic bands and rubber balls.
January 19 at 12:29 EST .

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   Straitpath  A really good post! I, too, use many supplements. I like Natures Sunshine products.
January 19 at 14:03 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  For years I've ordered about a third of our cat food and supplements (and sometimes some of the human products ) from a company called Wysong at The vet who owns the company valiantly fought off a nasty lawsuit from Nestle, which manufactures a lot of catfood and sued Dr. W for using his own unpatented important creation of a method to coat kibble with enticing delicious and healthy stuff for pets. But that's not why I wanted to introduce you to Dr. Wysong. This is:

January 8, 2014

Dr. Wysong

Here is how Obamacare could greatly improve US health. But not for the reasons it was created or you may think.

Ezekiel Emanuel's "The Complete Lives System," outlined in medical journals, is the intellectual underpinning for Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act ).

Obamacare was to remedy America's (ostensible ) free-market healthcare system and get more medical access for those without adequate insurance. However, US healthcare has not really been laissez faire since employers attracted employees with insurance after WWII, and government intervened with socialized programs. The more consumers were given free and unlimited access, and the more doctors could charge a third party (thus not alienating them from their patient for high charges ), the more costs have skyrocketed.

The federal government, sans Obamacare, already provides health care for more than three-quarters of those over 65, and about a third of all Americans depend upon the government for their health care. Judging from the sad state of American health, help does not breed health. It breeds dependence and weakness, and with that the loss of health.

As long ago as 1922, the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, in his book Socialism, wrote about a German medical system controlled by government that created economic chaos. Mises wrote that state-run medical systems are comparable to those run by the army or by prisons, which foster disease and death, not health.

By now you are aware of the inaccuracy of the mantra: "If you like your coverage, you can keep it." It's what you are not aware of that needs your attention if you are planning on state run medicine saving you.

The Act will effectively force all doctors to betray their Hippocratic Oath and compromise your access to medical attention based upon your age and other factors. The 2500- year- old Hippocratic Oath, or a version of it, that all doctors take gives preeminence to the individual patient. The original, from the Greek, says:

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panacea and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

I will apply measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment;

I will keep them from harm and injustice.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.

Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will
January 10 at 11:43 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Part 2:

guard my life and my art.

Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

What I may see or hear in the course of treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

The 2,700 page Obamacare Law (plus 20,000 pages of regulations still being written ) demands the exact opposite of what Hippocrates wrote, namely that a physician should serve the greater good, the collective, even if at the expense of the individual. According to Emanuel, medical care should be allocated based on the patient's usefulness to the "collective good." If you're too old, or too young, or your ailment is too costly, society is better off letting you die. That would make sense if you wish to be a cow subject to culling in order to benefit the herd, its owner, or the stockyard.

In the Complete Lives system, people under age 15 and over age 45 should have medical care rationed since they have been deemed less valuable to society. Those charged with the de jure rationing will be federal bureaucrats.

All totalitarian regimes, seeking ever greater power (multiplying the harm they can do ), take control of healthcare. For good reason. It deepens the population's dependence upon it. It's really not about health, but rather centralized power and loss of individual rights.

However, Obamacare may be a good thing, but not for the reasons the herd (those who consent to permanent adolescence by voting for bread and circuses ) thinks. As outrageous as it may sound, those who are denied access to medical care are not worse off than those who have limitless free access. In fact, when doctors go on strike mortality always decreases.

This is not to ignore the good intentions and hard work of medical personnel. It does not deny the spectacular capabilities of crisis care and surgery. But if the majority of medical care—naming diseases and treating symptoms—were to be eliminated or reduced, the number one killer would be vanquished.

It is essential to understand that neither nature nor society is in our debt for the mere act of living. When Obamacare's unintended consequence of decreasing dependence upon doctors and pills takes hold, people will have to take responsibility for their own health inferiority.

Left to our own devices, we will be forced to wake up to the doctor within, get informed (the Internet offers endless opportunity ) and take charge of our own destiny.

January 10 at 11:44 EST .

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is good ole' American can-doism and that could be a very good and healthy thing.

Dr. W's whole newsletter is available free by going to:
January 10 at 11:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  signed up for the newsletter, I trust the Life Extension Foundation and get most vitamins/minerals from Puritan Pride. Very good customer service from both, have Jan in electronic email, hard copy of Feb. on the battle against high blood sugar and high glucose , as soon as I get the electronic version will send it on to the Health wall
January 10 at 17:21 EST .

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   Attercliffe  Ditto on Puritan's Pride, EC. Hate their marketing style, love the prices and that the supplements are manufactured in a US facility.

BTW, Wysong's "Gourmet" series of cat foods (i.e., Chicken Gourmet, Liver Gourmet ) are rated highly in the low phosphorus tables at
(Low phos necessary for Chronic Renal Failure pets. ) Believe their Epigen line of dry foods are good too. Not as expensive as they seem, pets eat less because food is not pumped up with cheap fillers. Also, end product is less because body utilizes more of the high-quality protein.
January 10 at 23:09 EST .

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   Attercliffe posted on Main Page The Lobby  If you're looking to give your mind a break from current events for a little while, this is a good way to do it:

Heart-warming moment gentle labrador Himalaya coaxed reluctant Down’s Syndrome boy who shuns human contact to play with him,
October 1 at 12:57 EST .

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   Gram77  What a beautiful child and God bless the dog.
October 1 at 15:44 EST .

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