Friday, April 9, 2010

This Essay Breaks the Law -

• Elevated homocysteine is linked to heart disease.

• Elevated homocysteine is linked to B-12 deficiency, so doctors should test homocysteine levels to see whether the patient needs vitamins.

ACTUALLY, I can't make that last statement. A corporation has patented that fact, and demands a royalty for its use. Anyone who makes the fact public and encourages doctors to test for the condition and treat it can be sued for royalty fees. Any doctor who reads a patient's test results and even thinks of vitamin deficiency infringes the patent. A federal circuit court held that mere thinking violates the patent. ...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Right Wing Violence

Right Wing Violence - Google Maps

Right Wing attacks due to health care reform

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth...Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

"They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth...

"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses...

"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."


Our tax dollars at work

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Poo-free: I didn't inhale

K, so it's not going as well as I had hoped. I admit it.

I had forgotten all about hair color! I am not willing to give up coloring my hair. I'm too young to go gray! No way!

After coloring I used the conditioner in the kit because....well, I don't know. Maybe I need a media literacy class...maybe I fell into the advertising trap...but I feel I need conditioner after coloring. Need, not want.

So...since then I've been mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a little water and a small amount of shampoo...pouring it over my head, letting it soak for a few minutes, then rinsing it out with hot water and the vinegar regime I mentioned earlier.

I'm significantly reducing the amount of 'poo I'm using, which is better for me and the planet. My hair is pretty much normal, maybe a tad healthier too. Not bad.

Mine Co. Had 57 Safety Violations in March - The Daily Beast

Regarding the mine fire that recently killed a number of people in West Virginia: "Massey incurred 57 safety infractions just last month, including for refusing to develop a new ventilation plan. ABC News adds that the Massey subsidiary that operated the Upper Big Branch Mine, where the blast occurred, 'was fighting many of the steepest fines, or simply refusing to pay them.'”

I wonder how the Tea Party feels now. "Deregulation is the answer!" :(

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Preview: Patented Genes - 60 Minutes - CBS News

If you aren't watching 60 Minutes right now, turn on the TV quickly! They are discussing the inability of people to access genetic testing to determine if they have severe genetic risk for certain types of cancer?

Why? A company patented the genes (!) so no test can be developed without their consent...and the price tag for their test? >$3000...making it inaccessible to those who do not have the cash or insurance coverage.

Now that's sick.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Oh Flying Spaghetti Monster, you are sooo much better than the zombie bearded sky daddy. And your bountiful pasta is much better than those dry crackers. Ramen!