The debate of yet another vaccine

This time it’s for Celiacs.  And this thread is informative and I find that I have kindred spirits among we Celiacs.  🙂

Who would think there would be drama with this diet?  The waiter posting about it being a “fad” that he has to put up with is just too, too much.  Good Grief, the ignorance!  If one of his customers fell over on the floor in pain because of gluten, he’d probably run away instead of offering assistance.

Anyway, I agree with the posters that question the “science” of a vaccine for the immune system that is already compromised?  Love the comment on Big Pharma. Amen, sister. Just another $$ maker for Big Pharma that will likely be discovered to cause more serious harm than any good that it does.

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Here’s to you all in the Eve of the New Year…<clink>

May the new year hold wonder and joy and new beginnings for your paths. 

Feed the Light.

🙂

PR Watch

(I’m sooo far behind, I think I’m ahead…)

Trying to play catch up–here are some highlights of issues sent out by Center for Media and Democracy–

I love that he is holding Whole Foods accountable for the food they are saying is organic….but not quite telling all of the possible ingredients (heavy metals and other contaminants)…

The “Don’t ask, don’t tell” I-see-no-evil, I-hear-no-evil is pretty standard.  They aren’t counting on folks like Mario asking questions, either.  The more people ask questions, the harder it is to come up with evasive answers.

Like I’ve said before, know where your food is from–buy locally if at all possible, because the gossip is at least one other national organic food store is selling conventionally grown (using chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides) food is being marketed as organic.

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Addressing the gun violence issue.  Like in my previous post, you can use other weapons for violence instead of guns–it’s the acceptance of violence in our society (and others) that encourages this.  It’s so much easier to throw a rock than to try to reason with someone and to compromise and to recognize one’s own responsibility towards making peace.  A gun is a  quick way to end whatever problem there is…

And the argument that everyone carrying a gun would stop violence…oy vey…

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ALEC member Scott nominated to fill Demint vacancy.

IRS audit for ALEC?  The question becomes “are you a charity if you have a political action committee and go from state to state trying to heavily influence legislation?”

Michigan and ALEC’s right to work law.   This is part of the religious right’s assault on fairness, which I’m finding out in the book Holy Terror.  (I’m slowly getting through it, a better report later.)

 

…and then there’s violence without a gun…

The human body can be used as a weapon, as well.  How effing vicious does a rape have to be to put a woman into intensive care?  And what about that bus driver?? He had to have known what was going on.

And the way this story is written makes it sound like only in India is rape a stigma…yeah, well, I’ve got news for ya, it’s a stigma *everywhere*…right here in the U.S., we have republicans who say if a woman is raped, she can’t become pregnant...or if she is a Native American woman, a non-native man can rape her without fear of punishment.

Or how about the town I grew up in–where teenage boys tied a mentally challenged woman to a tree and raped her…one of my former friends actually blamed her, saying that she “let them”.  How the hell can you defend yourself if you’re tied to a tree? Or not in command of all your mental faculties?

So we come back to the acceptance of violence in our society.  “Boys will be boys” and all that crap…

Genetic tests on Lanza?

Oh.My.God.

I am just stunned.  Eugenics, anyone??

Nothing in this article about him having amalgams or mercury exposure or diet (if he is gluten intolerant, leading to schizophrenia).

No…we can’t have scientists looking at stuff like that, because that’s too simple an answer and the ways to fix it make us uncomfortable.   It means we have to give up some things that pollute our environment and we have to make more of an effort to understand the diet and immune system and how they affect our brains.

I mean, really, “science” has taught us that amalgams are safe, right??

…and “science” has brought us pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms.

So, yeah, scientists with biases and prejudices should *absolutely* assign a value to a gene and making sweeping generalizations with those biases. /snark

More here. Be sure to note the Americans funding this garbage.

More on celiac…

Having support of one’s family and spouse after diagnosis would seem to be a no-brainer, but no, as this post illustrates. Such ignorance and indifference–encouraging someone to sabotage themselves…and as one poster said, they really don’t want to hear about it. <sigh>

I forgot to mention the other day about the confirmation of my suspicions that I had become even more sensitive to wheat and other foods that set off the immune system allergic response–others on the forum remarked that it is a phenomenon that the system, while trying to heal itself, suddenly kicks into overdrive at the offending substance and the reaction is more severe.  Just thought I’d throw that out there for anyone else struggling with this.

 

Peace, too…

It came to me that my post Friday had one glaring omission: the Native American spirituality.

A Native American friend of mine gave me this prayer once:

Great One,

Please guide my thinking today.

Please help me to be still and listen to your wisdom.

Help me to love my brothers and sisters and help me to respect all that you’ve made. 

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I think this is the same as “do unto others…”, including nature, as well.

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Onto other Native American issues, Turtletalk has this up on the question of what is the definition of being Native American?  As the story illustrates, someone may belong to a tribe because they are one-quarter Native blood, but their child cannot belong because they are less than that.  The concern is that the tribes are self eliminating themselves by such restrictions.  It’s an interesting and complex topic.

Celiac

I can’t remember if I’ve blogged on this website or not, so forgive the repeat if I did~

Celiac.com is a wonderful resource for those with gluten intolerance/celiac.

I was reading the forums from others and it really helps especially during the holidays.  One of the posters has family that don’t understand how serious the condition is and that they can’t eat the normal foods associated with the holidays.  The family member took offense that she would want to fix food for her family (husband and child are affected) separately.

In another post, it really struck home for me–a new member asked if she could cheat a little, as long as she was eating right most of the time.  I have to admit that I’ve cheated, too, and was thinking that as long as I was eating the right foods 90% of the time, that a little bit of cheating wouldn’t hurt.

Wrong.

The other members were quick to tell her in no uncertain terms not to do it.  For one, even if you’re diligent about eating the right foods, you never know when you’ll be exposed to cross contamination (eating food prepared in a facility that also prepares wheat products or even breathing the wheat dust while someone else is baking can affect one, as well).  One member related that she got fed up with the gluten-free diet and for a year or so ate whatever she wanted….she was at a pizzeria when she doubled over in pain and had to be taken to the hospital.  They rushed her into emergency surgery and removed part of her bowel that had literally exploded.  She now has a colostomy and hopes to heal enough to get it removed in the near future.

And on the support group (GAPS), a member posted about her child that had been given crackers by the teacher.  When the parent raised alarm at this, and how this was not allowed, the teacher made some comment that it was *only* six crackers (or something like that).

Incredible!

If the child had a peanut allergy, and this teacher had given him/her peanuts, it would be considered a serious breach of duty.

Even a doctors have told their Celiac patients that they can cheat *a little*.  Wow.

And trying to tell my family about this disease and warning them that it’s inherited and pointing out signs of it has fallen on deaf ears….some even get a little perturbed at me….<sigh>

Being Peace…

From the 1999 Farmer’s Almanac:

Brahanism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. (Udana-Barga 5:18)

Confuscianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you. (Analets 15:23)

Taoisim: Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. (T’ai Shang Kan Ying P’ien)

Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. (Dadistan-I-dinkik 94:5)

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowman. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary. (Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

Christianity: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)

Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself (Sunnah)

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Additionally, the Native Americans, who don’t separate God/Creator from nature, see connectedness in every single thing on Earth.   The ultimate in “doing unto others” includes all of nature, as well.  Respect and honor is shown to all living things, never taking more than you need–which means having faith that nature will provide if shown respect.

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This was one of the most powerful things I learned when I studied Buddhism, Hinduism, Tao, and Confucious~

Every single religion has the saying “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Done Unto You…”

It sounds so simple, and yet, if one applies it to every.single.decision that one makes, it is truly an exercise in compassion, empathy, and letting go of selfishness.  To me, it includes not forcing your beliefs upon someone else, however passionate you may be about them.

I believe that each of us is given a set of unique experiences making us the wonderful individuals that we are and those experiences also lead us along a certain spiritual path.  No one has a right to interfere with that, although there is a trail of blood throughout history of people (of ALL faiths) attempting to force themselves upon others.

I was taught growing up that we all had to be Christians in order for there to be Peace….

…but I’ve been led to believe otherwise–that all paths lead to the same place and it doesn’t matter how we get there–as long as we get there.

God (or your Higher Power) Bless Us Everyone.

Peace to you all.