|Loki's wee paw|
|Punim with Tulips|
|My Loki, being adora-ball( get it, she's a little ball)|
|A pink poppy in front of my house, from the now long ago Summer|
THE CURE FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS I received this letter from a dairy farmer. Should any of your friends or relatives have this painful condition, please feel free to print this for them. Please also feel free to post this on your internet site. I require no credit or link to my website. Helping people is my reward. Making a positive difference in this world is one's highest pursuit. Dear Mr. Cohen, You and I have stood on different sides of the fence for a number of years, but I've got a story to tell you, and an apology to offer. Catherine (my wife of 21 years) and I both grew up on dairy farms. We've been raising Holsteins as long as we can remember. Cath is just 42 years old, but she is crippled with rheumatoid arthritis. There is no record of this disease in her family, but she has been in pain for the past two years, much of it bedridden. We've tried traditional and alternative therapies and medicines, but she only got a little short term relief. We even tried acupuncture. Try finding an acupuncturist in the rural midwest! It was expensive, and didn't really work. Catherine's pain has been unbearable at times. Despite there being no information on the internet linking dairy consumption to rheumatoid arthritis, and nothing in medical journals (I've searched online medline), we made a resolution together to discontinue drinking our own milk, and not eat cheese or any other dairy product for six months, just to see if there would be some improvement. Damn. I have to tell you this. Catherine feels like she's been to Lourdes. She's cured. There is some pain, but most is gone. I've had changes too which I'll discuss some other time. I thank you, and curse you at the same time. Milking cows is my livelihood. I've always believed that what I was doing was the right thing. I'm not going to sell my cows and sell my farm. I love the business. I just don't feel that good about it anymore. You were right about the arthritis. I don't know about the cancer and heart attacks, but you have given us a miracle that doctors were not able to provide. It did not take us three to six months to learn the truth. It took just three weeks. I've ridiculed your work in the past. Please accept my apology. Your friend, Tom Please do not give out my EMAIL address or last name. I live in farm country and, well, you understand. Thank you. Dear Tom, My dear friend, Jane Heimlich (wife of Dr. Henry Heimlich, the "Heimlich Maneuver" physican), included this in her book, "What Your Doctor Won't Tell You." "Of the nearly 7 million Americans who have rheumatoid arthritis, most are women. Symptoms are stiffness, aching muscles, fatigue, pain that accompanies motion, and tenderness. Nutritional therapy, not drugs, is the cornerstone of alternative treatment. A treatment for arthritis that relieves symptoms in a large percentage of patients is based on the theory that most arthritic symptoms are allergic reactions." I've found many examples of physicians and scientific studies linking dairy cosumption to rheumatoid arthritis. I've included a few of the following citations in my new book, MILK A-Z. "Rheumatoid arthritis is more severe than osteoarthritis,is most common in the hands and feet, and is characterized by swelling of joints. Since this type of joint pain can be a symptom of a food allergy, dietary change sometimes has a profound effect. Dairy products, the most common food allergen, are one likely candidate as a contributing causative factor." Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition by George Eisman, M.A., M.Sc., R.D. "...43 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, those assigned to a vegan diet...had improvement in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms." British Journal of Rheumatology, 36(1) 1997 "In the case of the eight year old female subject, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was a milk allergy. After avoiding dairy products, all pain was gone in three weeks." Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1985, 78 "Controlled trial of fasting and a one-year vegetarian diet eased symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis." The Lancet, 1991, 338 "In 1964, I learned of the experiences of Dr. William Deamer of San Francisco. He had pointed out the frequency of milk protein's casual relationship to musculoskeletal pain in children and especially the so-called 'growing pains.' Since that time, I have had several children with what appeared to be early rheumatoid arthritis relieved and returned to good health by little more than reassurance and careful dietary manipulation." Don't Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski, M.D. "In systemic arthritis, like Rheumatoid, the cause is coursing through the blood, and it got there through the diet. When all of the joints are involved, the cause is not physical, but chemical. It's usually casein.(Eighty percent of milk protein is casein). I once saw a 65 year old man, Bob, who complained of neck stiffness and headaches. His hands were so stiff and sore. Bob lived to play golf. I instructed him to give up all milk and dairy products. Since giving up dairy products, he no longer experienced pain and headaches, and his hands were also pain-free. Joy, a 42 year old woman noticed that her knees were pain-free after eliminating dairy products. Once, after drinking a glass of milk, her knees swelled within 20 minutes." No Milk, by Daniel Twogood, D.C. "There is a colossal amount of information linking the consumption of milk to arthritis... and a multitude of other problems as documented by Hannah Allen, Alec Burton, Viktoras Kulvinskas, F. M. Pottenger, Herbert M. Shelton, and N.L. Walker, among others." Fit for Life, by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond "Certain foods trigger the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and eliminating these foods sometimes causes even long- standing symptoms to improve or even remit entirely. It is important to avoid the problem foods completely, as even a small amount can cause symptoms. All dairy products should be avoided: skim or whole cow's milk, goat's milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, etc." Neal Barnard, M.D. http://www.pcrm.org
Robert Cohen author of: MILK A-Z (201-871-5871) Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) Dairy Education Board http://www.notmilk.com
It gets worse, not unexpected but, all the same, pretty shit. Our fucking prime minister, harpie, said to the press that my city’s mayor is doing what’s needed to clean up the NDP’S mess. Whatever the hell that means. How can anyone justify privatizing parks?! Closing or privatizing libraries, closing the zoo..where will all the animals go? He also wants to close The Riverdale Farm; a working farm in the east end of the city, and sell off all the animals, “ for food”. Here’s a link to someone’s blog with a lot of interesting info about the farm.
And, here’s a link to the farm’s website, where you will also see a petition against the closing of the farm
The petition I started last week to have my city’s mayor impeached is not doing well, and is being signed by everyone but Canadians, least of all, Torontonians.
I don’t know what will happen to Toronto, or Canada, with such shit-head, hate-filled bigots at the helms. Hey, let’s castrate both of these worthless men, without antiseptics, to save cost, of course, cuz isn’t what these nazis are all about? Once they’ve been castrated, we can create proper anarchy, shit-head free democracy, with enough funding for spiritual, emotional and physical well-being programs that will allow us and and the city as a whole to thrive, not merely eke by.
"Anarchy" arises from ancient Greek "An," meaning without and "Archos" meaning leader.
In modern political philosophy anarchy, or anarchism (the ideology which aims to create anarchy) is traced back, often, to Proudhon, and in particular his work "What is property?" - the origin of the still used anarchist slogan "Property is theft!"
Contrary to belief that "anarchy" is synomous with "Disorder," anarchists generally advocate non-hierarchical, horizontal organization, typically through directly democratic structures. As such, there is a degree of common ground between anarchists and libertarian Marxists. Many anarchists are highly supportive of the practice of the Zapatistas in Chiapas.
In 1936, anarchists in the Spanish provinces of Catalonia and Aragon collectivised industry and agriculture, and established a working example of anarchy."(taken from http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term)
Rob Ford began his mayoral campaign with the public learning that he had beaten his wife and been charged for it, twice.
This same boor now wants to do as much damage as possible to Toronto, including cutting funding for the Arts, as usual, closing and privatizing as many services and attractions as possible.
A Councillor in Ford's government, Frances Nunziata, wants to shut down Toronto Animal Services (TAS), yet another essential service here in the city of Toronto to be axed adding the growing list of services slated for removal, all in the so-called name of savings.
I was not aware that the mayor also wants to close the Zoo, and , in keeping with Ford's blatant homophobia, he does not want to give funding to AIDS foundations, and among the many, many atrocities listed in a very detailed article in The National Post, he wants to remove "last resort" dental care for those in dire, financial need.
Here's the report:
Ford's totalitarian desire to privatize most major services and attractions in the city is not only disturbing, but very dangerous for the health, well-being and overall strength of the city's morale.
From the desire to privatize our TTC, to the new issue of wanting to close or privatize Toronto Public Libraries is a very frightening prospect for Toronto.
Once government-run services are made private, by greedy, misguided politicians, a city looses its democracy, it looses its identity and will become just like an American ghetto- where corrupt governments seek to maintain a very distinct us versus them ethos, and, essential services fall to the way side.
In the latest not shocking, but disgusting acts from the mayor, he gave the finger to a mother and her daughter who disapproved of his talking on his cell phone, by giving him the thumbs down, while he was driving.
In short, Rob Ford wants to turn Toronto into a third world city, where only the wealthy will be able to afford most services that we have all been either able to afford or have been assisted with through government funding which is why we all pay taxes.
This is unacceptable!
Luckily I’m not a gambler, cuz I really didn’t call the winner of this year’s World Cup.
I thought America would come out the victors, against Japan, because they had been so strong and focused,but, alas, they ended up, well, sucking to be perfectly frank.
In the second half of official extra time, the American coach replaced Rapinoe, with a no name brand. Then, when both teams ended up having to penalty kick for the win, the American team didn’t powwow with their coach at all, as the Japanese did, nor did they have a detailed game plan, mapped out, as the Japanese also did. What they did do was put two complete duds up on their five- person shoot-out roster, Boxx, and a bloody bench warmer with a boy’s name.
All the same, it was an exciting game to watch, even with the frustrating decisions made. It was a sold out stadium, with a record-breaking number of over 48,000 people in attendance, including Germany’s Chancellor, whose birthday it was.
This was the very first televised Women’s World Cup. The number of supporters in the host country, Germany, and world-wide was, apparently, phenomenal, but, really, this shouldn’t be shocking news, this is common sense.
The men’s Cup has been in existence since the 1930’s. It took the men who formed FIFA another 60, yes, 60 damn years to allow women to play in their own Cup, so we haven’t wasted a single second, and can finally show the world “that we are the strongest people in the world.” ( a quote from M. Angelou, from ‘ I know why the caged bird sings)
Somehow, people still want to hold on to old stupid thinking that says that women shouldn’t be aggressive, athletic, competitive, and most of all, self-assured!
Congratulations Japan! You held on , you played hard, and won a major victory, not just for your country, but for all women!!
In four years time, the Cup will be traveling here, to Canada, and I plan on attending, but, I feel pretty certain, that as usual, it will be in Vancouver, can nothing ever come to Toronto?
Lastly, please don't forget the animals: sign my petitions.
The link below is my petition asking for animals to be covered under Canada's provincial health care acts. Within the body of that petition is another link..sign both:)