American Citizenship for sale….

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Ok I am going to rant a bit. For those of you who want something funny please turn away and look at some of the older posts.

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The employment fifth precedence or EB-5 is a law enacted in the late 90’s that allows up to 10, 000 wealthy people to buy their way to US citizenship. If you can come up with 500k and start a business that will hire at least 10 people in 2 years come on down! I am told this is not unusual. This is how a lot of investment groups get loot to build fancy shmancy buildings and development properties.  It is what countries do to attract rich people and frankly rich natives are running away and we have to replace them – I guess.

In New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and elsewhere the developers who use this money are supposed to put the new businesses in economically under served areas. Where there is a loop hole. There always is. And now, recently, all 10k of those spots have been spoken for. A lot of them of wealthy, new rich, Chinese people and Asian people who want American citizenship. Why? If you are rich, living anywhere is awesome right?

Well maybe the Chinese are trying to escape the filthy air and water their sweatshops and polluting manufacturing plants have created. The capital is closed down today because the air is 12 times more polluted than safe. Ok to me it looks like LA on a bad day but still. It is man made pollution and many of the wealthy who benefit from those plants can come to America! for the low low price of 500 k! Hell, there are dogs that they pay more for than that! I think if you country is polluted because of your business you need to stay there and breathe the poison fog in along with the poor and working class folks.

In the great scheme of thing 10,000 rich folks may be good. However, these people are tearing real estate prices up! 20 million for a condo in NYC and the rents in San Francisco, Manhattan, Chicago, are crazy. I just saw a small one bedroom for 3k a month. That’s in downtown Chicago. That is mortgage money. Or money for a rich kid to have his own crib while mum and dad jetset. The average American does not make 9k a month so that isn’t for them. That is ok. However, the EB5 money is supposed to help build up poorer areas. The result is gentrified fringe areas, like Bronzeville and Logan Square areas in Chicago and Brooklyn in New York. It results in pre-existing tenants being shit out of luck when it comes to keeping their homes. The taxes and rents go up. The only folks who can stay are rich, children of the rich, and maybe people sneaking and doing airbnb rentals so they can make their rent. ( I love airbnb for the most part, but it is being outlawed in some of the ritzy buildings… how do they think a secretary making 58 k a year affords 36k rent… she goes to her boyfriends every weekend and rents out the place for 500 a weekend)

So those are two points… naughty industrialist escaping the pollution they created, the rental and housing market going crazy. Now here’s another, given that people go through stringent back ground checks and they are given 2 year visas and if they haven’t created 10 jobs and invested 500k they have to go or find another way to stay.

What about the t word? Terrorist from afar are well funded. Hmmmm? If you do not have a criminal record and you have some loot you can come on in. While we worry about Syrians who may bring in an ISIL lover along unknowingly, how can we be sure these guys aren’t bent on destruction. As the recent events have shown even American born citizens can turn, and you can do a lot of damage in 2 years.

I am on the fence. I am all for bringing in jobs. I am pro immigration as long as it is legal. However, I do worry about someone evil slipping through the cracks. It seems most people who sympathize with ISIL have clean back grounds and just get into the jihadist movement for whatever political, psychological, or ? reason they have. We have enough KKK, KKK knockoffs, Nazi wanna be’s and anti government nuts here we don’t need incoming madness.

According to my research, you have to have a green card in good standing for 5 years to become a citizen. 140,000 visas for permanent employment. This is often people like doctors from India, Computer scientists, heck folks in the STEM fields and the like. 70,000 refugees are allowed in, this year maybe 80k because of the horror in Syria. Then there are 480k family visas. Maybe someone came here and got married, or became a citizen and asked for their foreign spouse to come in. Then there are 55k “diversity” visas, which are for people from countries where the people don’t usually migrate to America. Why? Well, because we love diversity. Well at least on paper.

So, 10, 000 rich folks out of 755-765k visa’s allowed isn’t such a big deal now that I think about it. We do need to be choosy however. Make sure the funds help bring real jobs in impoverished areas not temp jobs in construction. Make sure that people are who they say they are.

I guess we should just do our due diligence and relax.

Long Day into night…

It has been a long day. As I write this, I have spent 10 hours working on websites, 5 hours writing , and hours and hours trying to fix various business issues. I haven’t been asleep since yesterday at 7am.

Darn

But that is the life of an entrepreneur.

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Ok one or two things. More money and two assistants. Yes two. One for day and one for night. I used to have one but I worked the child so hard she left me and joined the army. She says there she gets to rest. LOL

I like to put current pics of me up but you guys don’t need to see me like this, not today. My only saving grace is my night gown is new albeit not fresh after hours of wear and me exercising on my bike when my brain seemed like she wanted to stop. No rest for the wicked huh?

Apparently, I have been a bad bad girl. Oh well.

Good Morning Melissaweblog friends, may your Friday be a blessed one.

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Cimavax and the quest for new meds

 

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Hello there,

It is 1: 07 am here in Chicago and I can not sleep so I thought I would write;or rather rant. For years people have been discussing the medical benefits of this or that herbal remedy. Some herbs are widely used like golden seal tea and St. John’s wort. While others like tiger lily root are rare and hard to find.

Cimavax is not an herb. It is a pharmaceutical drug designed in Cuba. It is for the treatment of lung cancer. The irony that it is from a small country known the world over for it’s cigars is not lost on me. The fact that we can’t get this 1 cuban dollar a shot drug to our people dying of lung cancer scares, annoys, and frankly pisses me off to no end. We have a 50 plus year trade embargo against the country and yes dear friend that includes drugs. Our bureaucratic red tape loving selves could never streamline a process ever. Lean six sigma is for profitable businesses with angry demanding shareholders, not us soft bellied voters.

For decades, natural remedies and inexpensive remedies have been held back from the general public. The FDA, the government, who ever you care to place blame on – including us voters, allows everything to work really slow. Our’s is a giant self replicating beast. If your job is to do something, it almost beseeches you to do it slowly, make it look difficult, and put blocks up. After all, in America the litigious, – and the beautiful, we get up in arms when ever something goes wrong.

And it can go wrong. It often does. How many deformed and maimed babies from drugs that were once thought to be safe? Now we don’t even lie about it. Have you seen the commercials for medicines these days? The side effects and fine print on one actually made me laugh… If you need to stop smoking take this pill but it may make you suicidal, nauseous, oily stool, irritated, etc etc… Hell just go outside and have a puff and ween yourself off the old fashioned way…  Another commercial was for constipation. One of the side effects was cramping, blood clots, irregular breathing, just to name a few. I can’t name them all, we will be here all day!  I wanted to scream eat some prunes and drink some green tea, try that dieters green tea… you will go my friend, you will go.

However lung cancer and diseases of its caliber are no laughing matter. And although there has yet to be named a full fledged cure for it, this so called vaccine, cimavax, has been tested on 5000 people world wide. It’s efficacy seems sound and now there are agencies in America itching to get approval to test it.

Hmmm, 1 cuban dollar a shot to help resolve lung cancer. I’ll take it. I’d sign the waiver, promise not to sue, and pray that  hopefully it will not make me crazy like accutane, or certain sleep aids, and many others. The problem is, and here is where I rant, the cure is not profitable. The treatment is. Years ago, I was misdiagnosed with cancer and did one round of chemo. That was some harsh stuff. I tend to think if there was some tropical rainforest tea that I could have sipped on for 1.00 a serving, it would not have been offered to me. I love doctors. However they are taught to be doctors. You should see how many of my friends with M.D. behind their names publicly scoff at chiropractors, naturopaths, and the like. They have a sense of elitism and a semi God complex. They are also folks with 200k student loans and 500k homes and kids in private schools. For the most part they want to be the doctor. $225 a visit for 7 minutes and I am still sick.. hmm nice racket. It is necessary, and I appreciate the hard work they put in. Some have a calling as healers and would do it for free. Even the naysayers have cabinets full of herbal medicines, their own chiropractors, and acupuncturists. They know the alternative medicine works. They just have a vested interest in us using them first…

In the our world, especially in a capitalist country like U.S.A., it is hard to promote something cheap and helpful. One of my M.D.’s is also a ND. He prescribed all of this herbal stuff I thought was nonsense. Worse yet, very expensive nonsense. He owned the store I got it from, it was more expensive than my prescriptions because it wasn’t covered by insurance.

I scoffed at him for hustling me. However time proved him right and me wrong. Now I have ditched a lot of my “dope” in exchange for “herbs”. More natural ways of calming this, soothing that, helping everything. Yes weight loss helps, so does exercise, and yoga for fat gals, but not sucking down poison pills all day was amazing.

I still take some of my meds. I am “weening ” myself off of them as I try to lose weight and eat healthier and exercise more. I am not saying eat cinnamon and apple cider vinegar and skip the insulin. Let’s not go crazy. I am also not saying that I do not appreciate the fact that the FDA in all of it’s red taped glory doesn’t work hard to protect us. I am just ranting while I wait for my natural sleep remedy to kick in.

And wondering… If we had national healthcare, would we have better or worse access to more natural medicines?

What’s your take?

Let me know!

I am at: askmelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

Melissa

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I am feeling a little “salty”….

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With my whole new dieting craze, I hit a plateau recently. Ok, it is not a new thing: it is two years old. Plus this is the fifth plateau. I asked my doctor what the heck was going on and she called me in and gave me a thorough physical.
Have you ever had an instance where you knew the truth but required a third party to tell you? I am like that often. I knew I needed to eat healthier and lose weight but it took my doctor driving it home to convince me. Two years and 100 lbs later, I am at a standstill. It is both frustrating and scary.
Ok, a food junkie is like any other addict. We fall off the wagon sometimes. My drug of choice isn’t illegal and it’s cheap. Not to mention visiting my relatives on any holiday, birthday, Sunday, day ending in Y, equals a trip to the crackhouse. Here- taste this, eat this, I made this for you, girl you know you like my “fill in the blank”. Sometimes I give in. More often than not I do not. I was even forced to give a speech on several big holidays that I had health problems and I needed my family’s help in keeping me on the straight and narrow food wise.
I flipped the guilt. Instead of the “how dare you not a have a huge piece of chocolate cake I made just for you”; it became “shame on you for offering me bad food that may kill me”. It works for me. Especially after a few key people noticed I had actually lost a lot. I knocked 100 down but I have 150 to go… ugggggh.
So after getting the speech on how the smaller I get the less I can eat and still lose weight ( yeah I know) and the more I need to exercise ( yeah yeah) speeches from my doctor, I said what is wrong? Well, besides the obvious suspects, she said the new four letter word.
Salt
Yes, salt, my friend. You already knew I am sure. Well here I am to tell you again. Salt is the new enemy.
It is in the same group as cholesterol, fat, sugar, or anything that may even remotely give you any food based joy besides spices. I had lowered the fat content of my food, I was eating raw vegetables, lean meats, olive oil instead of corn, all of that really helped.
However, my new evil nemesis is salt. Actually it always was. I was just so focused on lowering fat and sugar; I did not pay attention to salt. I should have.
Here is why. Salt makes you retain water, increases your blood pressure, and it makes you weigh more. It also helps your brain and nerves send electrical impulses throughout the body so it can never be 100 % eliminated . My problem is, it makes my fat free, low cholesterol, no sugar added diet edible. Spices and herbs are awesome, but salt rocks my world. Heck it even makes caramel taste better! ( What evil bastard thought up hunks of salt on sweet caramel? Delicious and unhealthy all wrapped up in a salt crusted shell)
I love salt and you do too…
Salt is everywhere. It’s in the air at the lake and ocean front. It is in most drinking water! It is as ubiquitous as spiders and mold spores. You can try your darnest but it is there somewhere.
The average healthy person needs about 2300mg of salt a day. That’s about a teaspoon. Most of us aren’t that healthy and should only use half of that. You may think over the course of a day you do not consume that much salt. You are probably wrong.
Cold cereal has 120 to 400mg of salt per cup. Canned vegetables, prepared sauces and gravies, and soups: they may have up to 700mg per serving. Note I said serving. A serving of cereal is one cup. When is the last time your teen measured out one cup of cold cereal. I will answer for you – never. Heck until I got serious about my food intake, I thought a serving of cereal was a bowl full. That is actually 2 and one half servings with my big bowls. Throw in prepared meat, frozen meat and fish, and anything precooked and you have salt overload.
Not to mention everything at you favorite Chinese restaurant. One little teriyaki or soy sauce liquid package is your salt for the day. Not to mention how much salt you sucked down eating ramen noodles in college or on those quick and cheap food days.
What to do? Look for the salt. Sodium____ anything is a no no. Fresh vegetables and fruit are all salt free – HOORAY! Low fat dressings are loaded with salt and sugar…. BOOOOOO. Make your own dressing. Use a tiny amount of kosher salt and your favorite fruit squeezed fresh with a splash of flavored vinegar ( like champagne, apple cider, balsamic, etc) . Look over the ingredients of whatever you buy. High salt content? Don’t buy it.
I keep a tally of my salt intake just like I do for food calories or weight watchers points. There are salt substitutes but like all things that seem like a good idea, one must be careful. Potassium chloride ( salt substitute which actually a salt just not sodium chloride) has to be taken in small amounts too. Antacids and stomach medications contain salt so if your eat heartburn medication like candy so you can eat spicy food, it is time to stop.
The ultimate way to avoid excessive salt and the high blood pressure and bloat that comes with it… is to cook your own fresh food. Sorry, I know that make you a little “salty”. We have become so lazy that even our home cooked goodies are more like chef Sandra Dee’s “semi homemade” recipes. Salt is for flavor and preserving food. Even my store bought fresh lettuce salad had SALT on the label. All I could say was “what the heck”. The chicken and ham has liquefied salt injected into it for flavor and to jack up the cost. The ultimate naughty item is what? Well that was the salad to me, but maybe it is your favorite vegetable juice blends to the point of up to 900mg per serving. Yikes! A big glass of vegetable juice may be a day’s worth of salt. Geesh, time to dust off the juicer, it’s farmer’s market season.
In today’s modern world you can’t avoid salt 100%. As a matter of fact, your body actually needs salt. It also needs a little sugar and fat. However, just like your sugar should come from fruits and vegetables and your fat from maybe avocados and nuts and olives; try to get your salt from stuff that can not be avoided. Use more herbs and spices. Make homemade goodies more. My vegetable juice is better than the bottled stuff and I know exactly what is in it. Look for low salt versions of your favorite goodies like prepared soups, sauces, etc. At a café, ask for steamed veggies with no salt or butter and put a little spice on it instead. Sorry ketchup, relish, mustard, and other condiments are loaded with salt.
Let’s try together. My initial goal is 2000mg a day. Yesterday I was at 2600. Yes I know that is bad. However the highest was 7800!!!! So it is a process! More homemade goodies knocks off unwanted salt and sugar and fat, etc.
How do you keep your salt intake low? Tell me about it!
I am at: askmelissa@melissaweblog.com

Love and light,
Melissa

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measles and the anti-immunization movement

Measles and the anti-immunization movement

 

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Hello MelissaWebLog.com and GlobalMusic4 Life Fans! I hope this finds you in good spirits and somewhere comfy. Please share this blog with your friends and get back to me on your opinion on the topic. I imagine I shall be revisiting it soon.

“To be or not to be, that is the question” at least according to William Shakespeare or Thomas Middleton or whoever wrote that stuff. I have been researching measles and immunizations and the pros and cons for about a month now and I have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusion. Doctors, lawyers, parents, and more importantly, children, are all in the middle of this new but old controversy. Old because people have taken issue with giving people shots since people first got shots. New because of the small wave of measles cases popping up in America and in Western Europe in the last few years have pro vs anti shot folks boxing it out even louder.

They say “that which does not kill you makes you stronger”. (I don’t know who said it I will look it up in master quotes next library visit) The thing is, who wants to risks their life or their child’s life on a chance to be stronger? I certainly don’t. A lot of parents don’t. Who gets to decide what’s good for you? One of  the problems with a democracy, or republic or whatever it is we have… ok one of the problems with having a government controlled system is that what is good for the many dictates what’s done to the few.

If you don’t want to get chickenpox, you can get an immunization shot for the chickenpox. If you don’t want to get shingles because you have already had chickenpox, well there is a shot for that too. However, if you are worried about the side effects of the medicine, even if it is a one in a million chance of getting them, who has the right to force you to do it? Hmm let’s think about that.

Well I first started looking into measles about three months ago and put it off. Then a month ago, I decided to write about it. First I hit the usual suspect, the internet. Bastion of modern knowledge that it is, it didn’t give me all of the true information that I wanted.

Let’s make it clear, I am no doctor. I am not a journalist. I am a web blogger. However, I do like to give people good quality information, albeit kind of tongue in cheek. Therefore, I hit the local medical school libraries. I went to the University of Chicago, Rush University, and University of Illinois’ medical libraries.  Besides the whitepaper information on all things measles, I really enjoyed speaking with the locals.

Now these are intelligent folks. I am not speaking with high school drop outs and teens; I am speaking with doctors and nurses. These are the people in the frontline of this issue. Most of them were parents or at the minimum parents of the future.

I asked simply: Hey doc, do you believe in giving kids their shots, in immunizations? What are your thoughts on the whole measles scare thing? I left more confused than when I came in.

There were hushed tones, folks pulling me to the side, asking was I a journalists? Was I a government worker of some kind, did I work for Public Health or the CDC? Naw, I am just a blogger with an itch. I actually had to show some of them my blog in an effort to get them to take me “unseriously”. I wish I had my “I’m with the illuminati “ or “Homeland Security – the series”  t-shirts on. It would have set the mood.

Want to hear what they said? These are 1 percenters and the like? There was a 50 -50 vote. Yes, 50% of the doctors and health professionals I spoke with do not believe in shots. Shit! What the what? We can’t get 50% of the public to come out to vote! I do not like those numbers. They scare me. They burst my little pro – shot cocoon of happy thoughts.

Ok, here are my lists. My fans require it – all 100 of them so here you go.

Measles: Signs

  1. Red bumpy rash
  2. High fever
  3. Soreness in eyes
  4. Fatigue
  5. Often have ear infections
  6. Can lead to Pneumonia or even encephalitis

Contagious

  1. 4-5 days before the rash
  2. 4-5 days after the rash
  3. Spread via touch, sharing of fluids, coughs, sneezes
  4. The virus can hang suspended in the air in droplets of phlegm or other body fluid for up to three hours

Gross! That means an infected person can sneeze and you come by and breathe in the germs an hour later —uggghhhh

Outbreaks

It is kind of the stuff a good virus horror flick is made of

In Bosnia and Philippines over 17,000 cases since 2008*

*probably more, some folks did not report the disease

Outbreak at Disneyland in California!

Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, NY

Outbreak in the rich suburbs of Seattle WA

Outbreak in Berkeley, California

Outbreak among the Amish in Ohio

23 outbreaks in America in 2014 and we have almost hit the same numbers in 2015 and its only March!

 

Yes, I too can see the movie version. The innocent student from afar comes to America, gives the virus to everyone on the plane, everyone at her school, and suddenly it mutates and all heck breaks out.

I am making light of a very touchy subject I know. We use the word outbreak for only a few cases. I am talking less than 700 in the USA in 2014. However, measles is one of the most contagious diseases there is. And in 2000 America declared it a dead disease. Well, it is obviously a zombie disease because it is back and the cases are growing. So far we have 873 in America… for 2015, now some of those may be from 2014 that are newly reported, I do not know the real numbers.

So what to do? Back in its hay day, measles killed 1 in 1000 afflicted. Not a biggie out of 700 people, unless of course that one is your baby.  With modern medicine, the fatality rate would probably be even lower.

So again, who gets to decide? The government? A child’s parents? Who gets to say what you have to do with your body?

In several Ohio, California, and New York school districts, children were being sent home if they were not immunized and had proof. Does the government have the right to say get a shot or no tax payer funded free education for you! There are people who refuse to give their kids shots because of religious reasons. At what point does the kid get a right to say getting measles, mumps or rubella would totally suck, give me the shot? On the flip side, if your kid is immunized, should you worry about the sick child, after all, your kid can’t catch it – right? Hmmmm

Why do I ponder on this and why should you? Well because if you can read this, you are old enough to have gotten a host of shots by now. They start at 6 months? We take them all the way to graduate school. There have been studies saying they caused autism that have found to be flawed. However, there is a group of parents that would swear on a stack of bibles, and well, have, in court, that their kids were perfectly healthy until getting shots and then viola! They became autistic. I have always read that kids with autism are born with it and you may not notice it until you see they are developmentally delayed. However for parents who had perfectly healthy acting kids at 3, 4, 5 years old to suddenly have the kid become autistic, it does beg the question, what else could have done it?

And are you willing to risk your child’s life on whether or not it may or may not affect him or her?

It’s not like the TV isn’t flooded with commercials with law firms offering big bucks to folks whose lives were turned upside down by some medicine that was previously touted as safe.

So what side are you on? Who can you trust? What to do? There are a lot of folks who would rather risk getting a comparatively rare contagious disease over putting what they consider poison, or unkosher, or unholy, or just unnatural in their bodies or the bodies of their children.

I have spoken with Doctors who are for and against it. I even spoke with PH.D candidates in pharmaceutical chemistry. These are the folks who actually make this stuff up with the help of a host of bio geneticists and immunologists and etc. etc. They are on the fence as well. Some even falsify their kid’s records so they don’t have to get the shots.

It’s not just measles. There has been a movement to avoid all immunizations. Measles is the current hot topic. However there are people walking around who haven’t received shots for mumps, rubella, oral polio vaccinations, etc. There are groups of folks so adamantly against immunizations they home school. They go to court; they do whatever they can to avoid immunizations. It is not just poor or uneducated, it is rich and very educated, it the very religious, the conspiracy theorists, and just folks who are scared. They rather risk getting a deadly disease than take a shot.

One guy at the University of Chicago said it is like taking a pain medicine. Sure it may relieve the pain. However, if you believe the pain will go away eventually anyway and you could bear it, why risk all of the side effects of the pain meds. I had to think on that. As a chronic pain sufferer for years, I have often opted for the pain. Sounds goofy huh? However if I know once I get home and put heat on my back and sit for a while the pain will subside, I chose not to dope up with medicine that clouds my thinking, impairs my driving, and makes me nauseous.

I only go there when the pain is blinding. Do we want to wait until the pain from preventable disease is so outrageous that we all run and get boosters and shots for the kids? Pain is like art it is subjective. But does a parent have a right to tell little Jimmy its ok if you may be laid up with this disease and miserable, I chose to make you risk it? Does the government have the right to rally to little Jimmy’s side and say we are now mom and dad get the shot? Are we all really little Jimmy in that there is something out there bigger than us, with power over us, that can make life changing decisions for us with no real say from us at all? We can’t all live off the grid in the middle of nowhere and avoid everyone and everything, we live in a society. That society, in many ways, controls us.

Scary stuff huh? Children and their health is no laughing matter. Adults get these illnesses too.  Most folks born before 57 are thought to have natural immunity to measles and unless they work in specific trades, may not have been inoculated. If their grand kid comes home with a contagious disease he may recover, their chances are slimmer.

So for me, I will get my shots. If I get to go overseas again I am getting shots for everything. I will take my chances. I do not want malaria, African sleeping sickness, or anything else I can possibly avoid.

I also don’t want to be on a plane, at work, anywhere – with folks who may have preventable illnesses. Immunizations are not 100%. Sorry they are not. They are more like 95% especially if the bottles weren’t kept at optimal temperature during travel or your immune system is suppressed.  It’s like using a condom. Ok you may get something bad anyway, stuff happens. However you are asking for trouble without one. I would rather we are all walking around 95% covered which lessens everyone’s chance of that 5% kicking you in the butt. Someone 0% covered is a recipe for trouble. And yes, you have a right to your body. And, no it is not fair for me to get a vote. However, unless you have the cash to buy a house in the middle of nowhere, 100% off the grid, (which is impossible in America, even the guys in the Alaskan wilds got clothes and buckets and mail on occasion), you do not have the right to put others at risk.

Don’t curse me out. It is just my opinion. I am perfectly willing to greenlight research on the efficacy and side effects of all immunization drugs. I don’t believe they are 100% safe or effective but they are what we have. Aspirin and water have side effects. Peanuts can send the wrong person to the grave. We have to use what we have at the moment and work hard to make it better.

What is your take on immunizations? Yes or No and why? It can be anonymous… Tell me about it, I am at Ms.Melissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Be healthy be happy be there for each other,

Love and Light,

Melissa

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Tax season rant

My Current Rant

 

 ….your paycheck should cover basic expenses if you are working fulltimeei2

Ok please no hate mail. I love you, love me back! No? Ok bite me then. I am getting ready to piss a few folks off. Sorry in advance. Sometimes the voices in my head demand I write things down.

 

Rant of the day… I may change my mind tomorrow but today…

I think that the Earned Income Tax Credit should be removed

What? I can feel your stare already. Let me explain.

The Earned income tax credit is a credit. That is code for free money. I don’t really believe in free money. I do not believe in a welfare state. I am a Christian. I do believe in helping the less fortunate. I promise I do. I am, however, into the whole “give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him to fish and he eats for life”.

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Punished for working harder?

What am I getting at? You want the specifics? I do not believe in giving a credit to people that is unearned. No, I have thought about it. I am not talking out of the side of my neck. I have had foster children and got that big juicy check at the beginning of the year. It helped, a lot. It was like Christmas in February. Uncle Sam saw I was struggling taking care of my siblings and hooked me up!

However…

Many poor people, especially single moms depend on income tax refunds. There are people all over America who use that money to get into a new apartment, buy a used car, pay off credit cards, and take a small vacation. It usually runs from 1k to 6k, depending on how much you earned and how many kids you have. If you make over a certain amount you get nothing, if you have no kids you usually do not qualify as well.

…Here’s the rub

  1. Why should the government reward you for having kids you can’t afford? People who made sure they had good work and good partners don’t get it why should you? Yes we have all had hard times to different extents but it is kind of an award for irresponsible behavior.
  2. Why is the cutoff so low? A single parent who busted his or her tail feathers making 50k should get the freebie from Uncle Sam – same as the chic who works part time or not at all. You have to make something but not too much… this helps further forward the welfare mentality. I have associates who actually DO not do extra work because they know it will knock down their earned income check… seriously.
  3. It supports big business and creates a corporate welfare state

Let’s get into #3 more because I don’t stress about 1-2 much.

Large super corporations get to pay low wages in the name of “Shareholder value” aka screwing small guys for the benefit of a few rich guys

Low wages means now these folks, some who actually work full time, qualify for Medicaid, SNAP aka food stamps, section 8 housing vouchers, and yeppers, the Earned income tax credit, and child tax credit.

My thought is, and I am not the first to have it, instead of the government allowing the taxpayers to be pimped by large corporations ( which hold many of the legal protections as a human and in some cases better protections) we should have a nationwide minimum wage. Let’s say 22.00. Knock out all of the extraneous taxes like taxes on food and that is enough for you to take care of a small family humbly in America. (Well outside of NY and San Fran)

Whoa!!!! You don’t want to pay 20 bucks for a McDonald’s hamburger? You won’t because no one will.

The stock exchange may show out a bit but it will be ok. Companies can make a profit without creating a working underclass.

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 ( You shouldn’t only be making 14k working full time )

Walmart, McDonalds, etc.,  should extend their health care to all employees. I certainly want the folks flipping burgers to be fully vaccinated and healthy. Let’s have them buy more items from American vendors who manufacture in America. I know my Chinese brothers and sisters have to eat but they can create jobs for their economy, we need to create jobs for ours.

Decent wages, lower prices, and local good trade and manufacturing  jobs (because everyone can’t afford to spend 100 k on college) will help us all much more than a check in February that is spent in weeks.

Let’s do a little math. According to the IRS the average low income family receiving the child tax credit and earned income gets @ 3k back on tax returns. The income on average for these families is @17k.

Let’s use 15 an hour, because no one is trying to hear the 22 an hour spiel. 15 an hour times a 40 hour week times 52 weeks equal 31,200. Let’s say we eliminate taxes on food and have a flat rate of 5% because hey even Uncle Sam has to eat, leaves about 29,640 in the pocket of that low income family. If they have employer sponsored health insurance ( or state funded that’s a different rant) and budget just right, they can get by in most places. It is better for the country that a healthy, able bodied adult works for 29k and take care of their family vs earn 17k and hope to get 3k at tax time. Companies that pay good wages get to have lower turnover, which saves them a lot of money, they get a better trained workforce, happier employees, and can even end the day profitable. Google Costco vs Walmart. Cheaper pay is the lazy way to run a business. It is irresponsible corporate citizenship and should not rewarded.

New York State has a program where it is almost paying companies to come to the state and create jobs. Tax breaks up the wazoo! The state should make sure those employees are making at least 20 bucks an hour for full time work. Someone has to pay the taxman and if you let the company slide the employees will have to ante up. They should make enough to do so. That way the end result is jobs and a good tax base for the state. Otherwise… well, there is just more folks on the government teat.

And while I am ranting, yes President Obama, force companies who take American jobs out of the country to pay an extra tax. Instead of living wages here, they help create a working poor under class elsewhere. Let’s call it the Foreign Manu factor tax. I just read how a company laid off 2,000 folks in their American Plants in rural Virginia and Kentucky and are now getting the work done by child laborers and poor women in third world countries.  Again, I know those folks have to eat too. However instead of 2k folks with good union jobs paying taxes and living reasonably well, you have 2k folks on unemployment, many of whom will be unemployed for long periods of time. You can spend 17 years working in a plant and suddenly the job is gone, your pension is a joke or worse you didn’t make the 20 year cut off so you get nothing, and your work was so specialized you have to start from scratch with new job training. To me that means 4,000 folks are being duped, here and there.

Am I mean, have I gone all “Stacy Dash “on you ? No I still love you guys. I just want the little guy to be able to earn a comfortable living and not have a welfare mentality where he sits and waits for the government to hand over free loot. Free money should be reserved for the ill, the elderly, and for college and trade school. Sometimes we all need a helping hand. That should be on a case by case basis not an annual giveaway for individuals or corporations.

 

Give me some input on this… its a rant, but we do need to take better care of our working class people.

I am at MsLissa@melissaweblog.com

Love and Light

Lissa

 

That feeling… like someone kicked you in the back?

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It may be kidney stones. Kidney stones can be a minor little nuisance or a major problem requiring surgery. It depends on the size and location of the stone, the health of the individual, and how quick the problem is caught.

Your kidneys are awesome

When you think about your kidneys you generally think of two things: protect them in a fight and well… urine. The kidneys are so much more.

  1. Kidneys filter waste from blood – the blood not the water you drink, not directly
  2. They create urine ( I know you know but it’s on my list so I had to say it)
  3. They help regulate calcium metabolism
  4. They help regulate electrolyte metabolism
  5. Kidneys help regulate salt
  6. Kidneys help regulate potassium
  7. Kidneys help with the body’s acid balance
  8. Kidneys create chemicals that stimulate red blood cell production which helps regulate blood pressure

So as you see, kidneys have a lot of work to do. Yes you can live with one really healthy one but two are best. I say don’t mess with the architect’s design but I would also hand one over to my sister or brother readily.

Kidney Stones

Are fun! –Ok I am being silly. I apologize to anyone who has ever had them. They are painful and “passing a kidney stone” is the closest many men will ever get to the pain of childbirth. They develop from an overload of salts and minerals in the kidneys.

Causes:

  1. Hereditary risk factors – no one knows the gene per se but they do run in families often
  2. Low water intake, dehydration
  3. High salt and mineral intake … the jury is still out in regards to calcium over load but when the liquid ( water) and the minerals do not have the right balance, crystals form resulting in stones
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Obesity ( a risk factor more than a cause like HBP)
  6. Excessive protein diets
  7. For some, high Oxalate foods like : Chocolate, tea, dark leafy greens, oranges, tofu, instant coffee, sweet potatoes, blue berries, blackberries, These are healthy foods but there is a certain group of people who need to be more careful in over doing them. Remember, everything in moderation so the body can regulate it. No berries only diet or anything outrageous like that. If kidney stones run in your family, ask your doctor about a blood test that can see if you have a high amount of the precursors in your blood.

Signs:

  1. Pain in abdominal area, lower back and sides of back ( see doctor that is a sign for several serious illnesses)
  2. Pain in groin
  3. Frequent or painful urination
  4. Bloody urine
  5. Vomiting and nausea ( usually accompanied by pain in groin or back)

Kidney stones can be as small as a small piece of salt ( which still hurts by the way) to the size of golf ball ( extreme case) They are usually just a few millimeters  or less and even then may require surgical procedure to remove.

Treatment:

  1. Sometimes the doctor just makes you increase you fluid intake to wash them out, maybe with muscle relaxers ( for ureters the tubes where urine leaves the kidneys) and pain meds
  2. Sometimes the doctor can go up the ureter ( I will not be graphic) and use a tool to grab the small stones
  3. Surgery through small incisions in the back
  4. Extracorporeal Shock wave therapy – shock waves!!! It sounds cool as heck but it can leave bruises, cause internal bleeding, and really hurt

So if you have the signs, go in for a checkup. Ask your family has anyone in the family had kidney stones and let your doctor know. The doctor may do a CT scan, X-ray, or ultrasound to see the stones. They may also do urinalysis and blood analysis to see the mineral content of your body. These tests are simple and for the most part not very invasive. The quicker you see why that pain is with you the better off you will be.

Have you ever had a kidney stone? What happened? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

Love and Light

Lissa

 

Let Me Clear My Throat….

Let Me Clear My Throat…

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Who sang that in a song? It was an old school rap. Ok I will look it up later. It is cold and flu season and hooray! I haven’t gotten sick yet but between my vitamin c and teas and oranges and zinc… I should be covered. Are you? What are you doing to protect yourself? I hate being on the train because everyone around me is coughing. They did not get the memo where you cough in the crook of your arm and not in your hands. You know the hands that touch everything on public anything? I am not a germaphobe, but geesh.

Let’s chat about coughs. Yes I know you are an expert but hey, since we are both here.

Issue number one. What causes you to cough? If you said cooties, you are only partially right.

The biggest contributors are:

  1. Smoking cigarettes
  2. COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( oddly enough a lot of these folks smoke)
    1. Including emphysema
    2. Chronic bronchitis
  3. Acid reflux
  4. Flu and Common Cold ( viruses not bacteria)
  5. Sore throat, chest infection ( can be viral or bacterial)

 

All of these warrant a trip to the doctor. However if you have a little cough due to, let’s say shoveling snow without a scarf for 2 hours. You can do a little home therapy before sliding down to the local internist.

 

Issue two… what to do or use before getting the hard stuff ( pharmaceuticals)

  1. Cover throat with warm towel and sit down and relax
  2. Cover nose and mouth with warm and moist towel and breath in warm moist air
  3. Warm , not hot, green or herb tea with a tablespoon of brandy, rum, or whisky no milk
  4. Vicks vapor rub on your neck, chest, and under your nose with warm clothes on
  5. A cool humidifier is good after maybe a little steam ( face over sink of hot water cover head with towel for five minutes, breath in deeply, a little eucalyptus leaf and mint leaf in there is awesome, but Vick’s vapor rub is handy in a pinch)
  6. No milk or milk products, many say they help produce mucous
  7. No or very little sugar or starchy foods, warm tea, broth, a little lean meat for protein
  8. Warm water with lemon and orange peels in it (unless your throat is sore then ouch…)
  9. Fresh ginger and peppermint in hot water, made like a tea with the cover over it for five minutes to release the natural oils into the water
  10. Licorice root tea
  11. Spoonful or raw, organic honey
  12. Thyme infused herbal tea
  13. Honey, pepper, in mint tea ( I haven’t tried this… drinking pepper? Hmm only fresh cracked 1 tsp to four cups but still)
  14. Turmeric, warm water and honey

 

A cough that hurts your chest when you cough and one that last more than a day or can’t be calmed within a few hours is cause for concern. I always say check with the doctor first and if she says it’s just a cold then look up home remedies. Most of these you have to go to a natural foods store to find but raw organic honey, lemons, turmeric, Vick’s vapor rub, and green tea are all over.

If you want more specific information on natural remedies, speak with a naturopath or herbalist. They can tell you what the proper “recipes” are for the various natural home remedies are.

 

Issue Three: Prevent problems

 

The best defense is a good offense. (Sorry that last Super Bowl has me whacky) Prepare for the worst. Just like you buy salt before the snow, get a few remedies and home health aides before you need them.

A vaporizer, cool or warm, is good. Bottled water is a good idea if you tap is funky, while vitamin C and Zinc lozenges are tasty and handy and come in sugar free. Just make you a list of stuff to just put in the house. Nothing elaborate or expensive is needed. You know if you have kids and they walk to school in the snow, to have cold and flu medicine and herbs ready.

 

One should also dress properly for the weather in layers, cotton or material designed to wick sweat away from the skin on the layer nearest the body is recommended. Ok and you should try hard to not smoke or at least not smoke in the house. The kids and the animals don’t want to suck in that poison. Yes, children do get infections from second hand smoke. And eat healthy food high in nutrients so that your body has the energy to fight off diseases. These are all basic no nonsense things you need to do.

 

Ok I found the song, it was by DJ Kool and Biz Markie with Dougie Fresh, can’t get it out of my head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54yIMKjG048

 

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http://globalmusic4life.com/store/?ms_collection=searching

 

We sell our music and books directly to make them more cost effective and eliminate the 50-75% taken by middle men.

 

What do you do to avoid a cough and cold in the winter? Any remedies I need to know about?

Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

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Multiple Sclerosis: Common symptoms for uncommon illness

MS: Common symptoms for uncommon illness

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Happy Friday GlobalMusic4 Life Fans! We made it through another week in one piece hopefully. As the sun shines into my office I am delighted by the sounds of the kids next door at the church playing outside. It seems like a nice spring day. It is not though; it is 34 out and very far away from my happy to be outside temperature range.

 

Things are not always what they seem. Sometimes on the weekend I take care of my friend’s kids to give her a break. She loves them but three screaming me me’s are enough to drive you to drink Gatorade.

My friend has MS, or rather multiple sclerosis. I am her go to babysitter when her symptoms flare. They can be in remission for months and then out of the blue “wham!” It is very inconvenient to say the very least. However she is lucky, she has a good support system, including yours truly.

 

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that can strike a person at any age. On average the diagnosed age is 29. It is often hard to initially diagnose and a true diagnosis requires the assistance of several specialists. These may include your internal medicine physician of family doctor. Neurologist, Neuro-ophthalmologists, and radiologist are all part of a good treatment team.

 

What is MS?

MS is an autoimmune disease. The current belief ( it is still being studied) is that an event happens in the body, maybe a severe viral attack ( Epstein Barr may be one of the culprits) and the T cells in the white blood cell group, over react. They cross the blood brain barrier and cause harm to nerve tissue by removing the fatty coating on nerves called myelin. This causes a certain type of micro scarring. This stops the nerves from sending and receiving messages properly. This affects the central nervous system… brain, spinal cord, and eyes. Yes, that pretty much covers the body. No one knows definitively what exactly causes MS, they do know there are genetic predispositions to it and many sufferers also have low vitamin D.

 

Symptoms:

The symptoms vary from patient to patient which is one of the reasons it is hard to diagnose often.

The severity differs as well. Although women account for 70% of MS patients, men get the more severe forms more often. Scientist are not sure why.

  1. Muscle spasms and pain ( may stay or come and go erratically )
  2. Joint Pain and muscle pain
  3. Cognitive issues, many patients have problems with memory
  4. Fatigue beyond what is expected for their normal activity
  5. Incontinence
  6. Constipation
  7. Frequent urgency to urinate
  8. Visual problems due to demyelination in the optical nerve bundle
    1. Sudden loss of vision
    2. Uncontrollable eye movements
    3. Double images due to weak eye muscles
  9. Muscle weakness
  10. Sexual problems
    1. Loss of desire
    2. Trouble achieving orgasm where there was problem before
    3. Reduced sensation
  11. Depression

 

Wow, that is a lot. Those symptoms can cover a host of other diseases. The best way to diagnose is to rule out other ailments and then have an MRI. MS often leaves brain lesions that can be seen by a radiologist.

 

Types of MS

There are four main types.  However 85% of the people with MS have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. They have periods where certain symptoms will flare up and then go into a period of remission. The other types are secondary progressive where symptoms get worse over time. Primary progressive MS is where symptoms slowly worsen over time. The last one is the worse but only affects about 5 % of the MS sufferers. Progressive relapsing MS is where the disease’s symptoms quickly get worse and often never go into remission. Most of these sufferers are men.

 

What to do? Can your prevent MS?

No, there is no known prevention. It has been know to run in families but is not a genetic disease like sickle cell anemia. People with low Vitamin D have a higher chance of developing it. The human body needs a little UV light for natural vitamin D. Between sunscreen and living and working inside, many Americans have low vitamin D and have to supplement it. MY personal opinion is nothing takes the place of a 30 minute walk in the sun. Obesity and smoking are also risk factors.

 

Treatment and outlook

The outlook for MS is not horrible… there is no cure or preventative medication. There is however, increasingly more effective treatments to help MS patients deal with their illness better. Many MS patients feel diet and exercise help with their symptoms as well. ( Hey I blog for GM4L, I have to do a shout out for healthy eating and exercise) There are a number of natural therapeutic treatments to help with different symptoms. Usually the focus is on pain reduction and muscle control.

 

There is currently research going on in conjunction with scholars looking to find treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The goal is to figure out how MS is triggered and to stop that trigger. Another goal is to figure out how we can ad the myelin back to the damaged nerve bundles or generate new ones all together. The work is ongoing.

 

On a good note, my friend has had it for 12 years and she seems to be getting better. Her remissions lasts longer and her flare ups are not as severe and life altering. When she was first diagnosed it took the doctors three years to come up with MS. Now the same professionals can diagnose someone within weeks. That is a major thing. The sooner you are diagnosed the sooner effective treatment can begin.

She is doing better and I can send the little darlings back to her and her husband.

 

Are you or a loved one battling MS? How long did it take to diagnose? Let me know!

I am at MsMelissa@melissaweblog.com

 

Love and light,

 

Melissa