Head First Into The Fray!

By posting this entry, I am taking an amazingly large risk. I could lose all of my readers. I could even lose my blog. Perhaps even my whole website. But I have to do this. I am compelled; by science, and by logic. So let me begin with disclaimers. I am not a medical doctor. My doctorate is in Divinity. That comes into play in this post. I have studied this subject from all sides, ad nauseum. The information included here is for your thought processes, not to give you medical advice.

I think I’m beginning to make sense of this Covid drama. I don’t have it all figured out, but it’s starting to come together.

First, Covid is real. The people who say it’s not real, that it’s made up, are beyond naive. That is a voluntary ignorance. It might not be what we’re being led to believe it is, but it’s very real.

First, I’m a believer in the terrain theory over the germ theory. I believe viruses might be more closely related to other bacteria and maybe fungi than we think. Just like cancer exists as a mutation to our cells. How’s that for oversimplifying?

By the terrain theory, we could best avoid and treat diseases naturally. And if our diets are right, it helps a great deal. I also think God built healing into creation. The medicines for most of our biological problems are out there, we just need to find them. Things like Aspirin, Opium, and CBD, convince me of this. I believe there might be healing properties in magic mushrooms, and peyote, among other things. We have to look. Also look at Cacao leaves, bark, and roots. Let’s not forget the maybe millions of human lives that have been saved by Ivermectin. Also, there are properties in both Garlic and hot Chile peppers that work against cancer.

Eastern medicine still focuses on herbal and natural healing. Sure there are some silly things, like Rino Horn, but we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bath. Let’s look at what’s out there.

I have wondered why the whole world overreacted in such a dramatic way to this ‘virus’. I’ve never seen such a widespread panic. We’ve had panics before, but nothing like this. Now that we’re discovering some of what was going on in Wuhan, it’s starting to get a clearer picture.

It looks like Wuhan was working on Gain of Function experimentation. Among other things, looking at bat coronaviruses, and how they can be made to pass to humans. The primary purpose of this kind of research would be to use as biological weapons. You don’t create new viruses for ‘what if’ scenarios. It’s not for the creation of vaccines for situations when something does jump from animals to humans. Especially if the virus doesn’t already do that.

Covid-19 escaped before an antidote (vaccine) could be created. No one really knew how it would mutate. I think certain high level people in certain Govts. were made aware. And were told, we can’t control it, because we don’t know what it will do. So we’ve seen all these mask mandates, lockdowns, and now vaccine mandates.

Ideas and treatments have been all over the place. The pharmaceutical companies took advantage and rolled out these mRNA vaccines, that helped short term, but lose there efficacy very quickly, maybe requiring boosters in the very short term. A surprising boon to the pharmaceutical industry’s bottom lines.

Other, natural, things, like Quercetin, and Ivermectin, have been shown to help, but because of the emergency approval of the vaccines being based on no treatments being available, they had to be shot down.

Here’s the thing, though, Ivermectin helps some people, but not everyone. Nothing does. I’m going to hypothesize that it primarily benefits those who’s terrain, was/is already geared up to fight off the ‘virus’. We see Quercetin, Vitamin C, D3, K2, and Ivermectin used to help those who already have a good diet, and healthy weight.

If we are eating meat and veg, rather than highly processed packaged stuff, and when possible, organic and grass fed/free range, we’re already ahead of the game.

I also think hospitals are killing people. The meds they’re using and the ventilators are literally killing people. I don’t want to go to hospital if I get Covid. I want to take some things, I will make a list of them to present to the medical team, but I will not take Remdesivir daor go on a ventilator. Oxygen is ok, steam is ok, a ventilator, no.

I recently saw a video from a specialist in a western State. He said he’s seeing all kinds of increase in problems related to vaccinated individuals. It was terrifying and illustrates what I feared, not that the vaccine wouldn’t work, but that it would also have major unintended consequences. Doctors all over the world are screaming, “Don’t mandate the vaccine!” But Americans aren’t hearing their voices. This is one of the most dastardly campaigns ever foisted on a free people. And we’re falling for it. Some are complaining, but no one is standing up and fighting.

I truly believe there may not be a cure, or a 100% preventative for the disease. We may be able to avoid it, and treat it. That will give us some immunity. But this disease is a man made monster, and like King Kong, it has escaped.

Some Observations Re: My Blood Pressure

About two weeks ago, I decided to adjust my diet, again. This time to help me get off of blood pressure medicine. The simple truth is, I’m kind of anti pharmaceutical. I think there are drugs that are good for you, don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of moderate use of antibiotics, aspirin, and certain pain killers after surgery. You get the point. But I am pretty much a conspiracy theorist when it comes to pharmaceutical companies. I think many meds are addictive, and many are for short term use, yet we are prescribed them for long periods, or for life.

I could rant about this for days, but won’t. For now! I started thinking about my blood pressure medications. I take 3. They are called; Atorvastatin, Felodopine, and a blood thinner, Rivaroxaban. The Felodopine, makes me retain fluid, so I’m also on a diuretic, Furosimide.

I’ve been on this stuff for four years this month. I was put on it after my heart attack and some small strokes. I had a triple bypass three years ago. I’m still on all the medications. I haven’t seen a doctor in nearly two years, due to Covid. They just put my prescriptions on auto renew. I phone the doctor’s office and they phone the pharmacy.

Well, I got to thinking, ‘wait a minute. I’ve lost over 50 lbs. Why am I still on such a high dose of a Statin (twice what it was in the beginning), and such a strong blood thinner?’ Originally, I was on an aspirin tablet once a day. So I started to read. And the more I read, the more suspicious I became.

First, I learned how much I could do with diet. I was a good way there with the dietary changes I’d already made. I just needed to tweak a couple things.

I’ve been on the Keto diet for a couple of years. It’s been great. But I read that some of the fats I’ve been eating, like butter and cream, for the sake of my blood pressure, I should modify. Sadly, I’ve cut back. I use more olive oil in my cooking, and milk in my coffee. I haven’t cut them out, just cut way back.

I also learned I should probably cut back on my caffeine. That one was hard to think about. I start every day with two cups of coffee, then switch to tea, both hot and iced. I think decaf tastes weak. I’ve tried it before. But I have switched to one cup of regular, and one of decaf in the mornings, then I drink mostly decaf cups of tea the rest of the day. So far, my iced tea, is still caffeinated, but I’m down to about 1.5 litres a day. Plus I drink that much plain water. The decaf is weak tasting. But after two weeks, I’m getting used to it.

I have also added fruit to my diet. I eat berries, an apple, a banana, or an orange daily. Always organic. It was hard to adjust to, because Keto doesn’t allow fruit, other than a few berries. My system was squemish about it. Additionally, I eat a couple of small sweet potatoes a week.

So far, those are the only changes I’ve made in my eating plan. So I’m still low carb, but not fully keto. I have added a couple of different medicinal mushrooms (lion’s mane, and shiitake) to my daily routine. The lion’s mane I take in capsules, and the shiitake right now I’m using to cook with. I may eventually go to capsules for those as well. But since I like mushrooms in omelettes and most things with hamburger, I’m just using those rather than the much cheaper button shrooms from the supermarket. I

I added Quercetin supplements, and Zinc to my daily routine. The zinc I have to watch, because Alzheimers runs in my family. I will only take it for a short time. The Quercetin has a double purpose. First, it helps with blood pressure. I get a lot from all the veggies I eat, but the supplement should help. Secondly, it works as a prophylactic against Covid. Seriously, and it’s regularly used by doctors in treatment for light and moderate cases. It’s natural, so why not? I take some other prophylactic stuff, but won’t discuss it here. It’s not illegal, it’s just not politically correct. I don’t want to start a big agument.

I first reduced my meds to every other day. Now I’m on my fourth day in a row. On my off days, I do take an aspirin tablet. I take my blood pressure two to three times a day. The most consistent time, is when I first get up in the morning between 6:30 and 7:00. Ironically, my blood pressure has slightly dropped since I’ve been doing this. It is in the upper range of normal. There is no difference between days I take the medicine and when I don’t. Now, since I’ve started doing this, my heart rate has gone up slightly. Still well within the normal range. I haven’t studied that at all, other than what the range should be.

The only other thing I’ve noticed, is my sleep pattern has been interrupted. I still get up at the same time, but I’m not sleepy when I go to bed. This is despite the serious reduction in caffeine. And I drink none after 5 pm. I don’t know how to attribute this change, except I have taken a half hour nap about 1pm the last three days. But I’m staying awake an extra 1.5 hrs at night.

This post is not offering any medical advice. No way. I’m a doctor, but not a medical one. LOL. I’m just sharing some of the things I’m doing. Please consult your medical professional before making any decisions about what medications you take or decide to stop taking.

P.S. I have started a You Tube Channel, SamBurtonPresents. From time to time it may have diet related stuff, but not too much. It will mostly be related to the Paranormal, and to Dog breeds. And some vlogging. I’m telling you this because I will announce some episodes here on the blog from time to time, and I don’t want anyone to panic.

Getting Personal: I Need To Sweat!!

I will turn 65 in October. Holy Smokes! It breaks my heart. Mainly that’s because I realize how many more miles I have behind me than I have in front of me. I love life. Looking back, my life has been an amazing adventure. Yes, it has had some terrible, I mean awful, periods of pain: physical, emotional, spiritual, and even financial. But when I look at the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, the relationships I’ve developed, the number of people I’ve led, and learned from, I am amazed. I have been fortunate.

The time has come for another change. It’s scary. Really scary. At the end of September, I’m moving back to the USA. I’m retiring, or at least, mostly so, and I’m going to travel, write, and podcast. I will travel at least until January of 2022. I will hopefully find where I want to settle by then.

As a part of my preparations for this coming change, I’ve been researching my health challenges and how I will treat them going forward. I should have done this years ago. In many ways I did, which is why I became a farmer to begin with. I wanted to eat organically, and wanted to eat grass fed and free range meats, eggs, and dairy. But there were specific things related to my heart condition and my blood pressure that I have mostly ignored.

I had my open heart surgery three years ago. And I’ve been on blood pressure meds since my heart attack and strokes, four year ago. Only recently, have I started studying how to naturally treat those conditions.

I have learned a great deal about which foods I should eat. Many of them are already incorporated into my eating plan. There are some kinds of fruit I need to eat more of, like bananas, apples, oranges, and grapefruit. There are some things I should cut back on, like butter and cream.

Those of you who are Keto Purists, will see those fruits to add, and the fats to cut, and shake your heads. You will think I’m abandoning the program.

I’m not. I’m modifying it, because of my needs. I have high blood pressure. Sometimes it has been very high. I no longer want to be dependent on pharmaceuticals. I want to practice what I preach. And that means I need to tweak and modify my eating plan.

I will still eat low carb. I may have to lean more on the South Beach Diet, than strict Keto. I have been researching their overlap and compatibility for a while now. And I think I have a plan on merging them. I will keep you well informed.

Also, as you know, I have long believed that if God made it (for food), it can’t be bad for us. It’s what we do with what He’s give us, that will determine whether it is a boon or a bane. Let’s take sugar for example. In it’s natural forms, like fructose in fruit, it is a benefit to us. The same is true for honey, and things like sorghum. When we strip it of all it’s natural benefits by highly processing it, like white sugar, or commercial honey (feeding sugar water to bees for example), we have taken what God has given us, and turned it into a monster.

I won’t go on and on, but that’s what we’ve done with wheat. We have changed the way we grow it, altered the varieties, changed the way we dry and process it. All to our detriment. Perhaps one day soon, I’ll write all about it. The end result is, bread, that was once called, the staff of life, is now, a poison, practically devoid of nutritional value.

The same is true of much of the fruit we buy at the grocery store. It has been altered for commercial purposes.

I have studied and studied, and found a plan that will work. Now I have to make it affordable. Eating well (healthily) should not be limited to the 1%. Eating well, yet affordably, was much easier when I had a farm. Now it will require work. But my health is worth the effort.

We all want stuff cheap and in easy reach. Sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes, eating cheap so we can have all the nicest stuff in life, is a major flaw in our priorities. I am sensing another book. I have so much to say, and no space here to say it. Beware!

One of the things I have been noticing for the last several months, is, I don’t sweat in this country. My work is not physical. Even when I go out and walk, it’s never hot. It’s the 27th of August as I write this. Many of you in the States are still experiencing temps in the 90s and higher. I’m wearing a sweater. The temps and humidity rarely cause me to sweat. I miss that.

I have to take a diuretic several days a week because my blood pressure meds make me retain fluid. I don’t sweat enough to get rid of it. I never had that problem when I lived in Florida or Georgia. In fact, I remember, years ago, I had to take an extra T shirt and dress shirt to work with me in Florida, because by the time I walked from my car in the parking lot, to the office inside, I was soaked with sweat. When I farmed in GA, retaining fluid was not a problem. Making sure I stayed hydrated was the challenge. That was when I switched from sweet tea to unsweet. I needed the fluids without all the sugar.

I see an increase in sweating in my future. That’s why the potassium and magnesium, from things like bananas and sweet potatoes, may well benefit me. I’m not looking forward to sweating like a horse, which I will. But I am eager to experience the benefits it will bring.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop me a note or a question. I know this has been an odd post. I’m processing more than giving out info and advice. Thanks for lending an ear.

High Blood Pressure And Keto – Yikes!

I’m in a pickle. I have high blood pressure. I’ve had it for years. My mother had it. I don’t know about my grandparents. Mom was always told to take meds and cut back on salt. Like me, though, there was no way she was going to give up bacon and ham. She died of lung cancer, but her blood pressure was very high as well.

Over the last few months, I’ve been very concerned about all the meds I’m on. Let me back up. 5 years ago, I had my first stroke. It wasn’t a big one, but it was really scary. My mind was a mess. I couldn’t even hold an intelligent conversation. I could understand everything people said to me, but I couldn’t formulate a response. I used to be really quick with my memory. I was good at trivia games and stuff like that. Suddenly, my memory was in the slow lane.

Over a couple of months, things got better, and I could at least hold a conversation, and preach a bit. I had to teach myself to prepare sermons and speak publicly. It was a gradual process. Honestly, I preach and teach completely differently than I did before my first stroke. It’s not the same at all.

Anyway, this time in 2017, late August, I had a heart attack, and had two strokes while in hospital. It was so scary. Eventually, after much trial and testing, I had open heart surgery in June of 2018. The reason I didn’t die from the strokes was because of a birth defect. One of my arteries, doesn’t flow from the heart. It is attached to one of the other arteries. How weird is that? But because of the way my heart valves are misformed, one artery was not blocked. It attached to the other one before the blockage. God was looking out for me.

Anyway, while I was on the table, having triple bypass surgery, I had another stroke. Fortunately, and obviously, I didn’t die. I am, however, partially blind in my left eye.

While I was waiting for surgery, I was put on blood pressure meds, including a statin, and also a blood thinner. I was also given dihydracodeine for my very serious sciatica. I was told I could take 4 of those a day. I only take one, at night, an hour before bed.

After all that background, here’s the point. It’s been three years since my surgery. I’ve lost over 50 pounds., thanks to Keto. And I’m still taking every medication I was prescribed all that time ago. I don’t want to. I’m a believer in all things natural. These medications are not natural.

Here’s what I’m trying. First, I’m going to reduce my dihydracodeine to ½ a day. And try to wean myself off of it. It’s not very powerful, but it is an opioid. IMO, I should never have been kept on it this long. But because of Covid, I haven’t been able to see a doctor in person for almost 2 years.

For the BP meds, I’m going to start by reducing it to every other day, and monitor my blood pressure twice a day. Then I will quit the statin, followed by the Blood Pressure meds. Those, BTW, I discovered, have some side effects that are not good, including water retention, and brain fog.

I will eventually switch my blood thinner to a daily aspirin. I will also take my diuretic as needed.

Aspirin I trust. It’s natural. And I’m not worried about a diuretic.

I also have to make some adjustments to my diet. First, I need to start using more Olive Oil and less butter. I know butter works for Keto, and it tastes great. But it’s not the best for my blood pressure. I’m not going to switch to margarine, I’m just going to use more Olive oil for cooking. I’ll still put some butter on my cauliflower and my broccoli, fear not.

I have to cut back on cheese. This will be the hardest of all. Cheese is my favorite food. And it’s further ahead of every other food than Secretariat in the Belmont. I will switch to lower fat cheese, and varieties that are naturally lower in fat.

Also, I will reduce the amount of cream I eat. I know that is all contrary to Keto thinking, but sometimes health requires compromise. Besides, I need to cut my calories as I’m stuck on a long term plateau as far as weight loss is concerned. The scales won’t budge.

I’m also going to eat more berries, and a couple of bananas a week. Oh my word. I can hear people now, cancelling subscriptions to this blog. I’m still tracking my carbs, people. I’m just making adjustments so I can get off the meds.

I’m probably going to incorporate more apple cider vinegar, and some occasional citrus. I already drink very little alcohol, other than some red wine. Oh, caffeine. According to the literature, I need to watch my caffeing intake. Yikes. Giving up Dihydracodeine AND caffeine at the same time. Holy Smokes, I’m going to be a grump.

Seriously, I do take in a lot of caffeine. I start each day with two cups of coffee, then have hot and iced tea by the gallon. I will start by switching to one cup of coffee, and maybe have some decaf for the second. I am drinking a cup of decaf tea as I type this post. I don’t love decaf. I think you can taste the difference. But in hot tea, it’s not as bad. As for iced tea, its my drug of choice. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do. One thing at a time.

I already, eat right. I eat plenty of salmon and sardines. I eat mostly chicken and turkey and some lean cuts of beef and pork. All my veg is either organic or frozen. I have cut out sugar, and white flour, including white pasta. I eat no white rice.

I’ve been eating Keto, for a long time now. I’m just making tweaks to cut calories, and improve my blood pressure. I MIGHT have to raise my carbs ot 50 grams a day, knowing that I’m cutting calories at the same time. I’ll keep you posted on that.

I know this all sounds complicated. Sometimes our health is. I don’t want to be on medication the rest of my life. I’m antipharma. I’m one of the most outspoken people you’ll ever meet about it. And yet, I’ve found myself trapped in their chain of pills, prescriptions, and profits.

I have said before, I believe God built healing into creation. I believe in medicine, too. I believe that things like surgical techniques have changed the world. But I also believe, that Big Pharma is killing more people that it is helping. But I believe the same thing about Big Agra. And Big Supermarkets. I believe in farmers, I just believe they are trapped in the grip of big buisness like the rest of us.

Ok, I’m starting to ramble. That means it’s time to go. Thanks to all of you who read these epistles and rants. I don’t put them on Social Media. I’m just letting them grow, idle, or die, without promo. Please, if you get any benefit from them, drop me a note in the comments and tell your friends and family. Subscribe too. That always helps. I never hate disagreement. Just don’t be disagreeable about it. Drop those thoughts in the comments too. And any questions. Thanks for wading through today’s rant. You rock.

In Honor of Patrick Henry and John Paul Jones!

I wrote this a few weeks back, and have been sitting on it, mostly for my own protection. Today, I was about to delete it, and thought, Wait a minute. We still have freedom of speech in America. And here in Scotland. Someone needs to say this stuff. And we all need to hear it, and think about this. My doctorate is in Divinity, not Medicine. I recognize that. But Like Patrick Henry, I cry – Give me liberty, or give me death. So instead of throwing it out, I followed the advice of John Paul Jones, “Damn the torpedoes! Full steam ahead!”

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We have been betrayed. We have been sold a bill of goods. We have been tricked, lied to, and we didn’t even recognize it. And now, perhaps too late, it is out there for us to see. We have been played for fools, and were ate up the role. Now we must wait and learn the consequences of our actions.

The entire world has been trapped in the malaise of Covid-19. We have been isolated. We have been forced to wear masks. We have been trapped in our homes, then in our home towns, unable to socialize, worship together, or be entertained. Governments, local and national, have issued proclamations, and handed down regulations that we have had to follow. Jobs have been lost, families have been destroyed, economies have crumbled. We have been told lies and half truths from the beginning. And we have accepted them.

From the beginning it has been known that Covid can’t spread outdoors, even at night. We were told that masks wouldn’t help. Then we were told that masks were essential. We were told children are immune. Now we’re being encouraged to vaccinate children.

We were so discouraged, and run down, that when the vaccines were rolled out, people leaped at the opportunity to get their injections. These vaccines were not tested. They are new technology. There is no knowledge of what the long term implications might be. But we were told this was the way back to normalcy.

Then we’re informed that masks must still be worn. This is to pressure the unvaccinated to accept the vaccinations. We are keeping everyone else from getting back to normal. Government sponsored peer pressure.

I am not an antivaxer. I am not necessarily even against THESE vaccines. They are new technology, and are not endorsed by the man who created the RNA vaccine concept. They are not accepted by the FDA. Even the providers have insisted that no one can hold them responsible if there are any long term consequences. We won’t know for three or more years whether or not there are any consequences to these vaccines. Already, we are discovering there are strange attachments that the vaccines have in bone marrow, and in the female ovaries. These findings are unnerving, and we won’t know for sometime what it means.

We were told there’s no way this thing came from a lab in Wuhan. It’s just a coincidence that the bats that were blamed are from the same area of China. Now we are finding that the lab created virus is a real possibility. Why aren’t we shaking our fists at our governments?

Suddenly, within the last month, we have learned that Ivermectin, a drug discovered many decades ago by a Japanese scientist in the soil, is a virtual Covid killer. It has the potential of ridding the earth of this menace in a matter of weeks. It has been proved all over the world.

As a side note, I will mention, that God has built healing into creation. There are medicines all over the earth, in the plants, and in the soil, and in the sun and in the wind.

Ivermectin was touted at the beginning of the outbreak, but was pooh pooed and the proponents were silenced, shut down by the media giants at Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Doctors who knew the truth kept prescribing it, and their patients kept getting better. But every time they tried to tell their story, they were cancelled.

Follow the money. Ivermectin is a generic drug. It is cheap. It can be made by any lab for pennies. There is no money in it. We have been bamboozled. And big pharma and big government have won, all the way to the bank.

I am outraged. There are many people I love who have been coerced into taking a vaccine that was not needed. It could have been tested for years, then released. But, of course, by then, this monster would be gone. What price will we have to pay, and for how long? We don’t know. I hope there are no long term consequences of these vaccines. I really do. I pray God’s mercy on us all.

But we didn’t have to put our own, or our children’s or our grandchildren’s future at risk. Freedom of speech should have been implemented from the beginning and all arguments should have been heard. Many of us were unable to make a good choice because voices were silenced. We have acted like sheep.

The big pharma corporations, big governments, and big tech should all be held accountable.

Right now I am of the opinion that it’s all about the money. The whole world is all about the Benjamins.

Tackling A Financial Crisis Head On!

This Covid crisis is an unmitigated disaster. It has been handled poorly by every layer of society, from the Elites and Governments, down to the person next door. We are in a mess. I’m not talking about health. I have very strong views on that, but this is not the place to air those. Ask me, and I’ll tell you what I think, but seriously…..don’t ask!

I’m speaking about finances. We are in an incredible pickle. Well we would be if we could afford a pickle.

First there is the printing of money in America. And the silly spending Congress is doing. They are playing with numbers neither they, nor we, understand. We talking Trillions. 1 trillion dollars, is written like this $1,000,000,000,000. They are spending dozens of those. To us, it’s just a number we hear. But to our ability to spend, it is turning our salaries into spare change. Make no mistake, inflation is here to stay a while. Yes, I know, that production is in short supply, as are workers, but those are only part of the problem. The printing and spending of money is way bigger a problem.

People don’t have jobs. They don’t want jobs. They’re making too much money on welfare, or unemployment. They are being paid with monopoly money. It’s been printed with nothing behind it. That can’t go on forever.

In a related issue, the whole $15 an hour is a major player in industries that have acquiesced. Prices go up to help pay employees. And places like fast food restaurants, and Big Box stores are putting in more machines and self checkout. Machines don’t ask for sick pay, and don’t take maternity/paternity leave, and they don’t require health benefits. This is the 21st century. Machines can take many jobs.

I don’t know about the USA, but here in Scotland, truck drivers have been striking, and grocery store shelves are growing bare. It’s remarkable. They are talking about a shortage of beef, and even potatoes for the rest of the year, which will mean higher prices, and empty bellies.

In the States, landlords have not received payments in over a year. Yet they can’t foreclose and kick out people who won’t, or can’t pay. Most rental property owners are not Slumlords, they are hard working people who are now in financial trouble themselves.

The renters and some homeowners, lost their jobs as a result of Covid. Some of them have lost those jobs forever. They can’t find a decent paying job, and didn’t spend their welfare wisely, and when the ban is over, will lose their homes. The potential for major homelessness is sky high.

People use credit cards like mad. The bills and the debt are piling sky high. When the bubble bursts, the mess will be astronomical. Yikes.

What can any of us do? Good question. There is stuff we can do, but you’re not going to like it. First, find a job. It doesn’t have to be your career dream. This is temporary. This is getting money in the door. Find something.

Next, stop using credit cards. I’m serious. If you can’t pay them off at the end of the month, you start the next month playing from behind. Catch up is not a good strategy. If you want stuff. Write it down and prioritize it. What is the most important. What is second, etc. Then save for it. Make payments to yourself. Not to the credit card company. That way, if you lose your job, or get injured, or sick, you don’t have to worry about payments. I’ve done this for years. Yes, my car is old. But it’s paid for. I don’t worry about payments.

You need a budget. And you need to do it right. If you’re in debt, you’ve got to deal with that before investing and spending on wants, things you’d like. You need to start with God. Decide a number, or a % and set it aside and don’t even count it as part of your income. In my case, I use 10% as my base. I take 10% of my salary and put it in an envelope. It sits on a counter in the kitchen. The rest is for the budget. God gets the first of the best, and the best of the first. He will honor that.

Then, Food. Most people budget everything else before food. Our problem is, we buy groceries first. We need to turn that on it’s head fast. We have to eat. If you have children, they have to eat. That’s an absolute basic need. It’s not a right, but it is a need. Our groceries don’t have to be fancy. They might be hot dogs, mac and cheese followed by rice and beans. Those things are just as filling as fancy food. You may have to buy generic. I almost always do, unless there’s no other option. The price difference is incredible.

If possible, grow your own. It’s easier than you think. How many blogs, Facebook entries, and Instagram posts have I put online about the stuff I have grown? Even here in Scotland, where I have no yard, I’ve borrowed space to grow. There are tons of blogs and YouTube videos for the beginner.

After food, comes Shelter. You need to keep the power on. Heat and Air are mission critical. Especially heat in the winter. Then your rent or house payment. Followed by any insurance or taxes. You, your spouse, and your children need a roof over your heads. And you need heat. That is much more important than paying credit card debt.

Up next, is transportation. You need to be able to get to work, and to get groceries, etc. You need transportation. What you don’t need is a big car payment. I haven’t had one since 2006. I pay cash for cars. Now, in my case, I don’t like cars, so buying an old one is not a big deal. For some people it is. But you should never buy one new unless you’ve got loads of cash at your disposal. Your car will instantly lose thousands of dollars in value the moment you drive it off the lot. A three year old car will have depreciated to the point where it’s more of an even purchase.

I hear people say all the time, I need a reliable car to drive to work, or for my spouse to drive to work. Yes, you do, but reliable does not equal new. Those are not synonyms. For years, I drove in Atlanta traffic. Every day, it was like taking my life in my hands. And every day, I knew that if one of those road enraged lunatics crashed into me, my old car, was paid for. Before that, I drove the back roads of Northern Maine, in constant snow and ice, with Moose looking to leap out in front of me. Why would I want a car payment to tempt them even more. For example, one time, as I turned onto our road, three bull moose were standing in the middle of the snow covered road. I was forced to drive off into a farmers field. The moose followed me. It was a no win situation. I stopped. Got out and ran them off, then got back on the road. Fortunately I was driving an old Chevy truck with 4 wheel drive.

Get a used car, and keep it serviced. Services are much cheaper than payments.

Those are your 4 most important categories. Things like new clothes, new furniture, vacations, fancy haircuts, are all OPTIONAL. They are not necessities. The same is true of Netflix, and the internet. For two years, I used the public library every day as an office. They had free internet. We got rid of our landline at home, and had a basic service on our cell phones. I checked my mail with that. I waited until I was at the library to surf. Was it ideal? Heck no. But it was what worked in our budget.

For the record, I’ve had one breakfast at a fast food place in 5 years. That was because my car was in the shop and I needed to wait for it to be fixed. The fast food place was next door. We HAVE bought pizza. And we have eaten out, I’m just making the point that stopping for fast food as much as we all do, is wasting money.

I’ve said all this because tough times are knocking. You and I need to get ahead of the curve. The government will not save you. Neither will the lottery. Make a plan. Do it today. Be prepared. Thrive.

The Secret To Beating Pandemics

Take note: I am not a medical doctor. Nor do I play one on T.V. These suggestions are for your general education. Consult your medical professional with any questions you have as they relate to medications or vaccines.

First, we already know that the number one ‘co-morbidity’ with our current pandemic is obesity. As a fat, though not as fat as I used to be, guy, this is my one real concern. Most of my health issues at my age (64), are related to my weight. If we lose weight, we get healthier, or at the very least, stand a better chance against most things trying to sneak under the door.

This is where an eating plan like Keto, or the South Beach Diet, comes into it’s own. Because of the foods I like to eat, this is what works best for me. You may like the Mediterranean Diet, or a Paleo Diet, or you may just want to count calories. They all work. You need to find what eating plan best fits your lifestyle. Study them all. If you’re reading this post, you have access to a computer, so do your homework.

While diet is 80 to 90% of what you need to lose weight, exercise is important in preparing to fight any pandemics that might knock on your window. Aerobic and anaerobic exercises will both work. Some people love to go to the gym and work out. But here’s a secret. A gym membership doesn’t work unless you use it. I’m just sayin’. Don’t join if you’re not going to work out. That’s a waste of money. Some people like to walk, run, or ride a bicycle. I used to run. 25 years ago, that was awesome. Today, not so much. A stationary bike interests me. The former NFL star, Herschel Walker is an inspiration to me. He does not use weights. He was too poor when he was young, so he developed a body weight regimen. I am seriously giving that consideration. Our local gyms are very small and crowded. That doesn’t work well for me. I don’t want to wait in line for the weights or machines. So I’m looking at body weight exercises.

Eat quality fruits and veg. That means fresh or frozen. And it means organic if you can afford it or grow it. The main thing is, canned veg are not that good for you. I don’t want to start a big argument, but I’ve studied this like mad over the years, and if it comes in a box or a can, chances are, it’s bad. There are some exceptions. Tuna and Sardines I buy in cans. Tomato sauce, I buy in cartons. Freeze dried foods that I keep for long term storage are usually in bags.

If possible, choose grass fed, or free range, meats and poultry. I have not been consistent with this, because meat is sometimes expensive. But whenever possible, I will choose grass fed and free range. That’s the way we raised food on our farm. Chances are, you have access to a farmers’ market near you. Check it out.

Eat with the seasons. It is healthy, and much cheaper. The availability of frozen fruit and veg allows us to stretch that principle. I only buy fresh fruit when it’s in season where I live. I will never buy apples except in the fall. The same with pears and peaches. I only buy citrus when I’m in a place where it grows and it’s in season. Fortunately, I have lots of family in Florida. I love many Florida fruits. When I’m there and it’s season, I fill up. This policy isn’t a law, but one I try and follow.

You will need vitamin C and Vitamin D. The latter, you get best from the sun. Go outside. Even in winter. Expose your head and face to the sunshine. There are also Vitamin D tablets you can get to supplement. Here in Scotland, sunshine is unpredictable. I take a Vitamin D3 supplement every day. I also take Vitamin C supplements. They are cheap and readily available. I have Cod Liver Oil around the house. And a Vitamin B12 supplement. Probably I don’t need those, but I take them. The B12, I only take if I’ve had to use Omeprazole extensively. Fortunately, since I’ve lost weight, I don’t have the heartburn problems I used to, so I don’t have to take the acid reducer.

My point is, if you will eat a wide range of fruit, veg. and grass fed meats, you will likely get all your vitamins and minerals. But any you are short on, you can supplement.

I take Vitamin C and D3 every day as a prophylactic against our current pandemic. I don’t take zinc, because of it’s connection with Alzheimer’s. If I lived somewhere I could get Ivermectin, I would take it as well.

I will not made a recommendation one way or the other for the vaccines. Do your homework. Do it thoroughly. Don’t listen to your favorite for or against it celebrities. Do your homework.

So, the keys are: lose weight, eat right, get fit(ter), take vitamins and minerals if you need them. We can all do this. Every single one of us. Let’s go. We’re in this together!

I Have To Rant!

I don’t really have time to do this. But I feel compelled. For years, I have believed God built healing (medicine) into creation. And that means all, or most, of the things we need are around us. Medicine should be about surgical procedures and things like that, rather than chemically creating drugs for us to ingest to deal with pain, or illnesses we’re facing.

When I take a step back and look at the world from 50,000 feet, I can see a direct connection between health and nutrition. If we eat a good diet of healthy things, especially in season, we’ll be healthy. It’s when we start eating, or growing and then eating, food that is unnaturally raised, whether plant or animal, that we start having issues.

Look at corn fed cattle, verses grass fed. Or farm raised fish, verses wild fish, or organic strawberries vs. those covered in chemicals. The list goes on. An organic (naturally raised) potato, verses instant mashed potatoes, commercially canned beans, verses home grown, or home canned ones. Free range eggs verses cage laid ones. I could do this all day.

If we look at all we have done to what we eat, it’s no wonder we’re not healthy. Our food is not good. Even commercial apples are only half as nutritious as they were when I was a kid. We haven’t paid attention. We have just paid attention to the price of things. Convenience has won the day. And we are paying a price that we don’t even realize.

Look at restaurants. The food in most of them, especially the fast food establishments, is atrocious. But it tastes good, it’s cheap, and it’s convenient.

Even medicines are built into creation. Aspirin, medicinal herbs, opium poppies, cannabis. I would contend that even magic mushrooms, and peyote have medicinal value. And we’re just beginning to see it. Oh, let’s not forget about Ivermectin. It was found in the soil!

Pharmaceutical solutions are like fast food. They are fast, and convenient. The difference is, rarely is it cheap. And that’s part of my problem with it.

I remember several years ago, when my doctor, the best Dr. I’ve ever had, or ever known, abruptly quit, in the middle of her career. She was tired of the way money had driven the medical practices. She couldn’t help people anymore. Medicine was all about profits.

My Dad and Mom had friends who were doctors, and returned missionaries to Africa. He retired early, for the same reason as my dotor. He was tired of money driving the decisions of medical groups.

There is so much going on behind the curtain and we don’t see it. I don’t want to be a conspiracy theorist, but I am becoming one. The love of money is destroying the planet.

It was working for a publicly traded company that first alerted me to this. I had spent most of my life working first in a variety of small businesses, then for Churches. Customers, employees, and prospects were the drivers of business. I thought that drove the world. Then I discovered that much of the world was driven by profit. Suddenly share holder confidence (profits) were more important than the opinions and needs of customers, prospects, or employees. It sucked the life out of me. But it was very profitable. And I stayed 5 years too long, because of the paycheck and the life it provided. I look back on those days with some shame. I spoke up about it often. My career stalled, and was eventually cancelled.

I have not put a penny into the stock market in years. I no longer believe in the morality of the companies. If I found one I did believe in, I might sponsor them.

When I was younger in ministry, I started feeling the same way about the funeral industry. Corporations were buying up the funeral homes, prices were being raised, and enormous profits were made, at the expense of grieving families. It has only gotten worse as the years have passed.

Covid 19 has caused me to look at the medical industry. I was already beside myself by the cost of medicines, and hospital care, medical insurance, and etc. I remember our insurance company forcing people to lose weight by incentivising certain body fat totals. And making premiums higher for those who were over their recommendations. The idea was, we’re funding the cost of your medical care, we will control your behavior.

Now with Covid, it’s not just insurance companies, it’s the whole government telling us to wear masks, where we can go, when, and incentivising vaccinations, even though those vaccines are unproven, and unapproved by the FDA. The providers, are raking in Billion$, and people have no recompense if the vaccines are found to be harmful. It is a travesty.

Dr. Fauci is a deceiver, and the whole thing is a cover up, and a way to get loads of money for the pharmaceuticals. Follow the money.

I have been reading, rather than just listening to the media. I am not an anti vaxer. I just want to do what’s best for my body, and allow everyone to make up their own minds. We are not given that choice.

The opposing voices are being silenced. And that is wrong. It is always wrong. Arguments should be able to stand or fall on their merits. But hundreds, even thousands of voices of professionals, who are in the know, are silenced and canceled. That is wrong. Follow the money.

We know now, that Ivermectin could literally end this pandemic in a matter of weeks, and could have done so over a year ago, but proponents were silenced. Why? There’s no money in a cheap, easily reproducible natural fix verses a chemically made, expensive, lab created vaccine.

Governments, Doctors, Nurses, and billions of ordinary people have been bamboozled. We need to say, I’m sorry, and do what we can to rebuild what we can of our destroyed economies.

I’ve been reading that this is not new. The whole virology game is rigged, and is a scam. From the Spanish Flu, to Tamiflu, to HIV, SARS, and now Covid. I am shocked at what I read. And I am both discouraged and disillusioned by it.

Again, I come back to, the fact that healing is in nature. If we will ensure we have enough vitamins C and D, get out in nature, and eat a healthy (vegetarian OR omnivore) diet, and take a prophylactic like Ivermectin, we will be fine. But there’s no money in that for anyone. Except farmers, and the savings in the pocket of ordinary people.

MSG, I Curse Thee!

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned some water retention issues I was having. They are back this week, big time. I’m troubled. I have had to take water pills three of the last four days. I got on the scales and didn’t like what they said. I had gained back the pounds I lost. And this, despite the fact that I’ve been very strict on my Keto. I have eaten a ton of veggies the last two weeks. Fresh ones.

As I looked closer at my notes, I see that on Friday, and on Monday, I ate hot dogs. I cooked them on Friday, and ate the leftovers on Monday. Turns out, they are loaded with MSG. Bingo. Nailed it. But what’s going on with my body that I’ve become so sensitive to MSG?

I’m not a scientist. I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not going to attempt to answer those things from a medical perspective. Just doing some research, and using my noggin, I’ve come up with some sad conclusions.

First, MSG is in so many pre packaged things. It’s a flavor enhancer. It makes bland things taste better. I remember as a kid, my mom would buy ‘Accent’ from the supermarket to sprinkle in recipes. It was a little miracle in a shaker. It was MSG. I believe it’s still sold in the USA.

MSG is a staple in Asian Restaurants, at least in the States. I remember there being lots of MSG jokes once upon a time. It’s in, or at least was, many fast food items.

I’m not against it’s existence, or it’s use. But I have developed an intolerance to it over the years. And now that the years have started to add up, the intolerance has increased. I know that when B and I went out to restaurants, I was often swollen and bloated the next day. Heck, sometimes by the time we got in the car to go home.

Now I realize that I have to avoid the stuff. Keep in mind, that my blood pressure medicine already makes me retain fluid, so I’m at a disadvantage from the get go. So it might mean that I have to avoid pretty much all pre packaged food. I don’t know. I never gave a thought to the hot dogs. I did notice they tasted a bit salty.

A couple of weeks ago, I discovered my pork rinds were full of MSG, and I haven’t had any of those in the last two weeks.

My veggies have all been fresh or frozen, mostly fresh, except for some Brussels Sprouts, and they were frozen. It has to be from the pre packaged meats. I will need to check the packages more closely on my salami, sardines, and smoked salmon.

I don’t use bouillon cubes, because of MSG. And I hardly add any salt to my cooking. I might uses a tea spoon for my whole supper, and that would surprise me. I have had lots of diet cola lately. That could be the source of some of the extra sodium.

Some people have said that as they’ve gotten older, they can’t eat as much spicy food. Fortunately, that has not happened to me. But saltiness has become a challenge to me. And apparently, the sodium load in MSG has become almost an allergy. So, I have to watch closely, and read labels thoroughly.

This is one of the reasons I track what I eat. I want to know what goes into my body, and how my body responds to it. My body is changing.

For example, I’ve always liked hot peppers. No, I love them. When I was young, they always affected my bowels; both in terms of volume, and burn. Not any more. When people say, ‘oh, that will hurt tomorrow’, I just smile.

Oh, I just thought of something. I don’t sweat in this country. In America, I used to sweat up a storm. Partly from work on the farm, and partly because summers are just plain hot. Here, I hardly ever sweat. That would get rid of some extra saline. I would need a sauna, and the only one in town is closed due to Covid. Hmm… something to think on.

Ok, I’m starting to ramble. Stay tuned.