Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Fixation on Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance (a form of protein) found among the fats (lipids) in the bloodstream and in all of your body's cells. It's used to form and repair cell membranes, and needed for other important bodily functions.

High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is called "good cholesterol" because it helps keep cholesterol from building up in arteries. The buildup of cholesterol impairs the flow of blood, possibly leading to a heart attack or stroke.

Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) is called "bad cholesterol" because some small/dense LDL particles can squeeze through the lining of the arteries and, if they oxidize (become rancid), can cause inflammation.

The amount of cholesterol one eats plays little role in determining cholesterol levels. The majority of cholesterol in the bloodstream is manufactured and distributed by the liver. It combines with other fats and proteins to be carried through the bloodstream. When inflammation occurs, extra cholesterol is created by the liver and introduced into the bloodstream.

It's a normal bodily function to fight inflammation.

According to the American Heart Association, a high level of LDL cholesterol is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, while a high HDL cholesterol level is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

However, an association merely signifies a presence.

Dr. Ron Rosedale, MD, points out that gray hair is associated with aging but it's not the cause of aging. He contends the real cause of heart disease is damage inflicted on the lining of the arteries, thereby causing chronic inflammation resulting in accumulated plaque.

Dr. Rosedale cites many studies over the last 15 years that have strongly linked insulin resistance and leptin resistance to cardiovascular disease. This resistance appears to be the cause of the cholesterol abnormalities, making high cholesterol a symptom of the inflammation rather than the root cause of the cardiovascular disease.

Some doctors recommend cholesterol-lowering (statin) drugs, which have dangerous potential side effects, for patients with cholesterol imbalances, while other doctors disagree with this approach.

Consumer groups have found that 8 out of 9 "experts" that recommend these drugs were on the payroll of pharmaceutical companies.

In the Spring-2006 issue of ALTERNATIVES magazine, Dr. David Williams asserts, "People with heart disease all have one thing in common, and it isn't high cholesterol. It's inflammation in their arteries."

Dr. Williams believes the consumption of proteins produces an acid-like substance called "homocysteine" in the bloodstream, which is quickly broken down by certain B vitamins. But without enough vitamin B (possibly due to an underactive thyroid gland), the homocysteine builds to dangerous levels, damaging the tissue of the artery walls, thus causing chronic inflammation to the lining of the arteries. The body tries to heal the damage by producing more cholesterol, a necessary element in cellular repair.

Again, cholesterol is a symptom, not a cause.

A number of recent studies, including a 14-year study at Harvard, have concluded that high homocysteine levels play a major role in cardiovascular disease. High homocysteine levels have also been linked to Alzheimer's disease, chronic fatigue disease syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.

Starting in 1999, the American Heart Association has been urging doctors to screen high-risk patients for elevated homocysteine levels. 

I'm in the V.A. medical system, an archaic bureaucracy, and they don't check for homocysteine levels. It seems like their solution to everything is another prescription drug. It's like a trial-and-error guessing game. So I've been forced to do some medical research via the Internet (not necessarily reliable) in self-defense.

Doctors are a lot like regular people -- they don't always agree with one another. Medical technology is changing rapidly and not all doctors are on the same page. Plus, doctors are often constrained by their education. That's probably why they call it "practicing" medicine.

Of course, the best way to avoid dealing with the medical profession is with a proper diet, regular exercise, reduced stress and a positive attitude. And don't wait until you're past the point of no return to get started.

NOTE: I'm not qualified to give medical advice. Don't alter your medical regimen based on my experiences.

Quote for the Day -- "Each patient carries his own doctor inside him." Norman Cousins

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a couple of dogs and an imaginary girlfriend named Tequila Mockingbird.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 10 -- 1944 & 2014

On August 10, 2014, there will be a full moon. This full moon will be the closest moon encounter with Earth in 2014, thus it will appear to be the largest full moon of the year.

It's called a super moon, the closest moon of 2014. According to NASA, this full moon will be 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than other full moons in 2014.

Certain Native American tribes along the Great Lakes refer to this August moon as Sturgeon Moon, also called Full Green Corn Moon. The Ojibway call it Blueberry Moon and the Dakota Sioux call it Moon When All Things Ripen.

On August 10, 1944, 70 years earlier, a secret meeting took place at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg in eastern France whereby three Nazi officials met with an elite group of German industrialists to plan for Germany's post-war recovery. They created a document called the Red House Report, detailing how they would rebuild the German economy by sending money through Switzerland.

As the Third Reich was crumbling around them, they were laying the foundation for the Fourth Reich. The plan was not to pursue the physical occupation of Europe (and the world) but rather to gain control by economic means. This would be accomplished by creating a centrally-controlled European community.

"In 50 years' time, nobody will think of nation states." Nazi propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels.

It took a bit longer, but 70 years later the European Union (EU) has become this centrally-controlled European community.

The EU is controlled by the European Commission, an unelected bureaucracy which proposes all the European community laws. These proposed laws are then discussed in secret meetings of the Committee of Permanent Representatives and rubber-stamped by the Council of Ministers. National parliaments of European countries have no say in the matter.

This is another step closer to a One-World government -- one-world unelected rulers, one-world police-force, one-world monetary system -- a global socialist-communist dictatorship.

Also, on August 10, 1944, I was born into this dimension on a U.S. Army Air Force in Blytheville, Arkansas.

My parents were from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and my father had been conscripted into the Armed Forces during World War II. He had become an officer and a pilot instructor. After the war, we moved back to Stevens Point and various locations thereafter.

Thus, I became 70 years-old on August 10, 2014, during a super moon event.

Obviously, it means greatness awaits me -- either that, or it means I'm really getting old.

"With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come." William Shakespeare

There is no cure for the common birthday.

Quote for the Day -- “In 1492, the natives discovered they were indians, discovered they lived in America, discovered they were naked, discovered that the Sin existed, discovered they owed allegiance to a King and Kingdom from another world and a God from another sky, and that this God had invented the guilty and the dress, and had sent to be burnt alive who worships the Sun the Moon the Earth and the Rain that wets it.” Eduardo Galeano


Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and where 70 is the new 44.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Becoming a Professional Nerd

When I was in college in the 1960s, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, I read an article about computers becoming one of the emerging new technologies and that there would soon be a big demand for programmers. It sounded exotic and potentially lucrative so I decided to become a computer programmer.

Getting in on the ground floor of an emerging technology wasn't a bad idea. I started writing programs in 1965, when IBM cards carried 80 characters of data and a 4k computer was the size of a Buick. By 1977, I had become an independent computer programming contractor and, in 2001, I began teaching college computer courses. It's been a good run.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) recently published a list of 10 emerging technologies. If you actually find this comprehensible and exciting, you may have what it takes to become a professional nerd.

1) Epigenetics – At any given moment, a single human cell may have 20,000 active human genes. Chemical modifications can interfere with the process of the creating protein thereby shutting down the genes. Epigenetics is a branch of genetics examining such chemical variations and diagnosing cancers at the early stages. 

2) Nuclear Reprogramming – Biologists believe that stem cells will be beneficial in treating such diseases as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. They're attempting to produce the properties of embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos, thereby placating Christians who consider research using human embryos to be immoral.

3) Universal Authorization – The development of an online identification system to protect the privacy of Internet users and online businesses. This involves an "interoperable authentication system" that would allow users to sign on just once then go from website to website, or access multiple sites, securely.

4) Cognitive Radio – Wireless devices, such as laptops, cell phones and sensor networks, are becoming increasingly more common. However, the bandwidth range allotted by the FCC for such gadgets is limited, thus mathematical modeling based on game theory is required to allocate unused spectrum areas among devices.

5) Diffusion Tensor Imaging – As a newly developed variation of MRI, this allows scientists to study the connections between different areas of the brain, and differentiate between normalcy and schizophrenia.

6) Nanobiomechanics – The study of minute mechanical forces on a human cell allows medical researchers to view ways in which diseased cells differ from healthy cells. This is particularly helpful in detecting cancer cells.

7) Comparative Interactomics – In molecular research, an array of interactions among genes, metabolites, RNA and proteins is known as the interactome. By comparing the pathways of the interactomes of different species, biotechnologists hope to discover new drugs without the need for experiments done on animals.

8) Nanomedicine – Through the use of multipurpose nanoparticles, medical researchers hope to diagnose and treat cancer, as well as most other diseases. An injection of nanoparticles would make it possible to locate cancerous or inflammatory cells, latch onto them and change them (or destroy them) directly.

9) Pervasive Wireless – Pagers, cell phones and other wireless gadgets employ a diverse array of protocols (distinct codes). In an attempt to tie collections of protocols together, these devices would be linked to a pervasive wireless network making them compatible (and linked) by utilizing a common protocol.

10) Stretchable Silicon – First, electronic circuitry was embedded onto rigid silicon chips. Then it became flexible by stamping organic semiconductors onto plastic sheets, thus "smart" credit cards could carry bendable microchips. The next step is allowing complete electronic circuits to work properly when bent or stretched.

One of the problems with a technical profession is that it's always changing and you must continue to keep up or be left in the dust. After 40+ years of computer technology (programming, systems analysis, managing and teaching), I've had enough. I'm down to my last nine brain cells and am saving them for the next time I do taxes.

Technology doesn't always make life easier -- I'm still trying to figure out how to use my new can opener.

Quote for the Day -- "The future is not a gift -- it is an achievement." Albert Einstein

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and has given up writing computer programs for writing books, blogs and tweets.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ascention into Infinity

The purpose in life is to discover the purpose in life, thereby expanding your wisdom in a quest for eternal bliss.

Ascension is the raising of your consciousness -- a change in vibration (electromagnetic frequency) in terms of your being (atomic structure).

The ascension process is the sole purpose of life in the cosmos. It involves descending into the lower dimension of matter (reincarnating into a carnal world over and over again) and rising into the upper dimension of spirit -- integrating the duality of good and evil into a realm of oneness of blissful contentment.

There is no good or evil, no imperfection. The totality of everything (known and beyond) is a Supreme Oneness, and as such it is as it should be (perfection). The micro may seem highly flawed, small pockets of imperfection within an unfathomable universe and beyond, but the macro (Supreme Oneness) is a collection of flawed micros that become portions of an ultimate perfection.

Earth is an orb of ignorance, suffering, injustice, pain and materialism in a 3-dimensional plane of existence (3rd Density). Ascension will allow the eternal soul of individuals to rise to the 4th or 5th Density -- higher astral planes of existence where harmony in spirit resides.

Reincarnation is the passage of the soul through many carnal lives. We are spiritual beings experiencing a carnal existence of pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow. Our true soul remains in a higher astral plane of existence while our projection of self cycles through incarnations to help the soul grow to the full potential of a unity consciousness (benevolent cooperation versus selfish competition).

The earth is a training ground for the soul -- the earthly body expires -- the soul resides in an astral state of review -- the soul must choose between seeking earthly desires or accepting eternal bliss as an individual consciousness of love and benevolence. It is also a choice between a "physical" body (in a potentially hostile environment) capable of experiencing carnal pleasures versus a heavenly body (pocket of energy) with an individual consciousness of compassion and love (a heavenly angelic spirit).

Since desires are difficult to satisfy, the temptation is to return to a carnal existence once again. And when desires are granted, the temptation is to repeat the experience.

Thus, the cycle of reincarnation becomes a trap -- seeking excitement and repeating the pleasure of excitement.

Reincarnation is a series of necessary steps for individual souls, a learning experience, to progress in spirituality to attain enough patience and grace to be able to merge with the Supreme Oneness and add to the perfection of the Supreme Oneness.

Time is accelerating like a bullet train.

Mother Earth is about to experience a great change, a massive cleansing.

An individual choice must be made -- benevolence versus materialism -- Service To Others (STO) versus Service To Self (STS).

The Journey of the Soul through Eternity includes overcoming carnal desires and ego gratification.

Reincarnation is part of that journey, a learning/growing experience. It is not you versus the universe -- it is you versus you.

Eternal damnation is for those who cannot rise above earthly desires (who cannot become STO) and are doomed to recycle (reincarnate) into a 3rd Density existence forever.

Eternal Bliss is for those who realize no one succeeds unless everyone succeeds.

Quote for the Day -- "Your own positive future begins in this moment -- all you have is right now." Lao Tzu

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books, including ORB OF WOUNDED SOULS, PATH TO FOURTH DENSITY and 11:11 EARTH TIME. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a dog named Buddy Lee and occasionally talks to trees.