I missed a month somewhere back there. So here is a short one. My favorite quote from my favorite manga "His and Her Circumstances" (also known by the title of this post, and by the nickname Kare Kano). It's also my favorite anime too. I love the series because it's hilarious and yet heartfelt and I can really feel the love in this series, so that when I'm done watching/reading it, I feel like I just spent some time with a good friend (best analogy I could come up with). Here are two pages from Volume 14 of the manga:
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1 week agoJianju 01101000 01101001
Here is an except for this month's book: Becoming A Critical Thinker - A Master Student Text, by Vincent Ryan Ruggiero. I read it back in college and really loved it, definitely worth the read, and it's fairly short - compact yet powerful.
(I cut out some parts (....) to make it shorter.)
p. 17 - 20
Key principles of thinking
Thinking is like building a house or a skyscraper - the success of the enterprise depends on the firmness of the foundation. The foundation of thinking, of course, is not concrete and steel but principles - ideas that have survived rigorous testing and proved trustworthy. The following principles of thinking are among the most important:
Truth is discovered, not created
You have probably heard it said that truth is subjective and personal, or that each person creates truth to his or her own specifications. This belief is common today, and it means that believing something is so actually makes it so. In other words, reality is whatever we wish it to be.
This idea directly contradicts the view that has been generally accepted since ancient times - the view that truth is the accurate representation of objective reality. In this view reality is unaffected by our wishes, preferences, and assumptions.
Is the new view that truth is created and subjective more reasonable than the traditional view that truth is objective? Perhaps the best way to tell is to consider what the new view of truth implies about everyday issues. if truth is created by each person, then...
. . . Galileo's assertion that the sun is the center of the solar system, a view that shocked most people of his time, is not true for everyone but just for those who want to believe it. ....
. . . when a drunk falls into an empty swimming pool thinking that it is full, water will suddenly appear and save him from a hard landing. ....
As even these few examples make clear, the notion that truth is created by each individual does not hold up under scrutiny. In contrast, everyday experience confirms the principle that truth is discovered.
A statement can't be both true and false at the same time and in the same way
This principle is known as the principle of contradiction. the following examples demonstrate the validity of this principle:
Statement: Capital punishment is a deterrent to crime. Comment: If capital punishment was once a deterrent but no longer is, the statement would be true for one time but not for the other. If capital punishment is a deterrent for some people but not for others (for the reflective, let's say, but not for the impulsive), the statement would be true in one way but not in the other. Neither stipulation challenges the principle of contradiction, which stipulates that a statement cannot be both true and false at the same time and in the same way.
A note of caution: The principle of contradiction applies whenever opposing statements make exactly opposite assertions - for example, she is verses she isn't, he did verses he didn't, they have verses they haven't. In such cases, it is certain that one statement must be true and the other false. However, when the assertions made are not exactly opposite but merely different, both could be false. For example, if you say "Sally got the highest mark on the exam" and I say "Luke got the highest Mark," it is possible that we are both mistaken. (Bertha or Juwan may have gotten the highest mark.)
All people make mistakes, even experts
It's a shame that there are no official accuracy statistics available for experts in the various fields of knowledge. If there were, you could check the experts' "batting averages." You might be shocked to learn just how often experts are wrong. Christopher Nerf and Victor Navasky have written an interesting collection of wrong judgements and predictions made by experts. Many are so far off the mark that they are laughable. Here is a brief sampling:
A British scientist in 1895: "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
A London professor at the dawn of the railroad, when the top speed was 25 mph: "Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia."
A famous movie studio head, commenting on the future of TV: "People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."
This is not to say that the "batting averages" of experts are lower than those of non-experts. As a rule, they are considerably higher. The most sensible approach is therefore not to settle for a single expert's opinion but to seek a second, and perhaps a third, expert opinion before making up your mind. In addition, since advanced degrees are not awarded with crystal balls, be especially wary when any expert attempts to predict the future.
Ideas can be examined without being embraced
Some people refuse to consider an idea that differs from their own out of loyalty to their convictions. This refusal is especially strong in political and religious matters.
For example, a conservative might refuse to read an article by a liberal and a Christian might refuse to listen to a lecture on Judaism, Buddhism, or Islam. Such people prevent themselves from deepening their understanding. Also, because knowledge is as essential to thinking as air is to breathing, they stifle their intellectual development and do themselves a disservice.
Whenever you are tempted to deny a fair hearing to unfamiliar or opposing ideas, remind yourself that examining an idea is not the same as embracing it. If, after applying critical thinking, you decide that an idea is unworthy, you will have a substantial basis for rejecting it. Moreover, you will be in a better position to explain its flaws to others.
Feeling is no substitute for thinking
Following feelings, impulses, and impressions is fashionable today. Some people go so far to say that feelings are a better guide than thoughts. This is a comforting idea, but in order to believe it you have to overlook the many times when feelings led you astray.
Consider a time when you were trying to lose weight and your feelings said, "Order the double hot fudge sundae." Or another time when you felt the urge to tell your instructor or the boss what you really thought of her. ....
The problem with following feelings, urges, and impressions is not that they always lead us astray. (They don't.) The problem is that they aren't consistently reliable. Sometimes they advise us well and sometimes they don't. ....
Rather than mindlessly following your feelings, think about them carefully and decide whether they deserve to be followed.
1 week agoJianju 01101000 01101001
I realized I missed a month a while back for quotes/excerpts from some of my favorite books. I've included fiction, stuff on clothes, politics, health, and now I'm gonna do my favorite religious book, The Bible. In particular, I've narrowed the focus on quotes about the Kingdom of God:
Luke 4: 43
But he [Jesus] said to them: " I must also declare the good news of the Kingdom of God to other cities, because for this I was sent."
"In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever."
"And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."
Matthew 6: 9, 10
"You must pray, then, this way: 'Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your Kingdom come.' "
Revelation 11: 15
The seventh angel blew his trumpet. And there were loud voices in heaven, saying: "The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will rule as king forever and ever."
Luke 4: 5 -8
So he brought him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time. Then the Devil said to him: "I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. If you, therefore, do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours." In reply Jesus said to him: "It is written, 'It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is him alone you must render sacred service.' "
Luke 1: 31 - 33
"And look! you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus. This one will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and Jehovah God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule as King over the house of Jacob forever, and there will be no end to his Kingdom."
Isaiah 11: 1-5
A twig will grow out of the stump of Jesse, and a sprout from his roots will bear fruit. And the spirit of Jehovah will settle upon him, the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of mightiness, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah. And he will find delight in the fear of Jehovah. He will not judge by what appears to his eyes, nor reprove simply according to what his ears hear. He will judge the lowly with fairness, and with uprightness he will give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth and put the wicked to death with the breath of his lips. Righteousness will be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his hips.
Daniel 7: 27
" 'And the kingdom and the rulership and the grandeur of the kingdoms under all the heavens were given to the people who are the holy ones of the Supreme One. Their kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all rulerships will serve and obey them.' "
Revelation 20: 6
Happy and holy is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ, and they will rule as kings with him for the 1,000 years.
Revelation 14: 1-5
Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. I heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was like singers who accompany themselves by playing on their harps. And they are singing what seems to be a new song before the four living creatures and the elders, and no one was able to master that song except the 144,000, who have been bought from the earth. These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins. These are the ones who keep following the Lamb no matter where he goes. These were bought from among mankind as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, and no deceit was found in their mouths; they are without blemish.
Hebrews 12: 22
But you have approached a Mount Zion and a city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, and myriads of angels...
1 Peter 2: 5, 6
you yourselves as living stones are being built up into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, in order to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it says in Scripture: "Look! I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious foundation cornerstone, and no one exercising faith in it will ever be disappointed."
Luke 22: 28, 29
"However, you are the ones who have stuck with me in my trials; and I make a covenant with you, just as my Father has made a covenant with me, for a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom"
Revelation 5: 9, 10
And they sing a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth."
"For the lips of a priest should safeguard knowledge, and people should seek the law from his mouth, because he is the messenger of Jehovah of armies."
Hebrews 5: 1; 9: 24
For every high priest taken from among men is appointed in their behalf over things relating to God, so that he may offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with hands, which is a copy of the reality, but into heaven itself, so that he now appears before God on our behalf.
1 Timothy 2: 5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus,...
Psalm 37: 9-11, 29
For the evil will be done away with, but those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, and they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.
Proverbs 2: 21, 22
For only the upright will reside in the earth, and the blameless will remain in it. As for the wicked, they will be cut off from the earth, and the treacherous will be torn away from it.
"Happy are the mild-tempered, since they will inherit the earth."
Luke 23: 39-43
Then one of the criminals hanging there began to speak abusively to him, saying: "You are the Christ, are you not? Save yourself and us too!" In response the other rebuked him, saying: "Do you not fear God at all, now that you have received the same judgement? And we rightly so, for we are getting back what we deserve for the things we did; but this man did nothing wrong." Then he said: "Jesus, remember me when you get into your kingdom." And he said to him: "Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise."
Isaiah 45: 18
For this is what Jehovah says, the Creator of the heavens, the true God, the One who formed the earth, its Maker who firmly established it, who did not create it simply for nothing, but formed it to be inhabited: "I am Jehovah, and there is no one else."
1 Corinthians 15: 24-28
Next, the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power. For he must rule as king until God has put all enemies under his feet. And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing. For God "subjected all things under his feet." But when he says that 'all things have been subjected,' it is evident that this does not include the One who subjected all things to him. But when all things will have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to the One who subjected all things to him, that God may be all things to everyone.
2 months agoJianju 01101000 01101001
This is the 4th monthly book excerpt. This month's book is: "Change Your Clothes Change Your Life" by George Brescia. I like to read a little bit of everything, and I'm interested in practically every subject. I don't care about fashion trends, but what I like about this book is that it doesn't deal with fashion trends but fashion principles. And that is something I am interested in. I really love a lot of the points and concepts he beings out. The excerpt I've chosen gives a nice sample, it's from pages 88 and 89:
Your Getting-Dressed Checklist
Though we'll be getting into the down-and-dirty business of applying my style precepts in the coming chapters, you can start to incorporate some fundamental principles into your daily routine right away. Because it all comes down to what happens in front of that mirror, there are certain criteria you should apply to your reflection every time you are leaving your house.
1. Check the fit.
Does the clothing you have on fit you correctly? If not, take it off right away and put it into a "maybe" pile. In Chapter 5, we'll be going through your closet piece by piece, but it's never too soon to start the process.
2. Check the flatter.
It's not enough for your clothing to simply fit - it must also flatter. So take a look in the mirror and make sure that at least one of your best attributes is being displayed. You don't need to show off that cleavage every day, but you want the shape of your outfit to be doing something for you.
3. Check the colors.
Here's where we're going to take everything you're about to learn in Chapter 4 and make sure you are applying it, everyday and in every way. As we get further into this process and purge your closet of the colors that don't suit you (and, eventually, stock up on those colors that highlight you at your best), this will get easier and easier. You won't be able to go wrong in this department when your wardrobe is filled with clothing in the palette you were born for - but you're still going to have to make sure that the colors you are wearing complement each other and suit both the occasion and your mood.
4. Check for harmony.
Does your outfit make sense? Do the shapes, patterns, colors, and fabrics all come together into a pleasing and harmonious whole?
5. Check the message.
Ask yourself my golden question: What does this say? And what do you want to say? Does the message suit your intentions for that day, that event, that moment? Does your outfit look sad, or does it have some buoyancy? Every outfit should have a little bit of happiness, an element of interest, whether it comes from color, pattern, or shape. Is anything sticking out, in a bad way? I tend to think that women err on the side of under-accessorizing, but there is something to be said for Coco Chanel's advice to look in the mirror and take one thing off before leaving your house.
3 months agoJianju 01101000 01101001
This is the 3rd entry of my monthly book excerpts. This month is real life but seems like the stuff movies are made of. The following are some passages from the book "Stonewalled" by the investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Be prepared to be mind blown.
What's even more dangerous is the fact that, today, government, politicians, and big corporations might as well be one and the same. Their self-interests are inextricably intertwined. Members of Congress serving on pivotal committees solicit contributions - legal payoffs - from the very special interests they're supposed to oversee. It results in a perverse dynamic where Congress ends up protecting and defending those it should be watchdogging. Likewise, federal agencies view the companies and industries they're supposed to regulate as "clients" or "stakeholders." These agencies are largely bought and paid for. They act as partners working in tandom for a common purpose. They exchange information between themselves that they keep secret from the public, which actually owns the information. Big corporations write and approve press releases that the government issues. As allies, they hold closed meetings and make decisions about matters of public interest without the public's input.
Another example is the case of Dr. Julie Gerberding, who was head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She's at the helm when the government secretly agrees to pay damages to the family of Hannah Poling, a child who developed autsim after multiple vaccinations. The landmark case - which ultimately amounts to $1.5 million for Hannah the first year and $500,000 each year after - is ordered sealed, protecting the pharmaceutical vaccine industry and keeping the crucial information hidden from other families who have autistic children and also believe vaccines to be the culprit.
After she finishes as head of the government's CDC, Gerberding becomes president of vaccines for Merck.
Both the Defense Department and the Centers for Disease Control provide taxpayer-funded advisors to television and Hollywood entertainment producers to promote accuracy - or propaganda - depending on your view.
The administration had declined my requests for on-camera interviews for the CBS This Morning investigation. But after the fact, its response was predictably multipronged and indefatigable. It included a long letter of objection replete with mistakes that largely argued points not addressed and claims never made in the report. When CBS replied that the story was entirely accurate so no corrections were warranted, the administration turned to its unwavering partner in uncritically advancing its agenda: Media Matters. The liberal blog printed the administration's error-riddled spin point by point repeating nearly the exact language and format that the administration had used in its letter to CBS.
As a news organization, we actively choose not to elevate the spinners and the media surrogates by publicly taking part in their propaganda games. But to disengage often means leaving the record muddled by their false information and innuendo, which tends to them miraculously place in the top result spots in subsequent Google searches, where less-informed readers might mistakenly believe they've located a legitimate news source.
... Corporate interests can rate access, too. In 2008, after word leaks out about the government's secret settlement of a vaccine-related autism injury in the Hannah Poling case, vaccine makers and their government partners are working overtime to controversialize and tamp down all news coverage of the facts. Their strategy includes a full-forced attack on me and my ongoing reporting. I'm especially dangerous to their interests because my reporting on medical issues cannot accurately be portrayed as fringe or lacking in credibility. After all, it's been cited in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Columbia Journalism Review. My reporting has received an Emmy nomination and a finalist award from the independant Investigative Reporters and Editors organization.
...the government - or anyone with skill - can remotely turn on my smartphones and listen to me. Not just when I'm using the phone, but even when I think it's powered down. As long as the battery's in it, they can activate the microphone to hear what I'm doing and to whom I'm speaking. And when they're doing this, the phone doesn't appear to be on at all. Other sources tell me that sophisticated intruders have the capacity to suck information out of my smartphones and computers, or for that matter put stuff in them, without even physically connecting to them. The devices simply have to be in proximity to the perpetrator's smartphone or device.
I'm all too familiar with the pre-story stonewall. The post-story harassment. The ignored requests for interviews and public information. But the Obama administration has aggressively employed the additional PR strategy: controversializing potentially damaging stories, reporters, and opponents to undermine them. It can be a highly effective tactic - unless the public learns to recognize it. Just how does one take a fact-based, solid story with sourced opinions and turn it into a controversy to therefore be questioned by an unsuspecting public? By putting into motion a well-oiled machine that launches post-story complaint calls and emails; comments to other reporters (often not for attribution); bloggers who circulate manufactured outrage and counterspin; and personal attacks against the journalist. Pretty soon, the administration has controversialized an entire line of reporting. Not because it is controversial, but because their machine has made it appear to be. They can point to blogs and articles that say so. Even Wikipedia says so, so it must be true!
For example, one of them [her sources] tells me about a covert skill the U.S. government is actively perfecting: the ability to remotely control vehicles. There are several ways to do it. The former U.S. national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection, and counterterrorism Richard Clarke discussed the technology in a June 2013 interview with the Huffington Post. He said that intelligence agencies know how to remotely seize control of a car through a "car cyber attack."
"It's relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn't want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn't want the brakes on, to launch an air bag," Clarke tells the online blog. "You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it's not that hard."
In this particular interview, Clarke is responding to questions about the fatal single-car crash of reporter Michael Hastings as he was said to be researching a story related to the scandal that forced the resignation of CIA director Petraeus in 2012.
5 months agoJianju 01101000 01101001
Here is the next in my series on excerpts from my favorite books. This month....
Excerpts from “World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17” by G. Edward Griffin:
Page 75- 79 – What Cancer Is
“In 1902, John Beard, a professor of embryology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, authored a paper published in the British medical journal Lancet in which he stated there were no differences between cancer cells and pre-embryonic cells that were normal to the early stages of pregnancy. In technical terms, these normal cells are called trophoblasts. Extensive research had led Professor Beard to the conclusion that cancer and trophoblast are, in fact, one and the same. His theory, therefore, is known as the trophoblast thesis of cancer.
The trophoblast in pregnancy does exhibit all the classical characteristics of cancer. it spreads and multiplies rapidly as it invades into the uterus wall preparing a place where the embryo can attach itself for maternal protection and nourishment.
The trophoblast is formed as a result of a chain reaction starting with another cell identified as the diploid totipotent. For our purposes, let us call this simply the “total-life” cell because it contains within it all the separate characteristics of the complete organism and has the total capacity to evolve into any organ or tissue or, for that matter, into the complete embryo itself.
About eighty percent of these total-life cells are located in the ovaries or testes serving as a genetic reservoir for future offspring. The rest of them are distributed elsewhere in the body for a purpose not yet fully understood but which may involve the regenerative or healing process of damaged or aging tissue.
The hormone estrogen is well known for its ability to effect changes in living tissue. Although it is generally thought of as a female hormone, it is found in both sexes and performs many vital functions. Wherever the body is damaged, either by physical trauma, chemical action, or illness, estrogen and other steroid hormones always appear in great concentration, possibly serving as stimulators or catalysts for cellular growth and body repair.
It is now known that the total-life cell is triggered into producing trophoblast when it comes into contact with these steroid hormones acting as “organizer stimuli.” When this happens to those total-life cells that have evolved from the fertilized egg, the result is a placenta and umbilical cord, a means of nourishing the embryo. But when it occurs non-sexually as a part of the general healing process, the result is cancer. To be more accurate, we should say that it is cancer if the healing process is not terminated upon completion of its task.
….Anything that causes damage to the body can lead to cancer if the body’s healing processes are not functioning properly…
…Under microscopic examination, many of these tumors are found to resemble a mixture or hybrid of both trophoblast and surrounding cells; a fact which has led some researchers to the premature conclusion that there are many different types of cancer. But the degree to which tumors appear to be different is the same degree to which they are benign; which means that it is the degree to which there are non-cancerous cells within it.
The greater the malignancy, the more these tumors begin to resemble each other, and the more clearly they begin to take on the classic characteristics of pregnancy trophoblast. And the most malignant of all the cancers—the chorionepitheliomas—are almost indistinguishable from trophoblast cells. For, as Dr. Beard pointed out almost a century ago, they are one and the same.
An interesting sidelight to these facts is that trophoblast cells produce a distinct hormone that readily can be detected in the urine. This is known as the chorionic gonadotrophic hormone (CGH). If cancer is trophoblast, then one would expect that cancer cells also would secrete this hormone. And, indeed, they do. It is also true that no other cell is known to produce CGH. This means that, if CGH is detected in the urine, it indicates that there is present either normal pregnancy trophoblast or abnormal malignant cancer. If the patient is a woman, she either is pregnant or has cancer. If he is a man, cancer can be the only cause.
The significance of this fact is far-reaching. A simple urine test similar to the well-known rabbit test for pregnancy can detect the presence of cancer long before it manifests itself as illness or a lump, and it throws serious doubt upon the rationale behind surgical biopsies. Many physicians are convinced that any cutting into a malignant tumor, even for a biopsy, increases the likelihood that the tumor will spread.”
Page 80-83 – Pancreatic Enzymes
“….one of the great false assumptions that plagues almost all orthodox cancer research today: the assumption that cancer cells are foreign to the body. Quite to the contrary, they are a vital part of the life cycle (pregnancy and healing). Consequently, nature has provided them with an effective means of avoiding the white blood cells.
One of the characteristics of the trophoblast is that it is surrounded by a thin protein coating that carries a negative electrostatic charge. In technical terms this is called the pericellular sialomucin coat. The white blood cells also carry a negative charge. And, since the like polarities repel each other, the trophoblast is well protected.
…Part of nature’s solution to this problem, as pointed out by Professor Beard in 1905, is found in the ten or more pancreatic enzymes, of which trypsin and chymotrypsin are especially important in trophoblast destruction. These enzymes exist in their inactive form (as zymogens) in the pancreas gland. Only after they reach the small intestine are they converted to their active form. When these are absorbed into the blood stream and reach the trophoblast, they digest the negatively-charged protein coat. The cancer then is exposed to the attack of the white blood cells and it dies.
…Dr. Wheeler [the patient] was injected with BCG and put an a strict low-cholesterol diet and given antibiotics. The diet, he said, banned refined sugar, poultry and eggs, and called for raw vegetables, plenty of fish and multiple vitamin supplements.
Within two months, the swelling was down. Recent laboratory tests showed a remission of cancerous cells—that is, a return to a normal healthy state—and the presence of new, healthy tissue, he said.
Let us analyze. The diet given to Dr. Wheeler consisted of foods that do not consume pancreatic enzymes for their digestion. This is similar to the kind of diet prescribed by doctors using vitamin B17 therapy because it releases almost all of the pancreatic enzymes for absorption into the blood stream where they can work on cancer cells. In addition, he was given “multiple vitamin supplements.”
…It is significant that the point in the small intestine where the pancreas empties into it is one of the few places where cancer is almost never found.”
Page 85- 93 – B17, aka, Amygdalin and Laetrile
“…nature has provided a back-up mechanism…vitamin B17, which is found in those natural foods containing nitriloside.
….The B17 molecule contains two units of glucose (sugar), one of benzaldehyde, and one of cyanide, all tightly locked together within it. As everyone knows, cyanide can be highly toxic and even fatal if taken in sufficient quantity. However, locked as it is in this natural state, it is chemically inert and has absolutely no effect on living tissue.
….There is only one substance that can unlock the B17… an enzyme called beta-glucosidase… When B17 comes in contact with this enzyme in the presence of water, not only is the cyanide released, but also the benzaldehyde, which is highly toxic by itself. In fact, these two substances together are at least a hundred times more poisonous than either of them separately…
…the unlocking enzyme is not found to any dangerous degree anywhere in the body except at the cancer cell, where it always is present in great quantity, sometimes at levels in excess of one-hundred times that of the surrounding normal cells. The result is that vitamin B17 is unlocked at the cancer cell, releases its poisons to the cancer cell, and only to the cancer cell.
There is another important enzyme called rhodanese, which we shall identify as the “protecting enzyme.” The reason is that it has the ability to neutralize cyanide by converting it instantly into by-products that actually are beneficial and essential to health. This enzyme is found in great quantities in every part of the body except the cancer cell which, consequently, is not protected.
….Dr. Otto Warburg received the Nobel Prize for providing that cancer cells obtain nourishment, not through oxidation as do other cells, but through fermentation of sugar.
…anything that improves normal respiratory metabolism is an inhibitor to cancer growth…any benzaldehyde that might diffuse away from the cancer cell and come into contact with normal cells, will be oxidized and converted into harmless benzoic acid. Benzoic acid is known to have certain anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, and analgesic properties.
…when the body temperature is raised from its normal 37 degrees to 41 degrees Celsius (98.6 to 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit), there is a gain in effect of from three to ten-fold. In other words, at the higher level of 41 degrees, it takes only one-third to one-tenth as much Laetrile to achieve a given anti-cancer effect.”
Page 99-103 – Dosage
“….roasting these seeds does not impair the vitamin B17 factor, but it does destroy the unlocking enzyme. So those who are concerned about toxicity can take the added precaution of roasting their seeds before eating. …roasting for 30-50 minutes at 212 degrees Fahrenheit to deactivate the beta-glucosidase.
…Dr. Krebs has suggested a minimum level of fifty milligrams of B17 per day for a normal, healthy adult. Naturally, one who is pre-disposed to cancer would require more, and one who already was afflicted with the disease would need much more.
The average apricot seed grown it the United States contains approximately four or five milligrams of B17.
…wise to follow the simple rule that one should not eat at one time more seeds than he likely could consume if he also were eating a reasonable quantity of the whole fruit.
…After almost two centuries of use in all parts of the world, there never has been even one reported case of related death or serious illness [in the case of Laetrile, the laboratory form of B17 that doesn’t carry some of the unlocking enzyme in it].
…It is estimated that 100,000 people die every year from prescription drugs.”
Page 57 –
“Dr. Krebs has pointed out that, in the entire history of medical science, there has not been one chronic, metabolic disease that was ever cured or prevented by drugs, surgery, or mechanical manipulation of the body. In every case—whether it be scurvy, pellagra, rickets, beri-beri, night blindness, pernicious anemia, or any of the others—the ultimate solution was found only in factors relating to adequate nutrition.”
Page 34 –
“In spite of all the incredible distortions of fact and the perversions of scientific truth, Drs. MacDonald and Garland were forced to admit on page three of their California Report:
All of the physicians whose patients were reviewed spoke of increase in the sense of well-being and appetite, gain in weight, and decrease in pain…
That statement, alone, should have disqualified the California Report [which said laetrile doesn’t work], for these observations are, indeed, among the very things which indicate to a physician whether or not his drug therapy is effective.”
Page 29-31 -
“Dr. MacDonald was even more emphatic. In an article in U.S. News & World Report, he was shown with a cigarette in his hand, and is quoted as saying that smoking is “a harmless pastime up to twenty-four cigarettes per day.” And then he added: “One could modify and old slogan: A pack a day keeps lung cancer away.” [“Here’s Another View: Tobacco May be Harmless,” U.S. News & World Report, Aug 2, 1957, pp. 85-86.]
….the tobacco industry had already pledged the first ten-million dollars out of a total of eighteen million to the AMA (American Medical Association) for “research” into the questions of smoking and health. ….
Upon going through the back reports of the AMA’s Committee for Research on Tobacco and Health, one is able to count but five research projects that are primarily concerned with cancer. One of those dealt with laboratory-testing procedures only, and another was an experiment to see if tobacco smoke could be used to cure cancer of the skin! So only three of these projects really dealt with the area of major public concern. Three out of two hundred and three is only about one-and-a-half percent – which tells us something about the AMA’s scientific integrity on the subject of smoking and cancer.
With the expenditure of a mere eighteen-million dollars—which is small, indeed, compared to the tobacco industry’s advertising budget over the same period—it was possible to direct the AMA’s medical research away from the important question of cancer and into a hundred giddy questions that served only to confuse and delay the ultimate truth.
Dazzled by the meteor shower of thousand-dollar bills, the AMA, in its December1959 issue of the American Medical Association Journal, published an editorial stating flatly that there was insufficient evidence “to warrant the assumption” that cigarette smoking was the principal factor in the increase of lung cancer. Furthermore, through its gargantuan research program, the AMA was making it increasingly difficult to obtain that evidence.
…. important is the fact that these are the same “experts” whose medical opinion has been widely quoted and followed in the question of Laetrile.
….the California State Department of Health officially decreed that the findings of the antiquated study were “true” and adopted them as its own. When it did so, however, it performed an unexpected favor for the public because it published for the first time all the original experiments and studies upon which the report had been based and, in doing so, it made available the documentary evidence proving that MacDonald and Garland had falsified their summary of those experiments.”
Page 16, 17 of the Forward -
“The Chad Green story made big headlines but, unfortunately, the same thing involving other children has happened numerous times since then with only minor news coverage. For example, in 1999, James and Donna Navarro were told that their four-year-old son, Thomas, had a malignant brain tumor. Surgery left the child speechless, blind, and unable to walk. When the doctors told the Navarros that Thomas would also have to undergo radiation and chemotherapy, they researched the medical literature and learned that these treatments probably would further impair the boys brain function and that long-term survival was unlikely anyway. So they decided to try an alternative therapy called antineoplastons offered at the Stanislaw R. Burzynsky Research Institute in Houston. At this point, the FDA stepped in and prohibited Dr. Burzynsky from accepting the boy as a patient unless he first had undergone chemotherapy and radiation.
Mr. Navarro explains: “What they don’t understand is that there won’t be anything left of him to salvage if we make him take that awful treatment first.” When he did not fall in line with the doctors’ demands, he began to receive harassing phone calls from hospital personnel. One oncologist threatened to file charges with the state. When Mr. Navarro still refused, the doctor went to the protective-services agency and filed child-abuse charges against the parents.
In 1980, movie actor Steve McQueen also made news when he went to Mexico for Laetrile and other unorthodox therapies. When he died following surgery four months later, the press had a heyday telling the American people that laetrile didn’t work. What they failed to report is that McQueen’s cancer was, indeed, apparently cured by Laetrile, and that only a non-cancerous tumor remained in his abdomen. (Most tumors are composed of a mixture of cancer and non-cancerous tissue.) McQueen was feeling great and decided to have the bulge removed for cosmetic reasons. It was a complication of that surgery, not cancer, which caused his death. Not a word of his prior recovery was to be found in the major press. Consequently, millions of Americans who followed the story came away with the conviction that Laetrile is just another hoax. That, too, is merely an extension of the kind of biased media reporting that has become a permanent part of the coverage of Laetrile. It continues today.”
The Warning in the beginning of the book –
“When the FDA says a therapy is proven, it means only its promoters have complied with the testing protocols set out by the agency to demonstrate safety and effectiveness. … the successful completion of those tests does not mean, as the terminology implies, that the therapy is safe and effective. It merely means that tests have been conducted, the results have been evaluated, and the FDA has given its approval for marketing, often in spite of the dismal results.
….the actual laboratory reports…. show neither safety nor effectiveness and, in fact, they are not intended to do so. Their purpose is to establish the lethal dose—the point at which the therapy will kill 50% of the patients—and also to establish the ratio between those who are benefited and those who are not. That ratio often is in the range of only eight or nine people out of a hundred. Furthermore, “benefited” can mean any slight improvement such as a temporary reduction in tumor size.
….the testing protocols established by the FDA are costly. ….must assign a large staff ….and compile many thousands of statistical pages. …. The process can take years and consume over two-hundred-million dollars per study.
Only the large pharmaceutical companies can play that game. (Although they publicly complain about this expense, they privately approve, because it prevents competition from smaller companies.)”
6 months agoJianju 01101000 01101001
I wanted to post a clip from another of my favorite books for December and missed, so here is a catch up.
Here are two testimonials that I love about eating raw vegan from two of Victoria Boutenko's books.
From 12 Steps to Raw Foods p. 152-153
"I Love You No Matter What You Eat"
Another example is my friend Tina from Denver. She had a serious health problem. For many months she had to go to the hospital to undergo a procedure that was extremely painful for her. When we came to visit, she saw what Igor and I were eating and she became interested. She asked, "Can you show me how to prepare this food? I'm willing to try because I have surgery (a colostomy) scheduled in two weeks which I would rather not do." Within a matter of days, she started feeling better and avoided the surgery. Tina understood that for her, there were only two choices: raw food, no surgery, life and health; or cooked food, surgery, and eventually death. Tina chose life. At the time of our visit, Tina's four children were major junk-food eaters, and her husband enjoyed vodka, steak, pork chops, and pig's fat, which he used as if it were bologna. Tina did not tell her family that she was going raw. She kept cooking for them as she always had. She said, "I'm going to keep it quiet." I agreed with her and said, "Don't even mention it to them. Don't irritate them. Let them just leave you alone. Tell your family that you don't expect them to do anything." Tina didn't mention her diet change to them.
One year passed. We were driving through Denver again and we stopped by. I saw Tina's husband, Sam, and he looked dramatically different. I said, "Sam, what's happening? You've changed." He replied with a grin, "I became 100% raw one month ago. The children are raw too."
I was shocked. "What happened?"
Sam told me the story of why he became raw. He said that one day, about a month ago, he went to pick up Tina at work. He arrived a little early and sat down within view of her desk to wait. He noticed that his wife was so beautiful. He saw the customers flirting with his wife. He was looking at her through new eyes. He saw how she'd become so healthy, sexy, and attractive. All of a sudden he felt inadequate. He said, "I ran to the restroom and I looked at myself in a mirror. I saw puffs under my eyes and a red face and grey hairs sticking out all over. I opened my shirt, and I looked at the blemishes all over my chest. I thought, nobody is going to flirt with me!" Sam told me that he realized Tina had been getting healthy and beautiful and he was just aging. Sam decided to make a change so he could keep up with his wife. He said, "On the way back home I begged her to help me become raw like her."
Tina was happy to help her husband. She told me that as soon as Sam adopted a raw-food diet, the children said they wanted to eat raw food too! Her daughter became thin and beautiful and was now auditioning for a local theatre. Everything in this family's life was transforming in a wonderful way. Tina said that she felt a call from God, and things happened like never before in their life. Tina is a very wise woman. She didn't preach to her family about eating raw food. She made her food and enjoyed it without putting any expectations on her relatives. Her body healed and her family observed the changes. Because of her good example, her family made the choice to follow.
From Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko p. 139 (this book is great for learning about how to have a balanced raw food diet highlighting the benefits of green smoothies)
GREEN SMOOTHIES HELP NORMALIZE B12 LEVEL
I was allergic to all foods to such a degree that I could not sleep. I frequently called emergency services, and in one month I was hospitalized five times. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and hypothyroidism in 1989. I felt confusion and muscle pain for five years, suffered allergies and candida, and was once hospitalized. I couldn't work physically or dance. I wanted to die. I was given high doses of Xanax and antibiotics for a hiatal hernia, which did not help me at all and gave me heart palpitations. At this point I became a vegan, which only made a slight improvement. Then I went on a raw food diet and started to feel a lot better right away. However, my cholesterol was still high at 200. I was 90 percent raw for about seven years. Most of my symptoms were gone except my vitamin B12 level was low. My doctor put me on B12 shots and supplements.
Five months ago I added green smoothies to my diet and my health dramatically improved. I usually drink one quart a day. I like lambs quarters or kale as a base with parsley, pear, mango, and apple. Sometimes I add papaya and soaked chia seeds. After four months my cholesterol dropped to 170, and my thyroid tested normal. The most exciting change was that my B12 level tested normal for the first time in many years, and my doctor said I don't need B12 shots anymore. I love how I feel! The heart murmurs stopped. I have a lot fewer cravings for unhealthy foods. I lost twelve pounds and it feels so good, especially because I am a dancer. I eat two meals a day and have a lot of energy. I vigorously dance swing and polka ten hours a week. My white hair of twenty years is suddenly growing dark again.
At sixty-seven years old I don't fear anything anymore as my life attitude has significantly changed. I've never felt so well balanced in my whole life. My massage therapist told me my skin is glowing and my muscle tone has improved. I look ten years younger, and I feel twenty years younger. Since I incorporated green smoothies into my diet my kids can't keep up with me anymore, and I beat my seventeen-year-old grandson at tennis. At our dance club I outdance a lot of younger dancers. I can do six hours straight of polka, waltzes, or swing. People always ask me what my secret is. Since I carry my green drink everywhere, I am always happy to share.
Many people my age often have severe digestion problems, which I also suffered. Since I began drinking green smoothies my bowels work fantastically; one meal in, one meal out. My kidneys became a lot stronger, and I don't wake up to urinate in the middle of the night anymore. My liver spots have faded noticeably. My eyesight improved so that I don't need my glasses most of the time. I am able to maintain a positive attitude even through the most challenging moments of my life. I feel calmer and more focused. I recently increased my business in Washington, DC, which I run from California, three thousand miles away, using fax, computer, phone, and frequently commute by plane. A also host seven huge potlucks per year with the San Francisco Vegetarian Society and East Bay Vegetarian Society as well as many raw food potlucks and classes. To help other people with healing information I maintain my own Web site, www.LizzysLanding.com.
I am supporting Victoria's research on chimpanzees and everything else she is involved in. I believe that the raw diet with green smoothies added is the future of all nutrition. I admire Victoria's courage and purpose in life to make a healthier planet.
-Elizabeth Bechtold, California
7 months agoJianju 01101000 01101001
It's almost the end of November and I felt like sharing a bit from one of my favorite books, Watership Down by Richard Adams. From the chapter Like Trees in November. I like it because, even though the book is a fiction about rabbits, it speaks to me of the human situation:
"Aren't you coming to learn to carry, Fiver?" asked Hazel at length. "It's not too difficult once you get the hang of it."
"I'll have nothing to do with it," answered Fiver in a low voice. "Dogs - you're like dogs carrying sticks."
"Fiver! Are you trying to make me angry? I'm not going to get angry because you call me stupid names. But you're letting the others do all the work."
"I'm the one who ought to get angry," said Fiver. "But I'm no good at it, that's the trouble. Why should they listen to me? Half of them think I'm mad. You're to blame, Hazel, because you know I'm not and still you won't listen."
"So you don't like this warren any better even now? Well, I think you're wrong. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. Why shouldn't you make a mistake, like everybody else? Hawkbit was wrong in the heather and you're wrong now."
"Those are rabbits down there, trotting along like a lot of squirrels with nuts. How can that be right?"
"Well, I'd say they've copied a good idea from the squirrels and that makes them better rabbits."
"Do you suppose the man, whoever he is, puts the roots out there because he has a kind heart? What's he up to?"
"He's just throwing away rubbish. How many rabbits have had a good meal off men's rubbish heaps? Shot lettuces, old turnips? You know we all do, when we can. It's not poisoned, Fiver, I can tell you that. And if he wanted to shoot rabbits he's had plenty of chances this morning. But he hasn't done it."
Fiver seemed to grow even smaller as he flattened himself on the hard earth. "I'm a fool to try to argue," he said miserably. "Hazel - dear old Hazel - it's simply that I know there's something unnatural and evil twisted all round this place. I don't know what it is, so no wonder I can't talk about it. I keep getting near it, though. You know how you poke your nose against wire netting and push it up against an apple tree, but you still can't bite the bark because of the wire. I'm close to this - whatever it is - but I can't grip it. If I sit here alone I may reach it yet."
"Fiver, why not do as I say? Have a meal on those roots and then go underground and sleep. You'll feel all the better for it."
"I'll tell you, I'll have nothing to do with the place," said Fiver. "As for going underground, I'd rather go back over the heather. The roof of that hall is made of bones."
"No, no - tree roots. But, after all, you were underground all night."
"I wasn't," said Fiver.
"What? Where were you, then?"
"Yes. A yew tree gives good shelter, you know?"
Hazel was now seriously worried. ....
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Sketches, Drawings, Paintings, some old stuff
Stuff I drew for school, in my childhood, and up to present. Pretty random sampling.
I mostly draw what I see, and in some cases make some small changes.
Compilation pics of sketches of still life, people, anime, and other things.
I like coffee
scene from Please Save My Earth
img from PSME
My Maple Story Avatar
My Minecraft Avatar Pyrrha skin
at Hypixel server
From Sailor Moon
Having Fun Prohibited
Art work of Monty Oum
Blake and Sun Cosplay
At 2015 Anime Central Convention in Chicago
Red VS Blue Cosplay
At 2015 Anime Central in Chicago
Questions answered by Jianju
Oops! Sorry about that, I was going to do that today and forgot.... thx 4 reminding me! :)
| Asked by: FettucCR 11 months ago
Sometimes the scanner works but I have the same problem with mine, so I just take pics of them with my iPod and copy them onto my iPhotos files, then I take a screen shot of each opened pic with SnagIt and save it as a .jpg and that's it. .... a simple 4 steps... When I just take pics there are the edges to crop out. I could use Photoshop to do that, but SnagIt is easier and faster. Not sure if any of that would work for you. Oh, and glad you like my work :D Thanks FettucCR