Rx: Writing as Medicine

I’ve felt this way lately,for no good reason I am just in a funk the birds sing and flowers are blooming but my mood stays somber? I am going to try the writing exercise I think it is a great idea!

The Daily Post

There are days when life just feels hard, and even simple, day-to-day tasks weigh me down.

Case in point: this morning, making breakfast for my household felt like a Sisyphean task. Instead of being punished by the Greek gods to infinitely fulfill the futile task of rolling a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll down the other side, I made what felt like the millionth bowl of oatmeal in my lifetime. Like Sisyphus, ruefully watching that giant rock speed back down the hill, as breakfast was gobbled, I knew full-well that there will be no end to the bowls of oatmeal I’ll cook in the future.

Keep an eye on your inboxes folks, invitations to my pity party will be sent out soon.

“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.”
― Margaret Mitchell

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more…

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Are Chinese Products
Slowly Killing Us?

From Patricia Doyle, PhD

Hello Jeff – The product list below is not a complete list, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Let us not forget the faulty electric blankets, coffee pots, lead-painted toys, easy bake oven with fire hazard, dyes that contain toxic chemicals, toxic cellophane tape dispensers and many, many other products.
I worry about the deadly products that are on our store shelves and have not yet been identified as faulty.
Are Chinese Products Slowly Killing Us?
I commend the industriousness of the Chinese because that has made Chinese goods and services available around the world. Globally, China has become an economic power because it has succeeded in capturing the world market with its products. The Chinese reached such an economic power position through hard work, not through luck. In Ghana, almost every item on the market is “Made in China.” Though it is an issue to worry about, this article is not about the fact that importing goods deprives Ghanaians existing and future jobs. It is about whether imported Chinese goods are slowly killing Ghanaians. I’ll leave that to the reader to decide. Here, let’s consider the record of some Chinese-made products…
In June 2004, Chinese authorities issued an emergency recall of a brand of milk powder after it sickened more than 150 schoolchildren. Children at three kindergartens in the southern province of Guizhou suffered vomiting, diarrhea and fever after drinking milk made from the powder, which contained staphylococcus bacteria. The product in question is Shanhua-brand milk powder produced by the Guiyang Sanlian Milk Company.
November 2004, a New York City company recalled two Chinese herbal supplements because they contained a carcinogen linked to kidney disease. Kingsway Trading Inc. of Brooklyn recalled its dietary pills, Double Deers Formula brand Expellin Extract (Concentrated) and Cardioflex. The company said it stopped distribution of these products when it was notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they contained aristolochic acid, a carcinogen and toxin found in plants that is associated with some cases of kidney failure and an increased risk of kidney cancer.
Then in December 2004, Starway Incorporated of U.S.A. recalled Red Diamond brand Dried Chinese Vegetable because the product contained undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Also in December, the FDA seized ginseng imported from China because of dangerous residues of pesticides.
In June 2005, the Food and Drug Administration placed restrictions on imports of Chinese shrimp, catfish, eel, basa and dace after finding residues of drugs the FDA does not allow in fish.
Then in December, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 144,000 plastic siren whistles manufactured in China. According to American authorities, the internal pieces of the recalled plastic siren whistle easily detached from the toy and posed a choking hazard to children. This was after the importer and distributor of the product received four reports of children choking and three reports of children swallowing pieces of the plastic siren whistle.
Again, in December 2005, Dell Computers recalled made-in-China batteries installed in about 22,000 notebook computers in the United States. The batteries were found to overheat, and posed fire risk. The recalled batteries were sold with the following Dell notebook computers: Latitude D410, D505, D510, D600, D610, D800, D810; Inspiron 510M, 600M, 6000, 8600, 9200, 9300, XPS Gen 2; and Dell Precision M20 and M70 mobile workstations.
Following the death of a girl in 2006, the Chinese government ordered a Chinese antibiotic manufacturer to recall its injectable antibiotic (clindamycin phosphate glucose). This was after it was discovered that it was the cause of death of a 6-year-old girl, and had caused over three dozen serious reactions in patients that received it. According to the Chinese authorities, the 6-year-old girl was given the antibiotic to treat a cold but she developed a fever, lapsed into a coma and died three days later.
In July 2006, Lexar Media Inc. of the U.S. recalled certain flash memory drives made in China because they could overheat and burn users or cause property damage. In a joint statement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Lexar said consumers should stop using the affected products immediately and to contact Lexar for a free replacement. The recall involved about 66,000 devices from Lexar’s Jump Drive Fire Fly family of flash drives, and the metallic silver colored 1GB Jump Drive Secure II.
December 2006. Chinese authorities uncovered at least 180 Chinese factories that were using industrial chemicals in food production.
In Panama, at least 100 people died after taking cough syrup which contained diethylene glycol rather than the glycerine, which was supposed to have been used instead.
In March this year, many cats and dogs in the U.S. got sick after eating tainted pet food imported from China. The pet food products were found to contain Chinese wheat flour spiked with the chemical melamine to appear like expensive, and higher in protein.
In June, a Florida (USA) company issued a nationwide recall for toothpaste imported from China. The roughly 170,000 recalled toothpaste products had the contaminant diethylene glycol ­ a poisonous solvent used in antifreeze. The brands in question were Shir Fresh Mint Flouride, Shir Fresh Ice, Shir Mint Flouride and Shir Fresh Cool. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified many other Chinese-made toothpastes that were declared dangerous. Apart from the United States, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Panama and several other Latin American and Caribbean countries have taken Chinese-made toothpaste off the shelves for containing diethylene glycol.
Also in June, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as well as the Food and Drug Administration noted that toys, makeup, glazed pottery and other products imported from China contained significant amounts of lead. Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, kidney failure, anemia and irreversible brain damage in children. Because of lead contamination, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled several children’s items and/or toys all imported from China. In addition, children’s gardening gloves imported from China were found to have a stamp-painted logo on the backside containing high levels of lead. Children’s turquoise rings imported from China were also found to have high lead levels. These were not all; about 200,000 children’s necklaces, bracelets and rings imported from China were found to contain high lead levels. And about 5,000 bamboo game sets called “Anima” were found to contain lead paint.
Again in June this year, Chinese officials admitted that formaldehyde, illegal dyes and industrial wax were used to make candy, pickles, crackers and seafood. This was followed by a warning from the FDA about eye shadow imported from China. Called “kohl,” it is used to create black lines around the eyes. Not only has the makeup been found to contain high lead levels, eight brands of Chinese kohl were halted by the FDA because of microbiological contamination. In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found bacterial parasites in contact lens solution imported from China. At least 21 people developed eye conditions as a result of using Complete Moisture Plus, the contact lens solution.
And the list goes on. One thousand and two hundred (1,200) Raleigh Cadent bicycles with carbonage carbon forks, manufactured in China were also pulled off the market in 2007. This is because the forks broke during use, causing the rider to lose control, fall and suffer injuries. By the time of recall, Raleigh America had received three reports of forks breaking, resulting in injuries, including a dislocated shoulder, a concussion and a broken jaw. The recall included the 2007 Raleigh Cadent 1.0, Cadent 2.0 and Cadent Carbon bicycle models with carbon forks.
Again, this year, 450,000 tires made in China have been pulled off the American market because the tires were missing safety features that keep the tire tread from separating.
Frozen fish imported from China into the United States was labeled monkfish but it was pufferfish that contained tetrodotoxin. Eating foods containing tetrodotoxin can result in life-threatening illness or death and the toxin cannot be destroyed by cooking or freezing.
It appears contamination associated with Chinese products gets worse yearly. It therefore means that we should be very careful about the products we import from China. Since there are many made-in-China products in Ghana, and since Ghana has never recalled or removed any China-made products from the market, does it mean the Chinese love us so much so that they send only first class non-contaminated products to Ghana? Or does it mean that the Ghana Standards Board, the regulatory body, is not doing its work? Or does it mean that Chinese products are slowly killing us?
On August 10 this year, the Ghana Standards Board, launched its 40th anniversary celebration at a colorful ceremony at the Board’s premises. The theme for the celebration was “GSB @40 Setting the Pace for Standards and Quality.” Is this public body really ensuring standards? Or is it one of the many lame ducks in our midst? By the way, who should protect the average Ghanaian against unwholesome products ­ the government, GSB, the Ghanaian importer, or the average Ghanaian themselves?
In conclusion, I have to mention that Chinese officials have moved to show they are taking the concerns seriously. Recently, China executed a former drug and food safety chief for corruption. In recent weeks, China announced that it had closed down 180 food manufacturers that were found to have used industrial chemicals and additives in their products. However, personally, I don’t think the Chinese government is doing enough to stop polluting the world with contaminated products. Therefore, WE HAVE TO PROTECT OURSELVES!
Dr. Kwaku Obosu-Mensah
Associate Professor of Sociology, Lorain County Community College, USA
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
Univ of West Indies
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Go with God and in Good Health

Made in America

In recent days the News (60 Minutes) has told stories of Chinese Flooring being sold in the US that is saturated in so much formaldehyde that it brook the testing equipment , there was the Chinese drywall , the pet snacks made in China that are killing pets, the lead tainted toys made in China being sold in Dollar stores that are harming our children, I could go on and on.

My question is why has it gotten this far?

Not too long ago America was the manufacturing mecca of the world, we stood alone in our ability to make anything we needed to succeed, that rapidly disappeared with the importing of goods that increased dramatically in the late 70’s, remember that this is also the time when we started as a country to value anything that was not American due in part to the Vietnam war and Nixon and the Love, sex and drug movement. We were so anti american that we devalued ourselves. We began buying cars from Japan, Germany and anywhere else but here, leading to the loss of jobs.Companies shut down and entire towns disappeared. Now we are a country that outsources  our jobs and imports almost everything we own.

My fear and concern comes from the fact that we are being killed off slowly and we ask for it to be done. We as a country must stop this self inflicted genocide before it is too late, if we want to rise back from the ashes as a great country to again be the leader and not the tail, we  have to make drastic changes now.

I dare anyone reading this to go to a retail store and find something made in America. Cotton is not cotton, our food is genetically modified and processed to the point that we are killing ourselves from sugars and preservatives, it is no small wonder that diabetes is growing and will soon be one of the major causes of death to Americans and that 1 in 10 children will have some form of  Autism by the year 2050 due to pesticides that we intake with our food.

If you go to Walmart look on the bottom of any appliance they sell, ask your self why does it say made exclusively for Walmart? whether it is GE, Hamilton Beach, Bissell they all say it…don’t you wonder what is different about this toaster compared to one bought else where other than the extremely lower price you paid.Think about it..just like the 60 minutes piece stated about the Lumber Liquidators (another super store like Walmart). that is how they keep the price so low they use inferior material full of chemicals that will kill you. Let me ask you is saving a buck or two worth your life? well you say how can a toaster kill me? lets see… inferior parts that get overheated and catch fire while your sleeping .huh (this is not based on any particular incident, I am merely speculating what inferior parts could lead to).While you are at Walmart grab a piece of clothing from the rack look at where it is made… Indonesia. look at the home goods sheets that are cotton rich (what does that mean) it means they put a little cotton in the mix of whatever else they are stirring in the pot that day to make the sheets you sleep under each night. Ok enough Walmart bashing they didn’t create the problem but they sure did cash in on it.By the way if you are old enough to remember the first Walmart’s they were champions for American made merchandise they even had commercials that focused on it and we were suppose to spread our goods across the world to others boy that sure did get turned around. Lets discuss the fact that China owns more of America than we do, in the last decade they have bought vast amounts of real estate and banks and financial companies and stocks and anything else we were willing to sell them. your phone is made in China your TV, your computer …your medicine.

If you don’t believe the urgency or the extent to which the pharmaceutical problem has gotten please read this article in the New York Times . http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/series/toxicpipeline/index.html

So you are saying about right now well what are we suppose to do about it. Well folks I am sure that the Bostonian’s said the same thing  before the Tea party. We must fight. You say well, that is why I voted so and so into office, to fight for me.

May I just say that while most politicians are there for noble reasons some are there to get inside information and to profit from foreign lobbying groups , not to help you. We must make this our fight. we must stand up and say NO, NO, NO, this is not OK. Call your representatives ,write to the congress , tweet to your friends, chat with others, whatever it takes. Start by boycotting the companies and products that refuse to listen to reason and change there ways for the betterment of the consumer. they’ll say oh you wont be able to afford the product if we try to make it here, and to that we must say- we can’t afford not to make it here, better to be broke than dead I always say.

In the coming days and months I am going to compile as much information to inform anyone who wants to know what the products are who is making them and how we can begin to stop this onslaught of inferior products being forced down our throats. One voice can start an avalanche and I’m willing to be that voice. Are you?

You may ask who are you some expert that knows something we don’t? No I am a mom and an American. I am a concerned citizen with rights that were blood bought to get and I will use my rights to stop this injustice however I can.

Book review of : Galileo’s Middle Finger rating: 1 star

When I received an advanced copy of this book I was thrilled. I had just completed a book that was about the struggles that Galileo and other scientist had to endure at the hands of religion and politics. Reading the subtitle to the book it seemed a further affirmation of being similar to what I had been reading. “Heretics, Activists and the search for justice in Science”. I was wrong.
Alice Dreger is professor of Clinical medical humanities at Northwestern University and a self proclaimed feminist, she admits to the fact that she was involved with groups that had political agendas and were trying to push their beliefs on others. (whoa), red flags are flying people. Lets just look at the people who helped to fund her book and her work: John Simon Guggenheim foundation, financial support was given by the Gill foundation , and the Arcus Foundation.The Arcus foundation is “a private grant making organization dedicated to supporting LGBT social justice and the conservation of great apes”. (I kid you not look up there website! The Gill Foundation was established to provide charitable grants in pursuit of full equality for all LGBT americans. (do you see a pattern here). unbiased – I think not!

She attest to the notion that Galileo had a certain mindset that set him apart from normal vanilla scientist and she compares herself and a few others that work on controversial matters (mainly sexual) and as having this same mindset. First of all she is no Galileo and her self proclaimed martyrdom is nothing more than a feminist pity party (how dare someone not agree with her far leftest ideas ). She speaks of one of her colleagues ( a college professor )which she describes as having this same Galileo mindset who had a stay after class session to have a sexual exhibitionist couple demonstrate how to DIY a sex toy made from a reciprocating saw and then demonstrate its use! This is someone who is comparing themselves to Galileo. enough said. read at your own ignorance.

word of the day


noun imag·i·na·tion \i-ˌma-jə-ˈnā-shən\

: the ability to imagine things that are not real : the ability to form a picture in your mind of something that you have not seen or experienced

: the ability to think of new things

: something that only exists or happens in your mind

23 Years After Her New Yorker Story, an Author Publishes Her Book


Sari Botton | Longreads | February 2015 | 14 minutes (3,683 words)

Ed. note: Katherine Heiny will be in conversation with Sari Botton at McNally Jackson in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

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In the fall of 1992, I found myself very much affected by “How to Give the Wrong Impression,” a short story in the September 21 issue of The New Yorker about a twentysomething psych grad student who’s trying hard to seem satisfied keeping things platonic between her and her handsome roommate.

To begin with, I had a lot in common with the protagonist, more than I’d have wanted to admit at the time. I was in my twenties, too—27 to be exact—newly divorced from the second person I’d ever so much as dated, and most importantly, I was very busy trying to seem satisfied keeping things platonic with a rakish “friend.”…

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5 Things Every Self-Published Author Should Know

Quoth The Wordsmith

5 Things Every Self-Published Author Should KnowEvery self-published author has a lot on their plate. Part of the challenge of self-publishing is that the writer takes on every

role of a publisher, from start to finish. It us unrealistic to assume that every author will be good at every aspect of publishing, though. So I’ve made a list of 5 things that I think every self-published author should do.

1) Edit, edit, edit. Learn about whatever language you are writing in and attempt to master it. Unfortunately, if you want your book to be popular and you want it to succeed, grammar and spelling play a huge part. When a reader picks up a book and they see in error within the first few pages, it takes away from the experience. If you didn’t take your work seriously by not editing it (or hiring someone to do it), why should the reader invest time in…

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