Simply ignore them

As a sailor, with a ‘think outside the box’ kind of attitude, it seems obvious to me that people traveled across the oceans and explore the world a very long time before Columbus.

I first contracted this particular affliction, when someone gave me a book by Barry Fell. But, now days if you Google it, you can find a great deal. Try Googling:
Scientists Debate Who Sailed to the New World First

But, you can spend days reading about that stuff.

The reason I interrupted you today, was that I found, what I consider to be a very important quote from this next link. You will notice that the page it refers to, is full of typos. It was computer transcribed from a tape, and no one proofread it. Like ‘tire,’ where they meant ‘the.’ I felt right at home.

“You see, people sometimes bring to our attention things that are uncomfortable to think about and that lead to uncomfortable conclusions. And if we cannot explain them away, the thing to do is simply to ignore them. The question is, how long can we keep ignoring them?”

If it were not quite so long, I would embroider it onto a piece of cloth and mount it on the wall.

I think it applies to global warming, which IMHO is absolutely not debatable, but we can argue about whether humans have anything to do with it or not. It can apply to health care. Like taking a couple of capsules of dried nettles, works so much better to control my hayfever, than the drug company antihistamines, and have no side effects. Like, when I sprained my back quite badly, and I was in a lot of pain, my chiropractor fixed it, literally as fast as you can snap your fingers. But Western Medicine, says that we need several days of bed rest, some muscle relaxants, and some pain pills. And, be aware that there may be permanent damage.

There are far too many things being carefully ignored these days for me to list them all. Make your own list.

Dave’s commandments:
Number one, Love.
Number two, Keep An Open Mind. And then, be careful what you ignore.
And to reverse Gandhi’s quote, Number three, ‘Learn as if you were to live forever.’
Number four,’Live as if you were to die tomorrow.’

See also

And MANY more.

All the while, be sure to keep an open mind. Humans make mistakes. Humans falsified data. And many researchers forget that humans have a sense of humor.

I remember reading about an anthropologist, who was gathering information about the belief system of people that lived on a remote island in the Pacific.

In this two-way exchange, a native thought it ridiculous that the white person believe that human gestation was nine months.

The native said, “How in the world can you say that that is true? Vaea’s wife just had a baby last week. But Vaea returned from a 14 month ocean voyage, yesterday.”

The anthropologist realized that he was having his leg pulled, just before the native began to get a big grin.

The person relaying this story assumes that much of the data that scientists collect in this manner may be byproducts of a sense of humor.

Another story is about an anthropologist in the American Southwest, who had found a very old Indian, that knew a lot about ‘the old ways.’ He was literally of fountain of knowledge.

But, sometimes when he was asked a question, he would excuse himself and go inside his lodging for a few minutes, and then come back with the answer. Did he have to pee often? Prostrate trouble?

To shorten the story, the punchline was that ‘wise old Indian’ was referring to a well-worn copy of a tome, written by the very same anthropologist, many years ago. His method was discovered, when he brought the book out on the porch and suggested, “You seem very interested in our people. I really appreciate that. You honor us. You should buy a copy of this book. I refer to it all the time.”



Unwise use of antibiotics in America

Excerpts from articles about unwise use of antibiotics in America:

Nearly 25 million pounds of antibiotics are administered to livestock in the US every year for purposes other than treating disease, such as making the animals grow bigger faster.

In other parts of the world, such as the EU, adding antibiotics to animal feed to accelerate growth has been banned for years. The antibiotic residues in meat and dairy, as well as the resistant bacteria, are passed on to you in the foods you eat.

Eighty different antibiotics are allowed in cows’ milk. According to the CDC, 22 percent of antibiotic-resistant illness in humans is in fact linked to food. In the words of Dr. Srinivasan:

“The more you use an antibiotic, the more you expose a bacteria to an antibiotic, the greater the likelihood that resistance to that antibiotic is going to develop. So the more antibiotics we put into people, we put into the environment, we put into livestock, the more opportunities we create for these bacteria to become resistant.”

This is a much bigger issue than antibiotics simply being left behind in your meat. For instance, bacteria often share genes that make them resistant. In other words, the drug-resistant bacteria that contaminates your meat may pass on their resistant genes to other bacteria in your body, making you more likely to become sick.


After Denmark implemented an antibiotic ban for its pork industry, the country had drastically reduced antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their animals and food – and their pork industry grew by 43 percent.


Learn more about the danger to your loved ones. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect two million Americans every year, causing at least 23,000 deaths.

Some major charity scams exposed.

This is long. And probably most of you don’t really care about exactly what I say here. So, do save you some time, I’m just saying that in my opinion, beggars and charities are often scams.

Here is a link reinforcing my opinion:

If you want, here is some more information on charities and helping others. Obviously I do not know how accurate that link that I gave you is. But, it does seem to come from relatively reputable sources. At least in my opinion. You decide.

Janet’s dad was very good friends with the manager of an organization that helped blind people in Seattle. I think it was “Lighthouse for the Blind”, but I’m not certain of the name.

In those days there were people selling lightbulbs, that had much longer life than usual and they claimed that they were doing this to raise money for the organization. Let’s assume that it was “Lighthouse for the Blind”.

Janet’s dad had recently been approached again by the lightbulb people, and he was visiting his friend, and happen to think to ask him, “How much of the money that I pay for those lightbulbs, do you get?”

I’m also not sure of the exact answer, but it was like 1%. Perhaps less. Janet’s dad was astounded. He asked why they allowed this company to use their name as an advertising gimmick.

The answer was because if we didn’t we wouldn’t get anything from them. At least this way we get a tiny bit of money. And we need all the money we can get.

By the way, with today’s technology, don’t even think about buying one of those long life lightbulbs. Not all are what they say they are. And even if they are they sacrifice efficiency in order to get that long life. That is they make very little light from the electricity that they consume.

Now days, these LED lights last dramatically longer than even the best long life incandescent bulb. And they use a tiny fraction of the electricity that even the best, most efficient, incandescent bulb would use. They are certainly not cheap. But, with competition, some companies are much less expensive for a very similar LED bulb. It really pays to shop around.

Back to begging and charities. In a similar vein we lived for about 5 1/2 years in Mexico. I don’t know Mexico today, but at the time begging was a profession. We were told, and I believe that, while certainly some beggars, were exactly what they seemed. People who were down on their luck, and really needed some help. However, we were told that the vast majority of them were professionals. They would maim and disfigure their children so that they big came more profitable at begging. Because they could look so pitiful. I truly believe the story that there were amputations made, in order to be more profitable beggars.

You may certainly believe that this is a vicious rumor. And I really hope that you are correct. But in my mind, I’m absolutely certain that it is true. I think it applies to a large percentage of the people that you see begging. I am also told, and believe, that this is the same in many parts of the world.

In a similar vein, a good friend was walking through the University District in Seattle in about 1970 and the parking meters use quarters. ($0.25) And in those days a $.50 piece was still a common American coin. I’ve not seen one for a zillion years now.

And so, it was common for people to not have a quarter, and need to get change for their $.50 piece in order to pay the meter.

My friend noticed an attractive college-age woman, and just in front of him ask a stranger, “Do you have two quarters?”

The person did and handed them to her.

She gave a very nice smile. Said, “Thank you very much.” And walked away.

That was a lot more money in those days, but the victim did not want to make a federal case out of it and let it go.

My friend slowed down a little and very casually followed the young lady for several blocks. Her plan usually worked. She was making a very nice wage with this scam. Far more than my friend made running his own pharmacy.

We also saw a large number of beggars and Baltimore. 90% of them started out with, “Are you from around here?” We would answer no. And they would then say that they had some kind of believable problem. That they were not a beggar. That they just needed some exact amount of money to solve their problem. For example they needed to buy a fuel pump for their car, so that they get get home to their wife and children, or drive to their job. Their fuel pump had just broken and a rebuilt fuel pump cost $14.75. All they had on them was $10.25. Could we please give them $4.50, and our name and address. And they would mail us a $5 bill that evening.

The 1st 10 times or so that I ran into this, I was suspicious. But I’ve been in bad times occasionally and wanted to help genuine people if I could. But, every single time, when I started asking them questions about their situation, they fairly quickly decided that I was not worth the trouble. They would make some excuse and walk away to find a different pigeon.

I also believe that beggars beg only because it works. In Mexico the tourist department, had numerous signs saying, “Please do not give money to beggars. The government has opportunities that people truly in need can use to survive. Anyone that you see begging is a con man (or woman or child).”

For those reasons, I just do not give money to beggars. I also did not give money to charities. In about 1970 there was a big scandal of one of the large charities in America. A very popular charity. That had been shown to have been a scam. Well, the following link is the latest in that list of scams.

Do your homework and decide for yourself. But at least give it some serious thought.

However, I am definitely not saying do not help others. Personally, I give the money directly to the victim. Or as close to that as I can.

Often there does not have to be any money involved. You can give the person a ride. One time in Mexico a man needed a new saw. Actually, because he’d used the saw that he had in a really insane manner, and it was totally his fault. I tried to show him how to avoid having that problem in the future.

Since we were on the boat and I had my tools with me and some spare time, I sharpened his saw for him. It is often better to not throw money at a situation. But to show the person how they could of solve their own problem.

Like the old thing about don’t give a man a fish, but teach him how to fish. I guess the vegetarians would teach them how to grow Pinto beans.

Have a great day,


Happy New Year & an Update on Janet

We will know more by the middle of the first week in Jan, but here is an update as of Dec 30. This is partly written by Dave & partly by Janet.

We are loving the ‘heat’ and sunny days here in Houston, TX. The American Cancer Society, arraigned for a one time, almost free, round trip ticket, Seattle to Houston, for both of us! When we arrived on Christmas Day it was cold, gray and drizzly. It looked just like the weather that we thought that we’d left back in Seattle. But, the next day the sun came out and it is has gotten to the mid 70s for several sunny days. Yippee! T shirt weather is our favorite!

Dec 27th we saw the ‘notorious’ Dr. Burzynski. We really like him. And his staff, too. They are using very clever technology and their large selection of ‘tools to fight cancer’ to improve their odds of success with Janet. The drugs that they use are all FDA approved, but often for other uses. They call this ‘off label’ use.

On Dec 27th we spent from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm at the clinic seeing doctors, nurses, a nutritionist, a financial adviser and now are much poorer financially but very optimistic regarding Janet’s treatment.

On the 28th they did a PET scan before beginning any treatment. The PET scan showed that many of the worrisome ‘spots’ on the CT scan, were NOT active tumors. They are either dead and not yet assimilated, or they may be scar tissue.

But, there are still some, small, suspicious areas and they are going to treat those.

In mid December 2011, we had a sample of Janet’s original tumor from December 2010, sent to Caris Life Sciences in Arizona for a detailed test of many factors, especially genetic testing. The idea is to learn, as exactly as possible, what kind of cancer Janet has.

Doctors have known for some time that ovarian cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, etc, are different and even though what began as ovarian cancer may now be in a different part of the body, success in treatment is much greater if you know where it started. There are many, many kinds of cancer and they do not all respond to the same treatment. This is part of the reason for the erratic results that most patients have. Even if you only talk about ovarian cancer, there are many kinds of that. Well, now it is becoming accepted that we can test for a much more precise genetic fingerprint of Janet’s exact cancer.

So, Dr. Burzynski had Caris find many of the genetic errors that allow Janet’s cancer to grow. For example, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 test that you hear about. They do not know how to test for ‘everything’ but they can look at the many ‘usual suspects.’

These are called the ‘targets’. Then they use the drugs that are know to ‘target’ those specific genetic defects. These drugs that target specific problems have much less collateral damage than the ‘hand grenade’ or ‘atomic bomb’ approach that are the many kinds of chemotherapy or radiation. At the Burzynski Clinic, they are also used in combination, custom designed for Janet. That way they can usually use even less of each drug and there are even fewer side effects.

The results from the analysis of Janet’s tumor that was removed last year shows which chemo drugs will not work well for her and which will. So, Janet has started taking several of those suggested drugs.

It is interesting that they start her on one new drug at a time. That way, if she has any side effect, they are more likely to know which drug is causing it. She is not having any troubles yet and does not expect to.

Also, these tumor samples are of the cancer as it was a year ago, and things may change over time, so the doctor has also taken a lot of blood samples and urine. These are tested for genetic and other markers of how Janet is doing NOW and by the first week of January all the results will be back and there will be an even more accurate plan for her treatment.

The results of Janet’s latest CA 125 haven’t come back yet. We are anxious to see what it is.

We always wondered what a nutritionist would say about our diet and we had a nice long talk with a really nice one here at the clinic. She specializes in cancer fighting diets that are compatible with the patient’s specific needs and treatment. She thought our diet was very good but had a few suggestions which we will incorporate into our diet. For example, Janet can’t take our multivitamin (due to the Folic Acid, selenium, & B12 in it) while she is on chemo and she is on the wagon again. But hey, we want this cancer gone so giving up wine for a while is not a problem at all.

We hope to know more by the 4th or 5th, so check back.

Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo, Mutlu Yıllar, bon any nou, gelukkig nieuwjaar, godt nyttår, gott nytt år, szczęśliwego nowego roku, bonne année, ein gutes neues Jahr, and many more

Dave & Curly

FYI: To our friends who think that Janet ‘over did the perm’ that is her real hair. She has always wished for black, curly hair. Just like her Tony Doll.

Be careful what you wish for. <wink>