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100112_IKEA_LED_lighbulbinfo.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Posted by kristobaldude on October 4, 2012

 LEDARE LED bulb E17 reflector R14 - IKEA

Becoming the first US home furnishing retailer to sell
only LED bulbs and lamps, IKEA sheds new light on
home sustainability practices with a bold move to go
100% LED by 2016.

“This LED initiative follows past IKEA US leadership actions such as the phase out of
plastic bags in 2007 and incandescent bulbs in 2010.”

 

Today, there is a wide range of LED bulbs available at IKEA that enable customers to easily change old incandescent bulbs to LED without changing the lamp base. LED lighting is, until now, one of the best-kept secrets in home furnishing sustainability:
  • If one million people changed one bulb each into LED, this would in terms of CO2 emissions correspond to taking almost 6,700 cars off the road, or planting 17 million trees per year.
  • The total annual cost saving (including purchase price and energy consumption cost) of switching one incandescent 40W bulb to a corresponding LED bulb, is approximately $6.25 (5.3 Euro) on average.
  • LED bulbs can last nearly 20 years. That’s about 20 times longer than a typical incandescent, 10 times longer than a typical halogen and twice as long as a typical CFL.
  • LED bulbs use substantially less power than incandescents or CFLs. Replacing existing lighting with LEDs can save between 50% and 90% of lighting energy costs.
  • LEDs can be used almost anywhere – in any room in the house or in any business. LED replacements are already available for many bulb types and can fit virtually all of your existing lamps.
  • A recently conducted survey of 6,000 consumers in China, Russia, Germany, UK, US and Sweden (July 2012*), showed that many are not aware of the benefits of LED; however 60% express an interest in LED as an energy saver, especially as energy bills generally rise and 20-25% of the electricity cost in the home comes from lighting. The survey was performed by YouGov for IKEA.
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that an increased adoption of LEDs over the next 15 years would:
    • Reduce electricity demands from lighting by 62 percent
    • Prevent 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions
    • Eliminate the need for 133 new power plants

 

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Blender Comparison 2012: Vitamix 5200s vs Blendtec vs Ninja Professional vs HealthMaster

Posted by kristobaldude on August 18, 2012

Vitamix 5200s Review | Innovative Home Kitchen.

Vitamix 5200s

Vitamix 5200s

NOTE:  Vitamix 5200s is the same as the “Vitamix 5200 Standard“.

Greetings folks.  I’ve spent the better part of the morning so far today researching and reading reviews and comparisons of multifunction blenders including the Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja and Montel’s Living Well HealthMaster.  Here’s a rating and summary of what I learned:

#1 – Vitamix – The best hands down with the best warranty (7 years standard) and customer service.  Costs the most, but often on sale for less than $400 at Costco.

#2 – Blendtec – Almost as good as Vitamix.  Trusted by Starbucks and smoothie shops world-wide.  Can be noisy and uses presets so speed control is more limited.

#3 – Ninja – (NOTE: We are of course referring the Ninja Professional, not the earlier Ninja, which seemed like a more advanced Magic Bullet) – A
decent blender that can do most blending tasks including  “…crush ice, blend fruits, blend vegetables, and make blended drinks…” (GotGreensRevolution.com), but only has 1 year warranty, not good for grinding grains or making hot soup.

#4 – Health Master – According to over 153/235 reviewers (65%) on Amazon.com this product is less than desirable.  This blender has been around for a while now.  Several reviews indicated worn bearings, rust, grease/oil leaking into smoothies, difficulty disassembling/reassembling multiple plastic components after cleaning, and many reports of overall failure within the first 3-6 months.  Talk show host and now infomercial spokesman Montel Williams began hawking this blender in 2009, but many customers believe it is a reincarnation of the Jack LaLanne Health Master 100; unfortunately, this blender seems to have inherited most of it’s predecessor’s defects, much to the consumers’ dismay.

One reviewer said about the the Jack LaLanne:

  •  “[T]he bearings at the bottom of the blender are completely inadequate. It never got wet from below. I was always careful about that. It still didn’t take long for the bearings to become shot. Liquid started to leak through and it rusted out. Now the whole thing is entirely useless. It lasted all of about 2 months for a total of probably 40 uses. That is totally unacceptable. The bearings just can’t keep up with the 150 HP electric engine.”

Here is a review excerpt about the Living Well HealthMaster:

Living Well HealthMaster with rusty base.

Living Well HealthMaster with rusty base

  • (Amazon.com, robert campbell) – “[December 17, 2009]This unit is a Jack La Lanne Healthmaster, redesigned with a new digital display, and costs more. I owned the Jack La Lanne, and within 6 months, the bearings stripped, and a rust color was dripping from the container, with the food being tainted by rust on the blades. I threw it out and bought a Vitamix. The same problems are beginning to surface with this machine problems develop either immediately or within 3 to 6 months of use. A neighbor, who loves Montel, and ignored my warnings, bought this machine through the healthmaster website. Within 3 days, the motor burnt out … This machine does what it is supposed to do, it makes good smoothies, but simply isn’t powerful enough and cannot handle the strain.”

And here is a recent review of the latest version — The HealthMaster Elite II — written this year (2012):

  • (Amazon.com, AK1989) – “To be clear, I purchased this Health Master Elite II (Montel’s blender) from the Montel Health Master website. The blender stopped working after two months of light use. I only made fruit smoothies which only requires to run the blender for one minute to make a smoothie. So the combined time for that two month period was approx 35 minutes. The motor appears to have stopped working, as an electrician that has installed numerous motors over a 30 year career, this is a sign of a bad motor/product.”

Given the above reviews and many others that I read today, I don’t think I’d feel comfortable in recommending the HealthMaster to ANYONE.  The manufactures apparently don’t care enough about their customers to make a decent product that lasts.

As to which blender is best I would have to agree with others who have said don’t waste your money on the pretenders — just buy the Vitamix, and if you live near a Costco you should be able to get a hefty discount (currently it’s mid-August and my local Costco is selling the Vitamix 5200s for $375 — that’s about a $50 savings of the cost of ordering it direct from the manufacturer!

Have you had any experience with any of these blenders?  If so, comment below and tell us what you liked, what you hated, how much it cost you, and let us know which units you would recommend to your friends!

Blessings and Peace 🙂

-RawLifeWizard

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sneezing itchy eyes possible allergies

Posted by kristobaldude on June 25, 2012

I know I have sneezing itchy eyes watery eyes um hard to keep my eyes open possible allergies … I just remember that some call ecanatia is good for indicated for sneezing in and allergies from the skype thing humbly with my buddy … sorry tired some voice isn’t as good as it should be I don’t know if I would say my bones feel brittle but I feel like maybe they’re not absorbing vitamin c and calcium the way they should be … anyway this is a record of online what’s going on with me since I can’t seem to write right now

mom is home and she made me some fruit and the bing cherries and strawberries seem to be the most helpful to make me feel little bit better,
but the bananas in the grapes do nothing for me I supposed to do grapes are most tasteless do to over radiation

well I’m posting this on my droid razor phone and it’s gonna die pretty soon as crappy battery life I maybe getting a droid razor maxx

later for now and be blessed all.

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How the Origins of Vampires, Zombies, and the Collapse of Civilization Are Related

Posted by kristobaldude on March 26, 2012

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How the Origins of Vampires, Zombies, and the Collapse of Civilization Are Related

So, I was watching the above program on the feasibility and intention of the Cambridge (England) scientist Aubrey de Grey, to extend through science and gene therapy, the human ability to live for 250 to 1000 years.

I’m not going to talk about the merits of the video, though you should definitely watch it.  Instead, I’m going to layout some realizations that came to me in a flash as if by divine revelation:

1)  Zombies do and have existed in many forms throughout time.  This is not a joke.  To be clear, I’m not talking about sheeple.  I’m talking about folks who are dead, or nearly dead, but have an addiction to feed or consume some set of nutrients or chemicals, and like a shark, they are essentially feeding machines who can’t stop moving and consuming or they’ll die.  You could call this the “living dead” class of zombies.  They operate with a “hive-mind mentality” — all after the same thing and will do almost anything to get it if they think they won’t get caught or punished.

The closest thing we’ve seen to the traditional movie zombie is a crack-headCrack-heads are driven to obtain crack.  The crack is almost a form of life support.  Every living being has 3 main imperatives: to survive, to replicate, and to avoid pain.  Without crack every day an addict will start to feel extreme pain.  Therefore, they are driven by that need to avoid agony.  It is my conclusion that zombies have the exact same motivation.

However, there is another form of zombie which has mostly been ignored in the resurgence of the zombie cultural awareness.  That is the voodoo zombie.

This type was traditionally described as a recently deceased or buried person who was compelled by a magical power of some “master” or mistress to do their evil bidding.  It was felt in the the early stories from Haiti, where zombies are thought to have originated, that ultimately, the zombie was free of malice, they were however, compelled by a witch or sorcerer’s spell and literally had no control over the actions of their bodies.

It strikes me that around the same time zombie legends began to creep up, the famous science fiction authors, and the pioneers of modern chemistry, biology, and electromagnetic theory were publishing their books and papers.  Now, the hardcore skeptic (of which I’ve know my many), is likely to tell you something like “since there’s no such thing as monsters or the supernatural, let alone zombies, it must be that the zombie legend was a natural result of superstitious and imaginative people making up myths to explain things with perfectly reasonable explanations”.   While this is a perfectly rational argument, perhaps the type of understanding that is needed here is to understand history and the nature of man.

The way man is is the way man always has been.  Evolution aside, I’m talking about man behavior.  The set of emotions, feelings, motivations, actions and strategies man has experienced and employed since the dawn of time, are the same.  For instance, if we understand that, to paraphrase the Bible “Money and Greed are the root of all evil”, if we can see that in action today and know deep in our hearts that it is true by the empirical evidence of the corporatist society we live in, then it is not that hard, I think, to imagine that greed and the “love” of currency, capital, or in otherwords “stuff” has always been around since civilization began.

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Anyway, I’m out of time so I’ll scratch thes notes to finish :

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Major Premise:  The first great example of these known evils of rampant growth and over-technologized society may have been the fabled Atlantis, or the lesser known, possibly 15,000 years earlier civilization of Lemuria.  The “mythological” beasts in Greek myths were not just stories.  They were results of 200-300 years of radioactive waste caused by Atlantis before it’s civilization cannibalized and then imploded itself.  Or maybe Atlantis did have a flying saucer and somebody ignorantly remove a reactor core for the warp drive and THAT is what ended their civ.

Onkalo, the Finnish underground nuclear waste storage facility looks remarkably like “The Hive” from the Resident Evil movies.  Additionally, the story of pandora’s box is really similar to what they say about Onkalo — that it’s worst enemy will be curious humans in the future trying to enter it to explore.  Can you not see them 100-300 years from now living in a new Eden basically, people thriving, war almost gone, people living off the land again. Only 500,000 people alive on the whole planet.  Then one day, some curious folks finally get the “temple” (what they think the waste facility is) open only to find basically nothing good.  No gold, no treasure.  Nothing … or so they thought.

Within days, though the radiation is hundreds of years old, it’s still powerful enough to be dangerous to humans, and the effects can definitely be seen.  People start to die a horrible, painful death beginning with parts of their bodies disintegrating, resembling zombies.  Wow!

So, what if the story of Pandora and her box of woes is actually a partially remembered tale of the technologically successful city/country/state of Atlantis, and of how sombody’s curiousity either set off a bomb or open some kind of toxic waste vaults that started killing everyone, and eventually leading to the demise of that civilization 1000 years before Plato wrote of it?  What if later, the library at Alexandria was burned to the ground to keep knowledge of the ancient highly-advanced (and highly dangerous) Atlanteans that was stored there, out of the hands of those who would use it to build weapons of mass destruction?

What if what Pandora was actually an organization, NOT a girl who the tale likes to scapegoat, who released toxic waste and chemicals, perhaps into the drinking water, and the sea caused animals and other life-forms to mutate?  What if, much as our scientists do now, Atlantis had scientists who were as advanced or more than the ones we know, who also experiemented on animals the way our society does.  Perhaps our great ancestors created these animal hybrids for various reasons, but they eventually got out of hand.  Whoever would deliberately build a lion that could fly has some serious issues.  Talk about Frankenstein syndrome!

And also, extrapolating further, what if an organization of concerned citizens similar to our Animal Liberation Front or PETA while trying to rescue and free the animals who were being experimented on, etc. ended up releasing man-made horrors into the world.  And what if that organization was called PANDORA?

A lot of whatif’s I know, but bear with me.  Like Edward Cayce, I don’t really have any choice right now.  I am writing, acting as a conduit for a greater conscience that needs this to be revealed.

Finally, to bring us back to Dr. de Grey, I think his ideas on life-extension and everything I know about zombies and vamires all play in.  There was a movie called “Mimic” in the late 90’s I believe starring Mira Sorvino.  It was about a female scientist who basically caused the end of civilization by creating a super virus.  Her intentions were good — she impregnated the virus with dna to eat a particular plague that was rampant at the time, in New York I think.  Anyway, the  disease-eater was engineered to evolve to counter and adaption that the plague may develop.  The virus was highly successful.  In fact, it eliminated the plague within months.  Only problem was, then it started to mimic other animals.  First targeting rats, then eventually evolving  in the course of a year to eating people.

The Resident Evil and I Am Legend movies illustrate easily how those with the best, most noblest intentions often do the most harm.  I think this is what can be said of Dr. de Grey.  More later…

So what are vampires?  How about a genetic life-extension test trials gone wrong.  Just as their are greedy corporations who love nothing better than to control all resources including wind, earth, water and fire, let alone your medicines and life-sustaining ability, I propose that the same types of folks with the same greed and power motivations existed on Atlantis as well.

In this scenario, the original test trials on humans created freaks and zombies, which was originally kept a secret from the public.  However, when the news eventually got out, the public (instead of being outraged), were complacent and forgiving because they felt that was a casualty of the war on aging.

Much as De Grey proposes gene therapy by utilizing programmed viruses as delivery mechanisms, I believe the first human vampires were created from a similar scientific breakthrough.

However, since the corruption level and greed of civilization’s leaders is proportional to the level of technological advancement, and inversely proportional to the amount of energy expended by the average citizen daily to obtain food and shelter, and the other basic daily needs, we can extrapolate that the same was so thousands of years ago on Atlantis as well.  We can then supposed a scenario that begins like what Dr. de Grey describes in the video above.  Where people, greedy and selfish by nature, had desires for immortality.  Well, what would happen here if everyone was immortal?  Nobody would have to do anything they didn’t want to because they wouldn’t be afraid of any consequences.  They also would have no need for  medicine, or pharaceuticals unless …

So, what Dr. de Grey proposes to do, wittingly or unwittingly, if successful, will go something like this:

  1. Great scientific breakthrough is made that should be beneficial to all mankind.
  2. Rich and Powerful get it and experience the benefits right away — poor peasantry told to wait because it’s in trials.
  3. Clinical trials last 10 – 20 years.
  4. Cure to aging is not released in full form.  Instead, a watered down doped version is released that only cures you for a little while.  The 20 years isn’t actually to make sure the medicine won’t harm anyone.  Rather, it is to give the corporations time to discover how to keep the new medicine from curing your fully.  This is because if it cures you fully, they believe, they will soon be out of business.  Thus, the final “approved” cure is designed to make you have to keep coming back for more.
  5. Those fortunate enough to be able to afford the aging cure medicine soon, easily become addicted to it, as that is what it was designed for.

Subsequently, it’s not that farfetched to imagine that a technological society such as Atlantis discovered “the fountain of youth”, so to speak, thousands of years ago.  And in their greed, they created humans with multi-century lifespans who eventually evolved to not need the medicine from the manufacturer, but instead to have a thirst for blood.  Maybe the vampire bat’s genes were spliced with human dna for some reason, in GMO food of millennia ago, by some ancient Monsanto, and the food eventually bit back.

Well, sleep is beckoning.  Let me know what you think.  Does this make sense?  For those of you who can remove the scientific dogma of “the burden of proof is on the claimant” and just feel the truth in my words, you are a special and psychically enlightened bunch indeed!

Much love and blessings,

-RawLifeWizard

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EXTRA, EXTRA – Corrupt House Niggers Seize Marijuana Shipment And Beat Slaves To Please Their Master

Posted by kristobaldude on March 15, 2012

Anyone who is familiar with the term “house nigger“, (as I learned from the Autobiography of Malcom X as told to Alex Haley, creator of “Roots“) understands that this is a slave who doesn’t think he’s a slave anymore because he gets to sleep in the house with the master and wear fancy clothes and just overall enjoy a better standard of living than their other slave bretheren.

Part of the house nigger’s job is to make sure that the field slaves stay in line, and also to tell them that even though things are tough, if they just hang on EVENTUALLY things will get better.  Basically, he protects his master and his own standard of living by maintaining the status quot.  He understands intrinsically that for him to keep enjoying the way things our, his suffering bretheren will have to remain toiling in the field.  And he is fine with that.

In this case, the house nigger is the police chief, proud of doing the bidding of his master, which he thinks is “the law” or “the united states goverment”, but in actuality it is more accurately the corporatocracy of multinational conglomerate machines that, like a virus mixed cross-bred with a leech, sucks the world and it’s inhabitants dry, and then moves on to the next are with resources to abuse and exploit.

Sorry,  this is kindof a rant here, I know.  And this video is old.  But I was moved to say something and I’ve said my peace.  Comments are welcomed if you want to speak yours.

-RawLifeWizard

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On Composing A Letter To Dave Mustaine Whilst Bathing

Posted by kristobaldude on February 11, 2012

I Megadeth al Gods of Metal 2007

Dave Mustaine

2012.02.11

I just had the most intriguing experience.  I awoke around 9am this morning, well rested and ready to start the day.  I felt a bm (bowel movement) coming on, which is a good thing because one of my goals is complete health and detoxification, which requires the appearance of at least 1 bm per day.  For the past decade I was lucky if I had one every third day!

Anyway, I did my business and as usual, going to bathroom aggravated my hemorrhoids.  For the record, since I’ve been taking God’s Herbs, there has been a noticeable difference in the elasticity of my anus and the level of swelling that occurs has been decreasing dramatically!

Another factor that seems to be speeding the healing is my use of an aloe gel that is safe for internal use (preferably organic), both to assist with thorough wiping and to apply as a cooling salve.  When hemorrhoids swell, they generate a lot of inflammation and heat.  The aloe soothes the inflammation and thus reduces the heat and irritation.

After having a go, I find a hot bath is very therapeutic, (in the dark, sometimes with incense burning as well) and directly effective in shrinking the hemorrhoids.

So there I was, lights off, with nothing but my own mind to keep me company, laying submerged, my face the only part of me sticking out.  Then my mind started open.  I began dwelling on how I can help the world.  What could I do to make a difference?

While contemplating these things, it occurred to me as a somewhat unexpected answer from the universal cosmic intelligence, of which we are all woven and interconnected to, that I could write to people I admire.  “How is that going to solve the world’s problems?”, I thought.  But, a voice, perhaps the voice of my higher self, for whom I am the avatar in this universe, and who guides me to my destiny, replied back: “Just do it.”

Relaxing in my tub, my mind could not help but to start working out solutions to my challenges.  The first somewhat profound thought that I had was that maybe what we call problems with a negative connotation, are really gifts of challenge.  It is as if a higher intelligence has said “Here’s a problem lots of people struggle with … I’m giving you the gift of that problem and your reward will be the satisfaction of finding the solution, and then teaching it to others.”

Wow.  Sometimes, I’m amazed at how much I grown from the negative person I used to be.  I don’t say this to brag, but rather to recognize and appreciate how far I’ve come on my journey, where I’m at, and where I’m going.

The next, final, and possibly weirdest thing that was revealed to me before my bath was over, was that I needed to write a letter to Dave Mustaine of the heavy metal band Megadeth.  Mr. Mustaine has always been a hero of mine ever since I discovered thrash metal music as a refuge and solace from the shitty world that was always against me (what I believed for a long time), in my High School years.

My mind began composing the letter while I soaked in sub-sauna temperatures:

Dear Dave,

Ever since I, like many of my generation, discovered your music as a high school student, you have been a great hero of mine.  As I’m sure you’ve heard from many others, your music got me through some really hard times when I felt alienated and estranged from the world.

I was moved to write you recently when I saw you performing with Metallica at their 30th anniversary event.  I don’t know if you’ll understand this because I don’t completely, but I almost cried and experienced a kind of catharsis when I saw you onstage with those whom you publicly despised for so long.

Perhaps what happens is we view our heroes as a sort of extended family member.  This may be why when we see celebrities whom we admire doing the wrong things, that we become disappointed in them, the same way we would in a brother or sister who’s messing up.  My prayers have been with you during your times of trouble with drugs, anger, and addiction.  Similarly, I have rejoiced of your triumphs including the birth of your son Justis, when you were trying to rid your demons with rehab, and when you played live with Metallica during the “Big Four” tour a few years ago.

I have never written a fan letter before, but something told me today “You need to write to Dave Mustaine” so here I am putting the pen to paper.  More to the point though, I wanted to tell you that when I saw you on stage playing with Lars, James, Ron McGovney, and Lloyd Grant, you really seemed to be having a great time.  It was as if you had finally put your burden down and forgiven those whom you had held a grudge against for so long (James and Lars).  Forgive me if this sounds weird, but in that moment, I wanted to hug you and tell you how proud I am of you.

In my own life I have come to realize something the most enlightened spiritual leaders have taught for many millennia:  When you forgive others who have wronged or hurt you in some way you are not saying “It was okay that you did that”, but rather you are releasing yourself from their control.  As the Christian theologian Lewis B. Smedes said: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and realize that prisoner was you.”  A famous Indian revolutionary once uttered something I hold dear to my heart: “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”  That revolutionary’s name was Mohandas Gandhi-The Mahatma!

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” –Mahatma Gandhi

I believe the impossible is always possible once we believe it so.  To that end, I plan on becoming a Millionaire in the next few months.  Subsequently, I am seeking opportunities for philanthropy and to really make a positive contribution to healing the world.

As a leader, one of my greatest strengths is being able to recognize the potential in others — to actually “see” who they have the power to be at their absolute best.  I know you have a good heart Dave, and you care about the world and the people in it.  To that end, I would like to offer you my services, If there is anything I can do to help you in your quest to help the world please don’t hesitate to ask.

I feel everything happens for a reason and there are no coincidences.  If you are meant to receive this letter, then it will be so.  If we are meant to work together for a greater purpose, then the universe will arrange itself to make that happen.  Regardless, I want to wish you the greatest blessings in your continued striving to be the best Dave you possibly can be!

Most Sincerely Yours,

Eric “Kristobaldude” Hepperle

Student, Teacher, Healer

Yeah, … crazy, huh?  Well, it needs a little polishing, but I’ll probably have it ready to send tomorrow and I’ll just have to find Dave’s address.

So, that’s all for now folks.  I’ll be sure to let you know what happens!

Have a fantastic day, and may you be blessed on your journey!

– RawLifeWizard

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Day 3 of Fruit Fast: Conditioning and Fasting

Posted by kristobaldude on January 1, 2012

Out of body experience

Conditioning and Fasting

12/28/11

Well today was day 3 of my first month of fruit fasting.  It wasn’t too bad.  I have been on vacation from work this week.  Forgive me if this reads like a kindergartener wrote it, but I’m in pain at the moment so my thoughts are being pulled in various directions.

So, right now (4:38 pm CST), I feel mildly bloated, like I have to pee but can’t.  To me, based on over 200 of Dr. Morse’s videos that I have watched online, I would say that my right kidney is constipated and possibly adrenals.  Although another representative told me that if my blood pressure in both arms was 120-130/60-70 then it’s not adrenals.  I’m not sure that was accurate.

I have this whole week off so I reorganized my room, finally bought a TV, ordered Detox weeks 1 & 2  (should arrive by next Friday at the latest) from God’s Herbs/Nature’s Botanical Pharmacy, hung my ropelights so they illuminate the whole room very well, bought some tools from home depot, bought stuff for my pvc shoulder pole project, bought apples and grapes, threw out all my other food to eliminate the temptation, asked 3 girls for their phone number, began my fruit fast, bought a UPS and a wireless keyboard, ordered an area rug with guitars and such on it … Needless to say, I’ve definitely been busy!

Anyway, I’d like to tell you about a somewhat frightening thing that occurred earlier.  I had been typing at my computer – really hadn’t felt hungry all day, so I also hadn’t eaten anything.  I got up from my chair to leave to room for something and I instantly had this weird “spiritual” experience.  That’s the best way I can explain it right now.  Immediately after rising I found my head experience a strange sort of dizziness … almost like my head was swimming in some magical fluid with a sort of buoyancy and a vibrating aspect as well.  It wasn’t unpleasant, what came next could have been dangerous had it happened somewhere else though.

Within about 3 to 5 seconds after experiencing the weird dizziness I felt myself falling, as if paralyzed without pain, almost like being really high on salvia.  This has been occurring in very short bursts (about 3 times so far), since I began my fast 3 days ago, but this time was definitely the most intense thus far.  I found myself falling, like timber, toward my closed door.  I reached out with the intent to brace myself on the door frame, which worked for about 2 seconds.  Here’s where the weirdness comes in.  One moment, I was braced (with my arms out in front of me to keep my face from hitting the door) after falling, at a 30 degree angle to the door.  The next thing I knew, I was on my knees, on the floor with my hands on the floor and feeling the pain where my forehead had slammed into the door.  What the Fuck?

I don’t know if this is what happened, but to me, it seemed like my mind/soul left my body for months or days, then re-entered it again, only seconds later than the original space-time marker at which it left.  Was this astral-travel?  Did I just quantum jump accidentally?

Now I don’t know if quantum jumping and astral travel or out-of-body experiences are the same or related or what.  My mom only recently introduced me to the term “quantum jumping” and I really have no idea what that is.  It actually sounds like somebody is naming something based on the old time-travel TV seriesQuantum Leap”.   I don’t know much about these subjects yet, however I plan to know more soon!

(P.S.:  Here is one of the most honest and informative articles on fasting I have yet found online:  http://www.doctoryourself.com/juicefast.html)

Be blessed and have a pleasant journey my friends!

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Are Homeostatic Soil Organisms A Scam Or The Heretofore-Illusive Cure For Most Chronic Diseases?

Posted by kristobaldude on December 3, 2011

Are Homeostatic Soil Organisms A Scam Or The Heretofore-Illusive Cure For Most Chronic Diseases?

12/02/11

HOMEOSTATIC SOIL ORGANISMS

I decided today to, first and foremost, talk about something that has been on my mind lately.  About a month ago I

Patient Heal Thyself - Jordan S. Rubin, 2003

Patient Heal Thyself - Jordan S. Rubin, 2003

stumbled upon a copy of Patient Heal Thyself, by Jordan Rubin, at a local Goodwill.  I didn’t really know what I was looking for that day, but when I found this, it was literally like a godsend!  Somehow, I just ‘knew’ that Dr. Rubin’s book would hold either the cure or a piece of the “cure” puzzle I had been waiting for.

Despite the well-given wisdom that you should not read on the toilet because it causes hemorrhoids, since I already have hemorrhoids and chronic constipation, I knew I was going to be in the bathroom for at least 20 minutes calmly managing my excretory processes as best I could.  So, I reasoned that with my busy schedule of working, coming home, eating, and sleeping from (unexplained) exhaustion, if Mr. Rubin’s book held the cure to my digestive issues, then reading on the toilet, in my case, could only help my situation.

Anyway, for the last month or so, I have been reading about 6-8 pages each time I use the restroom.  The main premise of the book, I would say is that Jesus and people in biblical and antediluvian times didn’t eat processed food, and they happened to eat (as they didn’t have an way to thoroughly remove all the soil from their food) and work and play in dirt which up until the last 100 years or so, has always contained thousands of species of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that help our digestive systems process food properly.  Rubin also postulates (and presents interesting statistics and studies to back up his position) that the prevalence and over-use of antibiotics to cure infections in humans, and lessen disease in livestock, along with the chemical pesticides (like Monsanto’s Roundup) farmers have been using may have inadvertently led the the propagation of today’s chronic disease epidemic.

I’ll admit I haven’t finished the book (I’m only about 70 pages through it), and if I’m being honest, I don’t know when I’ll have read the whole thing for certain.  Thus the only thing I can comment on is what I have read so far.   Thus, so far the idea of Homeostatic Soil Organisms seems to make sense.  But, before I get to that, maybe a little more background on my issues would be appropriate.

ORIGINS OF MY MISERY

At the time I first contracted “whatever this is”, the first symptom I experienced was strange and frightening.  I remember sitting in my cubicle where I worked.  I did telephone technical support for a major educational software manufacturer.  Life wasn’t perfect because one of the biggest hurdles in my life (how to talk to women and how courtship worked) was all that was on

Wow ... Look how fun call centers are

Wow ... Look how fun call centers are

my mind.  But, instead of actually going out (I was in college at the time, off campus) and talking to women to get experience and learn the do’s and don’ts of social dynamics, I just stayed at home like a dumbass every night.  I knew that was not the right thing to do but I was too paralyzed with fear (of approaching women) to change.  For at least 5 years from 1998 to 2003 I had a pattern of working some low-level computer tech/support job, and trying to learn various programming concepts at night, in my free time.  So it was when I was at work one day, as I was previously explaining, when all of a sudden, after getting off the phone with a customer, I was struck with a pain in my lower right abdomen, about 3 inches above my waist and centered about halfway across the right half of my abdomen.

The pain started about the size of a dime.  It wasn’t a stabbing, more a dull burning sensation.  But, over the course of the next 30 minutes, it rapidly escalated into a 50 cent-piece size area that felt like somebody had stabbed me, then lit a match or poured rubbing alcohol on my insides.  At this time, I knew very little about human anatomy and physiology.  In fact, though I got A’s and B’s, high school biology was the class I liked the least.  I didn’t see a real practical use for me to know that stuff.  I had rarely ever been ill in my life, even as a child.

Sketch of my pain I made for the Mayo Clinic

Sketch of my pain I made for the Mayo Clinic

I figured “That’s all well and good for folks who are planning to be doctors, farmers, or veterinarians, but how is that going to help me build robots?”  But, fate has a way of setting all the pieces up so that you learn indelibly the why you need to know certain things that as a young adult you could really care less about.

RECIPROCITY

I truly believe I was on a crash-course to leading a life of lonliness and perhaps even a very Scrooge-like existence.  Not only did I not care about how our bodies worked (including our digestive system and our diets), to tell the truth, I really had very little empathy for people in general.  Well, that’s not exactly true either.  It would be more accurate to say my attitude was “live-and-let-live” or “you mind your business, I’ll mind mine”.  To illustrate the point, I had a girlfriend a few years PTMD (prior to my disease ™).  She broke up with me on New Years and do you know the reason she stated?  Of course you don’t, so let me fill you in.  She broke up with me because I didn’t get her parents anything for Christmas!

At the time I thought that was the most ridiculous thing ever.  My own personal belief was that if somebody gives you a gift (present, money, help, etc.), you are not required to give anything in return.  My reasoning was that (and this was fostered by my Dad’s teachings) if somebody gave you a gift and then was mad when you did not reciprocate, then it wasn’t really a gift after all.  No, it was a nefarious incognito bribe of some kind.  Though I can’t quite remember the trigger, I remember I had an epiphany that basically changed the course of my life forever.

EPIPHANIES AND LIFE-LESSONS

Here are some truths I discovered about life and myself in that one brief shining moment:

1) Everything Requires Maintenance:  Anything in life that you want to last needs growth and for growth to happen you need care and maintenance.  This includes relationhips, homes, cars, tools, machinery, pack animals, you body, your legacy, your reputation, …

This is what my car looked like, but with T-Tops.

This is what my car looked like, but with T-Tops.

absolutely everything!  Or to put it more succinctly: You have to take care of anything you want to last.  That may seem obvious to a lot of folks, but to hammer home how ignorant I was of this fact, the first nice car I ever owned was a maroon ’86 Monte Carlo with T-Tops.  I loved that car.  It only lasted 2 years because I didn’t understand that the engine needed lubrication so it’s parts didn’t seize up – thus, I never changed the oil!

2) It’s Ok To Ask For Help Sometimes:  It is an admirable and useful skill to rely on one’s self and be a rugged individualist.  But, sometimes, there are some situations that we just can’t handle by ourselves, and there is no shame – to the contrary, there is courage and strength of character – in asking for help.  Like Joe Cocker once sang “I get by with a little help from my friends”.

3) Make Friends And Choose Your Circle Well:  We are social animals.  We are designed to congregate in groups and build bonds with others.  It is our social network (who we surround ourselves with) that helps define how others perceive us.  Those who have no social network, also have no social status.  They are seen as broken and others are suspicious of them.

OF ALIBIS AND FRAME-UPS

Another important lesson I learned the hard, hard way is that one must always strive to have a verifiable alibi.  Now, when most people hear the word ‘alibi’, they immediately think of murder mysteries and CSI-type stuff.  Well, I’m not talking about for the guilty – I’m talking about for the innocent.

More innocent people are being arrested every day in this country

More innocent people are being arrested every day in this country

In my case, I was the unfortunate victim of a lunatic female who got me arrested by telling the cops that I was chasing her in my truck one night.  Fortunately for me, (I thought at the time), I didn’t have anything to worry about because on the night in question I was in my community college’s computer lab from around 6pm until roughly 1am writing computer programs, and the alleged ‘chase’ took place from 10pm to 11pm the same night.  I reasoned that since I was innocent, I would be found innocent, because justice always prevails … how fucking ignorant and naïve I was!

Yes folks, at 19 years old, I was somewhat introverted and subsequently didn’t have the social experiences that most kids had already known by age 15!  Unfortunately for me, I did not know the ways of the world and was blindsided in court by one particular piece of (shoddy but persuasive) so-called evidence:  Her mom was on the stand testifying that I had left threatening and abusive messages on their answering machine.

I had done no such thing, and I gave up trying to figure out the whole scenario – Why would her mom be lying for her under oath … just to punish me?  For what, … I really didn’t even know this girl!  I had only met her in person twice: once at church youth group, and we went on one date at a roller-rink.  She called me every day for almost 3 years and we talked for 2 hours roughly each time.  I’ll admit, as a mostly shy, lonely nerd I enjoyed the attention!  But after 3 years I knew I had to put an end to these calls that were eating up a lot of time, but we weren’t in a real relationship.

To be honest I really can’t make sense of it.  I remember a day came when I realized these

Biurny Peguero: Another female who got a dude in trouble by false accusations.  The law never would have known if she hadn't voluntarily turned herself in.

Biurny Peguero: Another female who got a dude in trouble by false accusations. The law never would have known if she hadn't voluntarily turned herself in.

calls were just eating up too much of my time, and they weren’t going anywhere, so I tried to politely tell her that she needed to stop calling me.  So, then she got mad and decided to get revenge on me by framing me a year later??  With her Mom as the accomplice??  Did she have a boyfriend that was calling her answering machine and saying he was me as part of some plot to get her mom to finger me as the culprit ?  Why was she trying to ruin my life??   Aggghhhhhh!!!

It really stil boggles the mind.  I gave up trying to analyze and figure it all out a long time ago, and learned to just accept that it was.  Let me tell you, it was as hard for me to do that as it would be for the quintessential robot to compute something when “that does not compute”… (here’s a recent news story about about a woman who falsely-accused a man and had him sent to prison for 4 years)

Unfortunately for me, my being right and innocent had nothing to do with the law.  I learned that in the US Justice system, it is not about who was right or who is telling the truth, rather, it is all about what is most believable.  In this case, only in hindsight, after many years, do I have some understanding of why the guilty verdict was laid upon my head on that fateful day.  It basically boils down to appearance and quantity of circumstantial evidence in lieu of a bona fide witness and my lack of a verifiable alibi.   Knowing what I now now about the law, I’d say when the state was deciding whether or not to try this case,  they probably built a “plausibility” list something like this:

  1. Two female ‘victims’ of harassment and stalking by an older male who had repeatedly made threats enough to cause them the fear for their lives vs a belligerent disrespectful college student with an attitude.
  2. Defendant can’t prove he is innocent because he has no one to verify where he was (alibi).
  3. Newly created “stalker law” needed to be tested.
  4. This is an election year so we can’t piss off any feminist voters.

CONCLUSION:  Definitely try this one – Easy Pickins’!!!

Had I been programming late in the lab with somebody else there, I have great confidence that this girl’s evil plan would have been foiled right there, but such was not the case.

When the trial was almost over I started to get the feeling that my lawyer (public defender) was only doing the minimum required of him and wasn’t really providing the best defense for me.  When the judge asked if there was anything I wanted to say on my behalf, in a moment reminiscent of Al Pacino in “And Justice For All”, I told the judge I did have something to say:

“Your honor, I am innocent of these charges.  I was in the computer lab at my school at the time in question and I’m not really sure why I’m here, because I am innocent.”

Around this time, I noticed his facial expression showing cynical skepticism.  I couldn’t help myself.  My lawyer wanted me to shut up and not make things worse.  But, for me, I was innocent and I was gonna make damn sure that was recorded for the record.  I continued:

“Your honor, I just have to know one thing.  I told you I’m innocent.  I barely know this girl.  I was programming on the night in question.  I have complied with the police.  I turned myself in, even though I am innocent.  I’m not sure what game these ladies are playing at or why they are trying to ruin my life but I can’t just go down without a fight.

So, now that I have reiterated, re-explained, and summarized all those things to you, I will ask you judge:  Do you think I’m guilty?”

My lawyer reached up and touched his hand to my forearm as if to say “This is not the time … you’ll only make things worse”.  But, I did not let that sway me.  Honestly, at that point in the trial I felt that if I was a third party (jury or observer) who didn’t’ know the truth, I probably would find it easy to find me guilty as well.

The judge hesitated.  Even though I had been a polite as could be, he was glaring at me like he had already made up his mind (this was a bench trial which means there is no jury – just one judge to decide your fate)  But still I pressed for an answer.  I felt I already knew what it was gonna be … but I just wanted to hear him say it.  For a moment I wondered if somehow he knew I was innocent and was in on the frame-up?  Maybe when he opened his mouth he would say something that would give him away.

I pressed for an answer again.

“Your honor.  I want you to answer my question:  Do you think I’m guilty?”

“Your honor. I want you to answer my question: Do you think I’m guilty?”

“Your honor.  I want you to answer my question:  Do you think I’m guilty?”  Now he was steaming – you could see he was about to burst, like Yosemite Sam when he gets frustrated by Bugs Bunny.  My lawyer to me: “This is highly unorthodox … blah blah blah.”  “No”, I demanded, raising my voice defiantly, and turning my gaze back to the judge: “I want to know if you think I’m guilty!”

“Yes! Yes!! Yes, I think you are guilty!!!”  Though he was furious, and acted indignant as if HEwas being insulted, I remember he tried to regain some

“Yes! Yes!! Yes, I think you are guilty!!!”

“Yes! Yes!! Yes, I think you are guilty!!!”

semblance of calmness about himself again.  As if realizing he had just embarrassed himself with his emotional outburst he then tried to regain his dignity by giving logical reasons why he felt I was guilty.  I don’t really remember much after that.  I was found guilty and got a deferred sentence.  For me, this was my first experience in a court of law and it was like a nuclear bomb had exploded on my world.  In the moment the guilty verdict was read, I realized then and there that the way I saw the world would never be the same.  My view of police, judges, and lawyers as standing for justice was shattered.

Wow!  That was quite cathartic.  I feel like for almost 18 years that story has been waiting to be told.  It is as if a great burden has been lifted from my mind!

(Wrote this for about 3 hours so now 5:26 pm stopping to watch some vids and eat some grub).

Thanks for listening to the raw, unfiltered story of my life.  The story continues …

Until next time, be blessed and take care!

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Green Juice Fast – Day 10

Posted by kristobaldude on November 21, 2011

Young collard plants growing in a container

Collard Greens

Green Juice Fast – Day 10

11/20/11

Last night was the worst so far.  I feel like I kinda know what Jesus felt like when he was alone in the desert for 40 days.  The devil came to me last night while I was watching online entertainment … I forget what it was.  Anyway, a pain in my right side kept gnawing away like a rat through a sewer pipe.  That pain, my friends was hunger.  The devil crept into my mind and was saying things like “Forget your fasting … you are in so much pain, why don’t you just go buy a pizza … or wouldn’t some nice Doritos or those Avocado chips you love be great right now?  Besides, if you find a take-and-bake pizza joint like Pappa Murphy’s, that’s the healthiest you can get!  Come on … wha’d ya say?”  I had to to grab hold of my mind, endure the suffering, and look the devil square in the eyes and say “Tempting offer son, but I’m on a mission.  No thanks”

So, let’s discuss fasting in general.  When you really break it down, the simplest explanation of fasting is voluntary deprivation of all or most food for a given length of time.  In other words, nobody is forcing you to do this, nor is anyone keeping food from you.  You are doing it to yourself.

Why would anyone go through such torturous deprivation?  Well, fasting could be done for religious reasons, ritual cleansing, to punish oneself as atonement for some sin, or to purify and detoxify the body.  The latter is applicable to my case.

So, I press on.  Knowing that in the end, I will be victorious at healing myself of all my ills.  I suffer temporary hardships to reap longer-lasting rewards.

NEW JUICE BATCH

I made a new batch of juice today.  Felt pretty good that I’ve almost got an efficient routine now, and getting some recipes figured out really helps.

Today’s batch is very potent and consists of these ingredients:

  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 5 small lemons, peeled
  • 6 small limes
  • 1 head of kale
  • ¼ head red cabbage
  • 3 thumbs ginger
  • 3 beets
  • 6 large sticks celery
  • 8 large carrots
  • ½ bunch of collard greens
  • 2 small cucumbers

Note: I did not use the garlic this time, as I felt it would contradict the licorice flavor I expected from the fennel.  Strangely, there is no licorice flavor at all discernable in the new mix.

SOME SIDE EFFECTS OF FASTING

Here are some of the side effects of fasting I have experienced between today and yesterday.  I post this so anyone reading this who is going through these same mysterious experiences can know You Are Not Alone!

  • Do you know what it’s like when you look at a bright light for a bit, and when you look away, now there is a blotch of light?  I’m having that a lot more often.
  • The itching in my lower region is still present, but at 90% less than 6 days ago.  In fact, it is now mostly only under my ballsack and at the ‘peaks’ of my butt-cheeks.
  • Farted a lot today for the first time in about a week.
  • Weight: 185 lb./Body Fat: 21.1% (down 7 lbs from last week, 2% bf)
  • Lethargy & soreness
  • Temporary dizzy spells.  When I got out of a warm bath I literally got dizzy and as I was falling, had to grab onto a wall for stability.  Though it only lasted about 20 seconds, for that brief period it was as if I was in a trance of some sort.  Like I left my body, and returned shortly thereafter.
  • I think perhaps my sense of smell is heightened.  When my roommate is cooking pizza, I smell it and it smells delicious.

Well, that’s all for now.

Here’s wishing you all a great week ahead.  Be blessed. 🙂

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