Talked with the lawyer . . .

My lawyer called back this morning, and we talked over my concern and the response I wrote up to the doctor.  She approved everything I wrote, with the caveat that this may still initially cause trouble with Social Security over not complying with “doctor’s orders”.  Still, she feels that because it’s a matter of spiritual/religious faith, ultimately we’ll prevail.

It’s currently 56F degrees here, looking for a high in the low 70’s – so I shut off the heater and opened up the windows.  It’s SO NICE to have that option now!

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Cholesterol check . . .

I’ve been sitting on this for over a week, waiting for a chance to talk to the lawyer who’s handling my claim for Social Security disability.  Unfortunately, she’s having health issues herself, and hasn’t returned my call yet.

Anyhow, through the last 5 years the doctor at the VA clinic has been “concerned” about my cholesterol levels and has wanted to put me on drugs to lower them.  This year, he didn’t even have a lab on-site to get the results from, but he went full-court press on pushing the statins just based on LAST YEAR’s results.

I swear, being an MD is nothing but legalized drug pushing anymore.

Anyhow, I told him I wanted to see what the results of the NEW blood work were before making any decision, and they could contact me with those results by email.

I got the email the next day.  My results were that the total cholesterol went up over 40 points.  Here is an excerpt of what he said:

“LDL (bad cholesterol) has gone up from 240 mg/dL to 280 mg/dL  Patient has been very resistant to taking statin drugs.  Complications of untreated high cholesterol including heart attack.  I would advise him taking ATORVASTATIN … in order to get his LDL down.  Possible side effects include muscle weakness, muscle pain.”

First – ATORVASTATIN is generic Lipitor.  Notice that the only side effects he mentions are muscle weakness and muscle pain – nothing about LIVER DAMAGE, which all the literature on the health websites claim is the #1 side effect.

Anyhow, I still haven’t talked to my lawyer, but I also haven’t been sleeping well for the last week, mostly because I’ve been stewing over this.  I still want to talk to my lawyer, but I think I have figured out what to say to the doctor.  It would go something like this:

Dear Doctor:  Please notice in my records that I am a Scientologist.  This affects much more than just my attitudes towards drugs that have psychiatric actions.  It is WHY I have an Advanced Directive AND a Living Will, both of which stipulate a DNR order.  It is my religious and spiritual belief that the end of this life is only an opportunity  to begin the next one.  I am happy to discuss health care options that affect the quality of life while I have it, but I have no interest in extending it.  If I have a heart attack, it will be the end of my life, and I’m comfortable with that.  I will not take anti-cholesterol drugs now or ever, and you will not ever bring it up again.

Well, I think that’s what I’d say.

About sweeteners…

I happened to glance at the BBC news site yesterday, and saw this intriguing article about the quest to find a replacement for refined, white sugar.  I’d agree with a lot of what the author said, but with one MAJOR caveat:

STEVIA is not an artificial sweetener.  The fact that it is not sugar does not in any way make it artificial or synthetic (I know, artificial is synthetic).  Stevia is just as much plant-sourced as sugar is.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34878148

What is “rape”?

Here is a link to a BBC article about a study that was done of young adults who were asked to determine whether or not a certain “staged” event would be a rape in the real world.  It’s interesting how many Shades of Gray there are . . .

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34470205

 

(FYI – I’m personally of the opinion that, no matter what the technicalities of law require, if a person does not give advance informed consent that is both voluntary and sober, if anything sexual happens it should be classified as rape.)

CDC admits to spreading cancer . . .

The CDC has admitted that up to 98 Million US residents have been exposed to cancer virus cells by getting the polio vaccination . . .

http://vaccines.news/2015-09-23-cdc-admits-98-million-americans-were-given-cancer-virus-via-the-polio-shot.html

Just another reason why getting vaccinations should NEVER be mandatory.

Oh, and to drive that point home a bit more, there is this:

Flu Shot Remains Most Dangerous Vaccine Based on Injuries and Deaths Compensated by Government

Buddha on disease . . .

My initial response to the graphic below was “Right On!”  However, on reflection, there is a huge caveat that must be appended to it.

2500 years ago, mankind’s greatest threats were communicable disease and large predatory animals.  Those were the conditions mankind lived under.  NOW, we no longer worry about many of the diseases that once ravaged continents, and most large predators are on the brink of endangered status or extinction.  The greatest threats humanity faces today are ENTIRELY of mankind’s own creation.  Poisons, toxins, weapons of war, surveillance states . . . welcome to the Brave New World.

buddha on disease

Why Richard Burr Has my Vote

I’m not a person who ever votes for (or against) any candidate based on only one issue – but, this is one that comes close to crossing that border. I am an Army veteran, Medic. I’m a few years to young to have gone to Vietnam, but I knew many guys who did.

I’m sure you don’t care about sympathy, but please know you have my understanding and encouragement to persevere. FYI – modern medicine really fails when trying to give a life-expectancy estimate. My father (not a military veteran) was diagnosed with a degenerative form of arthritis that was expected to be fatal within 5 years – 32 years ago. He still lives. There is always hope.

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