Arthritis Pain

Arthritis refers to a range of conditions that involve pain and inflammation in the joints. There are two kinds of arthritis. Osteoarthritis tends to worsen over time when wear and tear of cartilage cause bones to rub together. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that happens when the immune system attacks healthy joint tissue. Doctors can prescribe pain relievers, but often they interfere with your normal lifestyle.

Your weight can have a big impact on arthritis pain. Extra weight puts pressure on your joints, especially your feet, knees, and hips. If you are overweight, losing weight can be a very effective method to reduce arthritis pain, improve your mobility, and prevent further damage to your joints.

Exercise can help you with weight loss, but also help to keep your joints flexible and strengthen the muscles around your joints. Swimming is a low impact exercise that benefits all parts of the body if you perform all of the swimming strokes. Yoga or tai chi are also excellent low impact exercises. These meditation and relaxation techniques may help reduce the pain of arthritis by lowering stress and also lowering inflammation and pain. Stress, fear, anxiety, and depression tend to increase chronic pain. Prayer and faith in God not only exercise your spirit but also contribute to good health and pain reduction.  Walking and cycling are also good exercises. Walking on earth is preferred over concrete and walking up and down hills exercises more muscles than walking on flat surfaces.

Heat and cold treatments can help relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis. An ice pack inside a towel can provide relief from swelling and pain. A warm shower or bath can ease stiffness, as well as a heating pad or electric blanket at night.

Smoking, alcohol, and drugs work against good health and contribute to a lack of nutrient absorption and foster other health issues that complicate relief from arthritis pain. Smoking causes stress on the tissues surrounding joints. Plant-based whole foods contribute to overall good health. That includes naturally fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. A plant-based diet helps to reduce inflammation. A diet of just raw vegetables and fruits is used to treat arthritis in European countries. Asparagus, garlic, and onions help to repair connective tissue.  Other beneficial foods are brown rice, celery, parsley, alfalfa, fresh pineapple, bananas, beets, cauliflower, potatoes, oatmeal, flaxseed, and flaxseed oil.  Foods to avoid are bread and cereals not made from whole grains. Read the labels. Enriched flour is not whole grain. It is grain that has had most of the nutrition removed, then chemical vitamins added to it. Avoid enriched flour. Look for bread and cereals made with whole wheat, whole oats, whole rye, etc. Avoid processed foods with added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Fresh produce, frozen, or home-canned is better. Avoid red meat. Caffeine will reduce your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Turmeric contains curcumin, that research shows may help to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. You can purchase it at health food stores and stores that sell vitamins. Other herbs that have been used by arthritis sufferers are Boswellia, ginkgo, bromelain, stinging nettle, thunder god vine, and devil’s claw. A cream containing capsaicin may be applied over a painful joint to relieve pain. Aloe Vera gel may also be applied to a painful joint.

Massage can also reduce stress and provide temporary relief from arthritis pain. Some arthritis sufferers use acupuncture performed by specialists in their field.

By Larry Kuka

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/arthritis-natural-relief

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20046440

Ferrell, Vance and Harold M. Cherne, MD. Natural Remedies Encyclopedia U.S.A. Harvestime Books, 2016

Seek Good Health

The government has asked us to self-quarantine and practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  People are confining themselves to their homes. Businesses, factories, offices, schools and churches are closed. When people meet another person, they are asked to stay six feet apart. We are asked to wash our hands frequently and sanitize our homes. All of this is in an effort to prevent acquiring a deadly virus.

To seek good health is good. To seek good mental health is better. Self-quarantining and social distancing are not good for mental health. There was a man whose wife was in a nursing home. She had dementia. The nursing home would not allow visitors. The husband rode a bus every day to visit his wife. Now that the buses were not running and the nursing home was closed to visitors, they were both isolated. This is an example of the isolation and mental health issues created by self-quarantining and social distancing (WSJ).

To seek good health is good. To seek good mental health is better. To seek good spiritual health is best. How many of us self-quarantine when we know that spiritual danger lies outside our home? How many of us would stay home from work, if there were a tremendous temptation there to commit sin? How many of us would practice social distancing and stay away from people that would lead us into separation from God? That would include those friends that gossip, speak evil of others, criticize and belittle people, tell shady jokes, use foul language, abuse addictive substances, practice immorality, are materialistic or set bad examples. Would we avoid recreation that is sinful or creates an environment for sin? Would we avoid offensive music and entertainment?

Good health and good mental health benefit us in this earth life. Good spiritual health benefits us forever. Our bodies will one day die, but our spirits will live on forever. “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan. 12:2). “For the Son of Man (Jesus) is come to save that which was lost” (Matt. 18:11). Faith in Jesus Christ saves us from the desire to commit sin. But the choice is ours, will we follow Christ, or will we follow our own selfish desires? Rev. 20: 12 reads, “ And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
John wrote in 5: 28-29, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

To avoid the virus, we are asked to wash our hands and sanitize our homes. Do we take spiritual precautions to keep us and our homes spiritually clean? Is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5: 22-23 HCSB) evident in our lives- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control? Christ taught in John 13: 34, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.” Christ has liberated us from the bondage of sin (Gal. 5: 1), but we have to decide for ourselves if we will choose to follow Him. Joshua wrote in 24:15, “Choose ye this day whom you will serve.”

References: Wall Street Journal 3/26/20, p 1.   All biblical references are in King James Version unless otherwise noted. HCSB is Holman Christian Standard Bible

 

Most Important Communication

When I was first married, my wife and I lived in an apartment. It was a small complex with about six apartments. We could not afford a telephone and there were no cell phones. The neighbors did not have telephones either. The closest phone was a payphone about two blocks away. We lived there for over one year and I only remember walking to the phone booth one time in that one-year period. Talking on the phone just was not important enough to walk four blocks, round trip.

Contrast that with today, when everyone carries a cell phone in their pocket or pocketbook.  They constantly look at their phone to search for messages or call or text someone. Communicating with others has become a habit that consumes a large portion of people’s time. Phone calls and texts are routinely made to family, friends, employers and business contacts.

The Creator of the universe has made Himself available to answer our communications 24 hours/day. We don’t need a cell phone, a keypad, a landline, wi-fi, or a signal. We just need to talk. How many of us are like the apartment dweller of old, that doesn’t bother to call? It just isn’t that important to us. On the other hand, do we even have a contact for God? He has made Himself available for our call anytime. Unlike the CEO of a large company, we do not have to have an appointment. We do not have to be screened by the secretary. We do not have to wait in line. We do not have to drive to his office. All we have to do is call. It is that easy.

After all, talking with God isn’t supposed to be difficult. But we have to do it. And we have to do it with an open mind if we want to receive an answer on the other end. God wants to hear from us. He loves us and wants us to communicate with Him. Communication with God is called prayer and involves speaking and listening. We can speak audibly or silently. God speaks by the Holy Spirit, sometimes called the comforter. John 14: 26 (KJV) reads, “the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost…He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance.”  The comforter will bring God’s message to you. All you have to do is ask, with a sincere heart, and with real intent. If you have faith in Christ, He will answer the truth to you by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 6: 9-13 gives us an example of how to pray (the Lord’s prayer). It does not need to be memorized but is given as a sample of how to pray to our Creator. Prayers are not memorized. A “memorized prayer” is a recitation: It is not communicating with God.

We need to find a quiet place, where we will not be disturbed, and talk to God about the issues that are facing us. We need to initiate a conversation and listen patiently for a reply. Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” There are other references in the Bible that give information about prayer: Matt. 7:7; Luke 18:1; Eph 6; 18. Read these scriptures, and remember, God speaks to us by His Holy Spirit. Most often, the message is delivered as thoughts in our mind. Will you talk with God today?     By Larry Kuka

Natural Remedies

God has created a natural remedy for every ailment and sickness known to mankind.  Some remedies will work for some people, but not for everyone. So, sometimes finding a natural remedy requires a little experimentation.

The last time I was sickened with a winter cold, I had a prolonged illness. After many overcast and cloudy days, the sun appeared. I stripped to the waist then sat in the cold winter sun for over two hours. In less than 24 hours my cold began to break up. I began natural breathing treatments and within a few days, I was completely restored to good health. I did not visit a doctor or take any commercial drugs or medicines. God provided the natural remedies that restored my good health. The costs for my natural remedies was less than one dollar.

I once had psoriasis; a disease considered incurable by doctors. Doctors use various “treatments”, ranging from light treatments to drugs. These treatments are very expensive and often result in the patient acquiring cancer. Realizing that these treatments could destroy my health, I searched for a natural remedy. To my surprise, I found that this “incurable disease” could easily be cured with a few simple inexpensive natural remedies, costing less than $18.

There are also natural remedies for tumors, cancers, and other ailments. Some of these remedies may be growing in your back yard or on a farm. Some may be purchased over the counter at pharmacies, grocery stores, or discount stores. Some remedies are actually found in dirt. After all, God created man from dirt (Genesis 2:7). He also created the animals and birds from dirt (Genesis 2:19). Jesus gave a blind man his sight with dirt (John 9: 1-7). Do not discount the value of dirt which contains the elements.

Do not be deceived that you have to have expensive ”treatments” or drugs to be cured of an illness. Jesus never healed a person with drugs or expensive treatments. We can follow his example. There is a time to consult doctors, (e.g. excessive bleeding, broken bones, tumors, eminent death), but many illnesses can be addressed with simple natural methods. Just as stress, brought on by lack of faith, can cause sickness and death; faith can bring healing and new life. The blind man in John, chapter 9, exercised faith, by washing in the pool of Siloam. Faith should be your first step in natural cures.

(I must enter this disclaimer or risk going to prison for writing this article). Not intended for medical purposes. For informational use only.

For further information see Natural Remedies Encyclopedia (contact 423-284-4612 to purchase) or visit myshopperblog.wordpress.com

By Larry Kuka

How to Live Better & Longer

“Japanese people are in better health than residents of other countries, according to recent research cited by the National Institutes of Health. In 2013, Japan had the highest healthy life expectancy — about 73 years. Andorra, Canada, Cyprus, France, and Iceland were among the other countries with high healthy life expectancies. Globally, healthy life expectancy at birth averages 62 years, according to the World Health Organization (everydayhealth).”
Life expectancy has increased primarily due to attention paid to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States (everydayhealth). Education, income, race, ethnicity and family health history all are factors in longevity.
People who eat meat are more likely to have higher cholesterol levels because cholesterol is only present in animal-based foods, i.e., meat, eggs, and dairy products. High cholesterol can increase your chances of developing heart disease and eating meat can also increase the risk of developing certain cancers, e.g., colon cancer, as well as kidney stones and gallstones. Reducing meat consumption can increase your life span by 3.6 years, however, some experts believe the difference between the life span of meat-eaters and vegetarians is not actually based on food choice, but because many vegetarians maintain a healthier lifestyle than meat-eaters, e.g. many vegetarians also avoid smoking and alcohol. They’re also likely to be physically active and maintain a healthy weight. All of these factors can contribute to a longer life span (livestrong).
Not all vegetarians eat healthy diets either. A healthy diet contains fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. The most nutritious foods are eaten raw and uncooked. “A huge study of Seventh Day Adventists who ate little or no meat showed longevity increases of 7.28 years in men and 4.42 years in women. These data are confounded by the fact that Seventh Day Adventists follow healthy lifestyles free of tobacco and alcohol” (lifeextension).
“Plant-based diets are naturally lower in calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol than carnivorous diets but are higher in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and health-promoting antioxidants. Plant-based nutrients include potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamins C and E. This difference in nutritional value is likely responsible for the health benefits experienced by vegetarians, but this is true only when the diet emphasizes plants, avoids processed foods, is balanced and includes a variety” (livestrong).
Vegetarians have lower cholesterol, blood pressure levels and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancers, type-2 diabetes, and insulin resistance. Meat eaters frequently have a higher risk of cancer and overall disease. Semi-vegetarians, those who eat meat once a week, are found to have intermediate protection against lifestyle diseases.
Vegetarian men live an average of 9-1/2 years longer than meat-eaters and vegetarian women 6-1/10 years longer. In studies, meat-eaters had the highest body weight for their age and vegetarians the lowest (average of 30 pounds), with semi-vegetarians falling in between.
Contrary to popular belief, vegetarians consume about the same amount of most nutrients as meat-eaters. Plant protein can adequately meet or even exceed needed requirements when a variety of plant foods are consumed. Eating whole grains and legumes, e.g., rice and beans together, create complete proteins. Eating plants can be positive for your disposition and libido. A higher intake results in more
energy, calmness and happy feelings. Plant foods have libido-boosting effects, and a lower body weight helps with increasing sex hormones as well (Livestrong).
A UCLA study found Mormon men had a life expectancy of 9.8 years longer than that of U.S. white males and Mormon females had a life expectancy of 5.6 years longer than U.S. white females. Mormons are meat-eaters but abstain from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea. Other studies have found lower rates of cancer in Mormons (Deseret). Mormons and Seventh Day Adventists observe a sabbath, day of rest, which may contribute to their longer life spans. People that are devoted to their religious beliefs generally do not engage in risky behaviors, e.g., alcohol or drug addiction, sexual promiscuity or homosexuality, factors that reduce life expectancy.
Life expectancy for smokers is ten years less than non-smokers (CDC). The statistics for vaping are not yet available but are expected to be similar or greater than tobacco use. The CDC reports, “Overall mortality among both male and female smokers in the United States is about three times higher than that among similar people who never smoked. The major causes of excess mortality among smokers are diseases that are related to smoking, including cancer and respiratory and vascular disease. Smokeless tobacco is a known cause of cancer. In addition, the nicotine in smokeless tobacco may increase the risk for sudden death from a condition where the heart does not beat properly.” Life expectancy in the U.S. has declined over the past three years due to the large increase in suicides and drug overdoses (webmd). The American Society for Clinical Oncology has stated that even moderate amounts of alcohol consumption in women can increase the risk of breast cancer and heighten the chances of esophageal cancer. This group of the country’s top physicians warns that heavy alcohol consumption is linked to mouth and throat cancer, liver cancer, voice box cancer, and colorectal cancer (addicted). Excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases, e.g., high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, digestive problems, cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon, also learning and memory problems, dementia, mental health problems, depression, anxiety and alcohol dependence (CDC).
Many people rely on quick, processed foods for meals and snacks. Since these products often contain added sugar, it makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie intake. In the US, added sugars account for up to 17% of the total calorie intake of adults and up to 14% for children. Dietary guidelines suggest limiting calories from added sugar to less than 10% per day. Experts believe that sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as diabetes. High sugar diets may also increase your risk of cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, obesity, inflammation and high triglyceride, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels (Healthline). Consumption of the sweetener, high fructose corn syrup, may lead to fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetes, inflammation, heart disease, and cancer. Consuming high fructose corn syrup also increases your hunger and desire for food (Heathline).
Perhaps this information may help you to live a better and longer life. Not intended as medical advice. For informational purposes only. by Larry Kuka (12/19/19)
References:
https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/10-essential-facts-about-life-expectancy/
https://www.livestrong.com/article/502968-life-expectancy-of-vegetarians-vs-meat-eaters/
https://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2006/1/awsi/Page-01
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/705377709/UCLA-study-proves-Mormons-live-longer.html
https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/index.htm
https://addictedtoalcohol.com/information/alcohol-addiction-impact-life-expectanhcy/
https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar#section2
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/why-high-fructose-corn-syrup-is-bad#section5
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20181129/cdc-opioids-suicides-drive-life-expectancy-drop#1
https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/index.htm

 

 

Olive Oil

Olive oil as been used for cooking and beautification for centuries. Here
are some ways to use olive oil in your food:
Pour over salad or mix it with balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
for a tasty salad dressing.
Use in a marinade or sauce for meat, fish, or vegetables. Olive oil
penetrates into the first few layers of the food being marinated.
Sprinkle over cooked pasta or vegetables.
Use instead of butter or margarine as a healthy dip for bread. Pour a little
olive oil into a small bowl for dipping bread.
Replace butter with olive oil in mashed potatoes or on baked potatoes.
( You can whip cooked potatoes, roasted garlic, olive oil, and salt and
pepper. )
Cook white beans, garlic, olive oil and your favorite herbs in a food
processor.
Use olive oil in your sauces.
Olive oil is often used as a salad dressing to liven up food, but olive oil also
has been said to offer protection against dangerous cardiovascular risks
like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. New
research suggests consuming olive oil may discourage strokes in older
people. A study was made by Cecilia Samieri, the University of Bordeaux
and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux,
France. This study involved 7,625 participants (ages 65 and older) who
had no previous history of stroke. During the study, researchers assessed
participants’ olive oil use, which was identified as those who used olive
oil intensively, moderately or not at all. Several other risk factors were
also taken into consideration, such as physical exercise, diet, and body
mass index. After more than five years, the group reported a total of
148 strokes. Individuals who used olive oil on a regular basis (for both
cooking and for a dressing) showed a 41% lower risk for stroke in contrast
to those who did not include olive oil as a part of their diet. Olive oil is
an inexpensive and easy way to help prevent stroke. Olive oil is high
in antioxidants, including vitamin E, these Antioxidants are nutritional
powerhouses that protect against age-accelerating free radicals. The next
time you enjoy a salad, top with olive oil instead of commercial salad
dressings that contain fattening sugar and dangerous high fructose corn
syrup.. Balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar and olive oil will make
a delicious vinaigrette that is high in antioxidants and gives anti-aging
protection. When purchasing olive oil, choose Extra Virgin olive oil.
This is the least processed and retains the highest nutrient value.
Olive oil is also good for the skin and hair. Try these easy inexpensive
home remedies: For rough dry hands; Combine two tablespoons of olive
oil with two tablespoons of sugar. Rub on hands until sugar begins to
dissolve. Rinse with warm water. The result is silky-smooth hands. Create
a moisturizing facial mask with olive oil, honey, and egg yolk. Beat
until well blended and apply to face, leave for 15 minutes, then rinse
with warm water. For nails, warm a small dish of olive oil (not too hot)
with a tablespoon of lemon juice. Soak nails for 5- 10 minutes. This
softens and strengthens nails. For simple hair treatment, warm several
tablespoons of olive oil (again, not hot). Rub unto hair and scalp. Cover
with a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse. For dry hair,
split ends or dandruff, mix an egg yolk with the olive oil… but do not
warm. Shampoo twice after this treatment to eliminate the egg yoke
odor! Alleviate chapped lips by applying olive oil. Olive oil will promote
smooth complexion, condition and shine your hair and heal brittle nails.
by Larry Kuka  Not Intended for medical advice.  For informational purposes only.

 

Is Your Drinking Water Making You Sick?

Have you ever thought about where the water coming from the tap comes from? What about that bottled water you purchased at the store? Is it from a surface water source or is it from groundwater source?
Why should you care about the location of the water in which you drink? Public water from municipalities and counties contains fluoride and chlorine. Both of these chemicals are poisonous.
Fluoride is used to make rat poison and as a pesticide (See the youtube video posted in references). In countries where fluoride is added to the water, there are high rates of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. In countries where fluoride is not used, their rates of these diseases are low. The African countries of the Rift Valley have naturally occurring fluoride, due to volcano deposits. All of these countries have high rates of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Fluoride also removes the enamel from your teeth, causing tooth decay. That is why dentists always give you a tube of toothpaste with fluoride in it when you leave their office. It creates repeat business. This is why we have a dentist office on every corner. Fluoride also affects thyroid function and can cause lethargy and depression. Fluoride also affects IQ and memory.
The facts about chlorine are more startling. Chlorine is used in industry, to make bleach and was used to kill soldiers during World War I. According to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality, the cancer risk to people that drink chlorinated water is 93% higher than those that don’t. The Council also reports chlorinated water increases risks for heart problems, kidney problems, headache, dizziness, asthma, skin rashes, weakened immune system, eye, sinus, and throat irritation, birth defects, miscarriages, and low sperm count. So chlorinated water kills bacteria but introduces other risks.
The use of these chemicals in public water supplies is protected by the Chemical Manufacturers Association, the American Dental Association, and the corporations that lobby, donate and control the U.S. Congress and the FDA.
Bottled water gets mixed reviews. Much of the bottled water is just tap water from a public water source. Some bottled water is pure spring water. Other bottled water contains added sweeteners and chemicals. Read the labels on the bottles. “Pure Water” does not mean anything. It may be pure fluorinated, chlorinated water.
Public water supplies may come from rivers, reservoirs or drilled wells. Sometimes the same river that is the source for the public water supply is also carrying the waste from the sewerage treatment plant upriver. If the source is a river, find out which municipalities dump their sewerage upstream in that river. Also, find out how many times the sewerage plant was breached and raw sewerage was dumped into
the river. You have to do some research to find out. You might be in for some big, big surprises. Find out where the source of your public water supply is. Your health and your families’ health depend on it.
By Larry Kuka
References:
http://www.webmd.com/women/news/20150225/fluoride-in-drinking-water-tied-to-higher-rates-of-underactive-thyroid
http://www.fluoride-history.de/p-insecticides.htm
http://www.healthychoices.co.uk/fluoride.html

http://www.parkinsonsandfluoride.com/
http://www.healthy-communications.com/fluorideasratpoison.html
http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/chlorine/basics/facts.asp
http://www.mercola.com/Downloads/bonus/chlorine/default.htm
http://www.waterbenefitshealth.com/chlorine-in-drinking-water.html

Time Capsule Found

Etowah, Tennessee – Dec.1, 2119 – Demolition workers were tearing down an almost two-century-old Baptist Church in downtown Etowah, Tennessee when they found a time capsule inside the brick and mortar wall. It was a waterproof plastic pipe with solid plastic ends. Inside was a bible, published in 1980, some early 1900’s circa silver coins and a laminated letter written by the church pastor. The letter was dated June 6, 2033.

Here are some excerpts from the letter:

The people have stopped coming to church. The pews are empty. Sundays have filled with sports: soccer games, golf, baseball, football, and basketball practices and games. Lavish buffets and dinners are provided at restaurants, resorts, and bars. The stores and shopping malls are filled with people searching the Sunday sales. Churches can no longer compete with these commercial and recreational activities. Money is no object. Credit is available to everyone, regardless of their ability or desire to re-pay. Consumer debt has multiplied many times. The stress has dissolved most families. Children and juveniles run wild and loose on the streets. Crime is unrestrained. Police are not allowed to carry guns and they only have time to investigate heinous killings and mass murders.

Hatred has taken the place of brotherly love and civility.  Antifa led protests and riots have resulted in the burning of large portions of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Atlanta.  Even in small towns, stores are looted and burned, courthouses destroyed, cars overturned and burned while the occupants are still inside.

Leftist politicians have succeeded in removing President Trump, after his election to a second term in the White House. He and his Attorney General were exiled to Cuba. The leftist Representatives and Senators succeeded in getting a socialist president and socialist controlled Congress installed. They passed laws that allowed sexual perverts to take control of schools and youth organizations and eliminated the private ownership of guns. Now terrorists shoot and kill anyone they desire, especially handicapped persons, conservatives, pro-lifers, pastors and anyone teaching Christianity, modesty or morality.

The national debt has soared and the Federal Reserve Bank loans money around the clock while the U.S. Treasury prints currency 24 hours/day. Inflation has soared.  A loaf of bread is now $3,500.00 and a 2- bedroom apartment rents for $600,000.00/month. Most people are unemployed unless they have a government job. Anyone working for the government has to swear allegiance to the leftist leaders. Taxes are 80% of earnings. Many persons attempt to work underground, being paid in cash. If they are caught, they are sent to concentration camps created from old schools with ten-foot-high electrified barbed wire fences. The prisoners are taught godlessness, Fascism, Socialism, and leftist propaganda.

Airlines, airport, and freight terminals are closed. The Dept. of Homeland Security and the U.S. Border Patrol have been eliminated and the borders are now open both ways. Thousands are fleeing across the southern border to Mexico every day, while Chinese troops are crossing into California and Russian armored trucks and tanks are crossing over into Texas. Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere.

Fortunately, this time capsule was found before all of the buildings in this town were torn down in order to re-build more environmentally efficient buildings out of cardboard. Most of the automobiles and trucks are off the road due to lack of fuel and battery chargers. Electricity is only available for a few hours per day. By chance, our reporter was able to borrow a horse and ride 12 miles to bring this story to the news desk.   (Written for My Shopper by Larry Kuka – Riceville, TN)

Big Pharma Advertising

Drugs are used to treat illnesses ranging from the common cold to terminal illnesses, e.g., cancer, diabetes, heart, and cardiovascular disease.  Drugs are prescribed by licensed doctors not selected by patients with illnesses.  Why then are drugs advertised on television?

In 2018 Big Pharma spent $2.8 Billion advertising pharmaceuticals to consumers, called Direct to Consumer (DTC) (1).  “187 television commercials for about 70 prescription medications have collectively aired almost half a million times since the start of 2018 (1).”  This offers zero value to the effectiveness of the drugs and the costs are passed on to the end user.  This is the reason that a pill that sells for $1 in Canada, sells for $10 in the USA.  “Studies have confirmed — the ads promote the use of costly, but not necessarily the most effective, drugs. Generics rarely get advertised (2).”

“Investment in DTC advertising for prescription cancer medications more than tripled from $163 million in 2015 to $505 million in 2017 (2).” “Americans pay more for drugs and medical devices than any other country. Big Pharma follows potential patients everywhere — on TV, in print and online (3).” The USA and the island of New Zealand are the only countries in the world that allow DTC advertising by pharmaceutical companies (3).

According to Nielsen, the bulk of these DTC ads appear on television at a rate of 80 ads per hour of programming (3).  These ads drive up prescription drug prices and also erode the patient-doctor relationship, as patients are telling doctors what drugs they want.  The costs of DTC advertising exceed the amount of money spent on research and development (3).

“Big Pharma has paid billions of dollars in criminal and civil settlements over the years because of marketing fraud that cost taxpayers billions and left others with debilitating medical conditions (3).”  For example, The Department of Justice accused Johnson & Johnson of spending billions to target children and the elderly for unapproved drug uses, exposing them to serious side effects, including death (3).

The American Medical Association has asked for a ban on DTC advertising (4).  “(AMA) Physicians cited concerns that a growing proliferation of ads is driving demand for expensive treatments despite the clinical effectiveness of less costly alternatives … an advertising ban reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially-driven promotions, and the role that marketing costs play in fueling escalating drug prices … DTC advertising also inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate (4).”

The top four television networks: CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox take the majority of the advertising budget with CBS at the top of the list at $511 million (3).  “Ads for erectile dysfunction, arthritis pain, and blood thinners are dominate (3).”  The average CBS viewer is age 59, the target age for most of these prescription drugs (3).

The result is the sick, infirm, disabled. elderly, and dying are paying a great deal more for their medicines while Big Pharma continues to raise prices and increase profits (5).  Tell others about this problem.  Post this article on social media and send it to your elected representatives.   By Larry Kuka

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1 https://www.biopharmadive.com/news/pharma-ad-dtc-marketing-2018-spend-TV-congress/533319/

Web accessed 7/5/19

2 https://www.biopharmadive.com/news/oncology-direct-to-consumer-dtc-drug-marketing-controversy-spend/523104/  web accessed 7/5/19

3 https://www.drugwatch.com/featured/big-pharma-marketing/  web accessed 7/5/19

4 https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/press-releases/ama-calls-ban-dtc-ads-prescription-drugs-and-medical-devices  web accessed 7/8/19

5 https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnlamattina/2018/01/23/about-those-soaring-pharma-profits/#6a51481a3f9d  web accessed 7/8/19

Back Pain

Twenty-seven million adults in America experience chronic back pain. In an
effort to alleviate pain, close to 600,000 Americans choose back surgeries each
year. But for many, surgery is not effective. A new study in the journal Spine
shows that in many cases surgery can leave patients with increased pain (1).
Researchers reviewed records from 1,450 patients in the Ohio Bureau of
Workers’ Compensation database. These patients had diagnoses of disc degeneration, disc herniation or radiculopathy, a nerve condition causing tingling and
weakness of the limbs. Half of the patients had surgery to fuse two or more
vertebrae in hopes of curing low back pain. The other half had no surgery, even
though they had comparable diagnoses. After two years, 26 percent of the
patients who had surgery returned to work. 67 percent of patients who didn’t
have surgery returned to work. Researchers also found that there was a 41 %
increase in the use of pain medicines, i.e., opiates, in those who had surgery (1).
The study shows evidence that for many patients, fusion surgeries designed to alleviate pain from degenerating discs don’t work. For most back-pain sufferers there is no easy solution (1).
Yoga and intensive stretching have been found to be the most effective back
pain reliever. It strengthens the muscles in the lower back and abdomen.
However, many back-pain sufferers avoid exercise or yoga as a treatment.
Yoga is most effective if begun before the pain starts or soon after. A study
in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that practicing yoga or intensive
stretching may improve chronic lower back pain and reduce the need for pain
medications (2). 12 weeks of weekly yoga classes improved back function
and reduced pain symptoms in people with chronic lower back pain and the
pain reduction continued six months after the classes began (2). The greatest relief is available to those that continue yoga or stretching for a lifetime.
Chiropractic and physical therapy are effective at relieving pain after
extensive pain sets in. Massage may also be an effective tool.
Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments, to properly align the spine which will enable the body to heal itself without
surgery or medication. Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative and
is sometimes used in conjunction with conventional medicine (3).  by Larry Kuka
References:
1 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39658423/ns/health-pain_center/t/back-surgery-may-backfire-patients-pain/#.
XPU9OtRKhdg web accessed 6/3/19
2 https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20111025/yoga-stretching-may-ease-lower-back-pain#1 web
accessed 6/3/19
3 https://www.webmd.com/pain-ma