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
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


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


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
1 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39658423/ns/health-pain_center/t/back-surgery-may-backfire-patients-pain/#.
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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

Tribute to Mothers

Mothers take care of us when we are too young to care for ourselves. Our initial life revolves around her.  She feeds us, nourishes us, tucks us in at night and picks us up when we fall down. She cares for us when we are sick and prays us well. She takes us to school and prepares us for life. We owe a debt of gratitude to our mothers that we will never be able to repay. William G. Brown said, “The sweetest sounds to mortals
given, are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.” To mothers who sacrifice the additional income and worldly glory from working outside the home in order to raise proper children, the world, our culture, and our society owe them something that we can never pay them; for these “homemade children” grow up with a security and steadfastness that propels them forward in society. Joaquin Miller wrote in his poem Motherhood:

The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
It was fought by the mothers of men.
Nay not with the cannon or battle-shot,
With a sword or nobler pen;
Nay, not with eloquent word or thought
From the mouths of wonderful men!
But deep in a walled-up woman’s heart –
Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part –
Lo, there is that battlefield!
No marshaling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave;
But oh! these battles, they last so long –
From babyhood to the grave.
Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town –
Fights on and on in her endless wars,
Then silent, unseen, goes down.

Love vs Hate

It seems that we live in a world of growing hatred. Hatred is spread by people, the media, social media, socialist politicians and religious groups, e.g., Islam. Hatred is so
prominent, we wonder where we can go to escape it. When love breaks down, discouragement, fear, anxiety and hatred appear. Often, the result is broken homes, with the loss of love and affection. The most harmful effect is on children. When those harmed children grow up, they tend to repeat the same mistakes. Then the family begins a downward spiral. From there, hatred grows and spreads its tentacles into society. It grows in our society, culture, politics and the very fabric of our lives.
Jesus of Nazareth taught us a better way to live. The New Testament teaches the importance of love. Love, or charity, is the pure love of Christ. The words love and charity were both translated from the Greek word, agape, so they are interchangeable. Jesus taught, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another (1).” True disciples of Jesus Christ are not swayed by distorted messages that convey hatred and falsehood. True followers of the Savior do not follow the world. Paul wrote about the virtues, “The greatest of these is charity (2).” John said, “Let us love one another; for love is of God…he that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love…if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another (3).” “We have a loving, giving Father who set aside His own self-interest to reveal the full measure of His love through His Son Jesus. God’s generosity is the dynamic by which we treat others as we would like to be treated. We love and give to others because He first loved us (1 John 4: 19) (4)”. John 3: 16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Two thousand years later that message is echoed throughout Christian churches around the world. The big question is, how is that message received? Love begins at home,
with those that we are closest to. It begins as children love their parents and siblings. Love continues to grow when we marry and have children. From there, love continues to
blossom, as we reach out to others, in love, to assist them with their needs. This is the natural development of love and it can continue as long as we let it. Gordon B. Hinckley
wrote, “One of the greatest challenges we face in our hurried, self-centered lives is to follow the counsel of the Master, to take the time and make the effort to care for others, to develop and exercise the one quality that would enable us to change the lives of others (5).”  Naturally liking someone makes it easier to love them (6). It is harder to love someone that is different, e.g., a different race, ethnicity, language, religion or lifestyle. The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10: 30-37 sets an example for us. Here a Samaritan helped a Jew, two groups that were socially, religiously and politically in opposition to each other. Let us let the story of the Good Samaritan be our example. By Larry Kuka
1. John13:34 New Testament KJV
2. 1 Cor. 13:13 New Testament KYV
3. 1 John 4:7-11 New Testamanet
4. Roper, David Our Daily Bread Devotional for Day 28 Grand Rapids, MI
5. Hinckley, Gordon B. (2000) Standing for Something Crown Publishers New York, NY
6. Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity (1952) Harper Collins  New York, NY