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Proposal for Care

Subject: The Choice between Food and Drugs

Millions of patients are prescribed and pay for their medications. Countless make the uneasy decision to reduce the medications, to go without food, not take the medication, do all three because the costs of medications exceed their financial means. Emergency rooms fill up daily because the proper amount or types of food were not taken with the prescription. Because the Food and Drugs are approved by an agency responsible for pharmaceuticals, it’s time that patient care and nutritional maintenance be part of the equation.
Doctors collect data on medications, but how many are regulating the foods taken with the medications being prescribed? Side effects may often be the result of nutritional interactions, but ingredients in foods are often unrecognizable when read on the labels.
A patient on hypertension medication may be drinking water from their faucets, unaware that the sodium content is too high and creating a constant hypertensive state. A child with asthma, may be experiencing an episode because the chlorine in the water is causing inflammation in the lungs, and still others are on medication and not eating enough only because they are not hungry or due to affordability.
One solution to this problem will be that the Food and Drug Administration mandate a protocol for the proper amount of nutrition for each medication prescribed. A patient may eat something with their pill, but it may not be enough to keep the pill from making them sick.
Another solution is for the pharmaceutical companies, using the FDA guidelines for the nutritional prescription protocol, to provide a voucher to cover the foods needed to properly consume the medications. If a daily pill requires milk, then patients are prescribed a voucher to cover the amount and expense for that milk and only for the patient. The same goes with food. If a medication has to be taken with large amounts of food, a determination of the amount of food for that patient on a specific medication needs to be calculated, and a voucher or card be prescribed to ensure the patient is eating and taking medication properly. Since FDA determines what drugs and what amounts are safe, then FDA should be accountable for ensuring which food containing specific ingredients are safe when taken with prescribed medications. Foods containing stimulants may render certain medications ineffective and result in hostile or violent behaviors, especially for children. A safe amount does not consider size of an individual or medications prescribed. That needs to be regulated.
I propose that legislation and the Surgeon General requires the FDA to provide a nutritional or food voucher along with each medication prescribed. If a patient is on 12 different medications, and each medication requires food, then the voucher must cover the expense including water, juice, or milk. Claims for incurred expenses and reimbursements will be filed with insurance providers as required.
I wear glasses. Everything needed for the care of eyewear is included. If I had a broken bone, I would have the bone reset, stabilized, be given adaptive equipment, and pain medication. For every condition requiring medication, provisions for ensuring safety and proper use need to be affordable and accessible. Without protocols in place, data collected in regard to prescriptions and patient success and failures are flawed. Unless something is done, emergency room visits will increase, the numbers of insurance claims will be elevated, and lawsuits against pharmaceuticals will increase. Food with drugs is a small price to pay. Thank you for your time,
W.B. Gunter

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People watching is undeniably one form of recreation requiring little to no effort on the participants. It could practically be a sporting event. As a an observer of humans, I find it quite interesting how what is done is in so much opposition to what we say and do. For instance, a woman was walking along the sidewalk with a dog in her arms and a child on the leash. I wondered what she would do if the child walked on an ant pile, would she pick the child up, put the dog down, or hold the dog while screaming for someone to help the child.
Obesity is a huge problem, no pun intended, so why are there very few sidewalks that lead to the doors of businesses? Where are bicycle racks, and why are there no bike trails adjacent to parking lots? When was the last time anyone received an insurance rebate or discount for walking? Even in the produce department, I am puzzled by the amount of cakes, caramel spreads, chocolate dips, and other fattening enticements used to encourage purchasing healthy foods, but making them unhealthy. I understand the goal of the grocery store, like any business, is to make money, but should our gastrointestinal lust be taken advantage of in such a public manner?
I passed what appeared to be a homeless man talking on a cell phone. As I was watching, and listening to what was a loud endless conversation, I noticed the gentleman was not stopping the conversation to pause, ask questions, or wait before responding. Obviously no one was on the other end of this phone. Did the voices call him or did he place the call. Mental illness isn’t as sublime as we may like to believe it is.
As immigrant children are packed into buses and exported out of one state and imported into other states, I wonder what they see from the bus windows when they look out at the Americans, some who may look like them, but are holding up signs screaming for them to leave. Americans like to say we are a nation of God fearing, compassionate, people loving, open-minded citizens, but where were those people the day the buses rolled out of Texas and into California? I was reminded of a time when children walked to school in Little Rock, Arkansas while adults screamed and yelled at them to go away. In what was once considered a home of the brave, it appears that the bravest souls are those who enter with the hope of a possible future, not the ones who fear their presence. Propaganda through media coverage among fearful individuals who need to belong to a cause or group is insidious. It feeds on their fears and anxieties and paranoias.
What I have learned about society from watching people, is they never really change.

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The Social Gastrointestinal Love Affair

When you think about it, food has been a constant part of our lives. It’s loyal. Food makes a spectacular entrance at every luncheon, celebration, family gathering, and bon voyage. Let’s face it, food is the circle that binds friendships, it’s the economic determining socialite sublimely categorizing cliques. If you want to know about a person, watch what they eat. Wrong or right, you are judged by what you eat.
So, what happens when your appetite shifts? Maybe the dietary needs have changed, perhaps you’ve changed. No problem right? Wrong! There are some stages to exiting the gastrointestinal social lifestyle. First, the inquisition begins, followed by the sabotage, which in some instances can become quite dangerous especially to someone with medical issues. The choices are clear, your health or your food, your friends, traditions, family, culture, or your uncompromising dietary decision. Acceptance or denial, retreat, or move forward. You began to transition long before letting go of the foods you used to love, crave, covet, and dream of tasting. Honestly, food is the last thing to go. It’s been a loyal companion, our thick and thin, ride or die, good times, bad times, bored times, anytime crutch. And like all crutches, the time comes when you have to let go, renew, be strong, and maintain balance.

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I wanted to share with you a story about Willie Mae Jordan, who spent many years as a soloist. After dealing with some personal medical issues, she lost some of her mobility and most of her eyesight. In spite of it all, she decided to move forward and continue instilling a love for music in the hearts and minds of children. To do this, she began compiling a music appreciation library for children in several volumes of books. Her plan is to create scholarly books for children and have them published by a major company.

After completing the first book, entitled, WE LOOK BACK, AND SING THE SPIRITUALS, she found the costs for publication to be more than expected. Never allowing anything to be a deterrent, she knows where there is a will, there is also a way. I decided to help her by launching a campaign on her behalf…

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Hosting to support a dream

I wanted to share with you a story about Willie Mae Jordan, who spent many years as a soloist. After dealing with some personal medical issues, she lost some of her mobility and most of her eyesight. In spite of it all, she decided to move forward and continue instilling a love for music in the hearts and minds of children. To do this, she began compiling a music appreciation library for children in several volumes of books. Her plan is to create scholarly books for children and have them published by a major company.

After completing the first book, entitled, WE LOOK BACK, AND SING THE SPIRITUALS, she found the costs for publication to be more than expected. Never allowing anything to be a deterrent, she knows where there is a will, there is also a way. I decided to help her by launching a campaign on her behalf. Her book will be published by a partner with the major publishing company she chose. I ask that you help with the campaign by showing your support and or donating to the campaign.

The goal is to assist writer, Willie Mae Jordan, so she will be able to share her musical knowledge with others. All proceeds will go directly to Archway Publishing on her behalf. Thank you for your time, support, and encouragement. To learn more, visit, http://www.fundly.com/First Time Author; Lifetime Dream

If you are a writer, please share with others what works so they too can fulfill their dreams and goals. I am a champion of success and found that the more positive your surroundings, the better the possibilities are for reaching goals.

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The Mayan Calendar Prediction & The End

THE MAYAN CALENDAR
WB Gunter

Did the prediction of the Mayan Calendar really happen? When you look at endings, most occur without much incident, chaos, or destruction. Some things simply fade out of existence.

The year 2012 marked the end of an era. It is the last date that will be 12/12/12 or 12/21/12 for at least another 100 years. But the end may have come a lot sooner and without notice. We have become a world that is digitally connected. Our thoughts, profiles, and data is public information. Satellites and Google have made it possible to locate anyone anywhere in the world. Free thinking is quickly becoming obsolete and social idealism is taking over. The Mayan calendar was constructed based on the universal cycles of the land, water, and sky.

We live in a time where family planning and reproduction is chemically manipulated. As a consequence, intentional or not, the result yields female sterilization. Artificial inseminations, cryogenic suspension of cells, and eugenics are the functions of labs for those who can afford it. Traditional non chemical reproductive functions died many years ago. Animals used for food products have every aspect of their reproduction manipulated by humans. From the collectors of bio fluids, to the drivers who take the specimen to the labs, to the individuals who fertilize the animals, nothing is natural about animals and plants used for food consumption unless stated that the product is certified organic. The once natural cycle of life is now juiced up with hormones and antibiotics. If food is genetically altered what does that make people who are consuming the food products? Maybe the human race has become a collection of genetically altered people. The use of human proteins in food was not practiced when the Mayan Calendar was formed. Using human by products for cosmetics doesn’t seem logical, but it is the world we now live in, and those human cellular products give skin a youthful look and feel. They hide the fact that the foods most often consumed have the same physical look and feel of someone or something that has been poisoned. Small amounts over time will render the same results over a longer period of time.

Religious politics provide a need to affiliate with an organized branch of religion. It has absolutely nothing to do with spirituality. Faithfulness, believing in a greater power, living with the earth and its inhabitants, is a thing of the past. Having a sense of knowing and the internal peace that comes from a well developed belief structure is almost unheard of anymore. Every aspect of life and death is written and given merit by legal mandates. We live in a world where external validation from others defines an individual’s worth in society, no matter how temporary. Self awareness creates a sense of insecurity, so things are used to cover up what is lacking internally. It’s an age old story.

The Mayan calendar was created by a people who looked to a higher power and lived accordingly. It is a calendar that has been in existence longer than the calendars we now use to measure the span of time. Media portrayal of the calendar seem to poke fun at the Mayan culture in relation to the calendar, yet when Nostradamus’s predictions were unfounded, not much poking fun went on there. The entertainment industry, companies who feed on the fears of others profited, and somehow, it (the Mayan Calendar prediction of the end) will eventually be reduced as part of American pop culture and urban legends.

Cultures that once farmed, produced food, practiced medicine, and observed their spirituality were often laughed at and seen as strange in the eyes of modern “civilization.” Holding on to cultural traditions, languages, passing on a rich heritage stopped. And, when they stopped, their world became closed off to them. Generations later, the traditions, languages, morals, ideals and ties to the past were lost forever. So their world did end. The ending of one civilization is a loss to the world. Generations from now, how many people will have experienced an organic fruit or vegetable, not a hybrid, but a bona fide all natural food product farmed by the hands of a family member. How many of them will even remember how to grow food themselves? How many children will be conceived without pharmaceutical interference or medical manipulation? Within the last generation or two, some parts of our world have ended. Many things from previous generations are extinct, and one day, the way we mark time on a calendar will also stop. In those respects, yes, there has been and will be an end to the world as we know it. And like most endings, it will simply fade without chaos or destruction.

By the Mayan Calendar’s prediction of the end of the world, an interest in the Mayan Civilization and history was renewed. The idea of letting go is more difficult than the acceptance of being gone. As long as there is a a presumed end, human nature will revive it. We like happy endings, but more than that, we like to control our destiny.

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THE OTHER CONVERSATION

THE OTHER CONVERSATION

WB Gunter

An elephant is in the room and it exists in your mind; but what happens when the torment and rage escapes to relieve itself on others in mass quantities without warning or provocation? It is now time for the other conversation about the taboo most often feared, misunderstood, and subjected as the least tolerable among illnesses.

Blame gets tossed around as quick as an atomic particle in attempts to make sense of what cannot be put into words. The heinous acts are those of individuals that are labeled, “a
monster, an evil person, a methodical killer, a lunatic.” The reality is,
mental illness, when not appropriately treated has devastating consequences.
Name calling, blaming, and resorting to panicked reactions will do little to correct the one preventable thing, and that’s access to screening and proper care for mental disorders, especially for individuals who were diagnosed and medicated at an early age. The term “evil” has connotations steeped in religious doctrine and suggests that something or someone should be destroyed. The truth is, the brain, like any other organ is subject to illness and chemical reactions to substances, legal or not.

From the person in Tuscon who shot Congresswoman Gifford, to the individual who went on a rampage at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, to the mass killing of children and adults in an elementary school at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, mental illness was the ailment. People gathered together with limited freedom of movement became unwilling targets, and weapon(s) the visible weapon used to enact the silent rage, the cry for help, the means to an end.

In the three instances of violence mentioned each person had the similar expressions on their faces, the over extension of the eyelids, and the appearance of a blank deer in the headlights stare. Most medicines prescribed to treat mental illness reduce energy. Something in these individuals increased energy and agitation, perhaps causing a lack of sleep. I don’t know. What I do know is, the focus in all
of the incidents mentioned was extreme. They were planned in isolation, and according to most accounts, there was nothing to signify any outward distress to those close to the acting out person. When the pendulum swings between two extremes, it causes me wonder what types of psychotropic drugs are in the systems of these individuals, and how many more tragic incidents will happen because of them. The toxicology screening is almost never made public. What makes an A student with no history of violence go so far to the other extreme? It is possible that the good grades, quiet demeanor are the intended results of a medication. Artificial intelligence in humans is an altered state of rationality and false sense of what looks like control. With drugs
like Ritalin prescribed to the very young, over time, what are the long term
effects? What happens when the 4 or 5 year old taking a drug to control behavior today is no longer on the parent’s insurance 15-20 years later and there is no school nurse to remind them to take a pill during the day? Since a child has to
be diagnosed with a mental disorder before being prescribed drugs like Ritalin
and others to control behaviors, or increase focus to help improve grades, are we as a society prepared for the extreme consequences as a result? I am not saying that Ritalin may be a gateway to insanity, but mind
altering drugs are a double edged sword, they will work extremely well, or produce devastating consequences and tragedies.

It is rare for an individual to have a mental disorder and not be medicated. For every symptom, there’s a diagnosis, for every diagnosis, a pill. Once the brain has been chemically altered, it cannot be reversed even in cases of misdiagnosis. The brain and body will mimic a condition if given medications the body doesn’t need. That 4 year old, diagnosed with a disorder and prescribed medications unnecessarily, will behave in a way that mimics a disorder. Prescription drugs over long term cannot be kicked. No one escapes it with their life in tact.

Whenever incidents of mass tragedies occur, the question of prescriptions is often what I wonder, especially when there seems to be visible physical characteristics. The overextending eyelids, the stare, increase in agitation, increase in energy, isolation, rage, concentration, attention to details of carrying out violent acts, access to weapons, and suicide attempts cannot be ignored or passed off as random act of violence. It is very likely what we see are the results of medications. No mention of the names of the medications has come up in conversations, only that the persons had some type of mental illness. I have to wonder if the medications require private funding, and the people who kill a small group of subjects of experimental testing. We hear about the illness, but not about the treatment. There are answers, but the questions need to be raised first.

Arming educators in a war against the mentally ill, against minors, and students, is very disturbing. No parent would appreciate an administrator or teacher placing their child in a position to be caught in the crossfire, or worse yet, used as shield. Madness crosses lines so easily. It is time to have rational conversations about prescriptions, behavior, treatment, and symptoms requiring immediate services. As patterns emerge, public awareness is key.

Mass killings cannot be the national cry for help, anymore than body counts the barometer for detecting the lack of appropriate care.

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