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Yesterday I spent a long time considering the “Truth about Cancer” even though I only used half of one of the videos. There is a very clear conclusion – confusion. Why?

There is a well-known left-wing adage – divide-and-rule colonialism. Typically the hegemony would find an existing division usually religious or tribal, and favour one group – protestants in Ireland, land deals in Zimbabwe, Obote’s minority rule in Uganda.

Since Occupy in 2011 the ruling 1% have been concerned about a different Unity – the 99%. So they have been funding the internet to prevent Unity of the 99%. And the purpose of that funding is confusion that allows the status quo to remain – the status quo which accumulates profits for the 1%.

So let us examine the cancer issue through this confusion paradigm. There are two issues about which there are sound questions:-

Do the established treatments work?
Do the alternative treatments work?

When you begin to examine these questions with genuine scepticism you are unable to get an answer because the only people who can give you proper answers are independently-funded medical research scientists. The methodology of this research would have to be agreed by all parties so that conclusions could be generally accepted. This cannot happen because the major player, BigPharma, will not work with the other players, alternative treatments. Why? Because it would expose weakness in their established treatments – the cut/burn and poison of operation, radiation and chemotherapy. Without scientific evidence there is sufficient doubt for the established regimen of treatments to continue to be used. The people who now benefit from the established treatments, BigPharma and BigFinance, continue to do so.

What became very clear to me yesterday is that there is sufficient scientifically-verified data to warrant genuine scientific enquiry about both the above questions. Oncologists are apologists for their treatments, but they do not control research. It would require the whole of the cancer profession to stand up and demand appropriate research on these established treatments but there are too many vested interests for this to happen. So the confusion and status quo remains.

I did not investigate any of the alternative treatments yesterday but I have previously. There are strong cases that merit consideration. I am no expert, I do not believe there is a “cure”, but if I had cancer and I had money I would go Gerson. As I don’t have money I would improve the quality of my diet – it is good anyway, I would go to acupuncture as often as I could and do Chi Gung daily, exercise, try to find medical cannabis and meditate. I would listen to but not trust the advice of oncologists, and would never trust chemo unless I could be assured it would be part of the 2.1% successes in 5 years. But that is me and I am no expert so my recommendation means nothing.

And there again is the confusion. There could be clarity. If sufficient mainstream research were done I believe Gerson could be scientifically proven to work, and could then be funded by medical insurance or the NHS. But this is not scientifically known, and in my view will never be scientifically knowable because BigPharma will never allow it. Confusion. The same might also apply to other alternative treatments.

Whilst we live in a 1%-system there will always be confusion, whilst the profits of BigPharma, BigFinance and BigFood are all dependent on the status quo it will never change from confusion. Treatments will remain the same. Ordinary people will be subjected to cut, burn and poison perhaps unnecessarily. There will be some benefits so that there will be some reason to accept the establishment. Some people will go to alternative treatments, and there will be talk of cures as can be found widely on the net. But nothing will be resolved, there will be confusion and that suits the 1% of BigPharma.

This issue of confusion also explains the funding for alternatives. Mainstream science will continue to produce some studies about the established treatments, studies questioning the status quo will never be universally accepted. There will be funding for some of the alternative treatments because individuals benefit – the rich need to know where to go. There will be funding for sceptics who decry the mainstream as well as for those who decry alternatives. Why? Because it all creates confusion and that confusion benefits the 1%.

And then there is the laughable position of the supposed scientists at SBM discussing acupuncture. “This is important to the understanding of the acupuncture literature, as many of the positive studies are coming out of China. The unrealistically high percentage of positive studies makes the Chinese body of clinical literature very suspect.” Even when there is no doubt they appeal to racism, infer the Chinese scientists “liars”, and create confusion.

If you have cancer what do you do? Don’t trust anyone – including me. Don’t trust the oncologists but try to determine what the state of scientific research is with regards to your cancer, treatment and the longevity of the treatment. Change your lifestyle. Eat healthy organic food, watch what you drink and drink healthily. Do aerobic exercise. Find some form of exercise that promotes the chi, Chi Gung, Tai Chi or others, and good breathing – prana. And meditate. With all of this you will probably fill your days!!! . These are recommendations, changing lifestyle is not necessarily a cure but there is nothing there that can hurt – all these lifestyle choices are beneficial.

I refer back to Occupy and the 99%. At that time there was no confusion, apathy but no confusion. The message was growing that the 1% were the source of all the problems. Since then the 1% have increasingly funded the power of confusion.

Brexit cannot be resolved – confusion. Huge money was invested in Brexit and is still invested so there is no resolution as evidenced by Tories fighting amongst each other. There will be at least 4 years of this confusion whilst the 1% exploit behind the scenes.

Trump is just about division and confusion. Try to define what he is about, and you only come up with a political and power-hungry ego. He decries the 1% yet he is one of them. He talks about helping white people but gives tax breaks to the superrich. Everything he says, the way he tweets is just to cause confusion, and whilst there is confusion his special people can work behind the scenes for the 1%.

The new Divide-and-Rule colonialism is 1%-confusion.

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One is a threat and the other is manipulated to destroy the threat.

Anarchism in itself is not all bad. There is a strong history of anarchism that supports working people. There are anarchists who call for collective ownership of companies, this kind of syndicalism I support. Here the principle of anarchism is against government that prevents collective ownership. Socialism and communism are usually governmental structures, and whilst there have never been governments that are truly socialist or communist to aim for such is in my view risky. I cannot see how socialist governments will work, once you have representation power is taken away from the individual and because of that responsibility goes as well. With representation the individual follows instead of being active in a creative thinking process towards action; following benefits the 1% not the 99%. Anarchism is sometimes feared by the establishment because some anarchists choose violence as a form of action but apart from these violent attacks in general anarchism is beneficial to the 1% because it destroys a collective response.

Anarchism is ego supposedly collectivised as a “movement”. This is the delusion that I feel has taken over the internet. Throughout the internet there are individuals who are writing about the struggle from a left or right perspective. These individuals quite often have an angle on the truth. Alex Jones is regularly attacked by the liberals for his bombastic approach, and they then ignore everything he says; they are ignoring some truth because he is a bombast. Yet there are many people who follow him. Why? Because he describes some truths concerning the actions of the 1%. For example, I have no doubts at all that Bilderberg has some impact on 1% strategy. But Alex Jones has plenty of sponsors because Alex Jones attacks the collective response. What has Alex Jones achieved other than discussion, and a certain level of awareness. I would imagine his followers are extremely frustrated because there is no constructive action, and perhaps that frustration became misguided in supporting Trump. Alex Jones has begun to criticise Trump, I hope in the end he will dissociate from this 1%-puppet.

The metier of these anarchists is ideas, they believe in ideas first and ultimately it is this approach which brings failure. Ideas by their very nature are divisive. Academia nitpicks pointless distinctions between ideas, and this is why academia can never be the Church of Wisdom that one might hope it to be. Whilst there are some in academia who are searching for knowledge and wisdom the overall process is destructive because all ideas are given merit and the melee of ideas is simply confusion or worse, conflict. Academia has only one cohesion, providing jobs for intellectuals. As an institution the intellectuals all follow a certain set of rules that enables academia and funding to still exist.

But this post is about the anarchy of ideas and idealism. Let us take the 4 Noble Truths. These are truths but can never be accepted by academia as truths because one “professor” putting forward a set of ideas that dismisses them is given equal merit. There is no benchmark of truth in academia, and at a wider level there is no benchmark of truth with ideas. Anarchism is effectively a collective confusion based on competitive ideas. This is no value judgement on the quality of ideas themselves; it is a comment on the collective confusion that is anarchism.

There is one place these anarchists did not go – Occupy, watch Rise like Lions to be reminded of what collective movements can achieve. The 1% in Wall Street and elsewhere were frightened of the Occupy movement, and as can be seen from the movie eventually repressed the movement. I have no evidence for this but I believe that the sponsorship of internet anarchism was fuelled by fears of Occupy. Occupy did not put ideas first, they put action. In the clip you will hear the constant demand from the establishment for a set of ideas to knock down, and Occupy just said “fix the system”.

Occupy activism frightened the 1% who for the first time recently had become “named” targets. People dismissed governments as the problem, and blamed the 1%. They told the 1% to fix the system. Since then the sponsored anarchism has blamed liberal government for the problems; 8 years of Obama liberalism is the problem …. and before Obama there were no problems? And this sponsorship has been so effective that people have voted for a 1%-demagogue like Trump. And what is worse, there is a high level of following of Trump without any concern for discerning wisdom and truth. They believe Trump will do what they want, and dismiss criticisms of Trump as liberalism – so dangerous.

No idea worries the 1%, what worries them is collective action. Consumer boycotts frighten Israel, criticism through ideas they control by calling them antisemitic. A boycott hits their profits. And this is an indicator for wider political action, hit their profits. The organic health movement is restricted because organic foods attack the profits of BigFood – BigFood cannot make mass-produced organic food. Where did e-numbers and chemicals in food come from? The need for longevity in food so BigFood could make a profit. Consumer boycotts of GM foods frightens the industry so scientists such as Seralini are discredited. Collective bargaining is attacked because it reduces profits and so the anarchists highlight the occasional weaknesses in such collectivism. What then happens? The 1% favour a few and increase their profits to the detriment of the many; anarchist idealism identifies with the few.

This is why it is so important to return to the strategy of collective action. Not only the collective action of demonstrations but the action of collective bargaining and consumer boycotts. Activist Post has some interesting analyses but it is limited to that, it should be called Ideas Post or Anarchist Post because without collective action it is not effectively active. Unfortunately the egos that write for it don’t appear to see this, I suspect their ego is ultimately more interested in followers and internet sponsorship than action against the 1% causing the problems.

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Have enjoyed listening to Corbyn’s conference speech, I thought it was an excellent leadership speech and rallying call – function of conference (but I am biassed). It is refreshing to hear a socialist party leader actually discussing socialism.

corbyn

Here are his “not-the-ten commandments” – well worth considering [25.56]:-

zbulletFull Employment
zbulletHomes Guarantee
zbulletSecurity at work
zbulletStrong public National Health Service and social care
zbulletNational Education Service for all
zbulletAction on Climate Change
zbulletPublic Ownership and Control of our Services
zbulletCut in the Inequality of Income and Wealth
zbulletAction to Secure an Equal Society
zbulletPeace and Justice at the Heart of our International Policy

Who would not want this? 1%.
Can it be financed? I have always believed such policies can be financed if a government has the strength to enforce its policies. Here is how John McDonnell intends to do it:-

mcdonnell

Feasible – the figures work.

Will they allow it to happen? Of course not. But it is well worth a battle to see how far we can win back rights for humanity in general, and not just the privileged few.

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Organic P2P Board Thailand

Posted: 10/09/2016 by zandtao in Health, ONE planet
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In Evaluating Communards I was a bit dismissive about the P2P process, but on reflection it has great potential for the mindful consumer. I am going to describe how it might work in Thailand, particularly as there are a group of digital nomads in Chiang Mai.

One focus of mindful consuming is organic food. There is good potential for an organic food network in Thailand because there is a plant-based diet called cheewajit, and people following this diet would love access to an organised network of organic food.

At the same time in my town there has recently appeared a farmers’ market, and I have a feeling it is being promoted by the military government.

Thailand is a large country and has distinctive growing regions, rice in Issan, root veg in the North and fruit and leafy veg in the South. As far as I can gather there are two main distribution centres, Chiang Mai in the North and Bangkok in the South. This is probably a gross simplification but it will suffice for an initial proposal. Root veg from the North appear in markets down South, and fruit from the South appears in the North; existing distribution deals with this – somehow. I live in Eastern Thailand (in one sense the South), and local farmers take their produce to distributors who weigh and then pay them; somehow it is then distributed elsewhere.

In Bangkok they have an organic distribution network of sorts. People pay and a box of organic veg is delivered to them. Because the people have paid already, farmers are prepared to grow proper vegetables for that distribution. Together with farmers’ markets in the more affluent areas like mine there is tremendous potential for the mindful consuming of organic veg to be organised.

It is my understanding that many Thai farmers have a patch of organic veg for family, the farmers understand how much pesticide they are forced to use for distribution so they have an organic patch for family use. At the same time the Bangkok network managed to tap into farmers willing to grow more organic if there was a demand. P2P could tap into that demand.

Suppose there was some kind of noticeboard which advertised organic veg. People could order from this noticeboard, and goods could be despatched from distribution centres in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Through Line people could advise the notice board of what they have available to sell and could deliver to the central distribution centres. It is done now so it could be investigated as to what changes were needed for the organic produce to fit into the noticeboard. If the noticeboard could liaise with existing limited infrastructure there is potential for an organic food mindful consuming network in Thailand.

In addition I’m a big fan of community currencies. It seems to me that such a P2P community could use a community currency. Depending on trust such a scheme could just be held online, and money would return to being the facilitator of trade or barter. I am not a user of Bitcoin, not do I understadn whether those that have a go at Bitcoing have a vested interest. But a P2P currency monitored successfuly would be a great benefit from P2P

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How to live to 100.

Posted: 14/07/2016 by zandtao in Health, Science, Struggle
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This is an RSA clip on how to live to a 100.

This raises interesting questions that are not necessarily discussed in the RSA talk. I believe there are misconceptions concerning longevity and life expectancy that need to be considered. Compared to 500 years ago our life expectancy has greatly increased, this is undoubtedly true. Here I would accept all of life expectancy, average life expectancy and importantly quality of life having increased during that longer life. Once we decrease that figure of 500 years and consider the trend different questions could get asked, as yet I am not sure what those questions should be. I am searching for those questions.

Let’s consider that search for those questions, and what are those search parameters? They revolve around the third category quality of life although they include longevity issues. The RSA talk graph looked at life expectancy in western countries but what happens if we consider degenerative diseases? I note that this graph considered longest life – a mode, a strange statistical measure to choose when mean or median might be more appropriate. What do the statistics look like if we include cancer, heart disease, diabetes (II), others? What about Alzheimer’s? Statistically those people are living longer but what about the quality of their life?

There is an unwritten assumption in mainstream scientific discussion on longevity that these degenerative diseases are diseases that we have not found the cure for yet. Typical of this is the cancer industry. Huge amounts of money are put into research, much of it wasted in my view, to consider cancer as a disease in which we could find a causative agent (such as virus) and then find a healing solution. But what if we thought of cancer in another way? What if cancer is some measure of quality of lifestyle? What if cancer were some kind of natural response to the quality of our lifestyle, and here I include lack of stress, natural health, lack of chemical intake, quality food etc. Science in curing disease seeks to find chemical methods such as antibiotics to heal disease, and yet there are side effects that have great debilitating effects; typically with antibiotics how does it affect the liver? Particularly when we consider how mainstream science looks at healing cancer – chemotherapy etc., we produce an appalling quality of life, a quality of life that is so bad that cancer sufferers might prefer a shorter life without the mainstream solutions.

Cancer treatments also have indicators that are relevant to this discussion of longevity because there are alternative treatments that examine lifestyle, healthy eating and even cannabis as healing methodologies. Unfortunately statistical evidence in the mainstream as to the effectiveness of these alternative treatments does not abound because, especially in America, the cancer industry prevents research into such. Macrobiotics is sometimes considered a “cure” but macrobiotic eating is not a medicinal approach. You cannot give a person a few sprouts and measure whether they heal. It is a lifestyle approach that almost has an infinite number of factors that compound each other in the healing process. However the medical use of cannabis, and the effects of cannabinoids might well be more easily researched if the funding direction so choose – unfortunately mainstream science does not want cannabis to replace the cost-intensive treatments that are now generally accepted.

I have explained why the science in these areas is not clear but what ought to be clear I feel is that the scientific assumption that longevity will simply increase as scientific method develops has some doubts. When considering longevity at some point lifestyle factors starts to affect the increased longevity that scientific method is producing. I accept the premise that scientific method increases and will continue to increase life expectancy but this scientific method has to exist within a controlled environment. In other words lifestyle considerations are considered beyond the scope of the experimental procedure, and as such the experimental method would attempt to control and factor out the impact of lifestyle. What would be seen as increase in longevity brought about by scientific advance would have to be seen as separate from the downward impacts of lifestyle, personal stress, work-based stress, the poorer quality of our food intake etc.

There is something else that is coming with ageing that has only recently (last 50 years) been considered, and that revolves around the notion of retirement age. Let us consider this as a notion. My first instinct is to launch into a tirade on wage-slavery but let me try to consider this in a mainstream way of accepting work as a choice. In general it is considered that we are physically incapable of working beyond a certain age, that age is nominally in the west taken as 65 – 60 for teachers thankfully. Pensions are now a big problem. I don’t know whether they have miscalculated but the pension burden appears to be damaging to the economy. However personally I do not trust such viewpoints, I very much doubt that money is being lost I just suspect they want more profits from the investment and that they want to increase the amount of time we work.

Here again I cannot avoid the notion of wage-slavery, they now feel we can work longer before putting us out to pasture. But there is a legitimate side to this coin. I took early retirement but do volunteer teaching at 64 – 4 years past the retirement age for teachers. I can do this because I was not burned out between 54 and 60 because of the early retirement. On reflection my health was a serious issue prior to retirement, the only play I had was during the holidays, being at home after work was little more than sleep and tv watching.

The nature of the work is important to consider. As I got older the general strategy of management was to increasingly want more work for their money; there were increasing pressures to do after-school work etc. This was a productivity drive, and getting more productivity without paying any more irrespective of whether the teachers were already working hard. As I got older my work got better, my work management got better, my quality of teaching students improved, and I have no doubts at all my teaching got better. But the physical toll it took on me definitely worsened. I want to look into this improvement more. Compared with when I started – or my first five years, I knew so much more about what I was teaching. My personal professional discipline was so much better, in terms of the classroom I was so much more value for money. But at 50 there were certain lacks, typically I couldn’t play 5-a-side after school on a Friday before I went out on the town.

But there was a “hidden” side that changed. I never bought into the system so even when I started I never accepted the values of system education. That never changed but as I got older it felt like I was more a thorn in the side of the management. When younger that non-acceptance often showed itself as a simplistic confrontation that never worried management. But when I was older my confrontation also included an element of recognition as to their incompetence, my position was closer to them and so I was more of a threat. It became clear to me that young energy, even that energy that rejected, was much less of problem than the knowledge that experience brought especially of that experience had not been bought off.

It seems to me that this discussion about age is being fundamentally driven by a desire to increase retirement age. I think that is misguided and cruel. People nearing retirement age need to retire – they have been used up. But in so doing tremendous experience and the wisdom that comes with it is being lost. This wisdom is an asset that is not used. It is lost because older working people are expected to maintain the same workload as younger people and also use that wisdom as well. That is not practical. Here is a bad example. The generals sat at home use their wisdom and the troops are sent in and killed. In this example the wisdom of the generals is used. But because of tiredness the wisdom of the experienced is not used as much as it could be.

There needs to be an alteration in work-based practices, and that alteration needs to be profession-specific. In terms of teaching there is no doubt in my mind that at 54 I had much to offer and at 64 I still have much to offer but physically at 54 I found the job hard and now would find it almost impossible. I completely understand the actuarial figures for teachers, and have many recollections of hearing of teachers who have died soon after retiring. They were stressed out by the demands of the job and just pegged out. It always seemed to me that these people struggled through the day, and as a younger teacher I had so much more energy. But they had more wisdom. I am suggesting that in some way wisdom needs to be recognised and traded off against energy. How to do this I don’t know but what I do know is that if older teachers were not stressed so much in their job their experience could be used long after 60. So long as their bodies were respected and their job recognised as different. I think this change should happen at 50 – or even earlier, but I have no idea how this would work because of salary, promotion and ambition.

But I don’t suspect this discussion of age is driven by a consideration of wisdom, but simply can we make the work units last longer?

And here is a good point for those who have retired. If this process of recognising experience could be introduced how much better would retirees feel because they would still be contributing and not just being thrown out to pasture. Older people know they have the wisdom without the bodies, they just wish people could use their wisdom.

In the talk she started with an assumption “what happens when everyone lives to be a 100?” As discussed this has so many holes. I found the discussion interesting but frightening. The basis of the discussion was an attempt to examine how to change views of a working life from that of education to work to retirement into a more flexible view. However such discussions are very dangerous. Working people have the right to pensions a significant proportion of which is paid by the employer. These pension rights have been under threat already, and the flexible view that is being presented could well mean that employers do not contribute to pensions. This would be a terrific loss in which working people will be seen as providing all their money once they have stopped work – and that the employer will contribute little. The type of vaguaries being discussed by these two around fulfilment and the like without recognition that there needs to be pension contribution is horrendous and tantamount to opportunist exploitation of needed financial security. Typical – there will always be academics who will sell out workers’ rights for their own careers.

The lack of structure that they describe provides huge loopholes for the employer to escape their contributions. They can discuss all kinds of theory of changing life models and structures but when the employer is looking for an excuse to avoid pension contribution such discussions are carte blanche for exploitation. Frighteningly dangerous – false assumptions about longevity and based on those assumptions alteration of the negotiation model that provided security for ordinary people. Book deals will have royalties, workers don’t.

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Body-Image

Posted: 24/06/2016 by zandtao in Big Fashion, Health, Media
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Much of the early talk in the Bell Hooks discussion focussed on body-image. I have not paid attention to my own image, and I want to consider why that is before considering what the panel said.

First and foremost when considering body image it is necessary to look into one of Buddhadasa’s maxims. He described all of Buddhism as “removing attachment to the 5 khandas”, despite apparent differences he claimed that fundamentally all Buddhisms tried to do this. Whether that is true or not, in this discussion it is important to note that one of the khandas is “body” – not being attached to the body or body-image.

In terms of society I was born fortunate although I have not always taken advantage of that good fortune. I was born a white heterosexual male, and in terms of the system this is an advantage. I do not subscribe to the manosphere, and whilst there is sometimes advantages to being in a minority these are small by comparison. At the same time I am just six foot, have no disabilities, in terms of mainstream it is all easy for me. In terms of appearance there is nothing lacking that would make me feel the need to focus on image despite others doing so.

At university I was shameful. My hair was long. To begin with I never kept myself clean, and I can’t remember about washing clothes – nor can I remember buying them. I drank all my grant so maybe that was why. After leaving uni the suit was a requirement so I got one, I somehow had shirts and ties, and washing them was never a priority. I suppose I only began to easily manage this when a maid became a requirement with my overseas teaching jobs; it was something that was not important and I was able to get someone else to do it within my budget.

I remember ties. As a teacher one is always expected to be “smart”, trousers shirt and jumper was enough for me to begin with. In my first job I taught in a working-class mixed race school and the students were always talking about clothes, I can remember feeling some pressure and did respond a bit. In the second school came the ties. I moved out of London, and the school had a tie policy although I was not told that in interview. It was common-place to wear a tie for interview so they never said …. until afterwards. I had an ongoing battle with the head who was a bully. I was the union rep and he misused his power not to promote me. At one stage he gave the excuse to my HOD that I did not follow school policies – the tie. I gave way in the end, but then there developed other excuses not to promote me. In the end he gave me a bonus when I was forced to resign from the union. In my leaving speech I gave him a present – my ties, and when I went over to him everyone said he looked petrified presumably he thought I would give him the smack he deserved (that had never crossed my mind – seriously). After that I taught in Africa and wore safari suits, and fellow teachers in shirt and tie thought I was overdressed. Nearly 7 years later I changed jobs and never gave a thought to shirt and ties, I became comfortable with matching shirt, tie and tie-clip. Now I wear shirts and shorts, black tie at funeral, and wonder why I got dragged into the tie issue. I have sometimes bought clothes for fashion – but rarely.

My image does not matter but 10 years ago I had a health issue – GERD. Over the years I was always overweight sometimes more than 20kg. This started with booze but didn’t stop when I gave it up. A natural health doctor suggested macrobiotics, and I follow a version of that to this day. For the first time my body matters because it is the product of fitness and healthy eating, and I watch my weight accordingly. At the moment I am 8kg over BMI, and not fit because my swimming has tailed off. This observation is not attachment to body, one religion describes it as “taking care of the body of the householder”. When I evaluate my body image I don’t see it as important, and wonder why it is important to others.

In Bell Hooks’ panel discussion I have a great deal of difficulty relating to Janet Mock and her glam. First and foremost society should respect her decision, and this ludicrous US toilet situation that led to the Fani interview discussed in Gender and Genitalia is crazy. She has the right to be who she wants to be without infringing on others. Ladyboys are readily tolerated in Thailand, they are relatively common-place (in each village). I remember a conversation with a gay friend. I had just visited Penang and stayed in a hotel near a tourist street – Julia Street. In the evening I walked past prostitutes – not unusual to see prostitutes on Asian streets near tourist hotels, and mentioned this to the friend. He advised me to be careful as they were ladyboys and had a reputation for luring clients and robbing them; he was not critical of this practise as if their crime could be tolerated.

But I do not understand the fixation with clothes. Janet wishes to portray herself in the image of a beautiful woman, but to me such stereotypes appear to be part of the patriarchy. Tell me why I am wrong but it seems to me that she is even more conditioned. I celebrate her desire to be Janet but as Bell Hooks asked would she be celebrated as a writer if she were not discussing the fashionable trans? Janet is beautiful, Beyonce is beautiful, Muslims can be beautiful, why the need for the glam?

Body-image is an integral part of patriarchal conditioning of women. The conditioning fashions women to appeal to male desire whilst at the same time filling the coffers of BigFashion. Within the conditioned framework such statements of intent as Beyonce’s and Janet’s show an element of control but in terms of conditioning they appear to me not to show detachment. I am unsure where they would stand in the mature model, whether awakening can be considered to have occurred – awakening from conditioning.

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Enzymes

Posted: 12/03/2016 by zandtao in Health
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Diet has struck again. I have put on weight, and this week have had digestive problems that have woken me up. Because of the lungs I have stopped eating raw food, somewhere in my blog I had a raw food phase and concluded 50% raw food. The lungs threw that out of the window, and now I am 10kg over BMI – 5-10kg weight, knew I had a problem and didn’t know why.

Enzymes.

I thought the problem might have been fermented foods, and made a token effort with this but the digestive issues waking me up made me get up at 04.00 today and work out what the problem was. Hence this blogentry.

Because of my lungs all my food was cooked, this has been for at least two years. I have taken some probiotics but nowhere near enough. But of course the real issue is salads – raw food, because of the lungs I haven’t had a salad for more than a year.

I have also not taken account of the natural day:-

zbullet04.00 -12.00 Elimination
Eating fruits and fruit juices. Carrot juice and fruit if you want. Kombucha tea.

zbullet12.00 – 20.00 Appropriation.
Meal near 12.00 (just after). Rice and salad, rice and veg. Baked potatoes with salad. Fermented foods.

Snack on nuts.

Just before 17.00 snack. Poached egg. Fish. Fermented with every meal. No rice or tatoes. Drink water before eating. Have papaya or pineapple before the protein. Yoghurt.

animated_favicon119.30 Liver rice milk to help with assimilation. Carrot juice.

zbullet20.00 – 04.00 Assimilation. Avoid any intake of food, no snacking, if any – fruit. Drink more water.

Shopping:- plant-based enzyme supplement, salad food.

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Right Determination

Posted: 24/10/2015 by zandtao in Buddhadasa, Health
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Magga

Here is the magga:-

Right Understanding
Right Intention
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Determination
Right Mindfulness
Right Concentration

Immediately I look at this I start asking right insight and right knowledge – later.

Magga has never been high profile in my Path but it is stressed by Tan Ajaan and worth considering for that alone. I must look up different translations to help with understanding.

I am going to begin with right determination because I have been accused of being stubborn. The issue is health and a system friend listens a little when I discuss health issues but doesn’t understand that unless you treat the health system with discernment it will make you ill.

In this case she is partly correct. I broke my wrist although at the time I thought it was a sprain. I put it in a sling for a few days, and then rested it for a month. I did not however know the natural resting position of the wrist. I rested my wrist with palms flat instead of resting it on the side of the hand and the wrist has set in the wrong position. Throughout the month of resting doubts came up but I said let Nature heal it. This was a mistake because I didn’t know the natural position of the wrist, even if I did resting it on the side was not an option as it would have given me pain …. more pain. After a month I went to the physiologist who said he could treat it. He has helped but it is taking a long time – 90% after 18 months – age is a factor.

People around me were saying go to the hospital but these are people who blindly go to the hospital. They are conditioned to go to the hospital, in this case they might have been right – I still have doubts. What would have been better is to have had the bone set in the right position. The issues that keep crossing my mind about this are whether my physiologist will be able to give me full movement – answer no, he has already admitted that some movement has gone. And if I had gone to have the bone set would I have got full movement? System supporters say yes but I just don’t know and I don’t believe them.

This system friend told me I had insurance – I had taken out motor-bike accident insurance and this accident, falling in the garden, was covered – covered as much as any insurance ever covers you. I asked the physiologist whether it would be paid, and he said that the insurance companies don’t accept him. Insurance is an awful thing. Basically there are benefits to insurance if they pay out, but the insurance companies require such conformity to pay out, that conformity did not include my physiologist. My insurance agent is a nice lady at the bank – a key figure in this, and she told me that I had to see a consultant at one of the local hospitals. As the insurance was paying I went to the expensive one, and it was clear that insurance practices and this hospital were a revolving door. I saw the consultant had an x-ray and so after maybe 8 weeks I learnt that the wrist had been fractured.

He offered to reset the bone but said there was only 80% chance of success. I wasn’t interested in what he said because I was only after an insurance paper so I could reclaim money spent at the physiologist. After a discussion in which I rejected the resetting he gave me a follow-up appointment and sent me to physio. The lady was pleasant enough but I had no experience of how good she was. She did say one thing, she felt the diagnosis of resetting the bone was not good and that physio was the best way forward; you might say she would say that. I listened to what she said and was charged 1000 – twice as much as the physiologist. I ignored the follow-up appointment, maybe I should have been polite and informed them I wouldn’t be going. This is also a key point in the story.

I went back to being treated by the physiologist. I submitted 9 receipts for the insurance. Later I went back to the bank lady, and it appeared they were going to refuse payment but the bank lady rattled on at her and the money was paid into my account. Once they had accepted that they would pay I submitted the next 8 receipts. I went to see the bank lady, and she told me I had to see the doctor again as there is a notional “running-out” period of the doctor’s original report. When I went to the hospital I met all kinds of obstacles. Because I had not attended the follow-up I had effectively ended “something”. The words used were accident and diagnosis. I had accident insurance, and the company would pay out for the accident. By not attending the follow-up the doctor had terminated the notion of accident treatment. If I were to have seen the consultant it would have been considered a diagnosis and I would have to pay for that myself. It was not clear to me whether a consultation about diagnosis would have led to a report that would have allowed me to claim for the subsequent treatments with the physiologist. This use of terminology just sounded like bullshit to me, and the bullshit was covering the fact that the hospital were not going to help me with the insurance because they were not getting paid. This was a monopolistic practise. The revolving door of hospital and insurance only worked if you went to the hospital for treatment. In economic terms this makes absolutely no sense for the insurance company as the hospital overcharged, but this is the way the system is.

At the refusal of the hospital to help me I went back to my favourite bank lady, and again she was very helpful. I explained what had happened at the hospital, and she started off on the phone again. She did a lot of work for me, and eventually a new medical report arrived from the hospital – she had sent someone to get it. Amazing!!

As the treatment is ongoing I asked he what to do next time. She had pulled out all the stops she didn’t want me to do a next time. So end of insurance money.

I will continue the treatment with the physiologist paying out of my own pocket. I have found a gem in the bank lady I hope there are not complications, and I won’t step back into that hospital again. All my life I worked as a teacher continually compromising the value of education with the profit motives of the school. You fight the money to get good education. I saw no evidence that the doctor or the administrative minions were doing anything other than being ruled by the dollar.

There is a local “cheap” hospital so maybe I will continue the insurance as it helps the bank gem!!

So to determination. I was accused by this system friend of being stubborn for not going to this hospital first of all. I didn’t know about the insurance so there would have been huge bills that might or might not have been paid. What is the quality of the treatment? I visited a friend in this hospital, and apart from a private room and minions running around nothing seemed to be offered. My own experience has confirmed that.

Determination is so very important. To follow the Path requires perpetual questioning, primarily of the conforming system but also of one’s reactions to it. The friend focussed on one aspect of apparent stubbornness – not attending the hospital in the first place. For her the conforming control is not as significant as it is to me but she eats quite badly, is underweight rather than overweight, and cancer has been an issue in her past. She was part of a unity of voices that said get to the hospital, some more vociferous than others especially those of the women – a strong controlling factor, a strong aspect of conformity.

There are other factors connected to my initial non-attendance of the hospital. I didn’t want to be sat in pain in casualty. I live out in the country so I would have needed to call someone out – taxis are not an option. Friends would have done it. Because I thought it was a bad sprain that was sufficent for me not to call them out – because I didn’t trust them anyway. Perhaps I need to find someone I can trust? A friend took me shopping once a week – helped me survive, once a week was a lot over 8 weeks – increasing to twice a week after 4 weeks. I didn’t want to ask him to take me to the hospital and sort out the insurance as well. The car! I was riding a motorbike. Before going to the physiologist after 4 weeks I tried riding. Got on, drove slowly, toppled to the right (problem with left wrist). For 2/3 weeks I tried to resolve the bike, but have developed a fear of riding and bought a car early – planned to buy at 70!! having the car gave me the freedom to go to the doctor and go to the bank for insurance. Once independent I could resolve all my stuff – an important factor.

Right determination is basically concerned with the Path, perhaps a useful word here is compromise. Fundamentally you do not compromise, you only follow your Path; to me this is what Nature is about. Determination to follow the Path. Conformity is a very dangerous adversity and requires determination not to conform. But at the same time there needs to discernment so that the anti-conformist does not throw the baby out with the bath water. This is a signficant problem with health. Our health industry has been so corrupted by the 1% that in certain areas following the advice of system healers can lead to worse illness. Specifically with cancer the helpless hand-gesturing of the chemo sycophancy is appalling, ingesting poison based on bogus suppositions, and using the position of healer to promote such. With regards to trauma I think the healers help but again the healing practice of the people is dominated by the profit motive – this time the insurance industry. You have to be determined to work out which aspects of the system healing are worthwhile and which are not. If you know a healer who does not compromise with the financial domination then see them, I don’t know them so in conclusion if the same thing happened again I would do the same thing.

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Sleep

Posted: 02/06/2014 by zandtao in Health
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6 weeks ago I sprained my wrist badly, it was in the middle of the school holidays so there was a long period without any day structure. 4 weeks into the sprain and my sleep was completely haywire. There was some pattern sometimes – going to bed at 4.00 am, and then even going to bed at that time I wasn’t sleeping. What it meant was that I could not rely on being awake at any time – it scared me because I remembered how much sleep dominated my father’s life – to the point of rudeness.

Now I was completely aware that this was glands, my hormones were completely shot. I am on the Perfect 10 diet, and enjoy my food more – mainly because I allow myself cheese and butter when perhaps I shouldn’t (I have elbowed cream cheese) and I eat too much cheese. One good side to this cheese is that I don’t get “naughty” and have a pizza.

Anyway after a particularly bad few days with sleep – no pattern at all, I went to bed shattered around 10.00pm, and got the first melatonin sleep in ages. I had tried melatonin tablets – taking them when I went to bed after 2.00 am, but a couple of days after someone said they made him drowsy meditation told me to pack them in. Whilst my sleep has been shot I haven’t felt ill, and of course my routine has been altered because there was no school and no exercise – no beach with sprained wrist.

So my body took me to bed at 10.00 pm, and I woke up early – maybe 5.00am. And since that day I have had a minimum of 2 melatonin hours (11.00pm – 02.00am). Whilst I still occasionally have a doze, since that day I have been so much happier with my sleep.

I hope I am not counting my chickens but …. Glands are physical things, and mb says that in 7 years of a toxic free diet body parts regenerate themselves. Whilst I have too many fats to call my diet mb (40%) I don’t take any toxins so I still feel the regeneration can occur. I have followed diet for 7 years August 2014.

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Cheese and Butter solved – Mediterranean Diet

Posted: 02/04/2014 by zandtao in Health, Mandtao
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Mandtao 10/12/13


I can only get one butter, and as luck would have it it is Anchor New Zealand butter. Look at this from here:-

“When looking for good quality butter, raw and cultured is best. This might be hard to find, however. Organic butter is your next best thing, with store-bought butter being at the bottom. Remember what we’ve said about commercially-raised cows; its worth a few extra cents to get high quality butter for you and your family. A brand of butter available in many markets is Anchor, imported from New Zealand. In this country, all cattle are grass-fed, thus insuring a high nutrient content of their milk, butter, and meat.”

In a country like Thailand (non-dairy eaters) raw and cultured is out, but I can get Anchor.

As for cheese I found my answers on the “Don’t eat saturated fats” pages, but is not one this page is not one. This is what they said about cheese:-

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Bangkok and Pattaya I can get some of these cheeses, and I might resort to the processed cheddar I can get at Makro. This leads me to another problem, will I go back to the excessive butter and cheese eating? See addendum.

This leads me more or less into

The Mediterranean Diet

This is Jon Barron’s description of the diet (with my gifs!!).

The Mediterranean diet is not “actually” the diet of any country or area; instead, it is “inspired” by the traditional dietary patterns of the peoples of southern Italy, Greece, and Spain. Generally it is regarded to center around high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of meat and meat products.

I would modify that as follows, however:

High consumption of vegetables.
Moderate to high consumption of wild caught fish (if desired…and it’s still available).
Moderate consumption of organic, free-range chicken or turkey (if desired).
Moderate consumption of nuts (if not allergic).
Moderate consumption of fruit.
Moderate consumption of oils and fats such as: Olive oil. Walnut oil. Avocado oil. Coconut oil.
Organic butter from grass fed cows. With supplemental krill oil, squid oil, fish oil, and flax lignans.

Avoid like the plague all manmade trans fats (natural ones are fine) and all ultra-refined, high omega-6 vegetable oils (the kind that can last on your shelf for years without ever going rancid).

Low to moderate consumption of organic, free-range meat and meat products (if desired).
Low consumption of organic, raw dairy products–mostly as yogurt and cheese (if desired).
Low consumption of legumes– and if you eat them, make sure you soak them before cooking, and then cook them well before eating.
Low consumption of unrefined, organic grain products. (Avoid the newer strains of non-organic high gliadin wheat.)
Extremely low (or no) consumption of high glycemic grains, starches, isolated sugars, and any modern, high-gliadin, genetically engineered strains of wheat.

Summary solution:-

This diet looks pretty much 40/20/40. I won’t eat the meat after the duck reaction. When forced I have eaten meat and never had a reaction, maybe it was psychological telling me not to go there as I was testing it. Either way I cannot be sure of free-range so meat is out. Sugar is out. It says low consumption of cheese, that doesn’t sound Mediterranean but there we go. It says low on legumes but I have just reintroduced them into my diet – omitted by oversight; they are moderate consumption – 3 or 4 times a week as it has felt right to eat them. No more wheat (give to Walter), rye bread only; I have seen too many articles on scientists screwing with wheat yield and those scientists were pre-GM.

In my first year in Thailand I made occasional trips to Anna’s on Koh Chang for cheese, maybe I will check those out again.

I’m happy, glands resolved.

Addendum

I have always seen the butter and cheese as excessive when I was vegetarian, but it was usually with toast – TOAST – WHEAT. I am zapping wheat as I have said; moderate cheese and butter on rye bread – OK. More happiness!!

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