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  • in reply to: Debt Rattle February 18 2020 #54077

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    Slippery slope to say we are not responsible for what was done previously. Borders for countries, constitutions were built in some cases 100s of years ago. Can we just ignore all that? Usually there is some selectivity in what elements of the past should be attended to and those we are supposed to ignore. When in Canada there is talk of compensating indigenous people for land that was stolen from them, this is typically the moment when people talk about not being able to right the wrongs of the past.

    Modern pharmaceuticals have been as corrupted by greed as every other aspect of our lives. The largest share of the money goes to the drugs that make the most money. Antibiotics are not on the list
    In Canada most of drug testing is done by pharma companies. Results are reviewed by government, on a timeline that includes penalties for the government should the reviews take too long. Recently rules have been put in place whereby all drug trials have to be registered. Previously pharma companies could run 10 trials, have 9 fail, and only the one successful one would see the light of day.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 17 2020 #54036

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    I like the north american indigenous story of creation in which animals and plants lived on Earth before Earth Mother arrived, giving animals advance knowledge of the Earth and putting humans in the position of gleaning knowledge from the animal and plant life, in order to survive on “Turtle Island”. The narratives we tell ourselves are important – just like the one about how good it is for huge corporations to set up supply chains that span the globe! Good for creating great jobs and cheaper stuff –what could go wrong?
    Back to my herbal hobby horse- just read on Mercola site that iodine is another great general anti-viral – apparently could be used as aerosol or in masks. Also read on Jon Barron the reminder that intestinal flora are responsible for at least 70 percent of immune function, so it might be good to keep those little guys fed and healthy, avoiding antibiotic-laden meat, opt instead for unpasteurized sauerkraut.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 17 2020 #54037

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    I like the north american indigenous story of creation in which animals and plants lived on Earth before Earth Mother arrived, giving animals advance knowledge of the Earth and putting humans in the position of gleaning knowledge from the animal and plant life, in order to survive on “Turtle Island”. The narratives we tell ourselves are important – just like the one about how good it is for huge corporations to set up supply chains that span the globe! Good for creating great jobs and cheaper stuff –what could go wrong?
    Back to my herbal hobby horse- just read on Mercola site that iodine is another great general anti-viral – apparently could be used as aerosol or in masks. Also read on Jon Barron the reminder that intestinal flora are responsible for at least 70 percent of immune function, so it might be good to keep those little guys fed and healthy, avoiding antibiotic-laden meat, opt instead for unpasteurized sauerkraut.

    in reply to: China Cedes Virus Control #53906

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    I understand the need for good oversight D. Rich but oversight is needed nonetheless and that may not necessarily come from other doctors. Doctors are fallible -just like everyone else and experts in all fields. Over-prescribing antibiotics (and not endorsing the consumption of organic meat and dairy) has a very large impact on health outcomes and health options and provides evidence of this fallibility.

    in reply to: China Cedes Virus Control #53900

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    Viruses rule!!! Simple – not complex! – but powerful. Oh, and quite adaptable too.

    in reply to: China Cedes Virus Control #53896

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    Dupe

    in reply to: China Cedes Virus Control #53895

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    I will go back and flog alternative medicine again here. No vaccine for 18 months and no reference to alternative therapies, other than washing your hands and wearing a mask. In my home I have a library full of books on alternatives that at least should be tried. There are broad spectrum antivirals such as garlic that are on the list. Immune system support would also be important (that would be echinacea and the correct part of the plant). I have heard no one accessing the knowledge of experts in the alternative health world, nor have I heard anyone accessing and highlighting the knowledge of indigenous healers – it would seem these folks live in a different, invisible plane on this planet.

    Dr. D Rich if we step outside the coronavirus box for a minute it is evident that doctors are the cause of a non-trivial number of health ills and therefore they are not above the need for some “oversight”. One example: over-prescribing of antibiotics leading to antibiotic resistance (I have never heard of the medical community recommending people eat meat raised without antibiotics, which would have an important impact on the resistance issue).

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 10 2020 #53772

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    https://www.jonbarron.org/article/echinacea-bird-flu

    Great link – old but provides assessment of possible risk related to virulent viruses and approaches to use to protect oneself.

    It seems unfortunate to me that there is seemingly a parallel universe of herbal/alternative health options that exist on the other side of a glass wall that just about no one (including those trained in conventional medicine) knows about. The frustrating part is that people often point to a lack of data on effectiveness of alternatives, when there are so many clear gaps in the effectiveness of conventional interventions and yet few challenge their use.

    in reply to: The Big Lockdown #53590

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    Vaccine is not the way out of this. If you think that only big pharma will save us you will surely be disappointed. As a refresher: if you are dealing with a virus which mutates extremely quickly, the ability of a vaccine to treat it will be very limited because vaccines are one-track ponies. That is why every year when the flu vaccine gets rolled out vaccine makers have to guess what strain to focus on. If they guess wrong the vaccine is a miss. According to CDC the effectiveness of the flu vaccine has never been higher than 50 percent and recently has been as low as 20 percent.
    Herbal knowledge for health, as with indigenous knowledge for fire management in Australia, has much to teach us. In a situation as dire as this, contrary to what many may think, only alternative therapies will help (including the zinc someone mentioned plus silver but don’t forget a good dose of pressed garlic).

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 5 2020 #53541

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    For alternative health info Jon Barron is my go to guy. Here is his link explaining how garlic works.
    https://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/foods/garlic

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 5 2020 #53538

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    I should add that elderberries are also a good antiviral if you can get your hands on them. They need to be cooked – a couple cups of berries simmered in a a pot of water for 45 minutes, strain out the berries and drink the juice hot or cold flavoured if you wish with sugar and lemon. Keeps on fridge about a week. Good studies back up elderberry effectiveness as antiviral.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle February 5 2020 #53527

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    This thing about patenting an antiviral drug sounds like crazy talk to me. I am no biology expert but have read enough conventional and alternative health experts say that viruses mutate frequently – more frequently than bacteria. Also, conventional anti-viral drugs are one- or two-trick ponies, able to kill a couple of viruses at most, but once mutation occurs you are out of luck. The alternative world offers a number of options including garlic which contains hundreds of anti- microbial compounds that work together in myriad various combinations such that viruses cannot simply mutate their way through the defensive capacity of garlic. You need a big dose though – a few raw cloves per day. Again I am no expert but I would not trust that pre- cut stuff you buy pickled in a jar. Garlic is just one example -easily available. There is also oil of oregano, colloidal or structured silver, raw horse radish etc. If you google fire cider you will see recipes for a herbal powerhouse anti- microbial mixture.

    in reply to: 2019-nCOV #53252

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    I liked the point about the focus on the economic impact of the virus, overshadowing the human health impacts. Presumably in places where the disease is rampant people will have different priorities. Also interesting to see the major economically-damaging adjustments that are made overnight to fight the virus (quarantine, flights stopped, celebrations stopped, malls closed) — things that would be deemed “unpossible” to fight climate change…

    in reply to: Debt Rattle January 17 2020 #52768

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    I really like the punk-o-meter!

    in reply to: Debt Rattle January 13 2020 #52672

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    Dr. D another point on your comment on the honey bee die-off: if honey bees only live as you say for 2 months and in your opinion the die-off is therefore a non-issue, why do you think honey bee keepers are sounding an alarm? Your comment on their short lives in the context of their die-off is a bit like saying humans in the vastness of time are not that important in the grand scheme of things so we should not worry about letting a few billion die. Is that what you really mean?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle January 13 2020 #52671

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    Dr. D re your comments on yesterday’s article on bees: you are incorrect when you stated that there are no native bees in North America. There are in fact over 4000 varieties of native bees in North America. They do an amazing job of pollinating plants – far more efficient than non-native honey bees.
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=native+bee+species+north+america&ia=web

    in reply to: Debt Rattle January 12 2020 #52656

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    Yes Ilargi – I have the same reaction every time I hear someone say we should plant trees.
    Re the bees finally the truth about honey bees is getting out there.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle January 9 2020 #52609

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    The conviction rate in US federal court is close to 100 percent, as bad if not worse than the Japan. The reason: defendants (mostly poor black people) are pushed to plead guilty. Shocking but true. Convection rates were under 80 percent in the 1970s but have steadily risen since then. If defendants in the US refuse to plead guilty and go to court conviction rates drop substantially.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle December 2 2019 #51876

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    V. Arnold I always like your observations about the art work-thanks for sharing.
    I really appreciate the commentary people provide here-enriches the excellent articles. I know that writing commentary takes effort and I thank you all for making that effort and sharing the results with us all.

    in reply to: The BIG ONE #51509

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    Based on my small, biased sample of people, nobody sees the issues with this investigation. A bit scary.
    What helps put things in perspective for me is that here in Ontario Canada we recently elected our very own Minnie Trump aka Doug Ford. This is in spite of watching Toronto go thru the train wreck of his brother Rob Ford as mayor of that city. Internationally we have a few real interesting characters finding their way to leadership positions too (Boris Johnson is one that comes to mind). Seeing Trump as part of a trend rather than an anomaly just seems to better fit the information. I also remember that in my vege garden there is never just one weed…

    in reply to: Debt Rattle November 17 2019 #51381

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    Thanks for clarifying Zerosum- I think we are on the same page.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle November 17 2019 #51373

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    Zerosum quid pro quo or just political game playing and scape goating and fanning flames of division?
    1. The current per-capita based federal transfer system in Canada was set up by the Harper government of which Jason Kenney was a part.
    2. Federal transfers are comprised of both equalization funds and funds for health and social programs. The equalization portion is only about a quarter of the total.
    3. Total federal transfers in 2019-20 were $1465 per capita for most provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland) and higher for provinces with slower growth (PEI $4160, NS $3484, Quebec $3013, NB $4078).

    The equalization history that Jason Kenney likes to forget


    I and some others like me can never support the extraction of tarsands oil which is permanently polluting unimaginable amounts of fresh water on this planet. Nicole Foss has likened EROEI of the extraction process to something like burning $20 dollar bills to cook the stuff (if I recall correctly).
    You call this quid pro quo. I liken this to blind pursuit of short – term financial gains and tainting those who are environmentally conscious and stand in the way.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle November 11 2019 #51227

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    Zerosum I detest that Don Cherry has been doing the bidding of the military industrial complex- highlighting in each hockey game the men (I don’t recall him highlighting women but I might have missed that) in uniform. There is no reason to be discussing soldiers in the middle of a hockey game other than to assist in the efforts of militarizing Canadian society.

    in reply to: Things November 6 2019 #51082

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    Come on Dr. D on Marx being wrong on everything. As he predicted we have a never-ending, earth-destroying search for more markets, a glut of high-end garbage we don’t need while we have not enough of the essentials. We have incredibly powerful monopolies and a massive expensive workforce that is terrified of leaving it’s awful jobs. Sounds like Marx was bang on.

    Marx Was Right: Five Surprising Ways Karl Marx Predicted 2014

    in reply to: Things November 6 2019 #51081

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    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/the-forgotten-life-of-einsteins-first-wife/
    Interesting link about Einstein’s wife – makes one wonder if credit was not appropriately allocated.

    in reply to: Things November 3 2019 #51036

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    I want to wade in on the organic food issue. Yes organics takes more land but in many North American cities with single family homes there are massive lawn spaces that could be gardened-no need to cut down more forests. This would also spread the work around (ie people could grow a portion of their own food- good healthy exercise to boot!). The article really takes a short-term view on the soil aspect- we are losing topsoil at an alarming rate with conventional agriculture (wiping out microbes, little regard for returning organic matter to soils). In the long term this approach, although taking less space, will mean no soil at all- so how is that better? This also leaves aside the determination that a key ingredient in conventional agriculture- glyphosate- is a probable carcinogen. That means more people developing cancer- what are the environmental impacts of cancer therapies such as radiation and chemotherapy (leaving aside the personal devastation of the diagnosis).

    in reply to: The Last Debt Rattle? #50886

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    I should have added that the similarity comes from the fact that the big folks make the rules in pretty much every sphere now and these rules are intended to make it impossible for the small folks.

    in reply to: The Last Debt Rattle? #50882

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    I think your business (TAE) is a bit like small scale organic farming from a financial perspective – almost impossible to make a living that matches first world realities. Virtually all of the small scale organic farmers in our area need off farm employment to survive. Natural health providers have also been hit hugely this year due to new google algorithms putting natural health info and supplements way down in the search results (hits down by 90 percent in a matter of months). The bad guys/gals are way ahead and the public in general does not seem to be aware.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle September 6 2019 #49606

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    I second that Neoh. John Day thank you too for your thoughtful posts. Both of you add to this very rich place called TAE.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle September 3 2019 #49532

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    Dr. D you point out the vast and destructive monopolies but you don’t mention what Marx noted which is that monopolies are the end state of capitalism. If this is the case then how can pure capitalism be the cure to our ills? I do not share your disdain for social subsidies nor do I look so highly on people working for a paycheque. People contribute to society in many ways not all of which can be translated into a paycheque

    in reply to: Debt Rattle September 2 2019 #49507

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    Dr. D on Brexit: From what I have read the British referendum did not provide a mandate for a no-deal Brexit.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 17 2019 #49250

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    All good things. I fear we are past a point of no return but I am no expert. I do many of these things simply as you said because it feels good and that is the relationship I wish to have with the world.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 17 2019 #49247

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    We will have alot of heart- breaking good-byes to say.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle August 17 2019 #49245

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    Sobbing and tears for beautiful Mariam. I don’t care if it is balanced or not. Just so very very sad.

    in reply to: A Tale of Two Cummings #48963

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    V.Arnold what a lovely memory to for such a beautiful painting – the blue is gorgeous.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 12 2019 #48505

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    I always find your perspective interesting and thought-provoking Dr. D. Thank you for sharing.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 5 2019 #48386

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    Interesting juxtaposition of article on how we are chopping down the rain forests followed by an article, echoing the messages I have heard, encouraging Joe and Jane public to plant trees. Makes me crazy!!!

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 2 2019 #48330

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    Horrifying to watch the endless torture of Assange – academics bought along with so many others. Where will this end?

    in reply to: Debt Rattle July 2 2019 #48328

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    V. Arnold Are you lucky enough to live in an area not infested with ticks? I pull one off myself almost every day after working in our orchard in spite of wearing full cover (socks tucked into pant legs, long sleeves). Lyme is nasty. That said on the insect front this year some of the wild bees are noticeably absent – no Mason bees in the houses we provide, we see bumble bees almost exclusively. However excellent pollination regardless. I am glad the word is starting to get out that non- native honey bees compete for available food with native wild bees.

    in reply to: Debt Rattle June 19 2019 #48043

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    Fantastic articles on the Canadian scene – thanks for doing what you do Ilargi.

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