There is so much to hate and fear in today’s world that the hideous aspects of human nature seem to be on a steady march to dominate our lives, but this has probably always been so. When the world of each person was limited to what they could experience directly, within reach of where they lived and worked, it was a very small world compared to the global community that most of us now inhabit. But even in the world of a small town, or even in the isolated world of a home far out on the prairies or deep in a forest or high among the mountains, all of the elements of hatred, cruelty, fear, greed, brutality, and other manifestations of the dark side were always present, and probably always seemed unstoppable.
Because of the global reach of our perceptions today, the presence of evil appears to be multiplied to the point where it can be overwhelming. There is just so much suffering and pain caused by so many truly evil people – how is it possible for the good, the beautiful, and the loving side of life to survive?
Before the internet, and thus before it was possible to see into every corner of the world and know that evil is everywhere, Gandhi saw into every such place through his enlightened vision, and among the many things he communicated to those of us who despair was:
“If we take a total view, we shall see that it is not wickedness but goodness which rules the world. The wicked can prevail only when they number multitudes, but goodness will rule when embodied to perfection even in one person. Nonviolence has been described as so powerful that all forces of violence subside in its presence. Under its influence, even beasts forget their nature. Even one good person can change the world.”
“Where wickedness prevails, there is disorder in every field of life, but where goodness rules, order prevails and people are happy. They are happy not in the sense that their material needs are satisfied, but in the sense that they lead virtuous and contented lives. As for material possessions, some men have fortunes in rupees and yet have a distracted life. That is no sign of being happy.”
When I find myself becoming overwhelmed by the ignorant, brute, seemingly unstoppable forces of evil in this world I turn to one image and, for me, this image confirms that beauty and love will always prevail, long after those who are evil incarnate have turned to dust. This image is, for me, proof that love and beauty survive and will, in the end, inherit the earth. I offer you this image in the hope that you too will take it as proof that love survives when those who manifest evil have long vanished.
A new study released by Harvard Medical School makes it very clear that drinking 1-5 cups of coffee a day can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, neurological disease, cancer and diabetes regardless of what else you eat or drink, how much you do or don’t exercise, and whether or not you have sex with too many risky partners. (That’s risky, not frisky, although frisky is good.)
So, coffee is good for you. It can help keep you from dying from the most common killer diseases. And its legal. Well, whoop de do!
So I’m asking myself – hey, what about Coca Leaf tea? Just as drinking a cup of coffee isn’t the same thing as gobbling down straight caffeine pills, drinking Coca Leaf tea isn’t at all like snorting Cocaine – not even close. You can’t drink enough Coca leaf tea to get even a mild buzz, but the list of diseases that it can prevent is at least as long as the list of diseases that scientists are just “discovering” coffee can prevent.
You might reasonably ask – how do you know that Coca Leaf tea is such a great medicine? And I would say – have you read this blog? If you are a first-time visitor, let me invite you to enter virtually any disease or symptom in the search box in the right-hand column of this blog and then read the evidence. I’ve blogged on how Coca Leaf tea can prevent, treat and heal most of these diseases. Search for: Congestive heart failure. Diabetes. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Obesity. IBS. Then enter a few more search terms like respiratory, neurological, cardiac, kidney, gut, etc. (You could also buy the 600 page ebook “Coca Leaf Papers” but that’s a whole lot of reading.)
Now to the title of this blog post. Why is the US Congress directly responsible for the suffering and death of millions of Americans? Because they are so totally owned by Pig Pharma that they don’t have the courage to pass simple legislation allowing Americans full access to pure, natural Coca Leaf for making a few life-saving cups of tea a day.
So millions – actually tens of millions of Americans suffer and die each year from diseases that those few cups of Coca Leaf tea a day could prevent, and even reverse in many cases of those who already have them.
But what the hell – at least we have coffee. Thank you US Congress. You’re really the bomb.
I would take a psychotic’s pleasure in telling my victims exactly what I was going to do to them, knowing that they would ignore me and proceed blindly to their doom. (So let’s think about this – why is this man almost always pictured laughing?)
I have written previously about the likelihood that Kim is showing off his missiles as a sleight of hand ploy, and speculated that another component of this ploy might be delivering his nukes in the holds of rusty old cargo ships.
However, the latest round of US posturing and NK threats raises another possibility in my mind.
If I were Krazy Kim I would have long ago smuggled at least one nuke into South Korea and placed it where it could do maximum damage to both South Korea and the US with minimum chance of being detected before I triggered it.
That would mean that I would not try to conceal my nuke in or near Seoul, which is no doubt heavily instrumented to detect such a concealed weapon. Besides, Seoul is exactly where the South Koreans and the US are focused on the North Korean threat – for a lot of very good reasons.
Therefore, as Krazy Kim, I would look around for another location for my nuke, and I would probably be delighted when Busan occurred to me. It is a major city, of course, but it is also a major port for US warships like the nuclear submarine Michigan that the US is currently flaunting dockside in Busan.
It is also a major location for US military facilities, conveniently located outside of the range of artillery and short-range missiles that everybody knows are targeted on Seoul.
Best of all, if I were Krazy Kim, Busan is in a natural bowl, which would focus and concentrate the damage done by a nuke going off downtown, near the port, where of course there is all kinds of background radiation already because of US and South Korean military activity.
And naturally, I would not have smuggled in a ready-to-go nuke, but I would have been smuggling in tiny bits over the course of years, assembling it in the most secure place I could find. And I’ll bet that there is no end to the number of such places in Busan.
So when Krazy Kim says that he is going to send the USS Michigan to the bottom of the sea as a mass of molten metal, instead of laughing my ass off at another of his outrageous claims, if I were the South Koreans and the US Military I would start looking very, very carefully at every square meter of the Busan area, above and below ground and underwater in the harbor as well.
Because a nuke would certainly do the job of making a nuclear sub into little drops of molten metal.
That’s what I would do. But hey, I’m just a geriatric lunatic with a computer sitting in rural Texas – which incidentally is a long, long way from Busan. I think I’ll go have a beer and watch my dogs hunt squirrels. Those squirrels just sit in the trees and laugh at my dogs – until they slip and fall.
“Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana)
In this case the lesson that is being missed is that if you push a nation led by fanatics far enough into a corner, while at the same time deluding yourself that there is nothing that they can do about it because of your superior strength and their obvious weakness, then there will be nasty consequences.
In the late 1930’s Japan launched a military invasion of China, and the United States responded to this growing threat by temporarily halting negotiations with Japanese diplomats, instituting a full embargo on exports to Japan, including an embargo on oil designed to cripple the Japanese navy, freezing Japanese assets in U.S. banks, and sending “humanitarian” supplies into China.
“Faced with serious shortages as a result of the embargo, unable to retreat, and convinced that the U.S. officials opposed further negotiations, Japan’s leaders came to the conclusion that they had to act swiftly.
For their part, U.S. leaders had not given up on a negotiated settlement, and also doubted that Japan had the military strength to attack the U.S. territory.
Therefore, they were stunned when the unthinkable happened and Japanese planes bombed the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.”
Right now the US military and politicians also believe that the US has overwhelming strength, and the fact that the US has been able to destroy North Korean missiles in the boost phase with – what – microwave beams? software hacks? – is leading to the same kind of pre-Pearl Harbor thinking.
The North Koreans might bluster but they really don’t have the capability to deliver a nuclear strike.
However, as I’ve asked elsewhere in this blog, who says that North Korea has to deliver its nukes by missile?
“Stunned” might be an inadequate word to describe US feelings if North Korea was backed too far into a corner and Tokyo and Seoul were vaporized by nukes going off in the hold of a rusty NK freighter passing offshore. Ditto LA. And of course, those tens of millions of vanished souls would be WAY beyond stunned. And also of course, our military and politicians would react the same as they did in 1941. “Who coulda knowed?”
This post discusses some excellent research on one particular probiotic that appears to have some very specific positive effects not only on the terrible wasting syndrome ME/CFS but also on the severe depression and fatigue that are part of this thing that is causing so many people so much suffering. My theory about healing myself has always been – research the hell out of the issue, look in all the corners that most doctors never look into, and check out the qualifications of whoever is making a recommendation. I’ve done that with this article, and I think that you can trust the authors at least enough to consider that they might be onto something – one simple pro-biotic that could help you or someone you love at least partially get over the dreadful burden of ME/CFS and the accompanying mind-sickness.
The Original Post
Readers of PanaceaChronicles may remember a 2014 post where I discussed the potential of Coca Leaf for the treatment of ME/CFS. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.) Along with my interest in the potential therapeutic role of Coca Leaf in treating gut diseases I am also intensely interested in the emerging research on the role of gut bacteria in treating, curing and preventing a range of gut diseases.
So when I came across this research, which suggests that there may be one specific bacteria that could play a major healing role in CFS & IBS I sat up and took notice.
The research is solid (placebo controlled, double-blind etc.) and although studies with a larger “N” have to be conducted it may not be too early for people who suffer from ME/CFS/IBS to begin thinking about this “Can’t hurt; might help” probiotic.
Although the researchers are rightfully cautious, My feeling is that it may not be too early to say that it looks like Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota could be at least a partial answer to treating CFS/IBS effectively.
I have to also wonder, although the research didn’t focus on this, if this little bug might also be helpful in ME.
Moreover, there is also some evidence that this single strain of gut bacteria may have other important therapeutic applications.
For example, a simple Google search for the exact phrase “Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota” turns up statements like “Pancreatic necrosis if left untreated has an almost 100 percent fatality rate due to bacterial translocation. Lactobacillus casei has been found to have a wide spectrum of coverage against pathogenic organisms that translocate from the gastrointestinal tract thereby demonstrating therapeutic benefit in pancreatic necrosis.”
I offer excerpts from this important research article, and the link to the whole article, without extensive comment except to say that anyone affected by these illnesses should take the time to not only read this research but also to follow up on the hyperlinked bibliography at the end of the article.
I hope that this information may be helpful.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study of a probiotic in emotional symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome
Key quotes from this study.
“Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medically unexplained illness, characterized by persistent and relapsing fatigue. This severe pathological fatigue is worsened by periods of physical and mental exertion. Along with the ongoing fatigue, it has also been noted that 97% of CFS patients report neuropsychological disturbances. This can manifest as cognitive dysfunction, sleep disturbances, headaches, and a variety of symptoms in the emotional realm. Of these emotion-related symptoms, anxiety and depression are the most prevalent, with approximately half or patients meeting the criteria for an anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder. Over 40% of patients report symptoms that are often part of anxiety and depressive disorders, including dizziness, lightheadedness, heart palpitations, sleep disturbances, appetite changes and shortness of breath.”
“Many CFS patients also complain of gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances. Indeed, patients with CFS are more likely to report a previous diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), meet diagnostic criteria for IBS and experience IBS related symptoms. While CFS is neither a gastrointestinal nor psychiatric disorder per se, over 50 percent of patients with CFS meet the diagnostic criteria of IBS, and anxiety itself is often a hallmark symptom in those with IBS. Although the mechanisms behind this frequent overlap with IBS are far from understood, some investigators have documented that there are marked alterations in the intestinal microflora of CFS patients, with lower levels of Bifidobacteria and higher levels of aerobic bacteria.
Recently it was discovered that gut pathogens in the GI tract can communicate with the central nervous system and influence behavior associated with emotion, anxiety in particular, even at extremely low levels and in the absence of an immune response. Researchers have also shown that the administration of certain bacteria found in soil may support resilience and positively alter stress-related emotional behavior in animals under experimental stress. In addition, so-called probiotics, or live microorganisms which confer a health benefit on the host, have the potential to influence mood-regulating systemic inflammatory cytokines, decrease oxidative stress and improve nutritional status when orally consumed.”
“This background led some investigators to hypothesize a possible adjunctive therapeutic role of probiotic bacteria in mood-related psychiatric symptoms. Some hints at the utility of probiotics for mood regulation come from a recent human trial involving the administration of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) or placebo to 132 otherwise healthy adults. In an intriguing finding, the investigators discovered that those with the lowest scores in the depressed/elated dimension at baseline had significant improvement in mood scores after taking the probiotic compared to the placebo group. The probiotic bacteria and placebo were unable to make a difference in those with the highest baseline mood scores. In addition, ongoing experimental studies in this area have recently shown that in the animal model of depression, the oral administration of a probiotic can increase plasma tryptophan levels, decrease serotonin metabolite concentrations in the frontal cortext and dopamine metabolite concentrations in the amygdaloid cortex. With this background, the current investigation was initiated to determine if orally administered probiotics could make a difference in symptoms of depression and anxiety in adult patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.”
“Overall the results suggest that specific strains of probiotic bacteria may have a role to play in mediating some of the emotional symptoms of CFS and other related conditions. However, it is important to note that this is a small pilot study and broad conclusions cannot be drawn at this time. Since we did not evaluate bowel function during the study, it is entirely possible that the decreased anxiety was a consequence of improved bowel function. In an unexplained medical condition such as CFS, where over 70% of patients meet the criteria for IBS, it is possible that regulation of bowel movements made a difference in mental state. Indeed LcS (Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota ) has been shown to regulate bowel function and decrease constipation in a controlled trial. It is also true that LcS (Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota ) has been shown to reduce small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and the subjective reporting of the passage of gas in patients with IBS. This is of significance because SIBO and intestinal permeability often overlap, and patients with chronic fatigue syndrome are known to have both increased intestinal permeability and SIBO. Indeed, correction of SIBO and intestinal permeability has been shown to improve symptoms in CFS and depressive disorders. Therefore, it is entirely possible that our results are an artifact of improved gut structure and function via the LcS (Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota ) restoration of a healthy intestinal biofilm. However, a recent study using the same LcS (Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota ) strain in healthy adults suggests that there may be a more direct microbial influence on emotional state. In healthy adults who were reported to be more depressed/less elated in daily functioning at baseline, there was significant improvement in mood scores after taking the probiotic.”
My wife and I have cared for both our Mothers at the end of their lives. We were “on the job” for almost 20 years. One of the constant challenges of caring for an older person is making sure that they get enough of the right kind of food. While this may seem to be a matter of strategy – feed them what they like; prepare it attractively and make it tasty; be sure that it is cut up into bite-sized portions; and, in our case, make sure that there isn’t a pack of friendly dogs standing by to volunteer to help Mom clean her plate or be right there when she “accidentally” drops food she doesn’t want on the floor.
But it turns out, as anyone who has tried it knows, that making sure that an elderly person is well-nourished isn’t easy at all, and there are many, many issues that might not occur to any caregiver naturally just because they are a thoughtful and caring person. That was certainly the case with us, and it probably is for a lot of people. Maybe you.
I’ve just been researching the very serious issue of proper nutrition among the elderly, because as readers of this blog know I am very interested in the role that Coca Leaf tea might play in maintaining and even restoring health to the elderly.
I’ve just found a resource that is full of well-written, practical advice that won’t take anyone more than 30 minutes or so to absorb, and is well worth your time if you are caring for an elderly person.
The article, as you’ll see, was written for nurses, but it is equally valuable to anyone who is trying to give an elderly person nourishment along with love and care. The concluding paragraph sums it up:
“Many people assume that anyone can assist another to eat. However, feeding a patient is not a simple procedure that can be assigned to a junior member of staff without experience. Nurses need to be taught how to do it, what the problems are and how they might be overcome. Most importantly, they need to know the danger signs and when help is needed.”
If you are caring for another person, and if helping them eat is part of what you do, please read this article and share it with others. It is not just about technique – it is about how to turn knowledge into loving care that actually works.