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Here’s a relatively fast summer meal which is traditional among the Hmong tribes people of  Vietnam and nearby areas. I have limited the amount of noodles per portion, as they are high in carbs.  I have also given you alternative noodle choices. This is NEVER made with wheat noodles.



Serves 4, easily doubled for 8.

The Dressing:
1/3 cup Asian fish sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
2 T sugar – Em: substitute agave (start out with 1T)
1-1/2 T fresh lime juice
2 large garlic cloves, minced fine
1/2 tsp dried hot red pepper flakes
Em: tiny slivers of carrot

In a bowl stir together all dressing ingredients until sugar dissolves. Chill, covered, 1 hour.

The Shellfish or Fish:
1 lb jumbo shrimp (16-20) or tiger prawns (14-15) Em: or white fish, like cod
1 large garlic clove, minced fine
1/2 small onion    Em: or leek, sliced thin (use green as well as white)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp chili oil

The Shrimp Sauce:     Em: or see Nuoc Cham, below
1 T Asian fish sauce (nam pla)(nuoc mam)
2 T brown sugar –  Em: use agave (start out with 1T)
2 T water

Stir to dissolve the sugar.

The Noodles:
1 lb rice stick noodles ( use 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide Vietnamese noodles)

Em: or use bean thread noodles, tofu noodles, sweet potato noodles, mountain yam noodles — all in Asian groceries.

Em: serve no more than 1/4 – 1/3C of cooked noodles per portion.

In a bowl soak noodles in hot water to cover, for 15 minutes to soften. While noodles are soaking, bring 6 quarts salted water to boil. Drain noodles in colander and cook in boiling water 45 seconds, or until just tender.

Em: Don’t waste the 6 qts of water! So, use the water for soup stock or more noodle cooking, later, by draining noodles into an empty soup pot. Rinse the noodles under more cold water to stop cooking. Drain again and with scissors cut into 4-inch lengths.

The Salad:
1 English cucumber, halved, seeded, cut in 2-inch long sections, then into julienne strips
4 scallions, cut first into 2″ long sections, then into julienne strips
1 red pepper, cut, seeded, then into 2″ long julienne strips
1 cup Asian white radish (“daikon”), sliced into thin julienne strips
a little mesclun salad mix or some romaine or kale – bite-sized

1 cup fresh mint sprigs
1/2 cup cilantro sprigs
1 cup Thai basil leaves (sprigs)
2 Tbsp chopped peanuts
Em: or other nuts – do not use peanuts or nuts if you are food-sensitive to them! Peanuts are not recommended as most have aflatoxin mold on them.

Cooking Instructions:

Shell and devein shrimp, dry between paper towels.
Heat the oil in the pan, stir fry the garlic and onion 1 minute, add the shrimp, pepper, and the sauce. Cook for about 2-4 minutes or until the shrimp are just cooked.  Halve the shrimp, lengthwise.

Em: If using cooked shrimp or prawns, just heat to re-warm, briefly. Take from heat and cool. Halve shrimp lengthwise.

Plating the finale:
In large individual bowls, layer in the mesclun, romaine or kale. Combine the noodles, other salad ingredients (except herbs) and add a little dressing. Toss, then top with shrimp with its own dressing and then nuts. Serve the fresh herbs on the side. Let each diner tear mint, cilantro and basil leaves onto the top of their salads. Add more dressing, if needed.

Nuoc Cham Dressing

(Em: – this is more authentic, like we had in Bangkok)

1 bird’s eye chili  Em: or use hot red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic
2 T sugar –  Em: use agave nectar (start out with 1T)
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup nuoc mam (Asian fish sauce)
¼ cup warm water
1 T thinly shredded carrot

Roughly slice the chili and garlic and then put in a mortar, along with the sweetener. Pound into a paste and transfer to a bowl. If you do not have a mortar, finely mince the chili and garlic before adding to the sweetener. Add the other ingredients (except the carrots) and stir well. Add the shredded carrots. Let the sauce stand for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to fully develop.


Use salads as the basis for all your summer meals beyond breakfasts. This is the time when fresh, raw produce is at its cheapest, or you can start harvesting your garden plot or container garden.

Fresh veggies are the powerhouse foods of the human diet. They provide plenty of protein, all on their own — just think, the largest mammals on Earth are only vegetarians! Whales, elephants, mountain gorillas and giraffes all grow massive, healthy bodies just from plant foods — so don’t be afraid about not getting “enough” when most or all of your diet is oriented to plant foods.

Fresh raw veggies are not just good protein sources — they are filled with enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber (fuel for your friendly bacteria in your gut which manufacture vital substances for you) as well as being a broom to clean intestinal walls (letting you absorb your nutrients better and clean out unsavory left-overs). And, even when well-washed, the friendly bacteria we need hitch-hike onboard to carry them to our small intestine.

Some fresh veggies are more power-packed or useful than others, too. This is another reason this salad is SO healthy, as it contains some magnificent choices!

___   Use mesclun or dark green leafy vegetables, like romaine lettuce and kale, as the salad basis. Lots of B vitamins to combat stress here.

___   The following foods have very high ORAC values — that is a measurement of their anti-oxidant activity. In random order, high ORAC foods in this recipe are: limes, garlic, onions, red pepper, mint, cilantro, basil and holy basil.

___   Fresh garlic is an anti-viral.

___   Limes and red pepper supply lots of Vitamin C and important anti-oxidant and immune system booster.

___   Cucumber is an excellent pH alkalizing food. Everyday, you want to help your body be just slightly alkaline pH and most “western” foods make you “acidic” pH.

___   Onions and garlic provide important sulfur to make some of your most protective anti-oxidants and are liver protective. All those diabetic and cholesterol-lowering meds assault your liver.

___   If you choose the healthiest nuts (or seeds), you will add to your valuable Omega-3 reservoir. I recommend almonds or macadamia nuts for this salad or Nutiva organic hemp seed. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are needed everyday, and as I never recommend farmed salmon, and wild-caught fish are an expensive food (even during the summer season runs), these vegetarian, heart-protective sources are important.

___ These are all low glycemic foods, so they are protective against raising insulin too much. Insulin spikes need to be avoided.

___ This is also an easy meal to take with you for lunch at work. Bring the dressing separately and put it on right before eating.

___ And, meals like this are a chance for you to set a good example for your children. Vietnamese children eat this just fine; there’s NO reason why western children have to be fed high carb foods which lead them to pre-diabetes. Forego the mac and cheese; pastas, hot dogs, poorly-made pizzas and sugary foods, please!

OK, go off to the market, and make this salad this week-end. I am.

Best to all — Em

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Continuing on with pantry lists for diabetics and for frugality, this week’s critique is on one by corporate chef, Food Network chef and Mom, Michele Urvater and her Monday – To – Friday system.  I agree with Michele that after working all day, (especially as a chef), it’s hard to come home and be enthusiastic about cooking a healthy meal when you are totally tired. When on wipe-out, this is exactly the time when having an established pantry that you are totally familiar with earns its keep!

Michele’s recipes at Food Network and in her Monday to Friday cookbook utilize this always in readiness fresh and storable pantry. I think her list is mainly aimed at making dinners. That’s why I don’t see other items I’d expect.

You’ll also be able to add items from my post 2 weeks ago – Martha Stewart pantry (see link in Reference section, below) – to flesh out Michele’s pantry, which I also think is way too heavy on grains and carbs.

I also definitely want to see a much wider variety of vegetables. Of the 2 pantries so far, I would say Martha’s is a better base, and add a few items from Michele’s, but then you may not be able to make every recipe in Michele’s cookbook. It’s better to have fewer grains and grain products, but I understand they make “fast” meals — at a health cost, in my opinion.

At least make sure that everything is whole-grain, organic as much as possible and for pastas, only cooked to the first edible, still al dente (not “soft”) texture!). If you cook pasta until “soft”, the glycemic index goes way up and your blood sugars will suffer. On Michele’s list, I would also cut out all the sugars and substitute low-glycemic agave nectar.

Remember to compose your meals as 75% – 80% vegetables (most of which are raw, otherwise frozen or fresh steamed or stir-fried briefly). You need a splash of raw extra-virgin olive oil in most meals, and you need minimal free-range animal protein with organic omega-3 eggs, kefir and yoghurt and wild-caught ocean fish contributing most of it.

This pantry list works for Michele’s quick Italian, Mexican and Oriental meals after she comes home from her corporate chef job, but for diabetics, I think we need much more fresh stuff than she offers, yet this is a useful exercise to jog your mind about other useful items and to meld with Martha’s list, as I said above.

I will continue to critique this list later, if I have time, but these are my biggest criticisms.

Next time, I hope to start to share with you my own pantry list. I hope some of you will send me your lists in an email to the About Me page above.


Here’s Chef Michele Urvater’s List:  (comments are mine)

Fresh vegetable and fruit “staples”
1 – 2 pounds of onions – organic
(1) head of garlic – organic
(1) bunch green onions (scallions) (spring onions)
(1) bunch carrots – definitely organic
(1) bunch celery – organic
(3) red bell peppers – definitely organic
(2 – 3) each – fresh lemon and lime – organic if using skins
(1) bunch parsley – best if organic
(1) bunch coriander – best if organic
(1) bunch dill (optional) – best if organic
(1) bunch basil (optional) – important to be organic

This list needs MANY more vegetables!!!!

 Dry Pantry:

5# granulated white sugar – substitute organic agave nectar for almost every sugar use on this list! Have only a tiny amount of “real” sugar around for a few critical recipes which require dry sweetener where liquid agave would ruin a recipe.

1# dark brown sugar – NO

1# confectioners, super-fine sugar – NO

1# honey – unless you have children under 3 years old, use raw honey. If you have young children, do not give them raw honey!

(1) bottle each of: vanilla extract, almond extract

(1) 8 oz package Droste chocolate cocoa powder

(1 box) 26 oz iodized salt – NO, use Celtic sea salt

whole peppercorns, whole or ground nutmeg

bay, caraway seed, cardamom, cayenne pepper, chili powder, Chinese 5 spice powder, ground cinnamon, ground cumin, fennel seeds, garlic powder, ground ginger, dried lemon p[eel, dried mint, dried orange peel, dried oregano, dried red pepper flakes, dried rosemary, dried tarragon, dried thyme – best to get organic, non-irradiated spices

1 oz fried porcini mushrooms – see my last week’s comment on mushrooms!

1 bottle Gomashio (pre-made sesame seed and seaweed mix)


Refrigerator and Freezer:
(1) 32 oz bottle vegetable oil – it should only be organic olive oil (virgin to cook with, extra-virgin for dressings) or organic canola oil in situations where you want a no-flavor oil.

(1) 32 oz bottle olive oil – have this as your extra-virgin one for raw use.

1 pint reduced-calorie Hellman’s (Best Foods) mayonnaise

16 oz maple syrup – must be organic, Grade B is best!

(1) 12 oz jar jam or jelly of choice – get a fruit-only or European jam

(1) 12 oz jar red currant jelly

4 ozs each of: pecans and walnuts – organic

12 oz. peanuts – prefer none

1 pint plain, non-fat yoghurt – prefer kefir; get organic

½ pint cottage cheese – organic, low fat

1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese – organic, if can

½ lb. Parmagiana-Reggiano cheese or grated Parmesan cheese – Not a great cheese as your only cheese! It’s VERY salty!

1 dozen large AA eggs – only free-range, vegetarian fed, Omega-3

1# ground beef in 4 oz patties – try organic, free-range

1# deli meat – try to get no nitrate meats

1# boneless, skinless chicken – if must, get organic, free-range 

1# ground turkey (optional) – if must, get organic, free-range

1# fresh fish (then freeze) – wild-caught, ocean — I would use more fish and less land animals; not shellfish; check Monterey Aquarium list for endangered fish to prevent depletion of stocks. No farmed fish!

(1) 10 oz package each of: corn, french-cut string beans, petite peas, lima beans *, chopped spinach, artichoke hearts – add more veggies! * Lima beans are NOT recommended for anyone with Blood Type A!

(1) 12 oz package frozen blueberries, raspberries or strawberries

(2) 10 oz packages raspberries

(2) pints iced dessert – dairy or non-dairy – flavored iced coconut water with agave nectar is best; find in health stores – Coconut Bliss is recommended by me


In Pantry, then Refrigerate after opening:

(2) 4 oz jars pimentos, roasted red peppers or sweet peppers

(1) 12 oz jar jalapeno peppers

(1) 16 oz jar black Greek olives

(1) 14 oz bottle ketchup – organic

(1) 12 oz bottle barbeque sauce

(1) 5 oz jar prepared horseradish

(1) 8 oz jar Dijon mustard – for pH balance , use only in moderation

(1) defrosted yellow bottle Minute Maid 100% lemon juice (NOT sweetened concentrate !!!)

(1) jar non pareil capers – for pH balance, use only in moderation

(1) 16 oz jar kosher dill pickles – for pH balance, use only in moderation; Bubbe’s, a naturally-fermented brand is recommended by me

(1) 10 oz bottle mirin – rice wine

(1) 5 oz bottle sesame oil

(1) 8 oz jar Chinese chili paste with garlic or soybeans

(1) 8 oz. bottle hoisin sauce

(1) 3 oz bottle olive paste (olivada) or link below

(1) 4 oz bottle pesto (fresh basil sauce)

(1) 8 oz jar sun-dried tomatoes

(1) 12 oz package tortillas – organic spelt is best

(1) tub of miso paste – organic

(1) can tahini (sesame paste)

(1) 3 oz jar cocktail onions – for pH, use in moderation


In an even-temperature cupboard away from the refrigerator’s electrical field:
12 – 14 oz quinoa – use this fruit instead of most grains
 12 -15 oz. millet – organic, use in moderation due to pH

(1) 8 – 16 oz package of 100% buckwheat “soba” noodles (in macrobiotic section or asian section health food store) – substitute for wheat pasta as much as possible

1# elbow macaroni, penne or fusilli – use in great moderation due to allergy, food sensitivity and upseting alkaline pH efforts.  Only cook all these pastas to al dente!

1# orzo, or acini de pepe – use in great moderation

1# linguine, spaghetti or fettucine – use in great moderation

1# capellini – use in moderation

1 – 2# long-grain converted rice – use in great moderation; very small portions! (~ 1/4 – 1/3 cup, cooked). Rice is higher glycemic and easier to over-eat.

1# basmati or texmati brown rice – use in moderation (max of 1/2 cup, cooked)

1# short-grain brown rice – use in moderation

8 oz arborio rice – use in great moderation (max of 1/3 cup)

2# yellow cornmeal – NO — almost nutritionally worthless

13 oz. kasha (roasted buckwheat groats)

1# pearl barley – for pH balnce , can only use in moderation

1# lentils – – use in moderation; get organic

1# split green peas – – use in moderation; get organic

(Em: add more varieties and include black-eye peas (they are a different botanical family)

12 oz. raisins – use sparingly and infrequently; all dried fruit is very calorie dense and high glycemic load if much is eaten at any one time; all cooked fruit becomes acidic pH too, disrupting your biochemical goal for alkalinity

10 oz. currants – use sparingly and infrequently

12 ozs. dried apricots – use sparingly and infrequently

8 – 10 ozs pitted prunes – use sparingly and infrequently

(1) 16 – 19 oz can, each of: black beans, chickpeas, red kidney beans, white cannelini beans – kidney beans (including canellini) are not suitable for most Blood Types

small pink and / or white beans (optional)

3 cans (16 oz each) whole, peeled tomatoes – low salt

28 oz can Italian plum tomatoes – low salt

2 cans (14 ½ oz each) stewed tomatoes – low salt

2 cans ” Italian stewed tomatoes – low salt

1 tube (4 ½ oz) tomato paste – low salt

(1) 16 oz jar of pickled beets, or canned beets (14 ½ oz) – better to get those just canned in water, rather than pickled

(1) can 8 oz. each of: apricots or peaches, canned crushed pineapple or pears — all in natural juice

(2) 1 # bottles spaghetti sauce – low salt, no sugar

(1) 16 oz. jar applesauce – organic

(2) 4 – 6 oz jars each of baby fruit puree: apple, peach or pear

(2) 14 ½ oz cans no salt chicken broth

(2) 8 oz. bottles clam juice

(1) 16oz can tomato juice – organic is best

(2) bottles dry white wine – all alcohol makes your body more acidic pH; use sparingly

(2) bottles dry red wine

(1) bottle Cognac or brandy

(1) bottle port or madeira sherry


(1) 16 oz can mackerel – bone in (crush bones well as a calcium source); use more of this fish

(2) 3 ½ oz cans salmon – bone in (crush bones well as a calcium source)

(2) 6 oz cans tuna in water — too much (only 2 cans a month due to high mercury content!!!)

(2) 6 ½ oz. cans tuna in oil — NO. Substitute mackerel, other cooked then flaked fish (or canned herring  once a week, max).

(2) 4 oz cans clams – infrequently as bottom-feeder, but good source of iron; use no other shellfish on a regular basis. They pick-up the pollution around them as they are “filter feeders” and they are fished by means that destroy much other sea-life which is then discarded in the catch!

(2) 3 ½ oz cans sardines – best canned fish source as low on food chain, but as it’s a high purine food, not good if you have damaged kidneys already or have gout.


(2) 12 oz cans unsweetened evaporated low-fat or skim milk

(2) 8 oz packages butter cookies or shortbread NO – substitiute whole, fresh fruit (no juices) for all these baked goods or make agave sweetened flans, custards etc.

8 oz plain chocolate cookies – NO

16 oz pound cake – NO

(1 – 2) 1# loaves whole-grain bread – use sensibly

(1) 8 oz loaf sourdough bread  – use sensibly- better choice for pH reasons

(1) package 6 whole-grain pita breads  – use sensibly

(1) box of 12 taco shells – NO. Cooked usually in less optimal oils and gets rancid easily


(1) 12 oz bottle each of: red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar (NOT white vinegar !!!), balsamic vinegar, tarragon vinegar, brown rice vinegar – use sparingly, due to effect on body’s pH — substitute Bragg’s or Spectrum’s apple cider vinegar (with the mother-of-vinegar) for all of these; although a vinegar, it leaves an alkaline pH residue! Do not buy a commercial “apple cider vinegar” (like Heinz) (they are NOT made the same way and are incredibly destructive with their very acidic pH).

(1) 8 oz bottle champagne vinegar or raspberry vinegar – same as above

(1) 2 oz bottle Tabasco sauce

(1) 5 oz bottle Worcestershire sauce

(2) 4 oz cans chopped green chilis

(1) bottle soy sauce (tamari — may need refrigeration after opening) – low sodium, organic tamari is better; use sparingly

(1) 8 oz can water chestnuts

(1) 15 oz can whole chestnuts


This was not meant to be a budget list, so you may find it is still too expensive, but you can reduce expense by house-brands etc.. The only reason I chose Michele’s list to include is that there is already a whole system of recipes utilizing it; get her cook-book and check out her Food Network recipes.


Best to all — Em


Monday To Friday Cookbook by Michele Urvater, Workman Publishing, NYC

Michele Urvater’s recipe search at Food Network

My Martha Stewart post with comments

Michele Urvater’s Olivada Paste recipe

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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

Even though you are probably sitting down right now to read this, you’d be helping lessen your chance of diabetes if you read this standing up! Yes, and some good may also be found in all those boring or semi-boring year-end parties, too, now, but only if you spend most of your time standing. Who knew! Anything which helps lessen diabetes or helps diabetics is no laughing matter, and as I mulled over what to post right now (and I wasn’t standing, drinking mulled wine), I finally decided on this strange item. It is SO simple, that anyone can begin to do this, and make a change for the better.

What’s the research? “Physiologists analyzing obesity, heart disease, and diabetes found that the act of sitting shuts down the circulation of a fat-absorbing enzyme called lipase. They found that standing up engages muscles and promotes the distribution of lipase, which prompts the body to process fat and cholesterol, independent of the amount of time spent exercising. They also found that standing up uses blood glucose and may discourage the development of diabetes.”

Sitting is not benign; it’s passive, but it’s a serious step in the wrong direction, if you spend most of your time doing it.

Chair time is an insidious hazard because people haven’t been told it’s a hazard,” Marc Hamilton, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

In evolutionary terms, we certainly were meant to move around, and only sit to rest when needed, just like other animals. As we have become more social, other actions have started that may be detrimental to our basic physiology, and our best interests.

We do not have to be constantly exercising, or even moving all the time, but evidently, our physiology gets “key” triggering when we stand!

Sitting seems to put our physiology into a ‘parking mode’. Who wants that! Especially in today’s world, we want to burn-off our easily-found food, otherwise we will become obese. Our thrifty-gene just parks the food calories for times when ‘famine’ will happen. Now, famines rarely do. Our 100,000 year old body doesn’t know that!

So, the best thing is to work WITH your body.

In the United States alone, 47 million people have Syndrome X – a metabolic disease which is part of a biochemical freeway to heart disease and diabetes, as well as to obesity. Triggering better biochemistry and making better food choice (alkaline foods, alkaline spring waters, whole sea salt to help alkaize your body and attain alkaline pH in your body’s tissues) are all things that can reverse the slippery-slope, in my opinion. Now, the scientists are telling us to stand up more.

Maybe that’s yet another reason why symphony conductors traditionally live such long, quality lives. Apart from the vital energy field of the music, and the aerobic exercise via the arms, these people spend huge amounts of time just standing-up. No one ever realised standing’s power until recently.

The photo above is clear evidence! Here’s why.

“”The existing data, by numerous studies, are starting to show that the rates of heart disease and diabetes and obesity are doubled or sometimes even tripled in people who sit a lot,” Dr. Hamilton explains. One reason, he says, is an enzyme called lipase. When it’s on, fat is absorbed into the muscles, but when we sit down, lipase virtually shuts off.

Instead, the fat will recirculate in the blood stream and go and be stored as body fat or it can clog arteries and cause diseases,” Dr. Hamilton says. And it’s not a small amount of fat. Plasma samples were taken from the same person after eating the same meal. When they ate sitting down, the sample was cloudy, but when they ate while standing up, it was clear.”

Again, see the photos above!

Stand up when you are watching your children play, rather than sitting in the bleachers. Better still, if it’s something you can join in, then do.  When you are at work, stand up to do tasks as often as possible. Maybe even see how your monitor and keyboard can accomodate that. Have a lectern to place your laptop on. Eat lunch standing while you look out a window. Find ways to not seem weird, if that concerns you, but even getting up more often to stand, stretch, walk a little around your cubicle will all add up to help.

I wanted to introduce this subject while many of you will have Holiday time over these next 2 weeks. If you start the “habit” in a less stressful surrounding and do this every day, by the time you return to the usual work day in 2 weeks, you will be a long way toward the 21 days it usually takes to successfully ingrain a new habit.

So, with cocktail parties, family gatherings, quiet time, whatever, just start. Knowing that standing will improve your health SO much, will help you get better results.

Happy Holy Days to all.

— Em

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Of course I wanted to share a new honey cake recipe for diabetics in time for Rosh Hashannah (Jewish New Year) which begins next Monday evening, but this week, as the world’s financial markets have been reeling, instead, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about personal responsibility, corporate responsibility, government’s role and how to craft a better world, where the priorities are founded on the well-being of The People and The Planet and not a privileged “Few”, (who are often greedy and short-sighted); certainly, raiding the Treasury for undeserved corporate bail-outs severely impacts money for healthcare, health research and help for all who need financial assistance to buy their medications and essential items like diabetes equipment. 

I believe it is reasonable to expect that our Government should be ensuring an essential, fair economic sphere of opportunity and a social contract where all of us are able to have a job or business, buy healthy food and have a decently secure roof over our head, in return for the honest work of our own effort, know-how and innovation, and not to jeopardize that by giving imprudent help to a few irresponsible corporations from Wall StreetThis article will take you 15 – 20 minutes to read, but it may be one of the most important you ever read. So, read it in pieces, if you must, but DO read it!

First, some background, so please bear with me.

Yes, in the paragraph above I underlined “honest“. That’s been at the core of the most recent financial issues. Wall Street has made its own rules, which amounted to being basically, NO rules, while Main Street has HAD to play-by-the-rules or else The People lose everything!

And, as philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet have highlighted in their statements, they are concerned that even fewer philanthropists are emerging from the upper echelons of society, too. So, I wonder if everything is really even more topsy-turvy and fundamentally flawed at the level of personal responsibility and conscience.  I wonder how many millions (let alone billions) does a wealthy person “need” to be able to live one’s own life well, and help those you love have a good life, before you are willing to share your bountiful largesse!

Naturally, the next step in this cogitation is ‘how to put the situation aright’, as Rosh Hashannah is a time for soul-searching more than of celebration, this IS very appropriate.

Tikkun Olam – The Repair of the World – is a prime directive in Judaism; each of us is charged with the responsibility, by the Divine. We are stewards of the Lord’s creation as well as being our sisters’ and brothers’ “keeper”.

This year I am far more concerned about what we will experience as our lives next year, and whether we, as individuals, have ANY control over our destiny at this point in time, given that we are dealing with a stunningly-brutal, abusive and insensitive global corporate agenda! Every citizen, in every country, is caught in this web.

In America, whose economy seriously impacts other countries’, we cannot mortgage our childrens’, grandchildrens’ and potentially great-grandchildrens’ future or health solely on the audacious request to bail-out irresponsible corporations no matter how big or “important” they are supposed to be. If the American taxpayer offers any help, then The People must get a decent return-on-investment for the infusion of capital. After that topic is settled, one way or another, we must seriously address the viability of the American Dollar – the trashing of which, some say, is the aim of what is behind this recent Wall Street and rising-oil-prices “emergency”.

As background, nothing but the world’s “good-will” has stood behind the “value” of the US Dollar since 1971 when President Nixon took America off the “gold standard” (whereby “America’s” fortune in gold, in Fort Knox, Kentucky, really stood “behind” the paper dollar). The newly unsupported dollar was bolstered by President Nixon’s agreement with the Sauds in 1973 that oil would “always” be sold in US Dollars. That helped our currency, as other countries had to collect dollars, especially by trading with us. All of that is changing. 

Many of the oil-producing Persian Gulf countries are now experiencing a spill-over of inflation from America, because they are “tied” to the American dollar; this is unacceptable to them. They may change the ‘use of the dollar to buy oil’ and that can bring America’s financial world crashing down — a REAL and PRESENT DANGER, a national security issue, wouldn’t you say?

Next, the Iraq government under Saddam Hussein was selling its oil in Euros, NOT using US Dollars; this may have been one of at least 2 semi-secret reasons for the war in Iraq. And it may also be the real reason for saber-rattling from Russia (which says all its home-produced oil and gas WILL be sold in RUBLES, only). Iran is following it’s Russian ally’s path, also selling its oil by pricing it in rubles or non-dollar currency, to prevent “dollar slavery” bringing Iran in as a “target” for yet another morally unacceptable, pre-emptive American war-for-oil because by not using dollars, Iran has cost America dearly, financially, and it has a huge oil supply to sell. 

And, this Bush-American Government wants to spread its version of American hegemony when it is selling-out America to pay the bill, and other countries, including China, which have been paying our bills, are beginning to say, “No!”.

You can’t be a SuperPower when you can’t pay your bills. See more about this in the Blog articles in Reference. In reality, it appears that America is really bankrupt, and the last money we have borrowed, which is still in the Treasury, is what they want to “raid” now.

This purposeful, step-by-step financial breaking-of-America is also because of poor, abusive governance these past 8 years and due to no regulation of the insensitive and predatory behavior by globalist corporations and banksters, with Profit as their only concern. All of this is really coming home to every citizen now, shareholder or not, in many first-world countries and in America first and foremost. But later, you’ll find out here that there’s more to it all than just GREED and POWER.

I am not an economist, but I am well read, and I am an intelligent and dedicated researcher and data-miner. I have found that beyond conspiracy theory circles, the idea has been advanced that the real purpose of turmoil in these coming months is to destabilize, trash and otherwise bury the Dollar, and then institute the North American Union, with a new currency, already called the Amero.

Those who follow financial and other circles more closely than I do, say that the Basel Accords are designed to act powerfully (the one in 1988 brought down the Japanese banks, which previous to that, 9 of the top 10 banks in the world had been Japanese!) and the second Accord, aimed at being in place by 2007, began staging the Dollar’s demise! 

In fact, the policy currently being implemented by the private corporate and Governmental establishment is criminal, and litigation should start! By them devaluing the U.S. Dollar due to their actions or inactions, they are indirectly robbing from the American middle class, by destroying the purchasing power of everyone’s bank accounts, that are denominated in U.S. Dollars. This is another way to destroy the Middle Class, the back-bone of America and reservoir of her values.

The Poor do not have lots of savings, but are being robbed in other ways. The Wealthy have safe havens, off-shore banking and other ways to not be hurt, and often to profit, by this course of events.

Strangely, NO recent Federal Reserve Chairman has instituted policies to save the Dollar, and in fact, most citizens do not realize that the Federal Reserve is not even a legal entity.

Congressman Ron Paul and others are trying to educate the populace about the illegal, self-serving stranglehold the Federal Reserve and its fiat currency has in our financial life. “The Federal Reserve should be raising interest rates to defend the dollar” say the authors at www.funnymoneyreport.com. Indeed, in past decades, I remember them doing that, when it suited the Wealthy. Why not now?

Also, in the mix, the Russians announced a deal that was neither in the Canadian or American press. The Russians say  military treaties* have been concluded in February 2008, in Texas, whereby Canada and Mexico will have their specially-trained-for-this-purpose, elite military battalions “handle” the coming civil unrest in America, when this country’s financial base (and then the American Government) crashes early next year (possibly in February, according to a disinter blog posting from March 2008, which told some items of a closed-door session of the US Congress that also detailed the Wall Street crash would begin, specifically, in mid-September 2008!). Very scary. 

Just to be safe,  make sure you have plenty of meds and survival supplies, until things stabilize again, likely with the North American Union in place, as THAT is the preferred Plan all along. The powers-that-be can then get the American “dollar debt” off the books and be in-control still, with a new currency, and remain as the central bankers, or should I say banksters.

This scenario is aided by Dick Cheney’s actions. Yet again, with a 9% approval rating, Vice-President Cheney is still in office and machinating as much as ever. He has made sure that his former company, Haliburton, via its subsidiary KBR, has been paid handsomely, not just agregiously in Iraq, but also to train thousands of home-grown mercenaries to keep civil order (in the style of Blackwater Corporation), and several returning American Iraq military Veterans say they are being asked to fill out questionnaires about how far they are willing to “go” to kill Americans during civil strife! 

Can any recent Vets out there reading this verify by writing to me at the About Me page? Thanks!

All of this is even more ominous because the dollar actually IS fragile, at home and abroad, and this nefarious plan has been many decades in planning and follow-through. During the Reagan administration, another seemingly helpful, seemingly benign piece was put in place to contribute to the demise of America. What was this?

In addition to or as part of a bill passed about Martial Law, Reagan signed a bill which gave FEMA wide-ranging and unlimited power during civil emergency, answerable ONLY to the President; we just haven’t seen it applied to the anticipated, pre-planned level yet. Discredited Attorney General John Ashcroft was definitely involved in starting to build detention camps for Americans using Haliburton’s KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root).

Just as we saw unprecedented, secret holding-tanks for “demonstrators” during the Democratic and Republican conventions, which were uncovered by reporters (doing their job, for once!), so too are up to 1,000 camps supposedly already  built in all 50 states (mostly on unused military bases, other Federal real-estate and in warehouses, but also on local and state lands like Water Districts, framed with the barbed wire facing INWARD etc.) to house (and possibly “dispose” of) dissadents and those likely to object to the dismantling of America and the rise of the North American Union, a planned part of the New World Order, instead.

The San Francisco Chronicle report below opens your eyes to how our Government has prepared again to put millions of its citizens behind barbed wire  (as it did to the Japanese-Americans, at the start of WW2, remember?) and maybe even worse atrocities.

The bills involved were railroaded through Congress as: 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Military Commissions Act of 2006, Presidential Director Number 54 in April of 1984 and at FEMA’s Mt. Weather underground facility, the Shadow Government establishment, circumventing the Constitution’s line of succession, is found in National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51).

The Chronicle’s article is written by former Congressman Dan Hamburg! He concludes, ” The Constitution does not allow the executive to have unchecked power under any circumstances. The people must not allow the president to use the war on terrorism to rule by fear instead of by law.”

And Winston Churchill warns:

“The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government …”

I personally don’t know if these camps are true or not, but I’ve seen some good reports and enough other hanky-panky with all-too-ready willingness to abandon our Freedoms from this Administration, that nothing would surprise me. Keep your eyes and ears open. Assess this for yourself.

But, this I DO know —  in early 1977, not long after President Jimmy Carter began his Presidency, I lived in Washington, DC Metro area and saw him often on the LOCAL News, at lunch-time as well as later in the day on local and national newscasts. One noon time, I watched and listened as President Jimmy Carter said, unexpectedly, something SO strange, that I then had no idea what he was talking about — and because of that, I remembered it for 25 – 30 years before I found more Understanding.

So, what was it that I saw Carter say? ‘The President of the United States has no Power and is NOT the head of the country. The United States is ruled by a secret, world-wide Government.’ He was very clear and quick! Within moments, the TV transmission went blank (that’s scary, too!).

He never spoke of it again that I know of (he probably was threatened), and I know of only 3 other people brave enough to speak recently about the 10,000 year old power-grab by the original Illuminati from Babylon (Iraq) (not the false-scent of the German 19th century branch), now sometimes called the New World Order – and those courageous leaders are: 

___   the Meiji Emperor of Japan in the mid- 1800’s as Japan re-joined the world after centuries of isolation

___   President Dwight Eisenhower in his farewell address (calling them ‘the military-industrial complex, answerable to no-one’) and

___  President John Kennedy, whose family, along with the Bush family are “insiders“. Kennedys paid dearly, with 3 lives, for spilling the beans. Bushes and Kennedys are rival factions.

Did you realize that about 39 of the 44 US Presidents descend from the same Illuminati genealogical lineage? That’s NO co-incidence.

Not just during the last 2 illegal Bush Administrations, generations of Bushes have been full-speed ahead to railroad us into servitude, destitution and the Fascism Prescott Bush, tried to install when he attempted a Nazi-empathizer overthrow of FDR’s government around 1933!

So, no-one can tell me this is conspiracy “theory”, as I saw and heard one courageous President, Jimmy Carter, tell me very clearly that it is real, while I watched Kennedy’s more veiled comments without understanding at all. Thank-you President Carter; you are a true patriot.

Returning to the political-grab operating at the moment, the FDIC which “insures” American citizens’ bank accounts up to $100,000 per bank (only if it is an approved FDIC bank), is concerned about its resources. It used about 10% to cover the IndyMac bank failure earlier this year, but the failure of Washington Mutual (the nation’s largest Savings & Loan) will send FDIC belly-up, some think. So everyone hopes that WaMu will likely be sold to Morgan-Stanley (UPDATE: Friday, it has been seized and parts sold to JP Morgan – Chase, an Illuminati business), and then, only “maybe”,  will FDIC have enough to cover the other 150 banks which are expected to fail in this crisis.

Rep. Dr. Ron Paul has an interview below that is worth watching via YouTube.

Of course, there will be more money to help the little-guys’ savings and bail-out soon-to-be-foreclosed homes if 800 billion dollars is NOT given to Wall Street. The US Treasury is now close to 10 – 11 Trillion dollars in debt. Do you think we really can survive ANY part of this mismanagement?


I despair that our nation can survive this. All of these agregious actions go to the heart of potential and actual abuse of power, as well as lack of honesty and transparency and oversight or concern for its citizenry by the leaders of this present American Government, (and past administrations, in varying degrees). 

And, in all the Changes to be wrought, just what is this present Government’s definition of Democracy; will the Constitution be upheld? Certainly the sovereign nation of the United States of America will cease-to-exist if the North American Union is instituted, as planned. This Bush Government has already been eroding personal freedoms seriously, all in the name of the so-called war on terror. Before any attempted North American Union take-over, are our free speech rights going to be protected as well as our rights to assemble and bear arms, or are we going to find that our Government IS the enemy?

The Founding Fathers instituted and ratified our most precious documents to protect us FROM our Government, and all rights which we do not grant Government, specifically, reside in the rights of the People. This is unique in the History of the World, and encompasses what is SO special and necessary for the real America to survive and prosper. This is why we must have representatives who do the People’s work NOT the Government’s, NOT the Corporations’, because once those rights are ceded to Government or Corporations, the People generally lose in the equation.


As a solid financial foundation is necessary next, after our Rights, to establish a free and stable society, we need to look to how to clean up this recent financial debacle on Wall Street, if there is still a chance to do so.

David Brooks at the New York Times writes that there must be a new financial way; Progressive Corporatism, a term by Arnold Kling, is the chosen model for his discussion below. 

In this brave new world, Brooks only addresses the economic aspects of our life whereby “the American government will be much more active in economic management”; to get us out of the present mess, government activism will provide support to some needy corporations, banks and business and will be used to shore up the stable conditions all business needs to thrive (of  course this “support” has to be done well, and not with taxpayers holding the poor investments!); tax revenues from viable business activities will pay for progressive investments, in business-friendly causes, like: green technology, health care reform, infrastructure spending, education reform and scientific research. We would all benefit in some way from that approach, and America’s workers will be better off, with better jobs and more home-grown jobs.

In my opinion, we also need to reform the Tax Code, and yes, have wealthier people pay more than they have been. In this past decade, especially, more wealth has transferred to the top 1% of America’s population than in any time in World History. The wealthier are MUCH more wealthy; the middle-class has almost disappeared, and the lowest economic realms are struggling more than ever. What is wrong with this picture, especially in the dream-made-real which has been my America!

As Congressman Henserling (R) Texas said this week, maybe incentives can be given to the Rich, even while they pay more taxes. The capital gains tax could be reduced and those monies, if re-invested, will help the private sector start to gin-up. Then the Government will get the taxpayers’ money back to the Treasury faster, with good financial returns, because the economy will be in better shape with more diversified investments in place. And the wealthy will be keeping some of their money to re-invest, and will only be rewarded as they re-invest.

I also think that worker’s wages need to rise; that CEO compensation needs to be tied to a reasonable multiple of the common workers’ pay as well as to how well a company performs under that CEO’s guidance; that there be strict regulatory over-sight of corporations, especially in the finance sector; that unions be viable and that contracts between management and workers must exist; that anti-trust legislation be re-invigorated, so monopolies don’t exist; that there be harsh penalties for corporations and jail time for corporate officers for price-fixing, collusion and insider-trading etc. and absolutely, that there must be equal pay for equal work

Additionally, there must be a well-designed national health plan in America, building on the strengths of plans that other first-world nations already have AND there must be meaningful reform in the way pensions, savings protection and public safety-net plans are in place to care for Americans who can no longer work or who are ill, at any age.

All of this becomes more pressing, as I think retirement is a thing of the past, but if America corporations and small business are more generous with paid vacation time (6 weeks, as Europeans have long since had, as a minimum), then all of society will benefit from the experience and dedication of older workers. With more vacation time, people will be able to relax and not just be wage-slaves, as we are now in America.

If it weren’t SO serious, I’d say the usual American time-off as 2 weeks of annual “vacation” is a joke. High levels of stress and lack of time or energy each day lead to poor biochemistry, poor food choices and poor health!

I would say all this could have a chance if it was indeed “business as usual”. But, it is not. Estimates are that the Illuminati already are in control of 99% of all major corporations, and therefore farming, food distribution, fuel etc are all within their purvue. Los Angeles police are already being trained to control the population as food-riots are anticipated, when food-supply is artificially cut.

It seems that the Illluminati // New World Order shill, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulsen, may finally understand he is NOT going to get a carte blanche check, without any over-sight of his actions, from the American People, and that CEO’s pay, in these troubled businesses, has to be curtailed along with golden-parachute “deals” when corporations have been poorly managed.

If The People can manage to sort this out, I think that corporate profits have to be taxed differently than they have been recently, too, but any Plan must allow for plenty of profit to drive the economy. However, above a certain level, excessive profit IS gouging, definitely IS obscene and needs to be dealt with! I haven’t seen any Governments anywhere, recently, with the courage to do that.

Because of these falsely inflated prices, due solely to the profit-motive, people everywhere should NOT have to choose between buying their medication OR buying food OR having a roof over their head OR having no way but to buy gasoline, even if they car pool, to get to work, because there’s not enough public transportation.

Instead, much more relief, and actual salvation from foreclosure, needs to be given FIRST to the citizens who were entrapped by calculating, predatory lenders, and who without help, will lose their homes and life-savings. So far, as of Thursday, Rep. Barney Frank is giving indications that the present Plan gives the Citizens NOTHING!

It is NOT the borrower’s fault; it is the mortgage banker’s fault. They “approved” the loans. Foreclosure relief should have happened years ago! To denigrate the “sub-Prime” borrowers, or any borrowers, as the “Cause” is disingenuous.

The impotent and self-serving Congress failed to act, and otherwise responsible citizens have been losing Everything, while the bulk of Americans, and certainly their Government, didn’t care!

I know the tragedy of this first-hand, as, due to job loss in their professions, and inability to sell the property, 2 of my family have lost their homes, on which they have faithfully paid for decades and decades. This is an ongoing national catastrophe in which families do NOT recover on their own. Now, more than one million Americans have lost their homes, and all their savings, and their lives are trashed and their talents squandered. Neither of my families is on their feet again, after years. Professional and manufacturing jobs have been sent offshore and the only jobs Bush created are low-paying service “jobs”. What a sham.

So, at the core of it all, especially in America, is the Campaign Reform issue, which must be first on the new Administration’s agenda. Write! Speak! Rally! Make it so! Without Campaign Reform, we will still be in the clutches of influence-peddling from the greedy corporations’ lobbyists and wealthy panderers and will have a  continued “NOT concerned for us” but  “YES only to special interests” Government.

With Campaign Reform, which must include not only publically-financed campaigns but also short campaigns, then our representatives will hopefully really attend to The People’s business and their well-being. THAT is their only public duty! But, now, every Congress-person must raise $40,000 a day, just to have money for their next campaign. Does that start to explain why we have nothing happening to help The People, decade after decade?

I may write again during the week, as events change, but I encourage you to strive to Understand the Big Picture and the Hidden Agenda — do whatever you have to do to Understand what IS going on. You have this as your sacred-charge, too, as part of the Social Contract as a citizen, but even moreso, you need to do this to be involved, for your survival.

Best to all — Em

*  United States Northern Command Military Leader, US Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart of NORAD, and his Canadian counterpart, Air Force Lt.-Gen. Marc Dumais announced this new Military Pact (February  14, 2008) … and the only Canadian Troops available for any, so called, ‘civil emergency’ in the United States, are to be soldiers from its Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM), which Russian Military Commanders rate as being one of the top Special Forces Units among all of the World’s Armies. Why are only these the forces chosen to “handle” American citizens? This is very scary.

See more at: http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57228 and learn about the now-turned-terrorist criminal Zeta Mexican Commando mercenaries to be used at:



Last Year’s Honey Cake Recipes:


David Brooks: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/opinion/23brooks.html?em

Destruction of the Dollar:







Dr. Ron Paul video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQsC-F9YRxk

Wall Street Journal:


Ralph Nader’s Sober and Experienced View:



FEMA, Detention Camps`and Creation of An Illegal Shadow Government:







The Federal Reserve is not working for you:


Fascism in America:



FDIC – Concerns:

Wall Street Journal article at http://www.gata.org/node/6031

Basel Accords I and II: Bank of International Settlement – I haven’t read these in detail. There are other sources online, too.




Economic Signposts:


Martial Law:

This assessment of the true intentions of the United States Leaders granting power over their own citizens to Canadian Special Forces Troops, appears to be supported by information coming from US Troops returning from Iraq. Read report at: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2008/020408_shoot_americans.htm


I used this photo to represent the Shekinah, the Female Divine Principle, the closest-to-humankind, maternal, nurturing aspect of the  Divine, depicted as the first branch of the Tetragrammeton, the Holy Tree of Life representation of the Creator, which is at the foundation of Jewish and Sunni Kabbalah. (I am not speaking of the “modernized” versions of Kabbalah, like Madonna ascribes to.)

Shekinah is the Yin principle in Asian religions, which, when unified with the male Yang principle, (in Western religions, this is the paternal aspect of the Lord known as YHWH) the dual-energies (dual-aspects) of maternal and paternal is then combined into the One.

May the Lord watch over you and yours through this tribulation, which is being perpetrated by soul-less humans of EVERY gender, race, crede, religion and country, who owe allegiance to no-one and nothing we would want.

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Your Passion for Life Must Burn Strongly to Live Long. Photo: Chysanthemum - www.slide.com

Life needs to be Passionate for you to endure. Find your Passion so you can unleash the nascent Power you have, as these Elders have done. Follow their lead and you will find that later life can be filled with worthy challenges and endeavors. Make your life count and leave a unique Legacy. 

Young wizard Harry Potter, in “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows”, is seeking to gain the tools for immortality and uses solutions that have a magical aire, but here are several more Amazing Elders who are really creating and living these dreams!

All are succeeding by breaking down the concept and barriers of Agism. Through their brave exploits, new avenues of societal thinking and self-concept can open to us. Aim to grasp a longer more useful life, too. You control your Legacy to the Future.

 Who Is The Oldest Golfer To Get  A Hole-in-One?

Oldest Hole-In-One Golfer, Elsie Mc Lean   Photo: Associated Press

In April 2007, Elsie Mc Lean became the oldest person to hit a hole in one at a regulation golf course. In Chico, California, using her driver, she made her Ace shot at age 102.

Harold Stilson, at age 101, formerly held the record at a country club in Florida.

Who Is The Oldest Person To Fly A Loop-the-Loop?

Adeline Ablitt of Coventry, England accomplished this record in 1998, as a passenger in a glider at age 95. She now says she will ride in a hot air balloon. She had been one of the first women to ride a motorcycle in Coventry decades ago. Adeline says she does not believe in “old age”. At 102, Adeline jumped at the chance to take an Outward Bound survival skills course and completed the 3 day canoing trial with flying colors. As of January 2006, Adeline was still going strong at 103.

Who Are The Oldest Female and Male Astronauts?

Shannon Lucid, oldest female astronaut and veteran of 5 space missions. NASALt. Col. John H. Glenn on first space mission 1962, Friendship 7. Photo: www.historylink.org Senator John Herschel Glenn, US Marine Corps (ret) at 77 flew his second space mission. NASA

They are female astronaut Shannon Lucid, at age 53, on the Space Shuttle mission STS 76 Atlantis in March 1996. She is the first and only woman to make 5 spaceflights.

John Herschel Glenn is the oldest male astronaut at age 77 years, in a 1998 reprise of his 1962 pioneering space flight. Of the original “Mercury 7” astronauts, only Glenn, Carpenter and Cooper survive.

Senator Glenn also used his achievement as a reminder for older people everywhere. “Old folks have ambitions and dreams, too, like everybody else. And why don’t they work for them? Why don’t they go for them? Don’t sit on the couch someplace,” he said.

Who Is The Fastest, Oldest Female Marathoner?

Oldest Marathoner, Mavis Lindgren, RN and Patrick Roden, RN,PhD  Photo: www.2young2retire.com

Mavis Lindgren, RN at 100 is the most accomplished elder marathoner I’ve found. She has run 75 marathons in competition, in a career which did not begin until she was 70 years old and spanned until she was 90.

She began a walking regimen at age 62 as she was beginning to have lung problems from just sitting around in retirement doing the “usual”, sedentary “senior” pastimes. She had 4 bouts of pneumonia in one year, and as a nurse, she knew this did not portend well, for what had been a less-than-normally healthy life previously, beginning with pneumonia and whooping cough as a child in rural Canada.

She was encouraged “to take responsibility for her own health” during a lecture by Dr. Charles Thomas of Loma Linda University in California.

Her doctor sauggested she try an Early Bird Walking Program organized near her home. Mavis stated, “After I started running, I never had another cold” and “I was never sick another day.” 

Mavis is 5 foot 2 inches tall and 102 pounds now, but when she started her walking, it  needed to be slow to help strengthen her weakened heart and skeletal muscles, and she was 20 pounds over-weight from her sedentary retirement lifestyle.

All that incapacity was changed, and she lost the 20 pounds, too. As the months and then years rolled by, she experienced a rebirth of her Health. She ran her way back to Health and showed that the symptoms of “aging” are all too similar to the  consequences of “inactivity”. We are made-to-move, and it is the stagnation of inactivity which helps to cause illness.

Gradually, her endurance allowed Mavis to start “jogging”, but she found out that she really loved to run! So, gradually Mavis increased her time and built endurance, and by age 70 a Marathoner had been born.

She broke world records and blazed new pathways in the (26 mile) marathon for each age stage and for the 10 Kilometer race (6.2 miles). She trained an average of 50 miles a week.

Mavis underwent a series of tests performed at Loma Linda University’s Human Performance Lab to determine how much her body had benefited from the exercise. The [VO.sub.2] max test measures the health of heart, lungs and blood vessel fitness, and Mavis now showed that, at 80, she had the heart and lung efficiency of a normal 22 year old woman!

As far as her body composition was concerned, she tested out at 12% fat whereas a normal “healthy” college-age woman has 25% fat body composition and the average middle age woman has 32% fat.

Mavis was one fit, lean runner who was proud that in every marathon, the organizers let her wear the jersey number which reflected her age that year!

At 90, about 10 years ago, she hung up her running shoes, and what shoes they were — Phil Knight, CEO of NIKE, had special “Air Mavis” shoes made for her, which he presented to Mavis before her last race!

“Amazing Mavis” ran her last official marathon in real style, and many adoring fans in Portland, Oregon remember the inspiration she gave them, too, to change their own Health by regaining their strength and endurance.

One time world champion, oldest marathoner Jenny Wood-Allen of Dundee, Scotland   Photo: BBC

Recently, at 90 years of age, Jenny Wood-Allen of Dundee, Scotland  completed her last marathon — the London Marathon — in 11 hours, 34 minutes. Each marathon is 26 miles, 385 yards! She ran her first marathon at age 71 and has completed more than 30 marathons now.

At one point she was the world-record holder for the over 70 group. Over the years, racing for charity, Jennie has raised more than $70,000.

She had scaled down her marathons to one a year, but she still runs 50 miles a week.

Who Is One Of The Oldest Decorated Heroes?

Every year the Carnegie Hero Fund, established by tycoon Andrew Carnegie, awards medals to ordinary people for extra-ordinary bravery. Until recently, the oldest recipient was Carolyn Kelly, who at 82 years old, jumped into a pond and rescued her fellow retirement-home resident Nina Hutchinson, when Nina’s car drove into the water.

Carolyn held Nina’s head above water until help arrived.

 Ms. Kelley said she was surprised to find out that she was the oldest recipient at the then 99 year old award (this was in 2002), because she felt there are ‘many older, active people who are capable of such acts’.

Who Is The Oldest Known Person To Ski To The Geographic North Pole?

Jack Mackenzie, 77 year old Canadian skier to North Pole, 1999. Photo: www.canadianarticholidays.ca

At age 77 years, 10 months, 13 days old, Canadian Jack McKenzie made history as he became the oldest person to ski to the geographical North Pole (which is located in the far north of Canada, and is also known as the Magnetic North Pole). He skied 62 miles in 5 1/2 days as part of the team to reach the Pole.

Jack joined the 9 member expedition in 1999 to celebrate the “International Year of Older Persons”. He certainly added to the increasing annals of senior accomplishments.

Jack and his wife had visited 6 continents in their retirement, and never repeated a destination. Since his wife died in 1995, Jack has continued to travel and has joined adventure expeditions which finally included Antarctica.  He also took a more than 2400 mile journey across China. Now Jack has visited all 7 continents, and he continuing to travel.

A 52 woman walks to the True North Pole

Ordinary Women, Willing To Do Extra-Ordinary Things! www.msu.eduJournalism professor Sue Carter on her first women’s team ploar trek in 2001 from Siberia. www.msu.edu Journalism Professor at Michigan State, Sue Carter was also an Olympic Torch bearer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Photo: www.statenews.com

In 2001, Jen Buck, a 27 year old Canadian nurse and Olympic rower, who went along on the same expedition with Jack McKenzie, above, co-led the first all women’s team to go to the True North Pole with 11 other women.

The co-leader, Josie Auclair, age 38, is married to famed Canadian Arctic explorer Richard Weber (who along with his partner, Misha Malakhov) are the only humans ever to have walked to the True North Pole successfully 4 times.

Richard trained Josee in the tactics of survival, as the True North Pole is only a piece of floating ice, found with the help of a skilled GPS locating technician (Jen), and within 5 minutes, the ice has already sent you drifting away from the real Pole.

The expedition is fraught with danger at every second, as the 3 meter thick summer Arctic ice “leads” break away constantly, and requires massive re-routing and the danger of floating into isolation or being smashed or drowned, by the power of an 18-wheeler truck crashing down on you. With the mandatory extra re-routing, time, energy and food run the risk of running out, too. And. cold is your constant companion, yet sweat is even more deadly.

The eight other team members included a 52 year old un-named woman (possibly it is Professor Sue Carter, one of the teams’ organizers). With 4 Canadians and 8 Americans, each paid $11,000 each to finance the expedition. On Josee’s first led expedition, the women opted to pull the sleds themselves rather than use sled dogs, and were not re-supplied. They took everything with them from the beginning.

Along with tents, gear, and fuel they carried all their food. They required lots of water and 5,000 calories a day, eaten as concentrated bacon on a stick, pate, cheese, crackers, jambalaya and of course, chocolate!

High-fat food rules, as it burns long and is calorie dense. They had a hot drink on the hour, every hour in the last 48 hour “push”.

Other more experienced Danish male guides, trying at the same time, did not get their expeditions to the Pole.

In the last 2 grueling days, with only 4 hours sleep each night, the team had to cover the last 21 miles. Only when they had crashed through all personal barriers and were within 6 miles of their goal did they have the luxury of knowing that they would likely reach their goal. They did. Attitude, rather than physical strength, is what ultimately defined the group and secured their success.

They were also the first team to reach the True North Pole, whole, with no substitutes; in fact, no substitutes were allowed. The women went for 2 years of training — most just being ordinary women who believed they could do extra-ordinary things! They had a 5 day training in Siberia and then started their 2 week, 200 kilometer trek, slogging with the sleds over miles of house-high ridges. The whole expedition lasted one month, as they were marooned afterward at the camp at Ice Station Borneo.

Michigan State University journalism professor, Sue Carter, and Frida Warra, a documentary film-maker, initiated the idea for the all-women Quest. Their professed desire was “to foster in women and girls a sense of empowerment about themselves and their abilities”.

Who Is The Oldest Person To Graduate From University? Meet A True College Senior!

Oldest College Graduate, Nola Ochs, and grand-daughter, Alexandra Ochs - Photo: www.gulfnews.com

In May 2007, Nola Ochs, at age 95, became the oldest person to graduate from University. Not only that, but Nola is also the person who took the longest to complete her degree. Amazingly, she started her bachelors degree in 1930, went back to school at 75 and completed her degree 20 years later.

Her grand-daughter Alexandra, graduated with her, which is yet another record. And you can bet that her 3 living of 4 sons, and their spouses were all there for the occasion, along with 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, to see the Governor of Kansas present Nola with her diploma, to the applause of thousands.

Nola had to move the 100 miles from her farm and live on campus, in a dormitory for non-traditional students. There and elsewhere on campus, she made lots of friends. Nola said she was just like any other student, but Joleen Briggs, Nola’s college advisor says “she is the poster child of a life-long learner”.

Nola says that “I lived on a farm. I was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I had plenty to do. But, the yearning didn’t go away.”

Along the way, Nola studied for her General Studies and History degree on campus, then by correspondence, then on the internet and finally, went back on campus again.

Other students were fascinated when she could give them first-hand, witness views of the History they were studying.

Now she plans to start on a Master’s Degree on campus at Fort Hays State University this fall.

Nola says she ‘wants to accumulate as many degrees as I can’. And, then she plans to get a job, on a tour ship so she can see the world!  

The previous world record holder was Mozelle Richardson who completed her degree at age 90, in 2004 at the University of Oklahoma.

Brava! And my sincere congratulations to both of you.

Use It Or Lose It – Intellectual Health Is Possible If You Continually Use Your Mind and Brain.

Who Is The Oldest Nobel Laureate?

Raymond Davis, Jr. Oldest Nobel Laureate, Physics 2002 at age 88 Photo: nobelprize.org

At age 88, Raymond Davis Jr. of the United States, received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2002, for his pioneering contributions to Astrophysics, especially for his detection of cosmic neutrino particles.

There are 9 Nobel Laureates in their 80’s who have received the Nobel Prize in their fields of chemistry, economics, medicine, physics as well as 2 more recipients of the most highly-regarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Now, You Can Help History Happen — Yes, You Can!

Gabrielle Simpson hopes to become the world’s oldest circumnavigator. Photo: www.gabriellesimpson.com

Gabrielle Simpson is a 64 year old Australian grandmother who hopes to become the oldest circumnavigator of the world while sailing as an officially chosen crew member in the Clipper 07-08 Round The World Yacht Race.

She still needs to raise funds, and you can help her on her website at www.gabriellesimpson.com .

Gabrielle is embarking on a 10 month voyage after an initial 2 months of intense training in London before the race begins. She has not been a yachting sailor before, but she has a huge affinity and love for the ocean.

Gabrielle will tackle 35,000 miles in this singular race available to non-professional sailors. The race will start from Liverpool, England on September 18, 2007.

Her yacht will be the Quindao Clipper, captained by veteran sailor Marcus Cholerton-Brown.

This single mother has already accomplished a great deal in her life — being a dental nurse for Australia’s world-renowned long-distance Flying Doctor Service, a model in England, and starting over at University, as a mature student, to earn another degree in Arts and Drama. She has already had a major art exhibition in Adelaide, Australia.  Gabrielle was also an Olympic torch-bearer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Gabrielle personifies what the Race selector panel says is the spirit of this world’s longest sailing race — “it’s all about ordinary people doing extra-ordinary things”.

And, as I said at the start, we don’t need to live in the magical worlds of Harry Potter (although that’s fun and has its imaginative place in our psyche). We are powerful Be-ings who create or co-create our own lives which can be steeped with as much wonder and challenge as we can dream of, at any stage of our life!

Go for it!

Next time, we’ll begin to learn the “secrets” which some of these seniors share as the reasons they are able to accomplish all they have, and we will learn more about the science which is helping us understand lots more about longevity and having a quality life at any age!

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Burst Stereotypes About Age Wide-open!   photo: Allium from www.slide.com

In Part 4, we see stereotypes about age are falling as healthy elders emerge. Diabetes, heart disease and the rest are not automatic with age. These dis-eases are largely biochemical imbalances caused by life-style choices. Education can turn this daily choice into Health again, instead of infirmity. Grab your birth-right — a long and healthy life.


As I have prepared these articles, I have been struck by the apparent pomposity and snail’s-pace processing of these “oldest person” claims. The fact that Guinness will not approve anyone who does not have a legal birth-certificate as a candidate for being “oldest person” is preposterous.

I have read about at least a half-dozen people in third-world countries, mostly, who have not got the luxury of a birth-certificate, but whose national identity cards meted out decades ago OR unaltered church registers AND usually living in the same village all their lives SHOWS reasonably that these people are not lying.

More to the point, most often the person and even their family are often not even the ones applying to Guinness; others are doing so on their behalf. Why is Guinness SO wary? When they drag their feet, many of these elders die before hearing even an acknowledgment of their application.

So, I am going to list a few and let you draw your own conclusions. I think the far greater sin is not a recognizing their achievement due to bureaucracy.

I also think that, for the period of time, a century or so ago, before birth-certificates were always applicable, Guinness should have 2 categories – “fully-documented” and “reasonably-documented“, so both groups can be acknowledged.

Possibly, in some countries, even today, people are not being “issued” birth-certificates. Won’t their lives “count” either?


Who Was The Most Likely REAL Oldest Person In The Modern-Day ?!

Maria do Carmo Jeronimo, Brazil - died at 129 years photo: http://news.bbc.co.uk

After weeks of reading, I do not think Jeanne Calement, the 122 year old, fully-documented, Guinness “official” title-holder is correct.

I am inclined to believe the claim of former Brazilian slave, Maria do Carmo Jeronimo, who died in 2000 at 129 years old earned that title.

According to Catholic Church baptismal records, Maria was born on March 5, 1871 in the southeastern town of Carmo de Minas, in Minas Gerais state.

At that time, Brazil was a monarchy under Emperor Pedro II, and Jeronimo, who was black, was born into slavery. Slaves’ births were never registered in civil records, so her family and her “owner” were never issued a birth-certificate.

She was 17 when Brazil finally abolished slavery, but she never left Minas Gerais. For six decades of her life, Maria worked as a housemaid for the Guimaraes family, which recently had tried unsuccessfully to have her recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.

Guinness insisted there must be a birth-certificate. Baloney!

In this case, no one has altered the Church records; they are in proper chronological order AND she worked for the same family for 60 years and then they took care of her for all the succeeding decades after she could no longer work.

So, there are plenty of other people to verify Maria’s long life, and that should count! It is not her fault that Brazil did not afford her the human-right to have her birth officially noted.

Maria received a personal blessing from Pope John Paul II during a visit to Rio. And, at the age of 127, she finally saw the ocean. Local record books listed Maria as the world’s oldest person, and she was honored at the Carnivale parade in Rio commemorating the abolition of slavery.

Finally, on June 16, 2000, Maria succumbed after several strokes, but Thereza Guimaraes, her family’s spokes-person, said “We saw her go through many crises, many delicate situations and survive.”

“We ended up thinking that it would go on forever.”

Who Is Also Currently Deserving Of The Title “Oldest Human”?

Moloko Temo of South Africa seems to be 132 years old. Photo: www.limpopo.gov.za/prov_dept/health_socialdev/events/photo_album/photo_album.asp

Moloko Temo
Moloko Temo of Bochum, Mohodi Ga-Manthatha outside Polokwane in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province turned 133 years old this summer. She was reportedly born on July 4, 1874 according to a government identity document issued to her in 1988.

Temo has eight children, 29 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She has been blind for the last 54 years and is wheelchair-bound, though “healthy in every other way.”

The province’s Elderly People’s Forum applied in 2004 to Guinness World Records to have her deemed world’s oldest person, but so far their effort has gone unanswered.

Evidently, news24.com reports Guinness quoted “people rarely became older than 113 years”. “Present indications are that nobody has ever celebrated their 123rd birthday.” Are they looking?


Other long-lives I want to acknowledge, even if Guinness will not:

Cruz Hernandez
128 years old    El Salvadore    Died March, 2007

Ms Hernandez gave birth to 13 children and ended up with at least 60 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren.

At age 127, “national birth registry officials sent her documents to the Guinness World Records organisation last year, but did not get a reply.”

Fulla Nayak   
120 or 125 years old    India    Died November, 2006

Fulla Nayak, a resident of Kanarpur village in the coastal district of Kendrapada, Orissa died of old age. The grand old woman lived in a small mud-walled thatched house. She is survived by two of her four daughters and around two dozen relatives. Her eldest daughter, Jamuna, 92, lives in the same village. Her son applied to Guiness, but never had a response.

Pasikhat Dzhukalayeva
A Chechen great-great-grandmother whose passport states she was born in 1881, Russian state television has reported.

Pashikat has nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren who call her ‘Granny Asi’.

“I do not know why I have lived so long. I have buried five brothers and sisters, and four children,” the wrinkled Dzhukalayeva, who moves around in a wheelchair.


Who was the longest-lived American?

That honor likely belongs to Mary Ramsey Wood. She was born on a farm near Knoxville, Tennessee May 20, in 1787, and she crossed the plains with her family to settle in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she lived until her death Jan. 01, 1908.

At that time, Mary was probably the oldest woman in the United States, if not in the world, as she was well past her 120th birthday.

Isn’t it amazing that a baby girl was destined to witness the marvelous changes that have since transformed the world and to survive out of the old time into ours?

Mary Ramsey is the child who learned to lisp when Washington was president in the18th century and then lived to talk of President Roosevelt in the 20th century.

To put it into historical perspective another way, Mary was a laughing school-girl of 7 when Tennessee was admitted as a state to the Union; she was a blushing bride when the Napoleon ceded Louisiana to the United States, and she was a proud young mother when Lewis and Clark trampled over the breadth of the North American continent to “where rolls the Oregon” next to the Pacific Ocean.



I am totally amazed by the accomplishments of the following people and I am grateful that, at 61, I am here to see stereotypes changing and “barriers” falling.

“Age” is Nothing!

After all, the original human cell is alive in all of us.

Technically, we are a self-renewing, always renewing life-form. Why would you ever subscribe to the fallacy of being “old”?

Who Is The World’s Oldest Champion Marathon Runner?

Fauja Singh - Adidas sponsors him. “Nothing Is Impossible” Adidas’ sign-board 2005Fauja Singh - official starter at the Edinburgh Marathon 2005Fauja Singh practicing with his coach.  Photo: BBC

(This information about Bhai* Fauja Singh is from 2005) – at 94 years old, Fauja is regularly spotted flying down the streets of Ilford, Essex in his spikes. Why?

At 94, 5 ft 11 inches and about 116 pounds, he’s run at least seven marathons, countless half-marathons and Fauja was recently part of the world’s oldest marathon team in Edinburgh, Scotland where the team’s combined age for the four runners was 397 years!

Fauja was honoured as the “starter” for the race. Their turban-charged, 4 Sikhs relay-team placed 730 out of 912 teams.

Bhai Fauja developed his jogging skills on a farm in Punjab, India and then, at the magical age of 81, when he moved to England, he found his love for the sport became more “serious”.

What’s next? He set his sights on being a record breaker.

At London’s Mile End Park Stadium this great man attempted to set world-best records for men over 90.

And Fauja came up with five new records in 94 incredible minutes. He decided to try his hand at shorter distances: 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m, 1500m, 1 mile, 3,000m and 5,000m.

In the senior category, he not only set a new 200m record, but halved it from 76.8 seconds to 49.28 seconds! He also set the British record for 400 meters, 800m, 1 mile, and 3000m.

“He is an inspiration because he has set five UK records. He has achieved more in one day than an athlete normally does in a lifetime,” said Bridget Cushen, Secretary, British Masters Athletic Federation. “If that wasn’t enough, he attempted all the records in under 94 minutes.”

And, he still officially holds the Marathon World Record for his age 90+ group, set in Toronto September 2003, at 5 hours 40 minutes 01 second. He races for Great Britain.

“Fauja” is the Sikh name meaning “Army General” and he is true to his proud roots as the Sikhs are famous for their military prowess. They turn marvelous skill to peaceful activities, too, and many are great athletes.

He is 180 per cent fitter than an average man of his age, with a bone density in his left leg of a 50-year-old and a “20-year-old’s right leg”. He walks or runs 7 to 10 miles every day and has a training session with his coach once a week, although, he confesses, “When I am tired I do use my bus pass.”

Bhai Sahib also is a great Humanitarian, and all of his Adidas sponsorship money is given to charity.

He also ran one of his 5 London Marathons for the British Heart Foundation and Bliss, a premature baby charity. Bhai Fauja said, “I think that it is a good thing for the oldest runner in the race to run for the youngest people in our world.”

What a wonderful sentiment!

Fauja has found the delicate balance aspired to by Sikhs between being a great Khalsa soldier and a great Khalsa saint.

Fauja also is very aware about being a role model, and it is inspirational for young Sikh’s the world over, to see their proud military heritage, ability and training can be transformed into other healthy past-times, too.

Fauja Singh hopes to return in 2009 to break the record for the oldest marathon runner – presently held by a 98-year-old Greek athlete.

I wish you well, Bhai Fauja Singh Ji !

*Note: Bhai and Ji are an honorifics of respect.


Who Hold The Senior Records For “Fastest Master’s Runner”?

Kozo Haraguchi - Master’s 100 m Dash Champion   Photo: http://memebers.aol.com/win4sports.html

Kozo Haraguchi of Japan is one of the fastest senior runners. He is holder of the official world record for the 100 meter dash set in Osaka, Japan for the 95 + year old group with a time now of 21.69 seconds.

Philip Rabinowitz of Russia is officially the fastest human in the 100+ year category with a 100 meter dash time of 30.86 seconds. Philip also holds the 200 meter world-record in his age group.


Third Japanese Holds Title to Being Oldest Person To Climb Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha).

Katsusuke Yanagisawa on Everest. Photo: www.abc.go.com

Katsusuke Yanagisawa, 71 years, 2 months and 2 days, has become the oldest person to scale 29,035 foot Mt. Everest, beating the previous record set by Takao Arayama in 2006. Both Mr. Arayama and the previous record-holder, Yuichiro Miura, were 70. Takao was 13 days older than Yuichiro when he gained the title.

The present title-holder to climb Sagarmatha (the traditional name for the mountain), is a former school teacher from Nagano, in the mountains of Japan. Katsusuke Yanagisawa reached the summit May 22, 2007, from the Tibetan side, and spent about 30 minutes on top of the world. He survived the rigorous descent, which often kills those who have summited, and at the time, he said it was the last mountain he’d climb.

In addition to Sagarmatha, he has also climbed North America’s tallest mountain, 20,300 foot Mt. McKinley (locally called Denali in Inuit).


Who Is The Oldest Woman To Climb Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha)?

Tamae Watanabe climbs Mt. Everest successfully at age 63. Photo: http://news.bbc.co.uk Tamae Watanabe climbs Mt. Everest successfully at age 63. Photo: http://englishpeopledaily.com.cn

One of the most famous Japanese conquerors of Everest was Junko Tabei, who in 1975 became the first woman on top of the peak.

In 2002, Tamae Watanbe of Japan, set a record among the 70 women Everest climbers, by becoming the oldest woman mountaineer to scale the peak. She was 63 years old.

Formerly, the oldest woman to climb Sagarmatha is famed, highly-regarded mountaineer Anna Czerwinska (born 7/10/49) who climbed Everest from the Nepalese side on 5/22/2000. Anna is also one of the elite who has climbed the seven highest mountains on our planet.

Next time, we’ll learn about more Amazing Elders.

Best to all — Em

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