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I cannot express the grief I feel about the senseless carnage which took the life of this gracious, bright and loving child in Tuscon, Arizona last week. I will miss you, Christina Taylor Green, and mourn all the good you could have contributed to the world, if given the chance.

A few days ago, your Spirit returned to Source from whence you came; today, your Earth Mother holds you close. Now safe. Rest. Your job is done. Now, it’s our turn.

As I am trained in Psychology and Education, I continually read the articles about how the mentally-ill and mentally-vulnerable are not being attended to (starting in the ’80s with Reagan), and without a caring and effective life-line, this young man’s poor choices can be the senseless result.

Tonight, CBS News anchor, Katie Couric, reports that 30% of Americans have some form of mental illness, 5% of them with severe cases. I think a lot of this is from decades of casual drug use among many Americans – parents (drug use before, during and after – affecting genetics and parenting skills), sometime-to-be parents and kids.  And the other major source: decades of poor nutritional choices among even more people with jeopardized or broken genetics and / or biochemical imbalance as a result. And, for some, it is poverty which causes poor nutrition, but it can have the same results.

In this incident, so many lives needlessly lost, and mostly because the talking heads – official and otherwise – have raised the level of disrespect and unsupported rhetoric SO high.

They had better be reversing this in the halls of Congress, the halls of FOX News, radio chat shows and in the churches and organizations of hate and vitriol.

Let’s see statesmanship, civil and honest discourse which attempts to find common ground and compromise; let’s aim for a centrist agenda. All that counts is the Good of the Nation, not corporations, special interests, power-mongers. It needs to be central and all that is attended to. Get to The People’s Business, only.

And, healthcare reform needs to be settled, fairly, now!

For, without access to preventative care (and at a fair fee which people can afford), the nation cannot have a citizenry with a healthy, trim and  vigorous body,  and with a mentally-stable, well-nourished mind. This nation’s destiny is at-risk in ever-increasing increments, from within and outside our borders, and we are turning into weaklings.

Whether it be the drug-cartel violence at the Mexican border and the havoc their product produces in our vulnerable young people, while society is ineffectually fighting it OR whether it’s China with their aggressive, ready, million-man army (and it’s successful recent missile tests), the world is very scary at the moment.

We can reverse ALL this if we work together and don’t disengage.

Each of us has to become an instrument of positive change, like Gabe Zimmerman and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were trying to be, and like the interested, involved citizens, who attended her Meet “N’Greet “Congress on your Corner”.

Our prayers are with all the families.

As balm for Christina’s family, John and Roxanna Green, their 11 year old son Dallas and extended family, as well as for the others personally touched by the larger tragedy, we pledge this as a time for reflection.

Figure out what you can do to make the world around you a better place.

Start small and keep working. No endeavor is insignificant. Just start. And, hold your elected officials’ feet-to-the-fire. Pay attention to what they are and what they are not doing on your behalf and the Nation’s behalf.

Things just can’t be business-as-usual because, for decades, the People’s Business has NOT been done!

Listen to and READ many sources. Get many points of view. Then, make your own opinion. Next, work to make your voice heard.

At the same time, settle on a set of steps as to how you can make your own and your family’s “lot” better if these officials act, and even more if they don’t act!

The American Dream is, at best, on hold. Whether we can speak of it in a hopeful Future, depends on us seeing the return of a vibrant, reasonable-size middle-class. THAT  will determine the fate of our country.

And, in turn, this time, the middle-class has to help those below them better than they did before.  And, all of us need laws to put the top 1% – 2% of the wealthy on notice, that the land and money and power grab is over.

Get Campaign Reform in place and that cuts off the power-mongering immediately!

When this Congress and this Executive can kowtow to special interest and pressure from the powerful to enact tax-cuts for the wealthy, giving away another 800 billion dollars of now uncollectable tax money from the wealthy, officials are left with unacceptable choices for making “cuts”.

Only trying to tear-down so-called “entitlements” for those who paid into these systems and now need them OR for the most-needy, least healthy of us who need the services is a heinous, unfair plan to be thinking of as the source of fiscal re-balancing.

And, for the military spending-cuts, their wisdom remains to be seen.

But, clearly, the wealthy 1%-2% are NOT paying their share and have undue influence while owning more than 50% of the wealth of this wealthiest nation in the world. And, no, the science shows that their wealth does NOT “trickle-down” nearly as much as it should. They actually don’t stimulate the economy with their money.

America needs to be better on all levels and I think her citizens must insist upon it and contribute their own actions to Positive Change.

So what, that Congress voted to extend the tax-cuts for the wealthy. Go back, re-visit the issue and re-craft the Law. That’s where huge change needs to begin.

And, the Federal government needs to make sure that the states don’t go under. The purse is too unbalanced in Federal favor. The states are the one’s best able to deliver what their citizenry needs, and several are destitute, or on the brink.

More than 30 states cut their mental health budgets, by a total of 2 billion dollars, and that’s part of why there is a lack of treatment options. It opens the chance for these tragic occurrences, and people have to be willing to alert authorities to those who are behaving irrationally, with a strict set of published criteria, so that the system is not abused.

Nothing is cast in stone, but when people are “hurting” as desperately as many people are, without acknowledgment that means anything concretely, then more trouble can happen.

So, let’s make sure we are walking in a better direction. It starts with each of us. Tell your Congress that you want the tax-cuts for the wealthy revisited and that you want real healthcare reform, with the public option as a central underpinning. Hop to it!

I received an email recently, and part of it said:

“They say it takes a minute to find a special person,
an hour to appreciate them,
a day to love them,
but then an entire life to forget them.”

That’s how I feel about you, Christina. May your Light always shine in our hearts, and may we be worthy of that.

Best to all — Em

(c)2011 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

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DDD Blog – 3rd Anniversary Update

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

Two days ago, this blog turned 3 years old. I am grateful for my readers, and it is humbling to know that nearly 200,000 have read my information and perspective about helping diabetics live better lives and how to cure diabetes with alternative methods and especially alkaline foods.

This past year, I have been trying to get a business started, and that has eaten into my time here at DDD, seriously, but I am still committed to trying hard to continue the flow of my unique diabetic information for you, as much as I can.

I am hoping to publish some materials of my own this year and will alert to when and where to get them; I’m trying to learn being a webmistress. I’ve had to learn how best to accomplish publishing, and it’s taken awhile.

I am persisting because Diabetes is a growing problem, in America and globally, and First Lady Michelle Obama has realized the consequences of childhood obesity now. It leads to pre-diabetes and full-blown diabetes with huge numbers of new diabetics (immediately and later); this problem has the capacity to cripple our society.

I believe that whether it’s for a healthy life beginning in youth or for quality longevity as seniors, the daily choices we make are the foundation of our Health. And, all of us need to learn stress reduction techniques, as stress initiates the hormonal cascade which encourages diabetes.

As the world-wide economy fails, people make the mistake of cutting the quality and quantity of their food in order to preserve other items in their budget. This is a recipe for disaster!

I know. Even with 5 university degrees between us, my husband and I have had a tough time since we closed his practice and all our lifetime of investments went “south”. We’ve struggled seriously for about 8 years now.

After listening to many well-regarded experts, on responsible media, I believe that people just joining us in this economic conflagration are not going to see the American economy turn-around any time soon. I truly fear the loss of the middle-class everywhere; it may be the biggest casualty in history.

In teaching my strategy to economically and medically survive in the trenches, I have had to make serious budget choices. (which I am not used to doing — in childhood or in adulthood).

As a diabetic, not on medication, with no health insurance, I have to be really careful and knowledgeable!

Now, after the utilities and gasoline are bought and the roof over our head is paid for, food comes next. Period. And, it’s great, healthy food, as organic as possible. That may mean no new clothes, no gifts (our larger family understands), no concerts or playthings and little travel. We’ve returned to what is usually known as Voluntary Simplicity … but in our case, it’s mandatory.

We are learning to live like most social strata in the world live, without the excess and folly, and by being a close-knit family, we are able to do it. Rather than viewing our new life as a fall-from-grace, it’s been uplifting to get-off the consumer bandwagon and find there’s actually a better life hiding there.

But, it’s a challenge, no hiding that fact. Yet, even so, I’m not patronizing the Whole Foods wannabe called Walmart, for our food and never will.

I prefer to continue to support those businesses which still exemplify the heart of the natural-foods and organic foods movements. I have built them with my dollars for 40 years of family food purchases. Walmart really badgers it’s vendors and is going into local foods and organics only to try to kill these other longtime businesses. I won’t play their game, ever.

To help ourselves, we recently joined the closest food co-op; it had been in a really far neighborhood, but halved the distance when opening a second store. Keeping a low carbon footprint has always been important to my family, so trips to the co-op only happen when we have to be in that part of town, and we buy there accordingly.

Every trip away from home must accomplish at least 3 – 4 important goals and stops, minimum. We wait to travel anywhere until there’s enough reason to go. When we had jobs, public transportation was always first choice for commuting.

The rest of our grocery stores are closer and have been in the organics business a long time. We still support the first store chain (in its newer incarnation) from which we’ve bought our organic food in Portland for the past 30 years.

It’s harder now, being on unemployment stipends. These stores are not cheap at all. The few items I can pare off, which are more commercial, I get my husband to get at the employee-owned grocery chain in town, as they are able to discount more heavily.

I / We make more things from scratch, and I’m lucky that my husband is a great cook, and follows recipes well. But, he’s juggling that while continuing a job search (3 years without income — he’s an “over-qualified”, top tier executive) and he’s mulling over whether and how we can start a business.

It’s a shame for all of his legal and financial know-how to be going to waste OR for him not to continue to follow his passion, wood-working, which he’s been excellent at for 4 decades, too, in a little business of his own.

Those of you who return home tired from your job each night (and who are doubtlessly being overworked, as most modern companies are doing to their employees), need my information about how to organize making healthy food on a budget (of time and money) just as much as we have needed to know it. Albeit for some different reasons, as well as similar ones, we are all in the same boat.

So, I will continue DDD with pertinent scientific information, important alternative medicine strategies and ongoing access to recipes and living with diabetes on a budget information (with more to come in my published for profit material).

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I sincerely hope those of you in America will agitate on your behalf about health-care. It’s shameful, and a public option needs to be part of the mix.

Our well-covered politicians are out of touch and Congress needs a TOTAL (and I mean total) scouring-out. We only need people in Congress who will make Campaign Reform the first job, and undoing the Supreme Court’s recent ruling letting corporations have first amendment rights.

These are serious issues that, unless they are actually and quickly accomplished, mean that we are basically on-our-own and that government doesn’t work anymore except for the rich and powerful.

Don’t just sit back. Make sure this generation of children grow up healthy. Get junk food and junk ideas out of your life. Act on behalf of ourselves and future generations to make sure that, as our Founding Fathers intended, the power is in the hands of We The People, not corporations and not any of our out-of-touch, self-serving “representatives”.

Best to all — Em

(c)2010 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com

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