Is Seeing Really Believing

What we experience shapes our reality. “Seeing is believing,” right? Not necessarily. Visual illusions can distort our perception so that what we “see” does not correspond with what is physically there. (source: Scientific American)

Seeing is believing is an idiom first recorded in this form in 1639 that means “only physical or concrete evidence is convincing”. It is the essence of St. Thomas’s claim to Jesus Christ, to which the latter responded that there were those who had not seen but believed. (source: Wikipedia.org)

Quite a lot of what goes on in our world is manipulated, everything from what we eat, what we hear, what we believe, and especially in today’s world, what we see.

The following video will show you how what we see may not necessarily be real. How the news media along with other organizations, even our own government, can make this happen and ultimately change the world’s reality and future.

North Korea and the Growing Threat to the United States

North Korea test fired another ICBM missileNorth Korean Threat to American Cities. Friday July 28, 2017 which supposedly is capable of hitting cities in the United States this time.

This date is my mother’s birthday and since she died at the age of 29 and was from upstate New York, all of this reminds me of the cold war era in the late fifties and early 1960s between the US and Russia.

I lived in upstate New York at the time where underground missile silos were being built all over the place. Upstate New York missle siloI was in elementary school then and moved to South Carolina in the Spring of 1961 during second grade where makeshift bomb shelters had been built at some schools. This was a failed attempt to give us and our parents an idea of what we were supposed to do to prepare for a possible war, but the war never materialized, not physically anyway, and the shelters were forgotten about and then torn down years later during the Reagan years after Russia collapsed.

Once again, this country is being provoked into a pre-war scenario due to the actions of another lunatic dictator in a third world country. I use the term third world because of the destitute way the major portion of North Korea’s population has to live thanks to their “Supreme Commander” Kim Jong-un. In fact, the only way to live otherwise is to be in the North Korean military and be forced to worship him as a god or forced into a labor camp farm to serve his gluttonous needs…like a 20,000 calories per day diet while most of his people starve.

Will these provocations be played out into an all out war between the United States and North Korea? I believe only by a mistake on the part of one of the players especially that of China, the United States, or Russia mainly, but also that of Iran and other rogue nations who should not have nuclear capabilities in the first place and in collusion with North Korea.

I did not say North Korea would directly because everything Kim Jong-un does is calculated and he knows that he doesn’t stand a snow ball’s chance in hell against the US. He isn’t stupid, but he has read the history books and knows what happened with Germany and Japan. His purpose is to use Russia or China to do his dirty work. So far it hasn’t worked, but it’s getting closer to a real showdown with one of them for the United States.

Would Kim Jong-un strike out at the US? North Korea would only strike out after a devastating initial attack by another source while the US was on it’s knees and unable to strike back. However, keeping our nation secure is to keep our  knowledge and information secure of exactly all of the capabilities we do have…from everyone. That is the deterrent, not putting all of our cards on the table.

This is where Donald Trump comes in.  I didn’t vote for Trump, although my wife did. I didn’t see what he was up to until later after the election. But I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton either.

Thanks to the actions of this nut job Kim Jong-un, China now has become extremely uneasy about relations with the US as well as other countries and has their first offshore military base and I’m sure will pursue more.

People think Donald Trump is also a nut job, but in reality he knows exactly what he is doing. He is playing a game of chess like a master and getting his pieces into  place by moving them all over the board. That’s why so many changes in his administration and keeping the press at bay. He is weeding out who he can and can’t trust.

Trump is a master at negotiations and making deals and a master of illusion. Every action has a purpose and since before the election his purpose has been and is to keep the press and the Democrats so preoccupied with illusions that they can’t interfere with the magic behind the scenes. Watch The Illusionist  if you have not already seen it and you will understand what I mean.

This movie is so Donald Trump, nothing is what it seems.

Prescription dog, cat foods face anti-trust lawsuit

Prescription dog, cat foods face anti-trust lawsuit

The title above links to one I ran across recently while doing some research on pet foods. It was very interesting as my wife and I have taken care of feral cats for quite some time.

Recently one of our cats, a seven year old Burmese male named Kellin, became very ill with a urinary tract infection. I called our vet who happened to be going out of town for the holiday. They recommended having Kellin seen immediately or he would die and since they could not see him we were referred to another vet. It was actually a local pet hospital. We rushed the cat to the other facility and were treated better than by our own vet of many years.

Kellin was in surgery after some tests and we were given an estimate of the bill upfront. The bill was estimated to be nearly $1,000, however, that wasn’t the shocker. They recommended we place our cat on a prescribed special cat food.

As I had to leave for an eye exam across the street before the vet returned with the itemized total, my wife stayed to talk to the vet more. She had said OK to the cost of the medical care, but not to the cost of the food.

Our cat came through surgery fine and they did take very good care of him even calling us twice a day to keep us updated for the three days he was there. Since my wife had just had two surgeries herself and wasn’t feeling well the day Kellin was released, I went to pick up him up. I paid the bill which was now listed at $1,100 and headed home with two arm loads of a so called Prescription cat food, one 8.5 LB bag of dry and a pallet of 24 cans. A hundred dollars worth of prescription diet cat food.

When I got home my wife said she told them we did not want the prescription food, but they had tacked it onto the bill anyway. We checked it online and found we had paid three times higher than what we could have purchased it for online even with shipping costs. We actually found very little difference in that food and and the Purina cat food he had been fed his whole life.

After some investigative work we now believe that Kellin’s problem may have stemmed from him drinking well water at our home and may not have been the food.

Kellin was a very tiny and very ill little kitten my daughter had found that had been abandoned by the side of the road. She lived in the city with her mother and had city water service. When she graduated and moved away she asked my new wife and I to keep Kellin. We had him less than a year when he became ill.

We live in the country and have a 200 foot deep sand well and we think the minerals in the water may have caused Kellins problem, although we take care of 28 other cats who, except for three, have all drank well water their entire lives and none of the 28 have had problems with it.

Kellin is eating the prescription food for now until it runs out, but he eats other food as well with the other cats and likes it better.

On another occasion we were told by our vet that the other eleven year old female Burmese we have named Polly was diagnosed with liver cancer and needed more tests which would cost about $500. Polly had lost a lot of weight and had stopped eating and drinking. We she would vomit anytime she ate or drank so she just quit. They tried to get us to buy the same prescription cat food for Polly, but we turned it down and instead used the internet to do research.

We did as another cat caretaker had done and hand fed Polly goats milk with an eye dropper. We did get some meds from the vet for the nausea she had so she would hold the milk down. After about six weeks of this procedure Polly began to drink water on her own without throwing it back up and then about a week later she began eating and holding down small amounts of soft food.

Today, two years later, Polly is very healthy and runs and plays with other cats like she is a kitten. She is now thirteen tears old and though we no longer give her goats milk, we do give her glucosamine for cats which seems to have helped her joint health and enabled her to run and play again. It’s amazing how a little research on your own can go a long way to making you a little wiser and maybe happier and healthier.

Good luck on your own research and please read the article from the title above.

 

Can Eating Fast Food Kill You?

The answer to this question is most certainly yes, eating fast food can kill you or at least make you very sick.

My answer is based on my own personal experiences. I have had food poison from eating at fast food restaurants and from buying from vending machines a couple of times. However, my greatest experience was from almost losing my grandson, Jacob, after he and some friends ate Buffalo chicken wings and chicken sandwiches from a fast food restaurant after school in December of 2016.

My grandson is 20 and taking college pre-med classes. He began having issues with diarrhea a few days after he and some friends stopped off after school for lunch at a fast food restaurant. My grandson had eaten a chicken sandwich. Unfortunately the food was laced with a very serious type of bacteria called  Campylobacter.

Although Jacob’s mom is a nurse, do to modesty, he didn’t tell her he was having diarrhea problems until a week had gone by. By this time Jacob had begun having episodes of fever and chills while the diarrhea was getting worse and he was becoming severely dehydrated. Jacob lives at home with his mom, but both he and his mom attend college. Jacob’s mom is taking classes to become a nurse practitioner and works two jobs as well so they don’t see much of each other.

When Jacob finally told his mom he had diarrhea and felt sick, she took my grandson to their family doctor where they said Jacob had a bug with flu-like symptoms, but no virus. They gave him intravenous fluids for the dehydration and sent him home. After another week and Jacob was getting no better his mom took him back to the doctor and once again they said the same thing. Jacob’s mom knew there was something more serious going on and took him to the emergency room at the hospital where she works as an ICU nurse.

After many tests the conclusion was an intestinal problem in his colon, but Jake continued getting worse and began having numbness in one side. He was coded blue and the ICU team was rushed in because they thought he may be having a stroke. Nothing was found so more tests were ordered and an infectious disease doctor was called in to look at the case. She called for another test.

The latest tests showed the emergency room doctor’s original diagnosis was off somewhat and that Jacob had a type of food poison called Campylobacter and the infectious disease doctor immediately placed Jacob on strong antibiotics.

Campylobacter are a group of germs (bacteria) that are a common cause of food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when food or water contaminated with germs (microbes), poisons (toxins) or chemicals is eaten or drunk. Microbes include bacteria, viruses and parasites. A parasite is a living thing that lives in, or on, another living organism. Typically, food poisoning causes gastroenteritis, an infection of the gut (intestines). This leads to diarrhoea and sometimes also to being sick (vomiting). (Source: Patient.Info)

But, after still more tests they found that the Campylobacter infection had caused an active issue with severe colitis in Jacob’s colon. He continued to have fevers and they found that when he was given acetaminophen, the drug compound used in Tylenol, his fever would go up. His meds were switched to ibuprofen and his fever began staying down. After about two more weeks in the hospital Jacob was well enough to go home with continued treatments at home.

DHEC investigated the case to trace the cause of the infection and see if anyone else had contracted it. It turned out other folks including Jake’s friends who ate at the same restaurant had also become infected. Jacob has now made a full recovery, is back in school, and he also aquired his first job as a certified first responder with a paramedic team.