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Help! I’m In The Middle Of My Midlife Crisis

September 17, 2015


No, seriously. I truly mean that. I was initially typing up a blog entry that was going to blast social networking such as this and call it an empty excuse for virtual reality.

Then it got much more darker and I was complaining about how everyone online is trying to be more clever (yikes – bad english?) than the next person. It started going on and on about a “what if” scenario occurring that caused worldwide connectivity to collapse. Thousands of people wouldn’t know what to do with themselves or how to behave.

Then I stopped and said to myself, “What’s my point?” I started questioning my own negativity and refusal to acknowledge that wordpress or facebook or twitter does help people interract with other like-minded individuals.

It’s not a vast wasteland like Newton Minow attributed to television over fifty years ago. Well, sometimes it could be but, hey, I need to steer away from being negative.

I was starting to sound bitter and miserable while complaining that bloggers are only out to try and prove how unique they think they are or are only using these sites to sell books and/or artwork.

I stopped again.

Maybe it’s not you (collectively) who is bitter and miserable. Maybe it’s me.

I’m the miserable and negative person in this picture. It was me trying to project my drawbacks and failings onto you. What’s that old expression? Misery loves company? Ding.

I have my reasons for being miserable. If you only knew.

So how do I turn this around and focus, I mean really focus, on being positive? No one said that it was going to be easy. It gets increasingly more difficult as we get older.

Each of us is responsible for our own happiness. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our freaking forefathers wrote that.

How do I find my own happiness in middle age? That’s the sixty-four-thousand dollar question.

I’m not looking to blame my parents for this but I think being negative is a learned behavior from my upbringing. More likely it’s genetic. My mother was a negative person and she suffered from depression for the last twenty-two years of her life. Actually maybe more than that.

I do have alot of negativity going on in my life. I don’t wish to post my troubles here. See “About This Blogger” if you want to make contact with me.

Thanks. I could surely use an e-friend right now.


If Laughter Is The Best Medicine, Then Someone Forgot To Tell The Three Stooges

August 7, 2015

3stoogesThe Three Stooges were one of the most popular comedy teams ever to perform in cinematic history. Several of them died from heart-related ailments.

The youngest stooge and the first to perish was Curly Howard who was overweight and had high blood pressure. He suffered a series of strokes which ended his acting career in 1946 and he died from a cerebral hemorrage in 1952 at the age of 48.

Older brother Shemp Howard died from a sudden heart attack while telling a joke in the back of a taxi-cab while coming home from a Friday night boxing match in 1955. He was 60-years-old.

Larry Fine had his first stroke in 1970 which paralyzed him and slurred his speech. He suffered another stroke in early 1975 which put him in a coma where he died two weeks later. Cause of death was listed as cerebral thrombosis. He was 72.

Moe Howard succumbed to lung cancer in 1975 at the age of 77.

Joe Besser died at his home in North Hollywood from a heart attack in 1988. He was 80-years-old.

Curly-Joe DeRita died in 1993 just nine days before his 84th birthday after several strokes.

And it was once believed that Ted Healy, who started the Three Stooges act, died in 1937 from a heart attack following an evening of fast drinking and getting beaten up outside of a bar on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. His death certificate lists “acute toxic nephritis” (inflammation of the kidneys) as his actual cause of death.

The Three Stooges kept their audiences heartily laughing for over a quarter of a century.

Hydrazine Sulfate As Cure-All for Breast Cancer is a Hoax

July 20, 2010

No one is more disappointed than me.  When I first heard Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione on the Howard Stern Show in 1995 touting how the drug Hydrazine Sulfate cured his wife of breast cancer, I was hopeful that the medical world was on to something big.

In 1995, Kathy Keeton, wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, achieved widespread publicity with claims that hydrazine sulfate had enabled her to recover from stage IV metastatic breast cancer after doctors gave her only 6 weeks to live.

In January 1997, Keeton and Guccione both appeared on The Montel Williams Show to further discuss the so-called benefits of hyrdazine sulfate as a “miracle cure” for late stage breast cancer.

Several months later, however, Keeton passed away during surgery to remove tumorous tissue from her upper digestive system.  That was in September 1997.

Dr. Saul Green, a highly regarded cancer researcher, examined all of the evidence concerning the hydrazine sulfate (HS) and came to this conclusion about the dreaded drug:

* HS has never been shown to act as an anticancer agent
* Patients do not experience remissions or regressions of their cancer due to HS treatment
* Patients treated with HS do not live longer than nontreated patients.
* Although HS may correct abnormal carbohydrate metabolism in some cancer patients, the rationale that it acts as an anticancer agent because it deprives cancers of their energy by inhibiting formation of glucose from lactic acid (gluconeogenesis) is erroneous.
* HS has not been shown to be an effective anticancer agent.
* HS is not risk-free.

Identifying a Stroke… Critical

July 19, 2010


STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters…. S. T. R.

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During a barbecue, a woman named Jane stumbled and took a little fall. She assured  everyone that she was fine. They offered to call paramedics. She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They cleaned her up and got her a new plate of  food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital; sadly at 6:00pm, Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the barbecue. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with  us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a  helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It  only takes a minute to read and learn this…

A neurologist said that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke….totally. He said  the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient  medically cared for within 3 hours which is  tough.


Thank goodness for the sense to remember the three steps, S-T-R.

Read and learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a  stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The  stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the  symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a  bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S  *Ask  the individual to SMILE.

T  *Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently –  i.e. It is sunny out  today.)

R *Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH  ARMS.

If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these  tasks, call emergency number immediately  and describe the symptoms to the  dispatcher.

Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue:

New  Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out your tongue!

NOTE:  Another sign of a stroke is this: Ask the person to stick out his tongue.. If the tongue  is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other,  that is also an indication of a  stroke.

A cardiologist said if everyone who can relay this information to at least ten additional people; you can bet that hopefully one life will be saved.

Capitalism Will Never Allow For A Cure Of Cancer

July 1, 2009


Cancer is a horrible disease. It kills hundreds of thousands of people. Capitalism will never allow for cancer to be cured. There is simply too much money to be made in the cancer industry. Think about it.

I feel for the Alex Scott family. After they lost their daughter, Alex, to a form of pediatric cancer, they started a foundation to continue her lemonade sales in support of cancer research. Who can say no to a child doing fundraising against a terrible disease known as cancer? Absolutely no one. The public relations factor is huge. It’s the classic case of Samson vs. Goliath.

But the truth is, capitalism will never allow for a cure for cancer. Why? Because too many oncologists and cancer treatment centers would go out of business if that were the case. Too many livelihoods would be ruined. Too many careers at risk.

Remember a product called Roach Prufe® ? It is an insecticide powder that someone invented to kill cockroaches. The insect would walk through this powder, and it stuck to their body and legs. When the cockroach returned back to its nest, the product did a great job in destroying roaches where they live and breed.

The problem is that it worked too good. So good, in fact, that a bug exterminating conglomerate was rumored to have bought out the company who made Roach Prufe® and eliminated it from the marketplace. Roach Prufe® supposedly got exterminated – not the cockroaches.

If bug exterminators are too efficient, no one would ever need their services again.  The same thing is true about cancer. What’s that called? A conundrum. Double conundrum.

conundrum (ke-NUN-drem)  n.  A problem admitting of no satisfactory solution.

The ongoing search for a cure for cancer is one thing. The actual cure is another. It’s hazardous to the health of the industry itself.