Country doctoring- Virginia there still is a Santa Claus

Long thought extinct from the American health care frontier one has been found alive and serving his rural patients -a dedicated doctor that make house calls. One has been loving his work for 50 years!

In Yoakum, Texas a sleepy country town, that sprang up around a railroad junction  folks knows Doc Watson.

Over the last 50 years, this tall and lanky family general practitioner welcomed many of the town’s citizens and doctored most of the others.

“I never wanted to be anything other than a family doctor,” Watson said as he sat in the hospital cafeteria on a recent December day. Pork chops and chicken fried steak (“good home cooking,” noted Watson) were on the menu, a reminder of the small-town atmosphere that drew the Baylor College of Medicine graduate to Yoakum in 1958.

The frayed and stained  doctor’s bag he brought with him is marked by the scars of countless moments of birth, death and recovery. Over the years he has served several generations of patients in this town of 6,000 about 100 miles east of San Antonio.

He began his practice charging $3 for office visits and $5 for house calls, but he often accepted other kinds of payment including homemade pies, fresh vegetables, deer meat and sausages. One grateful patient gave Watson, a hardcore golfer, one of her husband’s old 2-irons. It still sits in a corner of his office.

“He’s always right there when you need him,” said Karen Barber, CEO of the Yoakum Community Hospital, where a wing is named after Watson. “There’s never a second thought for him. He just does what needs to be done.”
The night Janet Jaco’s little girl had to be rushed to the hospital with a sudden hemorrhage, David Watson walked the four blocks from his house to the Yoakum Community Hospital every hour on the hour to check on his patient and offer a comforting shoulder to her worried mother.

The night the hospital urgently needed blood for an obstetrics patient, Watson rushed down from his office to donate some of his O-negative, then stayed to call in other townspeople with the right blood type. (He knew who they were.)

Flooded roads  did not stop him on night  from getting to an ailing neighbor; he simply jumped on the tractor, put one arm around the driver and  the other held his worn leather doctor’s bag as they went to the hospital.

Dr. Watson received the Country Doctor of the Year award this month. The honors is awarded annual to a primary care physician who best exemplifies the spirit of rural practitioners.

At 78, he still sees up to 30 patients a day at the Yoakum Medical Clinic, the office where he has worked for half a century. He visits another 30 patients during daily rounds at the hospital and a local nursing home, treats children at the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch and continues to make house calls.

Love what you do -do it to the best of your abilities and the world will be a better place for you having walked and served here.

Thanks Dr. Watson for your dedicated loving service.

Yes Virginia the spirit of Christmas lives on every day through loving dedicated people.


Country Doctor of Year: 50 years of house calls

–  MONICA RHOR, AP Dec 29, 2008. as reported in YahooNews;_ylt=Assc


Dysport cousin to Botox – possible birth defects

Health alert over the “use of anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox, after an Australian baby was born with serious birth defects.

The mother was given facial cosmetic injections of the drug Dysport in the first weeks of her pregnancy in 2005. Her baby was born deaf and blind.

A report by the manufacturer a year later admits a possible link with the drug’s use, News Ltd reported.”

Dysport is made from clostridium botulinum type A  a haemeglobulin and has,  far as the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration is concerned, no warnings and no  specific indications are given for its use.

Haemeglobulin means it effects the blood and seems to cross the blood brain barrier in mom and fetus. The drugs effects on early stage  fetal development can possibly be due to the neurological stress causing the wrong chemical messages to be sent to the developing fetal systems.

From the Dysport commercial

Yes, “Dysport is a simple, effective, non-surgical treatment that works by relaxing facial muscles on the forehead, thereby reducing and smoothing away frown-lines and wrinkles this is true.”
Any drug that effects neurology and physiology of the body can cause troubles for the developing fetus in the womb.
Dysport has been used to treat

  • neurological and ophthalmic conditions.
  • frown lines
  • axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the armpits).
  • nervous tics and muscle spasms of the face and neck.
  • neuro-muscular conditions
  • botulinum toxin Type A to be approved in New Zealand
  • spasticity in adults of many types

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  • Possible birth defects to the botulinum type A toxin used in Botox and Dysport
  • temporary facial paralysis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • hallucinations
  • trouble swallowing
  • anxiety.

Dysport that have been reported to the Therapeutic Goods Administration since July 1, 1994.
Is temporary beauty worth losing your health or your baby’s chance at a normal life?

Dysport is manufactured in Britain by Ipsen Limited.


$10,000 box of organic crackers

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In Irvine, California a box of organic crackers was worth its weight in gold. Debra Rogoff bought a box of Annie’s Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers When the daughter opened it she for a big surprise inside. No not insects or toys, but $$$. There was a plain white envelope stuffed with $10,000.
Yet Debra Rogoff was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter’s find.

‘This is someone’s money,'” … she told her daughter. “We would never feel good about spending it.”
So the family called police and was told that the money might be part of a drug drop.
Then store managers at Whole Foods in Tustin called the police to see if anyone turned in a certain box of crackers. It seems that an elderly woman was in their store a few days earlier, hysterical because she had mistakenly returned the wrong box of crackers with her life savings inside!

In a mix-up the store restocked the box rather than composting it.
The elderly Lake Forest woman had lost faith in her bank and decided the box would be a safer place for the money. Fortunately, the box of Annie’s Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers were bought by the Rogoffs, who discovered the crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope on Oct. 10, 2008.

Remember no good deed goes unrewarded?
The Rogoffs never heard from the woman or receive a reward from her, but Rogoff continues to be sent good thoughts and wishes from those who read this post.

Every good deed helps everyone else. Thanks Debra for inspiring us all to act to our highest potential.


The Orange County Register,

Image courtesy of Annie’s

Little Blue Pill CIA secret weapon?

amd_viagraThe  little blue pill seems to be the CIA agents secret weapon in Afghanistan. The agency encourages officers “to think outside the box” and that whatever works within the U.S. law is fair game. Well there are times, PFE’s impotence-fighter Viagra is needed to “make friends and influence people. It is the secret weapon in the renewed fight against the Taliban.
A Pfizer spokeswoman refused to  comment.

Bob Windrem, a senior investigative producer at NBC News, investigated the  CIA connection and said that agency officials have no comment. However, a senior intelligence official says, “If it was done, it was done in a handful of cases.”  No one’s gonna get in trouble for it...The agency encourages officers “to think outside the box” and that whatever works within the U.S. law is fair game.


V Is For Victory & Viagra – Mike Huckman AP
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Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan  – Joby Warrick  Washington Post  December 26, 2008

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Rural Farm land gold of the future

Conquering new lands is happening again. This type of take over of one country by another is happening through the buy out of the poorer country’s  arable lands which are now worth their weight in gold. As the world food shortage escalates and country’s run out of both food and water, countries short of resources and corporations desperate for profits are buying up arable land in emerging nations.

The non-governmental organizations representing the little poor guy are voicing alarm at this “global land grab,” which they say is threatening the survival of rural livelihoods in some parts of the world.

The practice is being carried out in part by countries which have little arable land and have been hit this year by soaring food prices, and by investors who are getting burned in the financial crisis and are tempted by the profits from food products.

“So governments that rely on imports to feed their people are snatching up vast areas of farmland abroad for their own offshore food production,” said the Spanish-based NGO Grain.

“On the other hand, food corporations and private investors, hungry for profits in the midst of the deepening financial crisis, see investment in foreign farmland as an important new source of revenue.”

The result is that fertile agricultural land is becoming privatized and concentrated and controlled by big agriculture and investment banks for GMO food production and the devastation of the environment.

The Arab countries in the Gulf, China, Egypt, India, Japan and South Korea are looking to buy out large areas in the Philippines, Cambodia, Uganda and Brazil, said Grain. While in South Korean  a group Daewoo Logistics is negotiating with the government of Madagascar for the acquisition of 1.3 million hectares of land, the equivalent of more than half of the land under cultivation in the country, to produce maize and palm oil.

The buying up of arable land “is a phenomenon of huge magnitude” which has undergone “a sudden acceleration,” said Paul Mathieu, of the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Land Tenure and Management unit.

This could spell the end of small-scale farming, and rural livelihoods, in numerous places around the world.

Increasing transparency in transactions between investor states and local communities giving up territory is needed. The negotiations between outside investors and the local community,need to be clear and fair to both sides.

Global land grab’ causing alarm among NGOs – Fabien Zamora  Dec 23, 2008. Terra Daily Express.

Raided Organic coop- family held hostage

So this is America the free??

Without warning -at gun point the state can raid a home and hold a mother and 10 children hostage while your belongings are confiscated.

On the morning of December 1, 2008, law enforcement officers forcefully entered the Stowers’ residence, without first announcing they were police or stating the purpose of the visit. With guns drawn, officers swiftly and immediately moved to the upstairs of the home, finding ten children in the middle of a home-schooling lesson. Officers then moved Jacqueline Stowers and her children to their living room where they were held for more than six hours.

Without a complaint filed against Manna Storehouse or the Stowers related to the quality or healthfulness of the food distributed through the co-op.  The Buckeye Institute’s legal center will defend the Stowers from any criminal charges related to the raid.

The Stowers operate an organic food cooperative called Manna Storehouse. ODA and Lorain County Health Department agents forcefully raided their home and unlawfully seized the family’s personal food supply, cell phones and personal computers. The legal center seeks to halt future similar raids.

“The use of these police state tactics on a peaceful family is simply unacceptable,” Buckeye Institute President David Hansen said.  “Officers rushed into the Stowers’ home with guns drawn and held the family – including ten young children – captive for six hours. This outrageous case of bureaucratic overreach must be addressed.”

The Buckeye Institute argues the right to buy food directly from local farmers; distribute locally-grown food to neighbors; and pool resources to purchase food in bulk are rights that do not require a license.

In addition, the right of peaceful citizens to be free from paramilitary police raids, searches and seizures is guaranteed under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Section 14, Article 1 of the Ohio Constitution.

“The Stowers’ constitutional rights were violated over grass-fed cattle, pastured chickens and pesticide-free produce,” Buckeye Institute 1851 Center of Constitutional Law Director Maurice Thompson said.

Such are raids are beyond the scope of the purely administrative authority delegated to ODA and county health departments. In enforcing licensure laws, these agencies are only permitted to contract for routine enforcement services. Forceful raids and sweeping searches and seizures are not routine, and exceed the authority granted to ODA and county health departments.

The Buckeye Institute seeks an injunction against similar future raids, and a declaration that such licensure laws are unconstitutional as applied the Stowers and individuals like them.


A copy of the complaint is available at

A video of the Stowers describing the raid

Raid on Family’s Home and Organic Food Co-Op Challenged
The Buckeye Institute, December 17, 2008

!3 year olds playing with death for a few moment high

What do “games” like  Blackout, Flatliner, Fainting Game, California Choke, Dream Game, Airplaning, Suffocation Roulette, Space Cowboy and the Pass-Out Game have in common they are deadly.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) on February 14, 2008 warned parents, teachers, and health care providers about the so-called choking game, which has killed at least 82 U.S. youths since 1995.

“The choking game involves intentionally trying to choke oneself or someone else with one’s hand or a noose to attain a brief euphoric state or high. If the strangulation is prolonged, which is something that can happen very quickly, death or a serious injury can result,” explains Robin Toblin, PhD, MPH, of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Warning Signs of the Choking Game

Carrie and Levi give school presentations on the dangers of the choaking game.
Carrie and Levi give school presentations on the dangers of the choaking game.

The CDC urges parents, teachers, and health care workers to learn the possible warning signs of the choking game:

* Discussion of the game, including other names for it, such as “pass-out game” or “space monkey”
* Bloodshot eyes
* Marks on the neck
* Severe headaches
* Disorientation after spending time alone
* Ropes, scarves, and belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs or found knotted on the floor
* The unexplained presence of dog leashes, choke collars, and bungee cords.

Prevent and educate
“If parents believe their child is playing the choking game, they should speak to them about the life-threatening dangers associated with the game and seek additional help if necessary,” Toblin said.

Rise in Choking Game Deaths

The Web site GASP, which stands for Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play, reports that 65 children died in 2007 alone. Mark Lepore, an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, told The Houston Press last year that he believed 1,800 people in the United States had died playing the game in the past 10 years; most were children and teenagers.

Most of the deaths were among boys ages 11 to 16, and the average age was 13, the report said. Choking game deaths were identified in 31 states. “Because most parents in the study had not heard of the choking game, we hope to raise awareness of the choking game among parents, health care providers, and educators, so they can recognize warning signs of the activity,” said Robin L. Toblin, the study’s lead author. “This is especially important because children themselves may not appreciate the dangers of this activity.”

The Choking Game -Levi Draher came back from the dead. Other players were not so lucky. – Craig Malisow    Houston Press News  April 18, 2007
CDC, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Feb. 15, 2008; vol 57: pp 141-144. – Robin Toblin, PhD, MPH, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

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How do ipRGCs effect our sleep and health?

siod_eye_cells_04The 24  hour biological clock that creates a balance for  health and harmony in the body runs on light. Changes in levels of in light effect the photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs).  located behind the rods and cones of the retina in the eye. When darkness falls and we go to bed. As the eyes close, the change in light intensity (or lack of light) is registered on these ipRGC cells and a message is sent to the hypothalamicCircadian rhythm Suprachiasmatic Nucleus (SCN) and the olivarypretectal nucleus (OPN) located in the frontal part of the brain (behind the area between your eyebrows)” it is time to sleep”. Then the SCN and OPN begin the night time hormone production. This cascade of hormones is part of the   body’s  circadian rhythms.

There is only 1,000 to 2,000cells gauge the overall light intensity branch-like  ipRGCs eye cells in mammals are responsible for telling the body clock whether it was day or night and when to turn melatonin on for a restful sleep.

Next Importance of melatonin to our health and wellness.

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Boost brain power without drugs

In the journal Nature, six scientists from highly prestigious universities along with the Nature editor himself advocate for the use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by healthy college students.
Why has their consciousness gone?
They say that since 7% of “healthy” college students are now illegally taking drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall, prescribed for attention deficit disorders, to boost their concentration , society must prepare for the growing demand of such drugs and pave the way for their acceptance. Why-“because we need legal and ethical policies to ensure fair and equitable use”.

Like it was no more of an issue or unnatural than diet, sleep, or the use of computers or bikes on campus.

However. Ritalin is riddled with side effects, such as heart problems, and Adderall has the risk of chemical dependency. With only a reported minimal boost in cognitive ability which is given anecdotally not through research

Let us reeducate people on how to use food, sleep, de-stress methods like breathing, exercise, nutrition, supplements, acupuncture, neuro-kinesiology, herbs and acupressure, yoga, martial arts, walking, running …to boost health and brain stamina.

Complementary Medicine Association: http://compmed .com will begin a series of ways to boost brain power next Wednesday December 17. 2008.
Smart Pills: The Truth About Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs

– Christopher Wanjek, LiveScience December 9, 2008

Become your best holiday spirit

Does your sense of separation often intensifies at the holidays.


We have bought the notion that has been played out in movies and books for our entire lives. These warm cosy  scenes of a loving family joyously hugging each other by the fireside, enjoying dinner together or looking out a window together for Santa as the snow falls on the ground.

There is nothing wrong with these scenes for those that are blessed with those happy scenes as reality in their lives great. For those that have had other images of these holidays to live with then this exercise is for you.

Holiday Spirit Exercise

Gather the following  a piece of plain unlines paper and colored chalks, pencils, paints or crayons.

Draw an image of your home growing up at the holidays.

Put in words images, colors anything that makes the scene as vivid as possible.  Then write a little about how you as a child felt during this time.

Then turn the sheet over and draw a perfect holiday for you today.

Who would be there.

How would they interact?

What would they bring to share?

How would everyone feel being with each other in this perfect holiday scene?

What is the one thing you could do today to help make this scene possible?

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Become the holiday spirit you always wanted and share it with others.

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