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Banned Books Shaping History

banned booksI think of literary works that have shaped history from a dark perspective, especially here in America. One of my favorites is Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller; a book that was written directly from his naughty experiences in Paris while also banned from being published or even shipped into the U.S. upon initial completion.

In the past there have been so many books that began their place in history as controversial or even banned from the American schools or shelves completely. I know that I think of Tropic of Cancer because this is one of my favorite books in general, considering the viewpoint that Henry Miller took from his own experiences overseas. Learning and taking in the culture of Europe during the WWII era, there would be much for the American public to see from the eyes of their neighbors who were over there as well. But, considering the nature of the streets of Paris American publishers refused this book to be released openly here in the homeland.tropic of cancer

I know that hundreds of books over the past couple of centuries have been banned from the reader’s eye by publishers, schools, churches and many more groups, based on the type of explicit content they supposedly had. While there were a number of reasons that the themes of these books were considered to be uncomfortable, there was also the avoidance of certain truths about the culture of our entire world and the steps being taken in forward motion. While at the time of their publication, many of these books, poetry and plays by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Mark Twain and many, many more were shot to the wind or even burned in churchyards because of their supposedly cursed nature. There was no consideration of the fact that these authors and their books were intended to bring to life the tales of some of the greatest, most-upstanding events taking place across the world at the very time they were written. Now that we have them as historical references to supplement dry and emotionless history textbooks.

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VNS Therapy for Epilepsy

epilepsy 2While this sounds like a lot of acronyms for the title of an article, something sparked my interest in this topic… the fact that I have been plagued with the troubles of epilepsy for well over 20 years now. There has never been a clear diagnosis on what type of seizures I have, solid proof of what portion of the brain in which they occur, and if my prescriptions actually work. For years I have moved back and forth from one neurologist to another, hoping that I would receive better testing, patient care and concern for what would actually prevent my seizures. However, it seems like all doctors simply want to prescribe the most recently developed medication and keep me on it until something newer comes along, no matter how horrible the side effects, how many seizures I keep having, or even the number of near-death car accidents I am involved in.

I finally decided a few years ago to track down a local neurologist who would listen to what I was asking for and prescribe the medication that actually worked for me for the first seven years after my diagnosis as a teenager. Then, in a recent conversation I was talking with someone at an event and there was a mention of an implanted device that was designed to help control seizures. And here we have it: VNS Therapy. The basic idea is that there is less (or possibly no) need for prescriptions, as this implanted device delivers impulses to the vagus nerve at the base of the brain stem. These pulses are sent throughout the day, briefly, to help continuously prevent seizures. In this case there can still be the assistance of medication to help with the steady control of epilepsy and keeping all seizures in check.

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Benefits and Fears of CBD Health Supplements

CBD oil 2As many of us have seen throughout 2016, commercials and advertisements for the benefits of CBD health supplements were apparently growing. However, there were several limitations not revealed with these promotions. Limitations and legal warnings that would be very important to the American public being told only of the potential benefits of these cannabis-based supplements.

CBD, cannabidiol, is one of the latest promotions in health supplements based upon marijuana. While the inclusion of actual marijuana in the fight against the side effects of chemotherapy and THC or other marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma. Somehow this product became the hit of the moment all over American television without any word that it was not FDA-approved or that it was produced from cannabis.

Even though the FDA denial had gone through in 2015, there were a number of CBD commercials and promotions making their way across television, internet and other media all throughout 2016. With the long list of health benefits that were supposedly available from this supplement there were supposedly a great number of benefits in working as a natural medication for needs such as anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antipsychotic and many more.

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CBD oil There is much to gain, from health and wellness to anti-aging and more, from the use of these various natural elements for physical management. You can gain incredible deals on some of these CBD elements and see what you may be able to do for yourself and others with this natural and strong CBD oils for the benefit of human health!


Teaching ESL for the Benefit of A Man

nation dividedWhile teaching English as a Second Language for factory workers in a local town, there is definitely something that has made me think so much about all of the news stories that have arisen over the past six months or so with all of the border issues coming along with President Trump’s lack-luster systems and over-vocal procedures. There are so many immigrants who set goals for themselves simply to earn their way into the United States for the freedoms they would gain, as well as the rights that would be gained for the future generations for their families. I can sit and look at the response of one man when he can hardly understand a word out of my mouth when I try to ask where he came from, the name of his wife and if they have any children. There was some sort of emotion and almost heart-stopping fearful love that were a sort of confirmation that he was putting all of this work and effort into his work to help ensure that a quality life is kept for himself and his family.

It almost breaks into mockery the way that our current President, who happens to have reached so many of the “American Dreams” on his own, is fighting with incredible strength to push out millions of individuals who have put so much energy into gaining the dreams of their own. Historically, the American theory or goal was also based on the premise to expand the population, open to people around the world who were looking to gain the freedoms that would be so much warmer and more welcoming here on our land.

And now, seeing this in person there is much for me to realize about how I really feel about this situation and the intense level at which it has been taking over our news over the past six months or so. Upon learning that mothers, fathers, grandparents and other heads of their households have been forced out of the country only to leave behind their native orphan family members, there is something abusive about what is being done around the country.

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Cannabidiol and Epilepsy

There are many assumptions and presumptions made about seizures and epilepsy. Many people are scared to fall in love or be close to anyone with seizures because of what they can or cannot control in relation to this “disease.” There are other misconceptions like those who have epilepsy are crazy or disabled, unable to live a normal life. So, many people run away from these individuals, even their families. I can state this from personal experience. CBD oil

So, over the years there has been so much research done on new ways to treat epilepsy and the many different types of seizures that exist. For those of us who have epilepsy, and the doctors who study and treat it, there are electrical malfunctions that cause the different types of seizures that can be treated naturally by certain items. When fats or oils in the diet (like the Ketogenic diet) are a benefit to this electrical function, then there is the potential for CBD oil to be as well. Research has come to prove the effectiveness of CBD oil in controlling the intensity and frequency of seizures.

CBD Oil as a Natural Epilepsy Treatment

So many studies have worked on the benefits of CBD oil for a number of different ailments and afflictions, and the study of epilepsy treatment is an interesting one. While the diagnoses of epilepsy are varied, the drugs that have been used over the years are also constantly changing. Recent research has proven a great effectiveness of CBD oil in epilepsy treatment.

While this research or the “how” and “why” questions are not yet answered, the research of this treatment will continue. Considering the fact that this research has only been going on for a little over five years, it is incredible to think of where it may lead in the future. Especially given the side effects of many of the chemical drugs that have been used to treat epilepsy patients throughout the years.

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**There are also plenty of online locations to seek out the quality of CBD oil for health, wellness, fitness, anti-aging and more!

Additional Health Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

The benefits of a Ketogenic Diet are based more on the fact that it is based on a natural ingredient list, with the idea of reducing carbohydrates to an absolute minimum while absolutely eliminating processed foods from your diet. There is more to the Ketogenic Diet than those ads that say you will lose an immense amount amount of weight in just a few weeks, but your health and wellness as a whole. Upon returning to an overall natural state of nutrition there is the potential for improved immunity, increased metabolism, improved brain function and focus, as well as much more.

ketogenic dietIt is one of the most helpful concepts to eat organically and from a natural pasture… If you are to choose locally grown foods and grass-fed meat, poultry and eggs, there is much more to be gained from the nutrients included. There are some places that list over 40 additional health benefits to the Ketogenic Diet, on top of weight loss. More than fighting disease, the benefit of the Ketogenic Diet include increased energy, anti-aging, skin clarity, mental clarity and sharpness, reduced inflammation and even more.`

Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet: More than Weight Loss

While obesity and weight loss are usually the most pressing issues, and while the loss of body fat can be one of the most immediate solutions to health improvement, there is so much more to it than that. With the removal of things like sugars, processed ingredients and preservatives we have the ability to maintain incredible health without the thousands of drugs and supplements that are constantly forced on us as “necessary.” Many of the specific illnesses that can be treated, at least partially, by the Ketogenic Diet include:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Heart Disease, Coronary Disease
  • Muscle and Bone Strength
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia, Alzheimer’s and other Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia

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Ketogenic Diet for Cancer

With research being so broad regarding the Ketogenic diet as a cancer treatment there is still much to be learned on which cancers can be prevented or treated with this diet as well as those which do not respond significantly to metabolic changes. In general, those which do respond to this are the ones where the cancer cells feed off sugars and will starve when the body begins to fuel off the highest percentage of fats, with moderate protein and almost no carbohydrates.


Originally for Weight Loss

As you will see in the following section the details of the Ketogenic diet for weight loss are not as stringent as those needed to treat or prevent cancer. While a Ketogenic diet which contains 60-75% of daily calorie intake from fat is good for weight loss, in order to starve the cancer cells of the body that percentage needs to be increased to almost 90%.

So, the definition of the Ketogenic diet is one that “consists of high fat, with moderate to low protein content, and very low carbohydrates, which forces the body to burn fat instead of glucose for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis.”

It is important to remember that in the standard Western diet there is usually a traditionally daily consumption of 50-75% carbohydrates. Our population has been taught for years that fat is the most dangerous piece of the diet and must be reduced in order to help prevent illnesses like heart disease, cancer, obesity and more. However, contemporary research is starting to show differently.

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