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I Found Health and Beat the Cartel

Over the last 10 years, I have been building a regimen (augmented by ad hoc remedies) that has now evolved to the point where it has fixed my blood pressure. A few days ago, I decided to not renew my prescription on its last day, and instead, I started an enhanced version of my regimen at the same time – and it worked … fast! I started seeing results by the morning of the third day.

Previously, I had already fixed my arthritis, my back pain (from herniated disks), a hemorrhoid, high blood sugar, kidney stones, gum disease, sub-optimal psychology, irritable bowel syndrome, precancerous skin lesions, and respiratory illness.

The catalyst for this article was when I suddenly decided a few days ago to quit my blood pressure medicine after more than six years because I was tired of the shakedown. You may be familiar with this shakedown. It works like this: When your prescription expires, you need to find a doctor to give you permission to buy more. You know you need it, and it’s your body, and you buy it with the fruits of your own labor; but the doctor thinks it is his right to first make you sign away all your rights, pay him, visit him, give him your blood, and make promises to obey.

Try buying medicine without a doctor’s permission, or try competing with the doctor to provide medical services – you will go to jail, and yet, their advice hasn’t been very helpful to me, and has often been wrong. I guess that’s why they need protection from competition.

I pretty much don’t need them anymore, but did I really beat the cartel … given how Obamacare makes me pay them anyway?

During the shakedown, you may even have to become an actor and pretend that you will follow the doctor’s advice when you may already know better. You must also assert that you are a very happy and well adjusted person (which I always am) who respects the doctor and doesn’t think he is part of a cartel or that he is perpetrating a shakedown; otherwise, he could have you detained for days, drugged, and put on the no-fly list. BTW, the CDC is requesting the right to indefinitely detain you. The doctor could have the government take your kids and your right to keep and bear arms – just on his whim.

Just like the police, the politicians, and the rich and famous … doctors are above the law.

Calling it a shakedown by a cartel is thus an understatement. It is also cronyism, fascism, and tyranny.

Relief for Cynicism

8 oz tomato juice
1 tbsp Everclear  (add another tbsp if very cynical)
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp horseradish
1 tsp powedered sugar
1/2 tsp molasses
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Thai fish sauce
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp onion power
1/4 tsp dill weed
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp wasabi

The Socialist Diet was Killing Me

Socialists complained that it was not fair that Americans enjoyed more meat, cheese, and eggs than everyone else, thus making Americans taller, smarter, and healthier, which was also not fair, and that Americans must therefore immediately stop eating so much of them, but Americans ignored them.

Then socialists started claiming that it took ten pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat, cheese, and eggs, and that Americans must therefore immediately stop eating so much of them, but Americans ignored them.

Then, purely by coincidence, the government started claiming that meat, cheese, and eggs were unhealthy and that Americans must immediately stop eating so much of them. The government also claimed that fat, butter, and alcohol were bad, and that carbohydrates and margarine were good.

The putatively objective news media backed the pro-carb, anti-meat agenda, and when Dr. Atkins proposed that meat, cheese and eggs make you thin and that carbs make you fat, the media  mercilessly attacked him at every opportunity. I’m sure it was a coincidence that self-proclaimed liberals were the most rabid critics of Dr. Atkins.

That was in the 70’s and the 80’s. Much later, I would learn that several popular diets borrowed heavily from the Atkins diet without crediting it at all.

In 1999 I learned that the margarine the government told me to eat was loaded with transfats made from hydrogenated oils, which were highly carcinogenic and less healthy than the natural fat in butter.

I also discovered in 1999 that my total cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL), and triglycerides were high, and my good cholesterol (HDL) was low. So I ate no meat, no cheese, and no eggs for 3 months. I also greatly increased my exercise, and after 3 months, my triglycerides were actually significantly higher, my HDL had not improved, and my total cholesterol was only 10% lower – partially because of the exercise. I did lose 7 pounds though – entirely because of the exercise.

Then a few months later, I read the 1985 edition of Dr. Atkin’s book, which was first written in 1975, and I followed phase one (the induction phase) of his diet for 12 days. The induction phase is the most extreme phase of his diet. I ate mostly meat, cheese, and eggs, and low carb salads – with NO exercise. I ate a lot of calories – more than on the vegetarian diet. I also added one ounce of alcohol each day. I was also taking a drug that reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) by 18%.

My LDL dropped 18% as expected, so the Atkin’s induction phase did not increase my LDL. My HDL went UP 40%, which was excellent! My triglycerides fell from 525 to 150, which was perfect! Recall that my triglycerides actually went UP on the vegetarian diet. I also lost 7 pounds in 12 days – with NO exercise vs. 7 pounds in 3 months on the vegetarian diet – WITH exercise.

Clearly, the socialist diet was killing me, and the capitalist diet saved me.