Gratitude Sunday: America’s Human Experiment

Gratitude * Sunday
Sunday’s heartfelt tradition.
A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful.
A list of gratitudes, our gratefulness feeds one another.
Quoted from Taryn Wilson
Joining the Gratitude Sunday Tradition at Wooly Moss Roots.

Sunday Haiku
Light, shadow, between
cloud layers, blue space peeks, shy,
hidden, veiled surprise.

Sunday Musings
I am a child of America’s greatest experiment. Or am I a survivor? Now I’m older and know how to research and teach myself, I look at my history and question what we’ve done to ourselves. I don’t use the word “greatest” in the sense of something good, excellent, or well done, but in the sense of massive, huge, all-encompassing.

Yes, we all know it’s Daylight Saving Weekend. Two detestable days of the year for me. Daylight Saving Time is only part of the experiment, one we can easily stop, but that would not satisfy the experiment. If a constituency of working people is always kept on edge, with circadian rhythms disrupted twice a year how might that be an advantage to those who want to be in control? We can only ponder any suggestion of conspiracy theory, right?

In pursuing the best health she could afford, my mom read everything she could get her hands on. We saw the dentist at an early age and by the time I was 8 years old I had my first mercury-silver amalgam fillings. 17 years ago I had 6 new placements of amalgam, my last. While questioning my dentist about the safety of mercury amalgams, he followed the party line defending its safety, yet my research said differently. After experiencing additional health effects from those last placements, I have insisted on no new metal whatsoever placed in my mouth. We know mercury is a neuro-toxin (it poisons your brain). Finally after more than 150 years of the American Dental Association advocating the safety of mercury amalgam fillings, more than 50 percent of practicing dentists decline to use the material. The tide is slowly changing on this issue. That doesn’t repair the poisoning which has already taken place. Shortly after I started getting fillings at age 8, I needed glasses. From this aged perspective, it makes sense to me. The eyes are directly above the mouth. The optic nerve would be the first affected by poison placed directly below it. My vision has grown progressively worse as the life of the old and new mercury and other metals continue to drift through my system.

By the early 1960s vaccines were coming into fashion. I had the full round of every vaccine available. All done in the best interest of my health. There is so much research, but I don’t buy the pharmaceutical party line on this issue. Perhaps the vaccine itself has efficacy, but all the metals like aluminum and mercury, and other chemicals like propylene glycol, the active ingredient in anti-freeze (nope, don’t want all that stuff in my blood and brain) in the vaccine mix, don’t make sense to me. And they don’t just put a vaccine permanently into your teeth, they inject it directly into our precious delicate bodies. Perhaps the original sugar cube option was pure and efficacious; we might never know, as the pharmaceutical companies have merchandized vaccines as a mega-source of revenue with all the accompanying twisted marketing to get you to believe it is safe. I’m not going to continue the vaccine debate in this essay. I’m merely labeling parts of the experiment.

The early 1960s was when the push to commercialized farming and foods really took off. My family switched from raw milk in glass bottles delivered to our home to the commercial milk in waxed cardboard cartons or plastic bottles available at the local grocery store, or worse, dry powdered milk. Butter became oleo-margarine, sugar was traded for saccharine (yuck, quickly changed back), home made bread became white balloon Wonder bread. Partially hydrogenated peanut butter became a household staple. Cows and chickens were taken off the pasture and placed in crowded confinement situations in the name of mass production. Food quality has decreased in the last 50 years despite the increase in “food” quantity. Processed foods are just not the same nutrient-wise. Not buying the party line there either.

Since we are having so much fun in the 60s let’s not forget how most communities added fluoride to their tap water. Fluoride is a waste product resulting from certain industry processes. Someone managed to convince dentists fluoride taken internally helps teeth, and turned a poison into a profit. Obviously I don’t buy the party line there either.

Screens invaded our homes. TVs became less expensive and more families could afford this in-home entertainment. The family gathered around one TV in the living room became a TV in every room and now it’s a screen in every hand as well, and more than one is not unusual. I often have my flat screen TV on while writing on my laptop, cell phone at my side. Screens are pervasive, at every age. Teens insist on teaching their grammies and grampies. I’ve seen them forced on crying babies in strollers to shut them up while the adult continues with their own screen. Discounting exposure to radiation, what is the effect of all those flickering images, looking at pixels, and rolling wavelengths going past one of your most sensitive input devices, your eyes, for so many hours of the day and night? Who can calculate the effect of neglected children raised by screens?

The marketing from those screens pushed other experiments into our homes. Cigarette smoking became the norm, advocated by sit-coms, and TV commercials, with no studies being done before the fact. Even if you didn’t smoke you may have been subjected to side-stream smoke. The last 20 years have revealed some of the results of the exposure to that part of the experiment. Of course, not everybody participated in that part of the experiment. The same can be said for alcohol and other drugs, but for simplification let’s discount that part of the issue; with the exception of prescription drugs, much drug use is self imposed and therefore optional.

Over the last 50 years, the cultural/political shift from the one wage earner family to two working adults, and the increase in stress levels for the lower wage earners has escalated exponentially. The medical paradigm has changed from nutrition and sanitation to pills, medicines, and 4000 vaccinations. Industry is once again trying to deregulate clean air and clean water regulations so they can profit from selling communities the slag garbage fluoride, to continue pouring mercury and other waste products into our water so their industry can increase profits rather than protecting people, to continue raping the earth for fossil fuels and poisoning our air burning those same fuels.

We are hypnotized, merchandized, medicalized, commercialized. We are medicated without our knowledge and/or permission. We are subjected to food, medical, climate change, and stress-related experiments. With most modern pharmaceuticals being only 50 years old or less how can we possibly know all the long term effects? So much has changed over the last 50 years and we have little understanding of the long term effects of so much stress and change. The thing is they did all these things without studies or proof of what happens to the human body. They just made these societal changes and we are the result.

Daylight Saving Time became entrenched in the 1960s in most states, legislated into law in all states except Hawai’i and Arizona. DST is one part of this American experiment that could end easily, even though it will take an act of Congress. There are far too many studies that prove it is folly, without warrant, not beneficial to productivity, and dangerous to our health. It’s one easy part of the American experiment to stop and repair, and possibly end the ill-effects, even if we have to do it state by state. Call your legislators and ask them to end Daylight Saving Time now.

Color Watchcolorful attractions in my neighborhoods this week – Delicate white dandelion seeds. Green and red layers of color. Blue sky peeking between brown branches and green needles. Yellow, orange, and green layers. Golden shades of mop-headed pampas grass.

Current View – {These are only my opinions about movies and books, but don’t let me stop you from trying these reviewed items yourself; your opinion may differ.} Finishing up scary movie month. Get Out (2017, rated R), a young black man meets his white girlfriend’s family, but something is not quite right. He is hypnotized and restrained against his will, and the plot is not revealed until the end. Ending was not overly gory, but intriguing because of the plot twists. * What Lies Beneath (2000, rate PG – 13) with Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford. Of the haunted house genre, there is not much scarier than discovering your husband of many years is not the man you think he is, and what he’s done and tried to cover-up, and what he’s trying to do to you now. * Rough Night (2017, rated R) with Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon, not a typical chick flick, but a chick flick nonetheless. Four college roommates reunite ten years later for a bachelorette weekend, a surprise addition to the party is a foreign exchange student friend of one the the roomies. Drugs are imbibed and hell breaks loose.

Currently Reading – Spent an intense week with Little Fires Everywhere (2017, fiction) by Celeste Ng, to avoid a library fine. I have to overlook the misplaced modifiers, and repeated phrases (“truth be told” and “to her bemusement”), and even some possible time-line issues. I blame those on careless editors as authors don’t always know the difference or pay enough attention to those details, and I’m sure only distressing to the most discerning of readers, of which I am one. But I did admire how Ms Ng wove the plot from nearly overwhelming us with so many names in the first chapter through bringing all those names and details together in the last. I especially enjoyed wondering why a character did a particular action until the author showed us why. Everything is connected. * Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery (2009, Buddhism) by Chogram Trungpa. Open mind, open heart. Always learning.

Quote of the Week – “Daylight Time, a monstrosity in timekeeping.” Harry S Truman

This week I have been grateful for:

  • The half moon smiling at me through the huge windows at the pool while I did my work-out.
  • The full beaver moon shining its light in through my front door window to light my work desk.
  • Catching a financial problem before it became worse.
  • Appliances I can turn on and walk away from, that do my work for me. I remember helping my grandmother with the wringer washer and hanging clothes to dry.
  • Having a vast wealth of materials available through my local lending library: music, videos, books. Borrow, return, no dusting. My tax investment at work.
  • My goofy dysgraphia and the luxury of spell check.
  • Gray. Layers and layers of gray.
  • The sunny breaks between the layers of gray.
  • How October is the month of colorful dresses for trees and November is their month of skin-brown nakedness.
  • Getting an entire surface cleared of clutter and washed of all dirt, grime, and dust in preparation for holiday baking. It lasted 24 hours. The joys of sharing a home.
  • A really long nap one day this week, not intended but I must have needed.
  • Getting the wall heater grills all cleaned of dust and grime before turning on the wall heaters.
  • The woman at my local grocery store who laid down her lunch and jumped right up to help me when I interrupted their break (there were two men there as well). And the store supervisor who was so happy to hear the report and promised she’d share with the employee.
  • How soothing old black and white TV shows can be.
  • The first of the season’s Comice pears.
  • Water.

Hoping you have a lovely week.

Namaste. Peace. Blessings.

Floral ribbon border by Laurel Burch

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One Response to Gratitude Sunday: America’s Human Experiment

  1. piratesorka says:

    No scary or gory stuff for me. No mercury or vaccines arguments or drug conspiracies either. Instad I am up to my eyeballs on reading the history and theology of the Reformation which had its 500th Anniversary late October. This month I am teaching a two classes on Catholic Morality so I am also up to eyeballs about THAT stuff too/. When I am not doing this stuff I tend to seek out lighter fare, something with a sense of humor if you please.
    On a happier note I got Kaiser to okay seeing a Acupuncturist and my first visit with her is Monday. Actually, I think you will be amused by this … I went to the office to drop off some papers on Halloween day. Her office is part of a Women’s clinic which is a good sign, an even better sign is that people working there were dressed up. Soo when she called me I followed the sound of her voice and discovered that she was a very stately but cute, white and silver UNICORN! I immediately liked her! Now I am so looking forward to seeing what she might have in store for me as her treatment plan.
    IN the meantime stay warm! It is turning very cold very fast these days. Good news is that Mt. Hood is getting oodles of that white stuff all over it. Bad news is….I am a bit nervous how soon we will all be seeing that COLD WET WHITE STUFF down here.

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