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Jun. 19th, 2008 03:16 pm
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"I'd like to think it's because I'm not neither here nor there in my life. I think anybody that makes a decision about where they stand is going to cause strong opinions about them. But I think that's what you should be hoping for in life, so I take that as a very good sign. That some people support me and some people really don't like me tells me that I'm making decisions and I'm standing strong for something I believe in. I'm making choices in life. And that’s the right thing to do." -Angelina Jolie
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On how to help prevent and repair adrenal fatigue:
In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is called the "King of the Herbs" and is the herb of choice for restoring the adrenals to their natural state.
Ashwagandha works by delaying release of cortisol by the adrenals. This helps to prevent the adrenals from becoming exhausted and aids in the repair of the gland once it is already exhausted. Ashwagandha is also know to have a sedative effect thus calming the nervous system. Ashwagandha may very well help to reestablish a good sleeping pattern which is often interrupted by long term caffeine use. It has been found that Ashwagandha increases the number of immune cells known as T cells and B cells which are critical to fight infection. Triphala can also be taken to help the body eliminate the toxins stored in the colon. You may also feel that you need to cleanse the blood. You may want to consider taking Neem or a product containing Neem to help further your clean your system of the toxins.
You should start feeling better within a few weeks, but it may take three to four months for the body and the Adrenal Glands to return to a normal state of health.

The main point of the article was to explain how horribly toxic and addictive caffeine is. While I respect the opinion, I have difficulty accepting this as fact. I drink green tea and take Yerba Mate capsules (I will never again drink the tea), which are both extremely good for the body in many ways (fact), and which contain small amounts of caffeine. I see no problem with small amounts. Large amounts, yes. Bad. Addiction? Absolutely possible. Bad effect on the adrenal glands? Sure, if it is abused.
I am not addicted to caffeine. I don't have an insane urge for coffee any time of the day. I have gone weeks and even months with no coffee. I do not drink soda or soft drinks of any kind. Yes, I adore chocolate reverently and will spend days craving plain solid chocolate either milk or dark; but I will not experience profoundly ill effects if I cannot get some. The word "addiction" may be poorly used here, and the word is also often thrown around too much. Addiction is a very, very powerful thing. If you are truly addicted to caffeine, there is a problem.
If I like to have a cup of coffee on weekend mornings and Mondays and Fridays, good for me. If I cannot get coffee, it is not the end of the world.

It's wonderful that people want to ultimately change how everyone else lives (eat certain foods, don't eat certain other foods, exercise one way but not the other, live a certain lifestyle, avoid certain activities). However, I really feel that our personal lives, and the way we care for our bodies and brains, are up to us. Not some guy who wrote a book, not a celebrity chef, not a personal trainer, not a talk show host, not a group of people with certain lifestyles and health preferences, not a scientist, not a doctor. The advice and help of all these people can be incredibly, wonderfully useful, and should be definitely considered at length. But in the end, they cannot force us to be or do anything we don't want to do. I don't want to give up red meat, I don't want to make my house "green," I don't want to give up chocolate, I don't want to stop taking my prescription drugs, I don't want to give up caffeine. And that is my choice, my choice alone.

Other than that, I will happily read and research and listen until I am full to bursting with knowledge and experience. But it will become mine, and I will do with it what I will.
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After reading this article, I have become more and more convinced that people like those "Burn In Hell" radical Christians are actually pretend Christians. Doesn't this religion tell you to love everyone? Didn't Christ himself want everyone to be accepted and loved even if they didn't believe or they weren't your idea of what is acceptable? So what the fuck are you people doing? It's like Gandhi said, "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
I have met some wonderful Christians who truly are Christian in that they understand, accept, and love you for who you are, not what your beliefs are (Hi, Dawn!), and they are wonderful, good people. And I have met other Christians who will hate you for no reason with so much strange passion that it is a wonder why they even proclaim to follow Christ. It makes me angry and upset. They have twisted and misinterpreted and rewritten a beautiful base religion to suit their awful prejudices.

"I've done everything the Bible says - even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff!" - Ned Flanders

Besides, I've seen animals be gay, especially birds and dogs.
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Have you had a beloved pet that suddenly became struck with a terrible permanent illness, one that could attack at any time and cause life-threatening episodes? And have you had to make the unbelievably painful decision, in the middle of the animal being hospitalized for am episode that had gone extremely critical, to just... let it go? Let them put it down for its own sake and yours?
I have been thinking about this for the past couple of days, even with my friends telling me that I would make the right decision. Tuesday is all right now, but she is still breathing sort of heavily as the medication works through her system. I know it takes a while for the pills to work, but it's agonizing. We've done this three times since April. Tuesday's asthma is not going to get better. She will be on medication for the rest of her life. She likes to eat the pills stuffed in a treat, but sometimes if she doesn't want to to eat them we have to force them down her throat. Every two or three months we may have to rush her to the hospital to watch her be placed in an oxygen chamber overnight, scared and confused and lashing out. Is it... is this worth it? Is it worth it, emotionally and financially, to stop an animal's suffering if only for a few months only to have it relapse? Is it more humane, more gentle, to just let it go the next time it becomes critical? Or to hope that some day it would get better on its own?
Mom tells me that it is the humane thing to let Tuesday go if she has another critically severe attack. There's not much we can do. We've given her an incredibly wonderful life so far -- she'd be dead already if it wasn't for us. But does it justify thinking about putting her down the next time she suffers a critical asthma attack? Do we let her live like this, hoping she will recover completely and yet every day wonder in panic if tonight is the night she'll collapse again? Or do we make a plan, and decide that if and when it happens again and the doctors have to go to lengths just to keep her breathing, we tell them to just put her to sleep so she can be free and at peace knowing we love her? Am I a monster for even thinking about that?

Someone put my mind at ease. I can't stop thinking about it.


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