I figured it was time to add to this blog. LOL
In the past 6 months a lot has happened in my personal life. last September I went to the ER with what I was sure was a kidney stone. Well, call me surprised when the nurse came back in and said we are going to be admitting you for a diseased kidney.
So that hospital stay was 5 rough days out of my life. The silver lining was, I got some peace and quiet and some rest. I did nothing but sleep. Didn't even turn on the TV while I was there. Only my visitors did. I was sent home with a tube coming out of my back to drain the diseased fluid out of my kidney. That was rough living with that tube and bag for the next 30 days. My heart really goes out to those that live with type of apparatus permanently.
In October I was re-admitted to the hospital to remove said kidney. So another 5 days of hospital food and peace and quiet.
It has taken me 3 months to recover this far. I can drive now and pick up more than 5 lbs. LOL I am almost back to normal. If you could even call me normal in the first place, I am a writer after all. LOL We have to be a little bit warped to do that.
I had stopped writing, trying to focus on my health since September. For a time there, I seriously thought I was dying, it was rough. Everyday in the hospital in September I was getting bad health related news. I thought I had better get things in order. So I did. I had to come to some life realizations, which I did. So, in a why I have changed for the better. I am more relaxed and prepared, just in case.
I have recovered nicely and the fact that I came to those realizations and got things in order has just put me more at ease in life in general.
Then a few more major life events happened that has flipped my life upside down.
With her/his permission I can say this on my Blog. My daughter has come to her own realizations in her own life. Her and her husband have decided to divorce after 11 years of marriage. They remain friends, which is awesome!
Her/his life changing event you ask? Well, she has, apparently without me stupid Mom being aware, has always wanted to be a man. So she/he is in transition. She/he has moved back home. She/he helps me with my Mother, who has advance Alzheimer's, while beginning her/his new life's journey.
So, as you can see, my personal life has been quite full.
NOW, I am almost back to 100% and have picked up where I left off with my 5th novel. I am almost done and just the other day, received a possible cover image for the new book cover. I love it! I am hoping it gets me motivated to continue the story.
In the meantime, if you haven't already started reading my novels, please take a look at them on my website and see if they strike your fancy.
I found this an interesting read. Thought I would share it with y'all.
First Paralyzed Person Treated With Stem Cells Regained His Upper Body Movement
Posted on 2019/03/6
Tags: health, medical experiments
By John Vibes / Truth Theory
Kris Bosen, a 21-year old man from Bakersfield, California, underwent a landmark stem cell therapy procedure which is allowing him to heal from a state of paralysis that he feared would be with him for his entire life. When Bosen was younger, he was in a severe car accident that left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down.
Charles Liu, director of the USC Neurorestoration Center, lead surgeon of the team did the transplant, said that this was a very experimental procedure, and referred to it as a “study.” Bosen was injected with an experimental dose of 10 million AST-OPC1 cells at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California. The dose was shot directly into Boesen’s cervical spinal cord.
“Typically, spinal cord injury patients undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but generally does very little to restore motor or sensory function. With this study, we are testing a procedure that may improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use one’s arms and hands. Restoring that level of function could significantly improve the daily lives of patients with severe spinal injuries,” Liu explained.
It has been nearly three years since Bosen received the treatment in April of 2016, and he has shown incredible progress during rehabilitation. It took only two weeks for Bosen to regain control and sensation in his arms and hands.
“As of 90 days post-treatment, Kris has gained significant improvement in his motor function, up to two spinal cord levels. In Kris’ case, two spinal cord levels mean the difference between using your hands to brush your teeth, operate a computer or do other things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do, so having this level of functional independence cannot be overstated,” Liu told USC news.
Bosen hopes that this same treatment can help him walk someday as well.
“All I’ve wanted from the beginning was a fighting chance…But if there’s an opportunity for me to walk again, then heck yeah! I want to do anything possible to do that,” Bosen says.
These types of stem cell treatments are offering new hope to people in similar positions, as more facilities are comfortable with attempting the procedure after seeing Bosen’s success. Last year, the Mayo Clinic opened up stem cell therapy trials for ten people suffering from traumatic spinal cord injuries.
One of the Mayo Clinic’s stem cell patients, Geoffrey Craigie of Grand Rapids, Michigan, just received his first stem cell treatment last month.
“I can feel to like the middle of my chest. So far so good, it’s pretty exciting,” Craigie told WZZM.
“You know, when I got hurt, I was in a pretty dark place, depressed, thinking this is the end of the world type of thing. It really isn’t, there’s a lot of support out there for people like me,” he added.
According to a study conducted this year at the University of Minnesota Medical School, spinal cord stimulation using stem cells does, in fact, help to heal paralysis in many circumstances.
On the road to recovery.
Finally had surgery done on my right hand. Trigger finger in my middle finger and thumb got so bad, they wouldn't even bend anymore.
Surgery was Monday. Ended up spending the night in the hospital. That was not planned, but got some good pain killers and much needed sleep.
Now just sitting around, one handed, not really able to do much. S, watching Netflix and Acorn movies. LOL
I would like to thank all the medical staff at Renown Medical Center in Reno, NV for taking great care of me and being so nice.
You wouldn't believe how long it took to write this small post. LOL
I Will be back writing again soon. Want to finish up my latest book.
I thought this was an interesting read. I had never heard of this doctor before, but it does make you stop and wonder. What if we have a cure already and it doesn't require toxic mediation Chemo etc?
Woman cured cancer in ‘terminally ill’ patients back in 1950’s
On Nov 10, 2018
Last updated May 16, 2019
“I have the answer to cancer, but American doctors won’t listen. They come here and observe my methods and are impressed. Then they want to make a special deal so they can take it home and make a lot of money. I won’t do it, so I’m blackballed in every country.”
— Dr. Johanna Budwig
Dr. Johanna Budwig left us in 2003, at the age of 95, after being nominated six times for the Nobel Prize in medicine. She cured cancers in “terminally ill” patients in her homeland of Germany; even patients that the establishment had surrendered to fate, and claimed were “untreatable”.
She did not just cure specific or rare cancers. She cured all types of cancer, and she did it relatively quickly, cheaply, easily, and permanently; using only non-toxic ingredients, which had no adverse effects.
Her medicine actually made her patients stronger. Her cure rate was over 90%, including the worst terminal cases. Dr. Budwig’s success greatly contrasts the fact that the life-long cure rate of standard procedures averages less than 4%, and that the standard therapies are known to fuel future cancers and other diseases.
Dr. Budwig’s weapons against cancer were quark cheese and flax seed oil. She quickly became an enemy to the pharmaceutical and nuclear industries. They have been so effective at suppressing her work, that for many of our readers, this will be their first instance of learning of the Budwig Protocol.
Her bombshell findings were first published in the early 1950’s. Yet they are still being institutionally ignored today.
“As a chemist trained to interpret data, it is incomprehensible to me that physicians can ignore the clear evidence that chemotherapy does much, much more harm than good.” — Alan Nixon, Ph.D., Past President of The American Chemical Society
Cancer Industry Lies
First and foremost, cancer is not merely an outbreak of tumors. Although, the orthodox establishment apparently considers them to be the same. Endorsing perpetual treatments to create life-long customers is the overall agenda of policy makers, instead of curing.
A dead patient is not profitable, nor is a healthy patient. The big money is made somewhere in the middle; in patients who are alive, but barely. The reason why they will never find a cure is because they are not actually looking for one.
Curing would destroy the most profitable segment of the industry. Just the cancer segment of medicine alone is the 5th leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States. Any clinical researcher who announced a cure would quickly find himself looking for another career, or needing an undertaker.
All of them know it. Cancer is the most profitable condition in medical history, and the establishment intends to keep it that way.
Cancer is essentially a modern, man-made epidemic from the food and chemical industries, which tend to be one in-the-same. There is some evidence that cancer existed in ancient history, but cancer was extremely rare in ancient times, except in cities with cases of mass heavy metal poisoning (again, man-made).
According to some statistics, cancer is expected to strike one person out of every three born, and this rate is rising rapidly. It is painfully obvious that there is something very corrupt about the industry, when cancer is treated by the three things that most reliably cause it: radiation, poison, and malnutrition.
In fact, properly prescribed medicine is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States according to the Mortality Census (not even counting the mistakes) and treatments are responsible for most deaths which are attributed to “cancer”, which is the 2nd leading cause of death.
Doctors never discuss the real statistics, because in 96% of cases, the treatments will greatly reduce a person’s life, and most patients do not live longer than five years. This data, which doctors keep private, is why surveys show that most oncologists would refuse some of their own therapies if they had cancer themselves.
While well-meaning people continue to walk for the cure, the industry that they are supporting is still murdering their friends for profit.
The Unholy Trinity of Cancer
Toxins, radiation, and acidosis (from pharmaceuticals and malnutrition) are the unholy trinity of cancer. Acidosis is the first stage of this misunderstood condition. An astute reader will have noticed that these things are caused by the medical establishment itself, even in its supposedly valiant fight against cancer.
When a person’s body chemistry becomes acidic from the aforementioned factors or modern medicine, then his blood’s ability to retain and carry oxygen is severely diminished. Healthy individuals have a blood oxygen level between 98 and 100 as measured by a pulse oximeter, but cancer patients routinely show only 60. Oxygen is replaced in a cancer patient’s blood by wastes such as carbon dioxide.
The oxygen starvation caused by acidosis leads to the formation of tumors as groups of cells which mutate to derive their energy from a fermentation process. Normal cells obtain their energy from cellular respiration, but oxygen-starved cells must mutate for survival, in order to utilize a type of direct sugar fermentation, which is the body’s self-defense.
This is not as biochemically clean as oxygen-based energy, and the waste products of fermentation build in the tissues causing even higher toxicities. This leads to even more acidosis and cellular oxygen starvation.
Eventually, the entire immune system is debilitated by the process of cleaning the waste products, so that it can no longer cope with the removal of unhealthy cells. This allows the cancer cells to multiply even faster and to spread unchecked, creating the symptom of tumors, which happens in the latter stages of the cancer process.
All of the above was proven by Dr. Otto Warburg, and he won the Nobel Prize for it in 1931. His findings were suppressed, and so most readers will not have heard of this great doctor, despite him having won the Nobel Prize for medicine in an era when the Nobel Prize meant something incredible.
The secret to beating cancer is that life-giving breath of God: oxygen. Technically, it is not so simple, but it is almost that simple. The real trick is getting oxygen into the deep tissue cells, and getting the cells to use it again. Dr. Budwig’s regimen is just one of many for stimulating this.
Most cancer cures (not treatments) involve adjusting the body’s pH beyond neutral, and into an alkaline state. In the alkaline state, human blood is especially rich in oxygen, and this same oxygen is poisonous to mutated cancer cells.
Oxygen is, of course, harmless to people who are eating a healthy diet that is full of anti-oxidants. Whilst mocked by the cancer industry, the alternative alkalizing protocols have superior degrees of effectiveness and merit further inspection.
Dr. Budwig found ways to oxygenate patients better and faster than other therapies. Her results catapulted past those of other alternative therapies by utilizing a solution made from common flax seed oil and quark cheese. She discovered that the low-fat diets were a huge part of the problem.
Her regimen eliminated damaging fats and foods from the diet that cause cellular oxygen starvation, and replaced them with healing foods, such as life-saving essential fatty acids. Along with her special diet, she emphasized the benefits of sunlight, the natural source of the anti-cancer vitamin D-3, and the elimination of pervasive emotional issues.
“Without these fatty acids, the respiratory enzymes cannot function and the person suffocates, even when he is given oxygen-rich air. A deficiency in these highly unsaturated fatty-acids impairs many vital functions. First of all, it decreases the person’s supply of available oxygen. We cannot survive without air and food; nor can we survive without these fatty acids. That has been proven long ago.”
— Dr. Johanna Budwig
The Budwig Protocol
There are two parts of the Budwig Protocol that are used concurrently. One of them is a natural medicine, which is a blend of something containing high amounts of sulfur proteins, and flax seed oil to provide safe omega-3 oils in the appropriate levels.
Fish oil is avoided because there is a high risk of impurities, it is always rancid from heavy industrial processing, and it can dangerously upset the balance of the omega oils further. Dr. Budwig discovered that the body will synthesize omega-3 from flax seed oil in the exact quantity that it needs, and in the proper ratio with other omega oils.
This medicine is normally taken orally, but in the most terminal cases, Dr. Budwig was also known to have given large doses of pure flax seed oil in enema form. The other phase of the Budwig Protocol is a special diet. Dramatic results are usually seen within 90 days, and sometimes within a week. Patients should continue the regimen for a minimum of 6 months, regardless of a disappearance of symptoms.
“…I investigated the high temperature treatment for fish oils, for the purpose of making them keep longer, and killing their fishy taste. I came to the conclusion that these oils do great harm to the entire internal glandular system, as well as to the liver and other organs and are therefore not suitable for human consumption.”
— Dr. Johanna Budwig, Flax Oil as a True Aid Against Heart Infarction, Cancer and Other Diseases
Dr. Johanna Budwig recommended the following meal, once a week for people of good health, as a cancer preventative. It was required for cancer patients as part of her protocol, wherein it was consumed at least once a day, although twice was preferred.
This nutritional therapy is called the “Flax Seed Muesli”, and it can be blended into a smoothie. Since genuine quark cheese is not available in most countries, see our later recommendations for alternatives to quark cheese.
Flax Seed Muesli
She recommended 2 tablespoons of Linomel every three hours during the day, in addition to the muesli once or twice daily. Those who are seeking to grind flax seeds may use a coffee grinder to do so.
Those who do not have cancer, and are merely concerned with routine health maintenance, can simply combine 3 to 4 grams of flax seed oil with roughly 3 fluid ounces of sulfur proteins (e.g. quark, goat cheese, etc.), and consume this daily.
A cancer patient should not be concerned about getting too much flax. Dr. Budwig regularly created foods using flax seeds, but readers should beware of the flax that is used in modern foods. Flax should never be cooked, and it should not be stored after it has been ground, because its otherwise beneficial oils become rancid easily.
This means that the flax found in retail foods is virtually always harmful, and it worsens cancers. The companies that are selling it as a healthy ingredient must know this.
The Official Budwig Diet
Books by Johanna Budwig
Only three of Johanna’s books have been translated into English. Six books are only available in German. The English books are listed below.
Original source: Healthwyze
Hubby and I took a long drive in the mountains yesterday. Just to spend some quiet time together and enjoy the great outdoors. We stopped at this little place in Portola, CA. called Bear Butt Carvings.
We picked up a cute little bear freshly born earlier that day. He is a cut little guy holding a welcome sign for our front porch. We also picked up two cute little fluffy looking bears hugging. (Me and the Hubby) LOL
If you are ever out and about in the Portola, CA area near Davis Lake and Frenchman's Lake (2 places I highly recommend for camping and fishing) Stop on by and see what they have carved. They are great artists and their prices are cheap considering all the work and thought they have to put into the carvings.
I can't say enough about this young couple. They are wonderful friendly people and we just loved their little dog Batman!
Check them out on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Bear-Butt-Carvings
I thought I would share this article as it is relevant in today's society. Funny how things that we think are new are really old beliefs.
Whether you are for or against this type of lifestyle is your preference. I personally think everyone it entitled to live as they wish. Who am I to play GOD/Allah/Juda and all the other deities that are believed around the world. I am just me.
Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders
By Staff Contributor
The Two Spirit tradition used to be a normal part of everyday life in Native tribes.
It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that Natives adopted gender roles. There was no real “normal” in their tribes. And unlike today, people who identified with the other gender were not viewed as some sort of abnormality, or as someone to be shunned or even accommodated.
In fact, people who had both female and male characteristics were viewed as gifted by nature, and therefore, able to see both sides of everything. According to Indian Country Today, all native communities acknowledged the following gender roles: “female, male, Two Spirit female, Two Spirit male and transgendered.”
In Native American cultures, people were valued for their contributions to the tribe, rather than for masculinity or femininity. Parents did not assign gender roles to children either, and even children’s clothing tended to be gender neutral. There were no ideas or ideals about how a person should live or love; it was simply a natural act that occurred without judgement or hesitation.
Without a negative stigma attached to being Two Spirited, there were no inner-tribal incidents of retaliation or violence toward the chosen people simply due to the fact that individuals identified as the opposite or both genders.
“Each tribe has their own specific term, but there was a need for a universal term that the general population [of English-speakers] could understand. The Navajo refer to Two Spirits as Nádleehí (one who is transformed), among the Lakota is Winkté (indicative of a male who has a compulsion to behave as a female), Niizh Manidoowag (two spirit) in Ojibwe, Hemaneh (half man, half woman) in Cheyenne, to name a few.
“As the purpose of “Two Spirit” is to be used as a universal term in the English language, it is not always translatable with the same meaning in Native languages. For example, in the Iroquois Cherokee language, there is no way to translate the term, but the Cherokee do have gender variance terms for ‘women who feel like men’ and vice versa.”
The “Two Spirit” culture of Native Americans was one of the first things that Europeans worked to destroy and cover up. According to people like American artist George Catlin, the Two Spirit tradition had to be eradicated before it could go into history books. Catlin said the tradition “must be extinguished before it can be more fully recorded.”
However, it wasn’t only white Englishmen that tried to hide any trace of native genderqueerness. According to Indian Country Today, “Spanish Catholic monks destroyed most of the Aztec codices to eradicate traditional Native beliefs and history, including those that told of the Two Spirit tradition.” Throughout these efforts by Christians, Native Americans were forced to dress and act according to newly designated gender roles.
One of the most celebrated Two Spirits in recorded history was a Lakota warrior aptly named Finds Them And Kills Them. Osh-Tisch was born a male and married a female, but adorned himself in women’s clothing and lived daily life as a female. On June 17 1876, Finds Them And Kills Them gained his reputation when he rescued a fellow tribesman during the Battle of Rosebud Creek.
“The Two Spirit people in pre-contact Native America were highly revered and families that included them were considered lucky. Indians believed that a person who was able to see the world through the eyes of both genders at the same time was a gift from The Creator.”
Religious influences soon brought serious prejudice against gender diversity, and so this forced once openly alternative or androgynous people to one of two choices. They could either live in hiding, and in fear of being found out, or they could end their lives. Many of them did indeed end their lives.
This is a great step forward in the treatment of the awful decease. As I am the caregiver of my Mom with advanced Alzheimer's decease, This is a a great stride in the right direction. I know it is to late for my Mom, but hopefully they will have a cure in the near future.
Scientists develop potential Alzheimer's vaccine, successfully treat mice
By Colleen Killingsworth
Posted Jun 11 2019 01:42PM PDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A team of researchers at the University of New Mexico is developing a new vaccine that they hope will be able to prevent Alzheimer's disease in humans after seeing promising results in tests with mice.
Alzheimer's is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects memory functioning and is characterized by cognitive decline. There are currently 43 million Alzheimer's sufferers worldwide, and instances are on the rise.
The research is being done in the lab of Kirin Bashkar, Ph.D. and associate professor in UNM’s Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology. Bashkar told KRQE-TV that he saw the lack of an Alzheimer's cure as a challenge and began seriously pursuing the development of a treatment in 2013.
"I would say it took about five years or so to get from where the idea generated and get the fully functioning working vaccine," Bashkar told KRQE-TV.
In a paper published in the NJP -Vaccines journal, the team reported that it had successfully created a virus-like protein that had promising results in treating mice that had been bred to develop symptoms similar to those experienced by human Alzheimer's patients.
The virus-like protein targets accumulations of another protein called tau. Though tau is supposed to function as a stabilizing structure inside of neurons, accumulation of tau creates long tangles that interfere with neurons' capabilities to communicate with one another, causing the memory problems that characterize Alzheimer's.
When researchers tested the virus-like protein on mice with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, they developed antibodies that cleared the tau protein from their brains. What's more: The results lasted for months afterward.
“We’re excited by these findings, because they seem to suggest that we can use the body’s own immune system to make antibodies against these tangles, and that these antibodies actually bind and clear these tau tangles,” said Nicole Maphis, a Ph.D. candidate in UNM’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.
When Maphis challenged the mice with maze-like tests, those that had been treated with the vaccine performed significantly better than those that hadn't.
A small animal MRI was used to study the effectiveness of the protein-based vaccine on the prevention of brain atrophy in the vaccinated mice and found significantly less tangles in both the cortex and hippocampus, two areas of the brain that are crucial for learning and memory. They also discovered a distinct decrease in the loss of neurons and a lessening of hippocampal atrophy, which suggest that the vaccine is neuroprotective.
“These results confirm that targeting tau tangles using a vaccine intervention could rescue memory impairments and prevent neurons from dying,” Maphis said.
The vaccine was developed with the assistance of David Peabody and Bryce Chackerian, UNM scientists who helped pioneer the use of virus-like proteins to create vaccines for dengue virus, hepatitis B, and HPV.
Virus-like proteins are created by removing the genome of a virus so it cannot reproduce, leaving only a protein shell. The shell is still recognizable as an invasive threat to the human immune system, which creates antibodies that react to and neutralize the protein shell. In the case of the Alzheimer's vaccine, the virus-like protein triggers an immune response to target and destroy tau tangles.
The researchers believe that their method with this specific virus-like protein may be applicable to a wider range of tauopathies, including dementia, traumatic brain injury, and chronic encephalopathy (brain disease, damage, or malfunction).
Though getting a drug out of the lab phases of development and into actual human trials can takes decades and is often tremendously expensive, Bashkar is hopeful that necessary funding can be obtained to create a version of the vaccine that can be tested on humans.
19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was passed 100 years ago today
By Brian Pascus
June 4, 2019 / 1:30 PM / CBS News
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, celebrates a big birthday on Tuesday, as it was passed by both chambers of Congress 100 years ago on June 4, 1919. According to the National Archives, the House of Representatives first passed the amendment on May 21, 1919, and two weeks later, on June 4, the Senate followed with a vote of 56 to 25. The next year, following approval by three-fourths of state legislatures, the amendment was ratified into the Constitution.
The opening of the Amendment's text reads, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
Photograph shows women lining up for parade; woman in front leading with baby and carriage; women, dressed in white and wearing sashes "Votes for women" carrying flags and banner.Suffrage parade, New York City, May 4, 1912 Library of Congress
Since the 19th Amendment's passage, women have helped inaugurate a new era of American politics. In fact, many historians can point a clear line from the passage of the 19th amendment to the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s and the current movements seeking to offer greater federal protections for gay and transgender Americans.
The 19th Amendment emerged out of the Progressive Era in American politics, a period of increased social activism and economic reform during the first two decades of the 20th century. Suffragists like Jeannette Rankin, the first female member of the House of Representatives, brought greater attention to the rights of women. Certain states like California, Washington and Arizona passed their own legislation granting women either full or partial suffrage in the early 1910s. Wyoming was the first to do so in 1869, when it was still a territory.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, is joined by other women wearing white, as they pose for a group photo before the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Washington. Alex Brandon / AP
The 19th Amendment changed the electorate forever. Some names are etched in the annals of American history: Winnifred Huck of Illinois, the first woman to win a special election to Congress; Gladys Pyle of South Dakota, the first woman elected to the Senate without previously been appointed; Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress; Patsy Mink of Hawaii, the first non-white woman and Asian American woman elected to Congress; Shirley Chisholm of New York, the first African American woman elected to Congress; and Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois, the first African American woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
And then there's Nellie Ross of Wyoming, the first female governor, Sandra Day O'Conner, the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and Nancy Pelosi, the first female Speaker of the House.
First published on June 4, 2019 / 1:30 PM
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I am sharing this news story about the irconic actress Doris DAy, because I am speechless about her passing. She was one of my all time favorite actresses and I would watch any movie she was in.
Doris Day, actress who honed wholesome image, dies at 97
Associated Press•May 13, 2019
Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and '60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97.
In more recent years, Day had been an animal rights advocate. Her Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed her death at her Carmel Valley, California, home.
Day "had been in excellent physical health for her age" but had recently contracted pneumonia, the foundation said in a statement. She requested that no memorial services be held and no grave marker erected.
With her lilting contralto, fresh-faced beauty and glowing smile, Day was a top box-office draw and recording artist known for comedies such as "Pillow Talk" and "That Touch of Mink," as well as songs like "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Man Who Knew Too Much."
Over time, she became more than a name above the title. Right down to her cheerful, alliterative stage name, she stood for the era's ideal of innocence and G-rated love, a parallel world to her contemporary Marilyn Monroe. The running joke, attributed to both Groucho Marx and actor-composer Oscar Levant, was that they had known Day "before she was a virgin."
Day herself was no Doris Day, by choice and by hard luck. Her 1976 tell-all book, "Doris Day: Her Own Story," chronicled her money troubles and three failed marriages.
"I have the unfortunate reputation of being Miss Goody Two-Shoes, America's Virgin, and all that, so I'm afraid it's going to shock some people for me to say this, but I staunchly believe no two people should get married until they have lived together," she wrote.
A.E. Hotchner, who collaborated with Day on her memoir, said she had a "sweet and sour" existence and never let her personal difficulties "change her attitude toward people."
"She was such a positive, absolutely enchanting woman," he told The Associated Press on Monday. "And she was so loved."
Day received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. Although mostly retired from show business since the 1980s, she still had enough of a following that a 2011 collection of previously unreleased songs, "My Heart," hit the top 10 in the United Kingdom. The same year, she received a lifetime achievement honor from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
The Humane Society of the United States, of which The Doris Day Animal League is an affiliate, praised Day as a pioneer in animal protection.
In 1987, Day "founded one of the first national animal protection organizations dedicated to legislative remedies for the worst animal abuse," said the league's executive director, Sara Amundson. Her foresight "led to dozens of bills, final rules and policies on the federal level," which helped end abusive videos, protect chimpanzees from invasive research and regulate the online sale of puppies.
"She is an icon in the animal protection world and will be sorely missed for her singular advocacy," Amundson said.
Paul McCartney, a friend, called Day "a true star in more ways than one."
"Visiting her in her Californian home was like going to an animal sanctuary where her many dogs were taken care of in splendid style," he said in a statement. "She had a heart of gold and was a very funny lady who I shared many laughs with."
He cited films like "Calamity Jane," ''Move Over, Darling" and others and said he would "always remember her twinkling smile and infectious laugh."
Day "was kind and decent, onscreen and off; she maintained her friendship with Rock Hudson after his AIDS diagnosis, in a climate of fear and abandonment — one of his last appearances was on a TV show with her," playwright Paul Rudnick tweeted.
Born to a music teacher and a housewife in Cincinnati, Day dreamed of a dance career but at age 12 broke her leg badly when a car in which she was traveling was hit by a train. Listening to the radio while recuperating, she began singing along with Ella Fitzgerald, "trying to catch the subtle ways she shaded her voice, the casual yet clean way she sang the words."
Day began singing at a Cincinnati radio station, then a nightclub, then in New York. A bandleader changed her name to Day after the song "Day after Day" to fit it on a marquee.
A marriage at 17 to trombonist Al Jorden ended when, she said, he beat her when she was eight months' pregnant. She gave birth to her son, Terry, in early 1942. Her second marriage also was short-lived. She returned to Les Brown's band after the first marriage broke up.
Her Hollywood career began after she sang at a Hollywood party in 1947. After early stardom as a band singer and a stint at Warner Bros., Day won the best notices of her career with 1955's "Love Me or Leave Me," the story of songstress Ruth Etting and her gangster husband-manager. She followed with "The Man Who Knew Too Much," starring with James Stewart as an innocent couple ensnared in an international assassination plot. She sang "Que Sera, Sera" just as the story reached its climax.
But she found her greatest success in slick, stylish sex comedies, beginning with 1959's Oscar-nominated "Pillow Talk," in which she and Hudson played two New Yorkers who shared a telephone party line. It was the first of three films with Hudson.
In "That Touch of Mink," she turned back advances from Grant and in "The Thrill of It All" played a housewife who gains fame as a TV pitchwoman to the chagrin of obstetrician husband James Garner.
The nation's theater owners voted her the top moneymaking star in 1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964.
Her first singing hit was the 1945 smash "Sentimental Journey," when she was barely in her 20s. Among the other songs she made famous were "Everybody Loves a Lover," ''Secret Love," and "It's Magic," a song from her first film, "Romance on the High Seas."
Critic Gary Giddins called her "the coolest and sexiest female singer of slow-ballads in movie history."
Day was cast in "Romance on the High Seas" after Judy Garland and Betty Hutton bowed out. Warner Bros. cashed in on its new star with a series of musicals, including "My Dream Is Yours," ''Tea for Two" and "Lullaby of Broadway." Her dramas included "Young Man with a Horn" and "Storm Warning."
Her last film was "With Six You Get Eggroll," a 1968 comedy about a widow and a widower who blend families.
In the 1960s, Day discovered that failed investments by her third husband, Martin Melcher, left her deeply in debt. She eventually won a multimillion-dollar judgment against their lawyer.
With movies trending toward more explicit sex, she turned to television to recoup her finances. "The Doris Day Show" was a moderate success in its 1968-1973 run on CBS.
Day had married Melcher in 1951. He became her manager, and her son took his name. In most of the films following "Pillow Talk," Melcher was listed as co-producer. He died in 1969.
In her autobiography, Day recalled her son telling her the $20 million she had earned had vanished and she owed around $450,000, mostly for taxes. Terry Melcher, who died in 2004, became a songwriter and record producer, working with such stars as the Beach Boys. He was also famous for an aspiring musician he turned down, Charles Manson. When Manson and his followers embarked on their murderous rampage in 1969, they headed for a house once owned by Melcher and instead came upon actress Sharon Tate and some visitors, all of whom were killed.
Day married a fourth time at age 52, to businessman Barry Comden in 1976.
Her wholesome image was referenced in the song "I'm Sandra Dee" in the 1971 musical "Grease," which included the lyrics: "Watch it, hey, I'm Doris Day/ I was not brought up that way/ Won't come across/ Even Rock Hudson lost/ His heart to Doris Day."
The late Associated Press writer Bob Thomas in Los Angeles and AP writer Shawn Marsh in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
As of this afternoon I received a phone call letting me know that I, or rather my book Gabrielle, lost made me a BEST SELLER on Amazon for today Dec. 18, 2018 at 2:00pm Pacific Time.
I am so excited I can hardly sit still! If I could I would be doing summer salts all over the house! As of right now I am ranked #6 on Amazon, one step ABOVE E.L. James Fifty Shade of Gray!
December 13, 2018
Leaving the service doesn’t have to mean leaving your community behind. While women are on track to being the fastest growing population of veterans, finding that community of sisters-in-arms can be challenging once you take off your uniform.
Here is a list of local and national organizations focused on strengthening the women veteran community:
Center for Women Veterans (CWV)
Did you know that each VA has a designated women’s health provider? If you don’t know who yours is, you need to ask. CWV is the national hub to ensure women veterans services are “on par with male veterans.” The advocates on behalf of all women veterans and their needs and its website regularly post news and resources women veterans should know about.
Women Veterans Interactive (WVI)
Founded in 2009, by a once homeless women veteran, WVI advocates for women veterans through “advocacy, empowerment, interaction, outreach, and unification.” With national chapters and events, women veterans can find their community and learn more about how to transition from the military to civilian life.
American Women Veterans
Through outreach campaigns, professional development projects, and retreats, American Women Veterans is working to stretch their reach with chapters on a national and overseas scale.
Women Military Aviators
Formed in 1978, this organization educates and promotes the legacy and future of women pilots, navigators, and aircrew. Their Women in Aviation conference brings together over 400 members each year.
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
With almost 2.5 million female service members in the U.S., SWAN is an amplifying voice within the military women community. From research and legislation to community events, SWAN’s goal is to support military women with the tools and access they need to succeed in and out of the uniform.
Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association (Army Women United)
Originally founded during WWII by mothers of women who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). THE CHANNEL, the organization's official publication keeps its members up-to-date about their national convention and other events. You can also join their Facebook group, which boasts nearly 4,000 members.
Women Marines Association (WMA)
The smallest branch with the smallest percentage of women serving, the Women Marines Association promotes the strong legacy of female marines. The organization holds volunteer events, awards scholarships and a national convention. Their next biennial convention will be in 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Women Veterans Network (WoVen)
WoVen is a nation-wide network of peer support for the women veteran community. Groups are made up of 6-10 members, led by two women veteran peer leaders. Through group meetings, the veterans build connections and share resources on everything from career transition to health and wellness.
Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA)
Formally created by Congress in 1901, the ANCA is a voluntary membership organization that supports active-duty, Reserve, Guard, and veteran Army nurses. ANCA offers nursing scholarships, hold a biennial convention, and fosters networking through their quarterly newsletter, The Connection.
Army Women’s Foundation (AWF)
AWF supports the history and future of current female soldiers and veterans. Originally WAC, the Women’s Army Corps Foundation, the organization raised funds to build a museum honoring the history of the Women’s Army Corps. The museum opened in 1977. Each year, its annual summit brings together experts and women soldiers to talk about the roles and challenges that Army women face.
Women Veterans ROCK!
A coalition of women veterans and military families, the organization supports women veterans in civic engagement roles and supports them through community events like resource fairs and leadership training.
I don't think we do enough for our U.S Veterans, especially our women VETS. Both of my parents are/were VETS. My Mom and Dad were in the U.S Army during the Vietnam era. So, when someone would say "Your Mom wears combat boots." I would reply "Yes, she did" Proud of her for that. She was in the Army during a time that is wasn't normal for a women to do so. It took courage to go against the norm of what was expected of women during that time.
Cured! First Adult Canadian Woman Cured of Sickle Cell!
(Photo credit: Nelly Alberola/Radio-Canada)
A Canadian woman just set the bar for possibly many more to be healed of sickle cell anemia after becoming the first adult in Canada to be cured of the disease. She has God, the doctors, and her sister to thank after receiving a life-saving stem cell transplant.
Revée Agyepong, 26, of Edmonton was diagnosed with the disease as a toddler and has never known life without it.
“I remember as far back as elementary feeling sickle cell complications and not knowing what it was,” she said.
“I thought that everyone would go out for recess and play, then come back with a terrible headache and body pain, couldn’t breathe…eventually I realized it was just me.”
Stem cell transplant cures children with sickle cell anemia, says Alberta hospital
Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease in which red blood cells change into a semi-circular shape and block blood vessels. Symptoms vary from patient to patient but it puts every organ in the body at risk.
Agyepong’s disease manifested as chronic bone and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones and shortness of breath.
Back in 2015, 33-year-old Iesha Thomas became the first adult to be cured of sickle cell disease with a chemotherapy-free procedure at University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), the University reported. Thomas was one of 12 adult patients cured of sickle cell disease as part of a clinical trial at UI Health that used stem cell transplantation from healthy tissue, matched from a sibling donor.
Findings from phase I/II of the clinical trial are published online in the journal Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation.
Agyepong said when she found out about the success of the treatment in pediatric patients, she was at a point where her health was declining and she was running out of treatment options, but doctors told her she was too old to undergo the procedure.
That left her devastated.
According to Alberta Health Services, the older the patient and donor in bone marrow transplants, the greater the health risks which can even result in death.
But Stephanie Amoah, Agyepong’s older sister, said she could no longer watch her sister struggle in constant pain and started to research which other centers were testing the treatment on adult patients.
“My persistence, my sister’s persistence, and they said my dedication to wanting a cure, was enough for them to just say, you know what, she’s going to be the person, let’s do this,” Agyepong told the CBC.
([Sisters] Photo credit: Nelly Alberola/Radio-Canada)
Stephanie Amoah, Revée Agyepong’s older sister, was a 100% donor match. She said she’s happy to have been part of a process that will give her sister a new life.
Amoah was tested and was found to be a 100 percent match for her sister. Daly said the odds of siblings being a perfect match is one in four.
The transplant, which took place at Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre, involved Agyepong taking drugs to suppress her immune system and doing a course of low-dose radiation. Amoah underwent a process called apheresis that collected her sickle-cell-free stem cells, which were then given to Agyepong.
“Over the past few months, what we’ve seen is that Revée’s sister’s bone marrow has taken over the production of Revée’s red blood cells,” Daly said. “The amount of sickle cell hemoglobin in her bloodstream has decreased almost to zero.”
Today, Agyepong’s blood tests don’t show any signs of the disease, which makes her essentially cured. Amoah said the change she sees…in her sister is amazing.
“It’s phenomenal. I’m just so happy to have been part of a process that will give her a new life, a new hope and be able to do the things she’s always wanted to do,” Amoah said.
Agyepong said she is still recovering from the transplant but when she is one year out, she plans to dedicate her time to advocating for the disease, and just live her life like a normal person.
“I want to travel somewhere exotic and somewhere warm and feel dehydration like anyone else would because I couldn’t with sickle cell, I would be dehydrated and end up in the hospital,” she said.
“It sounds so insignificant but it’s really exciting just to be able to be more spontaneous.”
P. Gould, BDO Medical Contributor
This is big news! Had to share.
I absolutely love the little community that we have moved to outside of Reno. Only in communities like this can you meet gracious people and read about how someone's pet pig keeps getting out of their pen. Not only that, apparently a goat and a llama have escaped from another home. There is community Facebook page where everyone can post up about loose animals or needing advise or recommendations for just about anything.
My husband and I lived in the San Francisco area for so long, this is a nice change of pace. Definitely different from living in the "City". I was hoping that a change of scenery would help inspire my creativeness to complete some of my 1/2 done books. I may not finish all of the ones I have started, but I definitely have gotten some new ideas for books. LOL
Major International Media Campaign for "Gabrielle, lost" is well into it's 3rd week and the response has been overwhelming. Many news outlets and radio stations are picking up on the story. Lots of things happening in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned to my blog or catch all the updates on my Facebook page or twitter account.
Looks like Winter has finally arrived in Reno, Nevada!
We had white stuff on the lawn this morning, but by 11am it was all melted.
Perfect time to cuddle up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate, or glass of wine, in front of a fire and read a good book.
So I had better get writing and finish my latest adventure.
Cancer injection eliminates tumors in mice
By: FOX26Houston.com staff
(FOX 26) - Scientists have taken a giant step towards curing cancer, according to a new study.
Stanford university researchers have found a way to clear cancer in mice with immune-system stimulating injections.
The report published in the Science Translational Medicine Journal last week shows promise in terms of destroying tumors.
The new approach is a form of immunotherapy, which uses the body's own disease-fighting power to battle cancer.
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Scientists report using compound injections to effectively eradicate cancer tumors in mice.
According to the study, their approach worked startlingly well -- even in mice who had lymphoma in two different areas of their body.
They injected minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice and saw that it eliminated all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases.
"In this way, 87 of 90 mice were cured of the cancer. Although the cancer recurred in three of the mice, the tumors again regressed after a second treatment. The researchers saw similar results in mice bearing breast, colon and melanoma tumors."
It's been tested on mice with lymphoma, breast, colon and melanoma tumors.
A clinical trail is being planned to test the method on human lymphoma patients.
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McAuliffe: Va. is first state to 'effectively end' veteran homelessness
Virginia provided housing to 1,432 homeless veterans last year, more than double the 620 identified in January as part of an annual one-day count of the homeless.
That qualifies Virginia as the first state in the country to effectively end veteran homelessness, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial.
State and federal leaders acknowledge that the achievement, known technically as a “functional” end to homelessness, doesn’t mean that no veterans in the state are without shelter.
But it’s still a tremendous achievement, they say, that the state now provides housing to more veterans during the year than the number identified during the annual January homelessness count.
McAuliffe promised that for any veterans who find themselves homeless in Virginia in the future, “it will be a rare, nonrecurring experience and brief.”
“We cannot stop here. This is not a one-time effort,” McAuliffe told the crowd of hundreds gathered at the War Memorial’s amphitheater. “We have an obligation to take care of them and their families.”
The governor challenged all Virginians to help make sure veterans don’t fall through the cracks. Anyone who knows a homeless veteran, he said, can start the process by calling 211 to alert the state so it can begin to help.
Julian Castro, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, also spoke at the event, relating that during an hour-long meeting with McAuliffe earlier Wednesday morning, the governor told him about 101 times that Virginia is the greatest state in the country.
“Today, y’all have a strong claim to that,” he said. “Virginia truly is showing that we can meet this challenge.”
This is a major accomplishment that all of our States need to reach for.
All of our Veterans deserve the right to free medical, discounted if not free housing. They should never be homeless on the streets with nothing to eat, no warm dry place to lay their head at night and clean clothes.
I come from a military family and I am proud of that. The State of Virginia should be very proud of what they accomplished.
U.S. warns its citizens in Tanzania before anti-gay crackdown
by Nuzulack Dausen,Reuters
DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The United States has warned its citizens in Tanzania to be cautious after the commercial capital Dar es Salaam announced a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the country.
In an alert on its website late on Saturday, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania advised Americans to review their social media profiles and internet footprints.
"Remove or protect images and language that may run afoul of Tanzanian laws regarding homosexual practices and explicit sexual activity," it said.
The alert said any U.S. citizen who was detained or arrested should ensure the Tanzanian authorities informed the embassy.
Dar es Salaam's administrative chief Paul Makonda said on Wednesday that a special committee would seek to identify and punish homosexuals, prostitutes and online fraudsters in the city from this week.
The foreign ministry said Makonda was voicing his own opinion and the planned crackdown did not have national government support.
"The government of the United Republic of Tanzania would like to clarify that those are his own views and not the government position," the ministry said in a statement.
Last October, at least 12 men were arrested at a Dar es Salaam hotel in a raid on a gathering which authorities said was to promote same-sex relationships.
President John Magufuli has cracked down on homosexuality since winning power in 2015, and a conviction for having "carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature" could lead to a sentence of up to 30 years in jail.
Homosexuality remains taboo across much of Africa and gay people face discrimination or persecution, with rights groups often reluctant to speak publicly in defense of gay rights.
In 2016, Tanzania banned non-governmental organizations from distributing free lubricants to gays as part of efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, even though some health experts warn that shutting down such outreach programs could put the wider population at higher risk of infection.
(Additional reporting and writing by George Obulutsa in Nairobi; Editing by Catherine Evans and Adrian Croft)
I'm sorry people, but do they not realize this is the 21st Century?
Yes, I support gay rights. My son is gay and I am proud of hm and happy that he has found a life partner. As a Mom I just want my children to be happy.