Monthly Archives: December 2013

Lets Talk About A Healthy Immune System

A healthy immune system is basic for optimum health. How often do we consider whether or not we are destroying our immune system with the way we live.

Right Now you need to decide what you think about what you believe. I use an illustration regularly to help people understand the decision process. For the next 30 seconds I want you to close your eyes and truly believe you are the president of the United States. Now I want you to really believe it with all your heart! After you open your eyes read the rest of this.

How many presidents do we have now? Still only one I’ll bet. So you see, no matter how much you believe something it doesn’t make it true. The same with your immune system. Either it is working at optimum level or it isn’t whether you believe it or not. How you live your entire life, totally and completely, affects your immune system either for the good or the bad. The decisions you make each day are regulated by all your external factors. Air, available water supply, foods that are available depending on where you live, and your environment such as where you work and live. That is why when you make a healthy decision you get to make another mark on the chart of life in your favor. One healthy decision after another. That’s why I get so excited when I find another healthy clue. So many small healthy decisions sitting right in front of me. Healthy cooking. What chemicals and additives do you poison your food with. Healthy living. How many pollutants do you spray into the air you breath at home or work. You say it smells good! “And!” Have you considered natural occurring fragrances. You may be aware they exist but unable to find out where they are available. Not to worry. Read on in healthy lifestyles.

What about healthy supplements. And again not all vitamins are created equal. Think about this. The finer a compound is no matter what it is, determines how well it is absorbed into your body’s system. You can lay a rock on your arm but it won’t penetrate your skin. On the other hand wipe your arm with pure alcohol and it absolutely will get into your blood. If you don’t believe me put some die in it and wipe that on your arm. Yeah! you won’t do that again!!! So I want to give you a new term. Bioavailable. Click on this term on and see what Wikipedia says about this term. You might consider a new vitamin source. I happen to use an excellent bioavailable supplement and I’m amazed at the results. (more later on.)

Lets go on. How about your food supply? Healthy vegetables. What is the allowable level of contaminants in the ground used to grow our food supply in? Well you know chemical fertilizers are widely used and the preferred choice because of the cost. Ever wonder why organic foods cost more?

Ever heard of natural remedies? Some people actually believe you need to poison yourself to get well. What’s wrong with using something natural? Check out these natural remedies.

Healthy meat. What type of growth hormone do they inject into our meat supply? Of course you know growth hormones injected into humans can cause serious medical problems if used incorrectly. I used to work for a friend part time on his ranch and we would catch the calves and inject a growth hormone tab into their ears. It had less chance to cause a problem in that spot. Boy did take me a few years before I figured out what that really meant.

Now I hope I have your attention. You either feed your immune system to enhance it or damage it. Our lungs filter out the pollutants in the air for our blood, our body filters out the chemicals we ingest also for our blood. Now where do all those chemicals and pollutants usually end up. If it lays stagnant and dormant long enough in our intestines ….. I don’t even want to use that term. Every organ is fed by the blood supply. Poor nutrition, poor condition of the organ. They are also protected by our blood supply. Poor immune system, serious medical risk to those malnourished organs. Why would we put ourselves at such great risk? All this stuff in our food and water supply ends up in our body somewhere and if the accumulation is big enough, we get a medical condition from it. A large accumulation of mercury in the brain is linked to alzheimer’s. Many fish species should not be eaten because of where they feed. The flu vaccine contains mercury and regular flu shots in the elderly have been linked to guess what. Alzheimer’s!!! Coal dust in the lungs causes that big lung dust problem thingy. Smoking causes all kinds of (the c). The list goes on. But why do some smokers get it but others don’t. I can make a very good guess. Some people eat for their health. The immune system has a way of isolating mutating cells so they can’t grow. Diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet. Why wait to get extremely sick before starting to eat right!

I have been exposed to someone with tuberculoses but I didn’t get the disease. My navy buddy did. Why. Again I can guess. I ate three nutritious meals a day(for military food thats a stretch) and I remember he was a junk food freak. 35 years later I’m still disease free and I didn’t take the treatment. I was also somehow infected with hepatitis c the bad strain. Again 30 or so years no symptoms or liver damage. This is really not hard to figure out. My immune system is at its optimum or at least very close. I have known about the benefits of eating healthy for many years even though I didn’t know how it affected my immune system. There are also people who get something and their conditions go away and are said to be in remission. thats the immune system doing its job. We have to get a grip on this.

Episode 13

Seth’s out this week, so Carrie’s joining us for Episode 13!

Intro music: De-Evolving by Jonathan Coulton

The BSU Freethought Alliance is hosting a Darwin Day celebration next Saturday (Feb 7th). You should come check it out!

We take a quick look at Crunchbang Linux, an awesome high performance Ubuntu based Linux distribution. It’s pretty awesome.

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The Mozilla foundation has donated $100,000 to the Wikimedia foundation to promote the development of the open source ogg media codecs, Vorbis and Theora. Looks like a great contribution to promote open web standards.

Speaking of open standards, the Obama administration has asked former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy to prepare a paper on the benefits of adopting open source software for government IT.

The new Internet-based University of the People, set to open in April, plans to offer college degrees to any English speaker with an Internet connection.

A high school student in the UK has withdrawn from school in protest of the school’s placement of CCTV cameras in the bathrooms. Creepy.

Western Digital announces new two terabyte green power hard drives. That’s huge! Hopefully people will have better luck with these than they did with Seagate’s 1.5 terabyte drives.

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Ad Hominem of the Week

The Bay City, Michigan municipal power company caused a 93-year-old man to freeze to death when they started limiting his electricity due to outstanding bills. Good game, assholes.
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That’s it for this week. Send us your questions, comments and feedback to show@falsedichotomies.org

Outro music: A Talk With George by Jonathan Coulton

See you next time!

Partial fix

New development on the banning. It looks like Google has recognized that it was a bit hasty to just pull tethering apps from the Android Market altogether. Here’s what they had to say:

“We inadvertently unpublished your application for all mobile providers; if you like, we can restore your app so that all Android Market users outside the T-Mobile US network will have access to your application.”

It doesn’t really give a definite answer to my original questions, but it hints at a direction. This seems to indicate that they have a mechanism in place to filter Market listings by carrier. I’m still not too keen on Google allowing the Market to be controlled by carriers at all, but at least we might not have to keep track of half a dozen different Terms of Service just to figure out what we can and can’t publish. Users may not agree with my mild optimism here, since they’ll be the ones with limited access to apps.

Thanks for all the support and discussion of this issue. I like to think that community pressure was what led Google to reconsider this decision. Keep it up and maybe we can free the Market from carrier rules altogether, or at least make sure that the Android OS proper stays open and suits the community’s needs.

Banned from the Market… ok.

So, I’ve had my first real clash with the Open Handset Alliance today. Wifi Tether for Root Users, an app I’m a contributor for, got banned from the Android Market for violating the Developer Distribution Agreement.

The reasoning provided is a rather twisted web, as it turns out. According to the agreement:

“Google enters into distribution agreements with device manufacturers and Authorized Carriers to place the Market software client application for the Market on Devices. These distribution agreements may require the involuntary removal of Products in violation of the Device manufacturer’s or Authorized Carrier’s terms of service.”

And then, the T-Mobile Terms of Service say the following (as of 11-18-2008):

“Your Data Plan is intended for Web browsing, messaging, and similar activities on your device and not on any other equipment. Unless explicitly permitted by your Data Plan, other uses, including for example, tethering your device to a personal computer or other hardware, are not permitted.”

This raises some interesting questions about this “open” platform. Android phones are supposed to be released for other carriers in the future, right? Does this mean that apps in the Market have to adhere to the ToS for only T-Mobile, even when other carriers sign on? Will all apps have to adhere to the ToS for every carrier that supports Android phones? Why is all of this enforcement Google’s job, in the first place? If T-Mobile wants to force people to pay for broadband plans in addition to their phone data, it’s their job to either make that attractive to users or strongarm them into it by, say, instituting data caps. Playing cop for cell carriers doesn’t really seem like the ideal way to establish credibility as a promoter of free software and a strong development community.

Aside from the issue of “authorized carriers,” there are some otherwise valid uses of tethering software which users are now being denied. One of the apps banned was for tethering internet over Bluetooth. (We’re working on adding it to ours, someday. See below.) With wifi tethering, the internet has to come in from the cell carrier, but Bluetooth tethering allows a user to connect their phone to a wireless router and then share it with a device that has Bluetooth but no wireless card. This use, by definition, can’t violate the T-Mobile ToS, since it doesn’t require their data plan at all. And that’s not even to mention phones which have been set up to use other carriers who allow for tethering.

To add to the irony, one of the folks who helped develop the initial tethering scripts works for Google, I’m told. Another Google employee has forked Wifi Tether, added Bluetooth support to it, says he and his office-mates use it on their commute, and has even given us a patch we can merge in when we get the time. I know they’re not any more responsible for this policy than I am, but it just makes me giggle to know that there’s an underground presence inside the machine. Hopefully they (and you) can help us push for a really open Android instead of the same greedy corporate power plays we see from other mobile platforms.

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