consider the dangers of prescription medications if you have interest in living past the age of 50

This topic is vital to address if you or someone you care about is taking a prescription drug:

“Somehow or another, we need to refocus our efforts to create lives worth living, and improve access to and information about basic disease prevention, which begins with diet and basic lifestyle choices.

60,000 Americans Overdosed in 2016 

Opioid addiction and accidental overdoses are now taking a tremendous toll. According to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50! In 2015, more than 52,000 Americans died from some form of drug overdose; 33,000 of them involved some form of opioid. 

Preliminary data for 2016 reveals that death toll is anywhere from 59,000 to 65,000. That’s a 19 percent increase in one year, and the largest annual increase of drug overdose deaths in U.S. history. Between 2014 and 2015, drug overdose deaths rose by 11 percent. The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®).

Americans use 80 percent of global opioid supply

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers rose by 300 percent between 2000 and 2009, and Americans now use 80 percent of all the opioids sold worldwide. In Alabama, which has the highest opioid prescription rate in the U.S., 143 prescriptions are written for every 100 people.”

Source Dr J Mercola

my perspective

There are times when prescription medications are absolutely necessary and we are grateful to have them.  However we Americans must come to our senses and comprehend that if it isn’t a life-or-death situation, it becomes one when we decide to take a prescription medication. Even routine antibiotics, properly prescribed, kill people.  I know several such cases firsthand.  

We must self-educate and educate others. We cannot rely on the media to inform us. We cannot rely on the pharmaceutical “industry” to protect us.  It is a mega for-profit “industry.” This means health is not often the first consideration.

This year I have a goal to complete my first home self-care guide.  Included in the manual will be no-cost or low-cost methods I have learned to prevent illness and disease.   Basic outlines for self-experimentation for optimal health will also be included.  I started studying the traditional medicines of the world over half my lifetime ago because they are based in living a synergistic life with the earth and founded in the principles of human longevity.

Occasionally I feel it is important to post commentary about big-picture issues that should be avoided so that home self-care might be more useful.  In my opinion avoiding chemicals in all forms is essential.  Since we can’t avoid all poisons due to environmental hazards and unforseeable circumstances, it benefits us all to optimize our health so we can be as strong as humanly possible.

be brave with your life

This is Father’s Day so I write this post in dedication to the most extraordinary dad who is responsible for the vast majority of my fortitude and the development of my values.  He died many years ago from bone cancer after suffering excruciating pain, multiple treatments and surgery that doctors knew could not save him.  I suppose he knew too. We grew up near the Hanford nuclear plant and fished in the great river of the Columbia not far from there.  Many of our friends worked for the plant.  They all died first. Our tiny community was agricultural, dominantly apple orchards, but there were hops and other fruit trees too.  Though my family raised our food mostly organically, we didn’t know that all the chemicals in our valley would cause cancer and many number of other diseases.  So the majority of my family and our neighbors and friends who didn’t even work for Hanford, or fish in those rivers, died too.

This is why I dedicate my life to learning and sharing what makes people thrive, to how to restore health and develop a mindset of longevity in a culture that seems to have become complacent about its poison.  My dad said our nature-loving ways are from the fraction of Choctaw we hold in our blood.  He said our health and our life cannot separate from the Earth.  He taught me reverence for our home.

As the summer solstice approaches in the Northern Hemisphere (Tuesday, June 20th) and we experience the greatest days of light, I feel the time has come to share with you what one of my grandmothers called “true story.”  It is a kind of story that repeats itself again and again throughout history, for many people in many different ways, but the core of the story is the same for everyone.  This is a story about life and death.

A few days ago I accidentally surprised a giant rattlesnake while out hiking.  My dog and I wrapped our limbs through the muscular coils while the many legs and snake tried to undo what had already been done.  I’ve been thinking about poison and gratitude ever since.  She rattled and rattled and struck twice but didn’t puncture either of us.  We were given a pass to see another day.  Because of this, I share the story of my people that I more prefer to keep private.  Life keeps leading me to states of awakening.  Death keeps reminding me there is no cause to delay.  What are these gifts if I do not share them?

Mary Oliver, my favorite living poet asks, “..what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  And Rumi, my most beloved mystic of the past tells us, “don’t go back to sleep.”  My friends I struggle with you through the gravity of our collective human choices.  For those of you who are awake, I write down these words so you will know you are not the only one who feels there must be something that can be done.


Last year I promised that if I was still alive this time this year I would explain the source of a long pilgrimage that led me to the desert lands under the Huajatolla, the “mother breasts of the earth” where I now call home.  I had grown a tumor in my pelvis the size of a baby head.  The doctors insisted upon a surgery that I refused, if I survived the ordeal it would remove most of my insides and leave me with enough scar tissue and dependence on drugs to render whatever time might remain useless to me.  The treatments they proposed to follow would destroy anything resilient.  I have spent much of my life attending to the dying of those I love.  I am unique in my perspective perhaps, but I wasn’t going to die or ‘live’ that way.

So I went to the wilderness alone where I stayed for a long time, I fasted and I meditated, I hiked and I journeyed.  Vultures circled, Wolf, Bear, and Mountain Lion were so near to me I am forever changed.  I listened to that Earth Song that my father taught me to hear.  His language was inside the rivers as alive as if he were still.  I remembered where I came from and why I am here.

I plan to show up with everything I have, as best I can, for as long as I can.  The snake reminded me that even though I was able to cure myself through my unorthodox methods and become stronger and more vital than at any other point in my life, there are no guarantees.

I hope you will not have to experience suffering to open up your life, more than you ever imagined possible, to your passions and your most essential reasons to exist.  No matter what happens, try to not become paralyzed by what you cannot do and focus on what you can.   At each quiet dawn that remains, I hope you will listen deeply for “true story” inside your life and your relationship to Earth .   I hope you will do this now, without delay, and be brave with your life!