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.

the rooster

Rooster year is crowing!


We had a rooster when I was five years old who would get up on the tree limb directly outside my window at the pre-crack of dawn and sound the alarm. Why my window?!  Why my window you wee tormentor? Why not my sisters window? Go wake up my sister! Let me sleep bird!

Often I would actually throw open the window and inform bird that when I’m just a little bigger I will make a fine stew out of him despite my dad’s animate dissuasion (due to the fact the rooster was the only other male on the property of many animals and people).

Anyway, those who know roosters will probably laugh at the competition of wills between child and bird, and you’ll understand the intricacies of the overarching symbolic energetic for this fire year. The new totem has arrived.

don’t go back to sleep

Prepare to be awakened when it is still mostly dark and your brain is perhaps a bit foggy. Make preparations to be inspired, to be brought to consciousness. Anticipate the great awakener to blaze in these days before the sun rises. Indeed it looks dark, but the rooster tells us unquestionably it is time to wake up! If this kind of influence is particularly needed for you, you might even find him roosting outside the window over your bed. 

Our work in this fire rooster year is to try to be grateful that there will be no going back to sleepy unconsciousness.  

Happy New Year!🔥🏮💥🎏🎊

you are your own cartographer now

“We are living in an age of radical discontinuity.  The lessons come faster and faster as our souls and the universe push us into new growth.  Familiar waters seem suddenly perilous, alive with uncharted shoals and shifting sandbars.  The old maps are outdated, we require new navigational aids.  And the inescapable fact is: you are your own cartographer now… A shift of a few degrees at the beginning of any voyage will mean a vastly different position far out to sea.”

–RH Blum