Article: NRA Lobbying Expenses Topped $3 million in 2012

Article: NRA Lobbying Expenses Topped $3 million in 2012 found on huffingtonpost.com

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Chronic Pain Harms the Brain

Chronic Pain Harms the Brain.

via Chronic Pain Harms the Brain.

Article: Religion Might Not Survive the Internet

Excellent! Perfect follow-up to what I just wrote about IFB teachings.

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IFB Teachings: Nonsense

I try to keep this blog civil, but this is stuff that needs to be said. This is stuff I was raised to believe as an Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB). My parents may or may not have taught me these things, but they were most certainly taught or inferred by church, school, college, and fellow IFB.

  • Better use the right version of the Bible, KJV to be specific.  Avoid all music that makes you want to move, so just go for old hymns and you’ll be safe.
  • Spank your children, don’t trust them, because they are born with a horrible sin nature and are really little monsters bound for Hell.
  • Send them to a strict Christian school or home school them yourself, because it wouldn’t do for them to pick up worldly notions or learn from a curriculum that wasn’t Christ-centered. Once they’re college age, be sure they attend a college that is KJV only, against contemporary music, and has all it’s p’s and q’s straight, biblically speaking. Ideally this college will implement strict curfews, dating rules, and remain in support of parental authority despite the age and status of the student. More

Article: Why “Zero Dark Thirty” Made Me Cry

Why “Zero Dark Thirty” Made Me Cry.

Haven’t seen the film myself, but I can understand and agree with what the author says. The bit about both sides thinking they are doing the right thing really hits home. I’ve often thought about that. Reality isn’t full of bad guys wearing black and good guys wearing white. Kill or be killed is a horrible way to live, but humanity has chosen that for thousands of years. That is certainly worth weeping over.

Nutrition, Real Food, and Planning for Health

Health and food are really important to me. I tend to view health as a very, very complicated math problem, with variables like genetics, nutrients you get from food, your environment, etc. Studying up on what the body needs to work properly is a hobby of mine, but my favorite part is discovering what foods best provide those nutrients and then trying to implement them into my diet. I went through one of my favorite cookbooks recently, Nourishing Traditions, and wrote down recipes that sounded good and not too difficult or expensive. There are so many good things in that cookbook! More

Update on Meds. and Pain Management

It’s been 39 days since I first posted that I was going to experiment with going off my medication (Metaxalone) for fibro. It went really well for awhile, but at about the one month mark I started having problems. I did take another dose of Metaxalone a few nights ago because my body was knotting up really bad. I was also having to take Tylenol a lot more frequently than I cared to, for pain and for bad headaches, which could be caused by my body cleaning out the Metaxalone. Honey wanted me to try arnica, so when we went to Whole Foods a few days ago we picked up a little homeopathic tube of arnica montana. I think it’s helping, or at the very least it makes it bearable. Honey grew up on homeopathics, so he’s had to tell me stuff like you can’t eat before/within 30 minutes of taking the pills, no caffeine near taking the pills, and not to touch the pills with your hands if you can help it.

Taking something homeopathic feels better to me, psychologically, because I feel guilty when I go the pharmaceutical route. All the research I’ve done, as well as what I’ve experienced, has forever tainted my ability to trust modern medicine. It’s really frustrating to me that today’s doctors can’t write out prescriptions (to my knowledge) for vitamins, minerals, etc. and people’s insurance will cover it, but rather insurance only covers pharma. medications. *big sigh. But that’s another topic for another post, probably for another day.

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