The Beginning....

The Beginning....
When William Least Heat-Moon toured the country many years ago, his steed, if you will, was a van that he named Ghost Dancing. His journey of America was 13,000 miles. His book is Blue Highways, A Journey Into America. My steed will be a Subaru WRX (traded for an XV Crosstrek). My travels will be, what in the past were called, the blue highways of Virginia. Years ago, maps showed secondary roads in blue. Yes, the ones less traveled.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Postcard to President Trump....

I had a recent post about a group of people who annually, in February, pledge if you will to send out 28 postcards or letters during the month.

So far it's been interesting and enjoyable. When you sign up your name is listed and I was pleasantly surprised to receive four letters from folks accepting the challenge.

OK, I took the easy way out on some. Yes, I somewhat routinely send out notes and postcards...so, some have been sent to folks who I know. That said, I decided it would be a great time to write to people I normally wouldn't. And, people who I had thought about writing but hadn't.

Here are some folks who I plan to write.


Senator Tammy Duckworth, who after Trump gave his SOTU speech referred to him as Cadet Bone Spurs. For those of you who don't know, Trump received several deferrals from the draft during the Vietnam War because of supposed bone spurs.

There's a breast cancer surgeon, who goes by the name ORAC and who post almost daily on so-called alternative medicine and all of the bogus treatments. Do yourself a favor and take a look.

Another MD who I learned of when I searched around for information about  Paltrow's goop, the largest grouping of Bullshit you can imagine. Her site got my interest when she started selling a $135 coffee enema. The doctor had taken her to task for the bullshit she sells.

And, there are a few others.

Thinking about Prince Harry, Putin, and Trudeau. Will see.

Anyway, here's the card to President Trump....




Dear President Trump,

As a vet who served in Curtis Lemay’s AF, I got excited when I heard about your parade. At 78, thought I needed clearance from my doctor. She said heart, lungs, and kidneys are fine but said I couldn’t march because of my bone spurs.

Sorry, sir. I wish you continued success in all of your endeavors.

Humbly, an AF vet….

PS. Sorry, sir. You do have small hands. (Regretfully, there wasn't room on the card for this.)















Thursday, February 15, 2018

The True Face of Evil......


The Florida School Shooting was yesterday. And, here is this nutjob spreading the gospel, or whatever you want to call it.

I've never said all religious people are ignorant or stupid; though it doesn't hurt. Sadly too few ever take a look at their religion. That is, use a little logic, common sense, and reason to see if it makes sense.

Most of us who have strong beliefs, religion or otherwise, often use confirmation bias to get us through any doubt that may occasionally pop up. Afterall, we have a lot invested and most of us want to keep believing.

Now, let's think about what this guy had to say. God allowed this shooting to happen because there is no prayer in school.


OK, so old God was looking down, saw the event about to happen, could have stopped it but didn't. And, you would pray to a God who would allow all of those students and teachers to be murdered because your so-called God was miffed because folks weren't praying to him? Using that logic, why doesn't old God unleash killers at all schools? Well, other than the Christian schools.

OK, to sum up. If a group is not praying, God get's pissed and kills them. Perfect.

OK, Mr. Smart guy religious weirdo, why have we had so many people murdered who were in churches praying? Was God asleep, drunk, or maybe cavorting with the angels?

Or, heaven forbid, could we maybe consider that there isn't a God?

I've wasted enough time here. Here's a link to the article.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

There are still nice people out there! Honest....

I have a posting about postcrossing, a group of about 500,000 who exchange postcards from around the world. For some reason, after receiving almost 300 postcards, I stopped participating.  To this day, not sure why, exactly.

That said, recently learned of INCOWRIMO, a group of folks who try to write 28
letters/postcards in the month of February. A letter or postcard a day.

You can put your name on the list and folks can use you to send a letter. I put my name on the list, not expecting much. Dang, I've gotten four letters so far (February 10th). Amazing.

When I put my name on the list, I figured if anyone sent me a letter, I'd respond. Now, I've decided that I'm going to try to send out 28 letters. Yes, 28 in the month of February.

The letters I received are delightful. Wow, amazing folks who tell something about themselves and ask about you. Regular folks. So far, I've received letters from Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The folks who have written me seem like truly nice folks, people who want to reach out to others and share experiences and such. Also, some are ambassadors for where they live, telling about their city and state.

Oh, well. Hey, it's not too late. Send out some letters and postcards. Send to your schoolmates who you haven't seen in years, to your shipmates from the service, and to relatives who you rarely visit. Hey, send Trump a letter telling him what a jerk he is. Send your legislators a note telling them what you want to be changed. Send a neighbor a note to just say, Hi.

Get a real fountain pen. Yes, one that uses ink. Hey, you can get a pen for a few bucks. Get some note cards and a stationary tablet in case your words won't fit on the cards.

We really need to draw back from the iPhone bullshit and the tweets or what have you.

Sit down, get a cup of coffee or a drink, get out your pen, exercise your brain a little and write an honest-to-gosh letter.

Oh, well.



Thursday, February 8, 2018

How is it that People Continue to get Treatments That Don't Work?

The first time I was introduced to the so-called world of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), was after meeting someone who told me that they got energy treatments. Yes, this person went to an energy healer.

I was amazed as it just sounded...well, I'll be kind...like it was crazy talk. Anyway, after a few minutes on the internet, I wondered how in the world anyone could believe this stuff.

After a few years of reading about all the crazy stuff people believed in, I decided I'd try to understand how people kept seeking out the treatments when there was no way for them to work or in anyway help the person.


I surely don't have definitive answers and of course, maybe much of what I think may not be accurate. That said, here are my thoughts on two videos taped seven years ago.





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Yeah, Let's Suck All the Toxins in Your Body Out Through Your Feet....

Hi Folks,
Take a minute or so and read what's below. Yes, both of these were copied off of local websites. Yes, any way to make a buck.

Hey, they'll suck the toxins in your body out through your feet. Dang, you'll be good as new.

Be sure to watch the video.

PS. If you want an education in so-called complementary and alternative medicine, read what follows carefully. Yes, all the words are there...energy, toxins, blah, blah. Lots of words that say nothing and are meaningless. You guys won't be fooled, will you????



The Aqua-Chi Foot Bath 


The Aqua-Chi is a highly specialized foot bath using ion enriched energized water. The biocharge of the aqua-chi is safely absorbed into the body which will assist your cells to assimilate, eliminate and detoxify themselves more efficiently. The Aqua-Chi raises the bioenergy in the body helping to recharge energy depleted cells allowing the biocharge and negative ions to permeate into the water.


Aqua-Chi foot bath involves both water and energy.  The Aqua-Chi acts on the energy component which in turn effects the physical.  The foot bath utilizes water, because water can carry and transfer the life force energy we need on a daily basis.  When we are low on energy, the Aqua-Chi can assist the body by giving it a energy boost.  





An Ionic Foot Detox bath takes place in a foot tub capable of negatively charging ions, which attract toxins. Positive ions help assist the body's natural detoxification process and help the body to detox more efficiently.
The ionic foot detox machine is a modern day energy device that safely and effectively helps balance the body's natural energy system. More specifically, it also works in essence by introducing a high level of negative ions into the water of a foot bath/soak, and the feet, utilizing principles of reflexology and the science of ionization and osmosis, create a positive cellular environment and enable the body's natural detoxification abilities and processes to function at their maximum during this detoxification treatment.
Negative ions attract positive ions. For this reason, it is recommended that you add a clear quartz crystal to the water to enhance the cleansing effect during an Ionic Foot Detox bath session.
Health Benefits of Ionic Foot Detox
  • Help promote purging of heavy metals i.e.: lead, mercury, zinc, and nickel. 
  • Create a balanced pH level in body.
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Purge body of excess yeast.
  • Detoxify the liver.
  • Promotes relaxation (good for adrenal system).
  • Cleanse the lymphatic system.
  • Enhance immune system.
  • Eliminate toxins.



Monday, February 5, 2018

Our Governments Are Not Looking Out For Us...Applied Kinesiology (redux), Colonic Irrigation, Naturopaths, Spiritual Douche and Other Matters!

OK, I've had a couple of drinks and I'll blame this post on that (sure, George).

Yes, I'm more riled up than usual. A few posts ago, I mentioned the Virginia Board of Medicine. Well, I'm trying to decide what my next move will be with them. Not that it will make any difference.


Then, today I looked at several more YouTube videos about Applied Kinesiology.  And, that got me really going.

Several years ago I called/wrote the Virginia Board of Medicine, the Virginia Health Department, and the Virginia Beach Health Department. Why you may ask?  Good question.

There is something called colonic irrigation. Please read this. There are several places here in town (VB) where you can have this done. If you read this you will realize that there are NO health benefits and there are some potential health problems that CI can cause.

There is no oversight. That's right, to stick a tube up someone's butt does not require a license and the local health department will not check to see if you're using sterile instruments, sterile conditions or anything, for that matter. 




The Mission of the Virginia Department of Health is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people in Virginia. The agency’s vision statement is “Become the healthiest state in the nation."

Keep in mind, that if you are a barber, cosmetologist, and even a car salesman, you need a license!!!!

Moving on. There are several so-called Naturopathic Doctors in our area. They have pretty-fancy websites. And, they are not licensed by our state (praise the Lord). That said, they are practicing medicine without a license. Period! Here is a link to what the Va. Assoc. of NDs has to say. Obviously, they are trying to coach them how to practice medicine but not practice medicine. Actually, not get caught.




Naturopathic is BULLSHIT! Period. But, yet they are allowed to diagnose and treat people. And, yes, that is practicing medicine without a license.

OK, now to the good part.

Those years ago, after learning that people were setting-up shop to use CI, I jokingly said, Hey, if they can do that I'm sure I can open a spiritual douche business. 

OK, back to today.

I looked around on the internet and I can get a Doctor of Divinity for just a few bucks. And, as I'm already a reverend, yes, honest!!!! Well, I could surely open a spiritual douche business. I could have a website, identifying myself as a doctor (and, a reverend, for cryin' out loud). I would have to be careful about what I say about the benefits of my

spiritual douches. My website will talk about possibly, maybe, might, could, and so on. To make it attractive to the New Age folks, I would need to mention balancing, centering, holistic, auras, natural, adjusting, detoxing, aligning, and I surely don't want to forget quantum.

If I were to start a website for spiritual douches, the New Age ladies would be lining up. Kind of a sad statement about our society.

Remember folks, our governments are not looking out for us. Go to a chiropractor? Mercy. If you watch a chiropractor using Applied Kinesiology (AK) you'll never go to one again. I guess two questions, at least. Any of them using AK and can actually believe that it works??? And, they have a medical license? Either way, they think it works or they are just outright scammers. Let the buyer beware.






Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Religions, Religions...Are There Any Good Ones Out There? You Know, That Are Reasonable and Make Sense?

Sophie, RIP  January 15, 2017
Maybe this will give you a laugh...or maybe it won't. As you can see, I wrote this 10-plus years ago. Hey, can't you think of some improvements that could be made with your God?


Saturday, December 8, 2007
Part One of Interview: Elliott Brown, Time Magazine and George Hudson, Her Holinesses' Personal Assistant...

First off, I'd like to say that I'm honored to be the first person, to...ahh, be granted this type of interview. As I'm sure you know, from time to time there have been rumors...ahh, about, ahh, Her Holiness. However, for the last ten years or so I've followed up with everyone, and the people I've interviewed have all denied any knowledge of Her Holiness. Why is that?

As you know, we in the United States claim that we have religious freedom. And, to some extent that might be true. However, as you well know, religion...that is well, out of the mainstream...has, let's say not always been, ahh...may I say, accepted. Until now, we thought it better to keep what you might call a low profile. We surely didn't want anyone to be offended or anyone's religion to feel threatened.

How did you find out about Saydar, if I may refer to her as such?

George laughed, Surely you can. Well, there wasn't much drama in our first meeting. Actually, she came to the door seeking water. Something to drink and a little to eat. She'd been traveling for days without nourishment.

When was this?

Well, I will just say, it's been a while.

Can she talk? You know, speak English?

Yes, though she prefers not to. She has the ability to communicate by sending out mind thoughts.

Where did she come from? How did all of this happen? How old is she?

She’s been living in the mountains for several thousand years. Off and on I guess you could say. She doesn't talk about how old she is. She always says that that's not important.


Why did she make herself known at this time?

She said that the world is now in such a state that she had to try to help. Try to bring some reason to it all.

What kind of special powers does she have?

Depends on what you call special. She has the ability to communicate with anyone she wants. She can also do mass communication.

Doesn’t she have any really neat powers...you know, cause hurricanes, storms, warts, and such?

Saydar is quite modest in showing and talking about her abilities and powers. Real powers don’t need to be flaunted are her feelings.

Doesn’t she ever just, well do something dramatic…you know, to let us know…well, that she’s a goddess?

Why would she do that?

Well, all of the other gods do that.

She will not approve of me saying this, but you know all of those things the other gods do? Like turning water into wine, parting the oceans, making a bush catch on fire?

Yes.

Well, I don’t want to disappoint you; however, those are tricks any third-rate magician can do. Sorry.

You mean those other gods can’t do all of those, you know…things?

You need to decide that for yourself.

You mean if I pray to Saydar…well, will she answer my prayers?

Let me ask you this. When you pray to your present god, does he or she answer your prayers?

Well, no. But, He only answers them if, well, you know, they are worthy or something.

What do you mean?

Well, the Bible has it all in there. Actually, there are many places in the Bible that say all prayers will be answered. You know, if you’ve signed on so to speak.

Does He also answer all worthy prayers?

Well, it’s kind of complicated.

Try to explain it to me.

Look, sometimes God does something just to, well…you know, test us.

How does that work?

You know, He’ll give someone cancer.

Oh. Yes, I guess that would really test them. But, what’s the purpose of that kind of test?

Well, to see whether or not you’ll keep faith in Him.

Oh, let me see if I have this right. Your God will give a person cancer…to test their faith in Him?

Yeah, that’s right, you got it.

Couldn’t He just ask them?

Oh, no. He’s really busy, He can’t talk to everyone. You know, He talks to Pat Robertson and some others.

Hmm. Again, let me see if I have this right. God has time to give someone cancer but doesn’t have the time to ask them if they believe in Him?

Yes, you’re learning God’s ways. You’ve got it.

OK. I’m a little confused. What if you don’t believe in Him, then what?

Wow, you better watch yourself.

What do you mean?

Hell…don’t you know about Hell? Hmm. You mean she doesn’t threaten anyone like the other gods, you know, follow me or I’ll make your life fucking miserable and throw you into hell and make you burn forever…and never let you have another beer.

Please, please, don’t insult Saydar. She is actually here to see if She can help, the last thing She wants to do is to make you fear Her. That’s not very nice

Well, ahh….hmm…what happens if we don’t worship Her and put Her before everything else in our lives.

Nothing.

What do you mean nothing? She won’t burn us, stone us, ostracize us, strike us with lightning.

No.

What kind of goddess is She?

She’s the kind of goddess who most of us want.

Well, what does She want?

The easiest thing for you to do is to read Sophie’s Journey.

What is Sophie’s Journey?

It’s the teachings of Sophie.

Who is Sophie?

Sophie is Saydar’s real name, her followers started calling Her Saydar. They thought it was a better name for a goddess than Sophie.

Well, what did…ahh, Sophie…or Saydar say about that?

It’s Her feelings that a name really is insignificant. What counts is your teachings and such. Your deeds. A name doesn’t make any difference to Her. A name, as she says, doesn't change who you are or what you do.

Where are the teachings? Sophie’s Journey?

Yes.

Where did these teachings come from…who recorded them?

Well, many people were involved. I guess you might say her disciples.

Would you tell me a little something about…er, Her. Does she allow that?

Of course She does; however, other than Her teachings there’s not much to tell.

What does She look like, what color hair, you know, that kind of stuff?

Well, not that it’s important, but She has black hair with strands of well, silver…grey.

Hmm. Ahh, is She tall?

No, I don’t think you’d say that.

Well, anything unusual about Her?

OK. If you must know, Saydar is a Bouvier.

Bou..v..ahy? What’s that?

Bouviers originated in Belgium.

Oh.

What does She wear? Really cool costumes like popes and such?

No, actually She doesn’t.

What does She wear?

Well, actually She doesn't wear anything in the sense that you’re asking.

What does that mean?

Well, it just means She doesn't wear clothes as we generally think of clothes.

I’m confused. Thought clothes were clothes?

Well, they are.

OK, what’s up with…ahh...what am I supposed to call Her?

Well, up to you. As I may have mentioned, some of Her followers call Her Saydar the Magnificent. Some call Her, Goddess of Life. A few refer to Her as Her Holiness. Some say Her Excellency. And, some call Her, well...just plain, Sophie.

You sure She won’t get mad if I refer to Her as Sophie?

George laughed, Why would She get mad? Actually, She doesn’t get mad in the way of thinking that we normally use...and She surely doesn’t get mad the way we humans do. She does get disappointed. Yes, She’s almost in a state of terminal disappointment, especially now looking at the world and what’s going on out there.

Oh, yeah, clothes. What does…ahh…Sophie wear?

As I mentioned, She actually doesn’t wear clothes as there’s no need.

No need? What do you mean?

Well, I hope you can accept this. Sophie is a Bouvier puppy.

A what! Come on man, don’t screw around with me. That’s not funny.

Well, actually She is, I would never fun about Sophie. Why do you find it strange that She's a Goddess and a Bouvier?

That’s stupid. It doesn’t make sense.

You know over the years there have been gods who are birds, dragons, and so on.

Yeah, but they weren't real gods.

In what way weren't they?

Well, you know. People who believed in them…were well…ignorant..or hadn’t yet been told about Almighty God and Jesus, you know what I mean?

Mr. Brown, you are obviously getting upset, and I can understand that. However, this interview is finished. You go away and calm down. I'll be glad to schedule another interview. You know how to get in touch with me. Please spend a little time trying to understand Her. You'd really like Her, Mr. Brown. She is truly a good...ahh...well, Goddess.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Part Two of Interview: Elliott Brown, Time Magazine and George Hudson, Her Holinesses' Personal Assistant...


Mr. Brown, I welcome you again, sir. Have you had some time to reflect on our last meeting? Mr. Brown, maybe I shouldn't say this, but frankly, in our last meeting...you...ah, well, sir...you lost any sense of your reporter's objectivity. Do you realize that?

Well, I'd like to apologize. Yes, I did lose my objectivity. Of course, as you know this is a very emotional subject with all of us.

Thank you. I accept your apology. Would like to continue?

Please. OK, I'm just to start calling her Sophie, if I may.

That will be fine.

OK. Most gods lay claim to creating the universe, as we know it. What does Sophie say about this? Did She create the universe?

Hmmm. That's a complicated question. I'll try to answer it as best I can. Yes, She was around at the creation.

Did She create the earth, is that what you're saying?

The short answer is, yes.

Could you explain how She did it? You know, Her plan. Why She did it? Also, where did She come from?

OK. Let's see. I'll start with the where did She come from. Sophie was born on a planet called Barcornius. The only thing unusual about Her at birth was a red spot on Her forehead. The ancient books of Barcornius had many references to the sign of the Red Spot. It had been predicted and prophesied that a time would come when a savior, to use a word that we understand, would be born and would be identified by the Red Spot.

So, then what happened?

Well, Her parents met with The Council and there was an immediate proclamation that Sophie was the one and had been sent to them for a purpose.

What was the purpose?

Sadly, Barcornius was having troubled times. There were wars raging, disease, and at times almost universal chaos. Sophie had been sent to them to try to improve the society in Barcornius.

What do you mean?

Well, it seems that they wanted Her to take the knowledge that had been gained from the creation of Barcornius, and go forth and form a new society. A society that would too some extent be patterned after Barcornius. Well, let me clarify that. Barcornius was created by Linus the Great, The God of Salvation and Redemption. Sadly, after a few years, he realized that things were not going as planned. So, he said that there would be someone who would be sent to them...to, ah....go forth, use everything learned from Barcornius...and well, to simplify things...to get it right this time.

OK. How did they know Sophie was the one?

George looked into Mr. Brown's eyes. The red spot, Mr. Brown. The red spot. Linus the Great had written that a savior would be sent and that the savior would have a red spot. Ancient teachings, sir. The Big Book of all That's True, the holy book of Linus, had many mentions of the red spot.

Who were Her parents?

Just regular Bouviers, Mr. Brown.

Was this a virgin birth?

George tried to restrain a chuckle, Mr. Brown. No sir. A virgin birth? Hmmm. No sir, Sophie was born into a regular caring Bouvier family. Nothing fancy here, sir. Yes, I know...well, some other gods claim to have been born of a virgin birth. Not sure what that's all about; however, if that's what they want to claim, well...that's their right, I guess.

With all due respect to Sophie, it all sounds somewhat ordinary.

You're right. Would you like more drama? George laughed.

Mr. Brown laughed.

Mr. Brown, sir. I'm sorry to say that there are things I must attend to. I have thoroughly enjoyed this visit. If you would like to come back, I will gladly schedule more time for us.

I would, Mr. Brown said. I would.



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OK, folks, yes I seem to be homing in on religion lately. Seems to go in cycles. Anyway, in 2007 I decided to write, to use that term, my own religion. Like most of my projects, it soon went by the wayside to make room for more projects that would also go nowhere.

Please don't dismiss this religion out-of-hand just because it doesn't have talking snakes and virgin births. Actually, I think it has all of the cool stuff needed to make a viable religion: a little mystery, the Book, conflict, drama, but best of all this religion has a likable Leader who doesn't want to do harm to anyone. You must admit that's an improvement over the Christian religion. Also, you might find it refreshing to have a leader who doesn't threaten and have a million rules that you follow or you'll burn in Hell for an eternity. 


Truly, folks, you have to buy into some crazy crap to plod every Sunday to your Christian church. I would imagine much of the motivation is from fear that you'll end up in Hell. Wow, that's truly sad. It reminds me of the saying, that pathetically is meant to be positive, He's a God-fearing man. Think about that, for cryin' out loud. It's good and noteworthy that someone fears a god!

Just reread this for the fourth time. Hmm. Don't want you folks to get out your pitchforks! OK, admittedly it's kinda silly. But, is it any sillier than so-called mainstream religions?


EDIT: Well, the grammar and punctuation need some work, but frankly don't have the energy or desire. Sorry, folks!  January 31, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

AAA Should Issue a Travel Advisory For the South, Especially Webster Parish, Louisiana


These are in the office of the Attorney General of Louisiana.

Wow, I'll let you read the article. School starts with a prayer, they teach Adam and Eve, and on and on.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

I Have a Personal Relationship With God! Honest, I Do.

Disclaimer of sorts. I am an atheist and do not believe in Gods! Period. That said, anything about religion is the Christian
religion which I know something about. Not much, granted. And, yes, I will capitalize God.

OK, I'm in a somewhat of a ticked off mood. That said, how often do we hear folks say, I have a personal relationship with God?


What in the heck does that mean?

You guys are on the same bowling team?

You guys chase chicks together?

He brought a casserole to your last PTA meeting?

He attended your wedding?

He bought a bunch of Girl Scout cookies from your daughter?

He helped jump-start your car?

For almost twenty years I worked with the seriously mentally ill. Sadly, many of those folks were obsessed with God. With some of them, I often wondered which came first? The mental illness that produced their obsession with God or their belief in God that produced their mental illness.


Many years ago I had a co-worker who mentioned that she had a personal relationship with God. She wore a cross necklace and always had a Bible with her. She was a terrific case manager who worked with the mentally ill. I enjoyed having her as a co-worker. Other than the religious crap, she was a delightful lady. I considered her a good coworker and friend.

Do you have a personal relationship with God? What does that mean? It's not unusual for politicians to say they talk to God. How about you?

Of Course You're a Critical Thinker. And, Surely Your Children Are, Also.

If you went out into our streets and polled the next 10,000 citizens who passed by, I doubt many would admit to making bad decisions. Most would view themselves as critical thinkers even if they'd never heard the word before.

Obviously, most of us are not critical thinkers and most of us don't even know the basics of trying to make

reasoned rational decisions. Think I'm wrong? Well, folks if I were wrong, overnight all chiropractors, Reiki masters, homeopaths, naturopaths, and so on, would disappear.

Actually, this post is about kids and teaching them critical thinking skills. Take a look here.

When Was the Last Time You Received an Honest-to-Gosh Handwritten Letter? Or, Sent One?



With schools no longer teaching cursive writing how long will it be before we can no longer write? When was the last time you sat with pen and paper and sent someone a letter? Or, received a handwritten letter?

For 108 days Tim Johnson wrote a letter a day. Here's his article. READ THIS!

Yes, I Wrote to the Virginia Board of Medicine!!!!

As I sit here at midnight, January 26, 2018, I wonder what the heck I am doing. I swore a week or so ago researching Paltrow and her bullshit website Goop that has every whacky thing you can think of that I would never post again. I learned about it when I found her latest was a $135 coffee enema. Yes, a $135 coffee enema. I told myself, enough is enough.

At 78, how many more days do I have and how much time do I want to piss away on this stuff with few people actually reading what I have to say.

OK, and then I decided I was going to write the Virginia Board of Medicine. And, here I am again.

Below you will find my letter to them and their response. Was I surprised by their response? Sadly, no. But, I was disappointed.

Our mission is to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to health care practitioners and the public.

Yes, that's the mission of the BOM.

Wow, she sure did respond with a lot of red text.

Not sure how I will proceed. But, there are only so many ways.

I am definitely going to reply to the BOM. Hmm, just trying to figure out exactly and what I am going to say, not that it will make much difference.


As my letter stated, I asked about so-called Applied Kinesiology. This is bullshit ladies and gentlemen. Take a look here and here.

There is no doubt that this is the worst of the worst pseudoscientific BS. And, yet, as many as 30 percent of chiropractors use this crap! And, the BOM is looking out for us?

Though I do not know this to be true, it would seem as though the BOM knows that chiropractors are using this crap and just don't care or think that it's OK. It's one or the other...and, that's truly sad and inexcusable.

What follows is my letter to the BOM and their response.


Dear Mr. Callender:
You are correct the Board of Medicine does not license naturopaths and so has no jurisdiction over them as they are private citizens not regulated by the Board. Naturopaths have petitioned the Virginia legislature in the past asking to be licensed by Virginia and have failed to get the legislation through.  You may wish to make you feelings known to the legislature regarding naturopaths.
The Board of Medicine does have jurisdiction over chiropractors and if you have a complaint against a specific chiropractor, you may file it at this link:

Jennie F. Wood
Case Manager, Discipline & Compliance
Virginia Board of Medicine
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia  23233
804-367-4571;  Fax-804-527-4429

ANY AND ALL STATEMENTS PROVIDED HEREIN SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN OFFICIAL POLICY, POSITION, OPINION, OR STATEMENT OF THE VIRGINIA BOARD OF MEDICINE (VBOM). VBOM STAFF CANNOT AND DO NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. VBOM STAFF PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO THE PUBLIC BY PROVIDING REFERENCE TO VBOM STATUTES AND REGULATIONS; HOWEVER, ANY SUCH ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY VBOM STAFF SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE FOR ANY PARTICULAR SITUATION, NOR SHALL ANY SUCH ASSISTANCE BE CONSTRUED TO COMMUNICATE ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING ANY PARTICULAR SITUATION OR OCCUPATION. PLEASE CONSULT AN ATTORNEY REGARDING ANY LEGAL QUESTIONS RELATED TO STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS, INCLUDING THE INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF VBOM.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL VBOM, ITS MEMBERS, OFFICERS, AGENTS, OR EMPLOYEES BE LIABLE FOR ANY ACTIONS TAKEN OR OMISSIONS MADE IN RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS EMAIL.


From: George Callender [mailto:george238c@juno.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:55 PM
To: Wood, Jennie (DHP) <Jennie.Wood@DHP.VIRGINIA.GOV>
Subject:

Dear Ms. Wood,

Well, at 78 I guess you could say I'm circling the drain. I've been meaning to write this letter for years, so here goes.

Why are so-called naturopaths allowed to hang up their shingles, refer to themselves as doctors, and diagnose and treat our citizens? Yes, I checked and thankfully they are not licensed (yet).   

Here are some of the things that they advertise that they use: Bach Flowers, reflexology, homeopathy, iridology. AK, and so on. Actually, they could challenge the chiropractors for who has the most proven-to-not work techniques.

Obviously, someone at the Board of Medicine knows this is going on. Why is it allowed? 


My favorite folks, chiropractors. Many chiropractors use applied kinesiology and yes, I know the BOM is aware of this. Why is this allowed? 

Anyone with an IQ above room temperature knows that AK is pseudoscientific BS. Poses two questions. Chiropractors using AK either know it doesn't work or actually think it works. In either case, their license should be revoked.


Here are some links to Virginia chiropractors who use AK and their claims about the benefits.




The average citizen in our state makes certain assumptions when they seek medical care. The main thing they assume is that if our state grants someone a medical license that they must be OK. That is, that they are using proven methods of diagnosing and treating disease. That they are knowledgeable about medicine and are not taking advantage of us by using bogus treatments. That is not the case, Ms. Wood.

I guess I could sum up my letter by asking two questions. Why is the BOM allowing so-called naturopaths to call themselves doctors and treat our citizens? My second question is this, why is the BOM allowing chiropractors to use modalities (for lack of a better word) that have been proven to not work and not provide any medical benefit?

In closing, I hope you and yours had a great Christmas and holiday season and I wish you all a best-ever new year in 2018.

If you've gotten this far, thanks for reading my letter and I look forward to your response. 

Respectfully, I remain....

Sincerely,

George 

PS. Seems these are violated.

18VAC85-20-28.  Practitioner-patient communication; termination of relationship. 

  1. Except as provided in § 32.1-127.1:03 F of the Code of Virginia, a practitioner shall accurately inform a patient or his legally authorized representative of his medical diagnoses, prognosis and prescribed treatment or plan of care. A practitioner shall notdeliberately make a false or misleading statement regarding the practitioner’s skill or the efficacy or value of a medication, treatment, or procedure prescribed or directed by the practitioner in the treatment of any disease or condition.

18VAC85-20-30. Advertising ethics.

E. A licensee of the board shall not advertise information which is false, misleading, or deceptive. 
"Be kind,  for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."  Plato....




Saturday, January 13, 2018

Chili Bowl (No, Not Football) Nationals

A little change of pace. Here's information about the Chili
Tony Stewart
Bowl.


The Chili Bowl is run over several days drawing drivers from all racing disciplines. Routinely, several of the top NASCAR drivers compete and racers from as far away as New Zealand. It's a big deal for small race cars called midgets. They have 300-400 horsepower and weigh a mere 1,000 pounds. This year started with about 350 cars. It's an indoor track of 1/4 mile.

The videos here are from the drivers' seat, with the cameras mounted on the cars.








Thursday, January 11, 2018

What do Austin McChord and I Share? Money? Fame? Well, not Exactly....

Austin McChord just donated $50,000,000 to RIT!

OK, what do we share? A world-class-low GPA. McChord's is 2.2. Mine was (as I best remember), 2.08. It took me 14 years from my first class, while in the service stationed in Savannah, Georgia, to graduation in 1975. In addition to my ODU credits, I have a few from American University and Ohio University.

When I started back for the big push to graduate, about 1973, my GPA was 1.55. Not to make excuses, but it was that low as I walked away from a bunch of classes without formally withdrawing. Yep, a bunch of Fs.

My low-GPA graduation was followed by an unremarkable and somewhat ordinary career. No $50,000,000, to ODU.