People continually pass judgment on one another. You see it in everyday life, in movies, on the internet and in public places. I have never understood this. What is it that makes people think that it is acceptable? In the workplace, the workmates pass judgment on a variety of things. They make remarks about their co-workers clothes, shoes, hair, and overall appearance. The criticize their food choices particularly if they bring their own food. I have never been a person to eat take away at the office. I always brought my lunch. I really didn’t care what others thought. While they are so busy passing judgment, they were neglecting their work. I saw a cute story about a set of twins. One twin was quite popular and had her own group. Her sister was quiet and shy. The popular twin and her friends continually would pass judgment on the shy sister. They made fun of her clothes and one day even threw a tomato at her dress. Their mom had passed and the dad heard the two girls arguing one day as the popular twin and her friends had cut up the quiet girl’s dress that she had made for prom. He said it was about time they knew the real score. The shy twin was born healthy and vibrant. The popular twin was failing. The doctors said there was nothing they could do but a nurse had a better idea. She put the healthy twin in with her and before long she began to thrive as well. The dad said, “So you see, your sister saved your life.” After that the popular twin realized the value of her sister. The next day they went to school together and no one was allowed to pass judgment, criticize or do anything negative to her sister. A valuable lesson. Always appreciate people and never pass judgment on anyone. You could someday be in their shoes. In the Good Gus series no one was allowed to criticize anyone. It would have been negative reading and a bad example. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thought nothing of passing judgment on their benefactors or their shared heirs. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. I find that to be delightful. I love chocolate cake but only if I make it. There are so many recipes that make it a chore to find one you like. I used to make the Hershey’s Cocoa recipe on the back of their tin until I made up my own. I combined a couple of recipes and this cake contains no dairy, but is light and fluffy. I invented when my daughter, who rarely cooks now, was young and wanted to bake. I doubt that specialty food shops or even bakeries know that this is National Chocolate Cake Day. A nice gesture would be to make a chocolate cake, if you aren’t working, and pass it out to people who are in service such as the military, police, fire, nurses, doctors and anyone you notice looks hungry. I often wonder how the media comes up with various types of days. I can only assume it is to promote chocolate, dessert at restaurants, or bakeries. I wonder if you were at a restaurant today if you told them it was National Chocolate Cake Day if you would receive a free dessert. In any event, enjoy this day eating chocolate cake or any other cake you may like. In the Good Gus series, everything was homemade and they didn’t have various national type food days. The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. As the weather continues across the world in cold, rain and snow, “Misplaced Trust” might be an interesting read. You can eat your cake while reading it. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Lately, it seems that people I know are being misdiagnosed. I know a man who went to the doctor’s as he injured his back. After numerous surgeries and being misdiagnosed on several occasions he finally recovered. He was so badly treated that he ended up with air in his brain. They also injured his legs. He finally recovered after a year. He started a job and after about three months he scraped his leg on company property. After a few days it really seemed infected and hurt. He went to urgent care. They completely misdiagnosed him with gout. Gout is on your feet, not your leg. They told him to wrap his leg and ice it. Four days later he saw his regular physician who immediately placed him in the hospital. He was extremely ill with an infection and ended up with sepsis. He is on the mend but only with antibiotic shots three times a day. It will be another month before he is well. The only plus side of this, he told me, is he has lost weight. I know another person who was in an auto accident. She was in excellent health, always working out, exercising, and eating right. One year later, after being misdiagnosed, plus injured by a doctor, she is not the person she once was. She has pain and is slowly beginning to heal. She has even returned to physical therapy. One more person. He was injured and misdiagnosed so that now he walks with a limp and is in continual pain. What has happened to health care? Problems may continue to escalate with virtual visits. In the Good Gus series if you had a problem you saw Dr. Moore and Nurse Joyce. There was no insurance, paperwork, or fooling around. You were treated with the medical information available at that time. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. As you approach the worries of estate planning, please consider reading “Misplaced Trust” first. It will give you the facts you need to make the right choice. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Regardless of age, ethnicity, or country, many people feel entitled. Celebrities are particularly prone to acting and believing they are entitled. They even brag about it on the internet If they decide to go to a specific restaurant that is really popular and there is always a wait, they will appear and expected to be seated immediately. Just because they are famous doesn’t make them entitled. All the other people who worked and may have even saved for a special night out, shouldn’t be forced to wait longer because a celebrity arrives. The same is true in a doctor’s office. Yes they have emergencies, however, frequently patients have been forced to wait unnecessarily because the staff feels that their time is more valuable than the patients and they feel entitled as they work for a doctor. The writers in “Doogie Howser, M.D., made that abundantly clear by people stating and insinuating that just because Doogie was a genius and a doctor that he was special. His parents made sure that he was a regular young adult. Important business people, CEO’s, presidents of large corporations, etc. also feel that they are entitled. No one else’s time is more valuable. If a person is more successful than another, it doesn’t mean that they are more valuable than another human being. In the Good Gus series, which is multicultural, everyone was treated with dignity and respect and no one was entitled. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who firmly believed they were entitled to entire inheritances. The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Thank you for visiting my crowdfunding site at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading
When a person loses their eyesight everything changes. Their other senses kick in and they are more aware of their surroundings. It is even true if you were born without vision. Many people take eyesight for granted not realizing what a valuable gift it is. I saw an old show on “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” in which he had a patient that had lost her sight from an accident. Of course, Doogie’s friend, Vinnie, thought she was gorgeous and made Doogie introduce them. The girl liked Vinnie immediately and they slowly began dating. Her parents though, thought she was dating a doctor rather than Vinnie. She enjoyed all of her time with him and really liked him. They were at the zoo when the call came for a cornea transplant. They rushed to the hospital and she was anxious for Vinne to remain close to her until surgery. Doogie was part of the surgical team. Once the operation had been performed, it was ten days until she knew if her eyesight would return to that first eye that had surgery. When the big reveal finally arrived, Doogie was in the room and she told him he was cute. Then, she saw Vinnie. Her face told the entire story. She was extremely disappointment in him simply because of his looks. The writing was excellent but it also pointed out just how shallow people can be. Vinnie was a great companion while she was blind, but now with vision, he wasn’t the type of person she wanted to be seen with. It’s sad that people have basically lost their eyesight in really viewing others. We are all, after all, human beings. In the Good Gus series, I haven’t yet written a story about a person losing their eyesight. It’s a thought for future books. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. My crowdfunding site is: https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Many individuals, during this pandemic, are fighting depression. As only emergency visits are currently allowed everywhere, finding ways to start fighting depression can begin with your diet. We produce serotonin in a variety of ways. I just read that ninety-five percent of our production comes from our gastrointestinal tract. I would never have thought that. While we are at home, trying to cope, when you go to the grocery, revise your list. The one item I always see is fish. Salmon and anchovies are good starters. Frankly, I hate anchovies, but many people love them on pizza. Other good sources in helping you fight against depression are turkey, cacao, probiotic foods, and fruits and vegetables. Did you know that peas are a probiotic food? They never list them, but foods that may be available to feed your stomach and increase your probiotic amount include yogurt, pickles, kefer, and sauerkraut. Cacao is easy as there are many dark chocolate bars full of the wonderful chocolate. Most of the groceries now have a decent supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Even though they aren’t allow, many groceries are price gouging. Be careful when you purchase anything and verify the pricing. Don’t forget coffee and herbal tea for keeping sadness at bay. Avoid processed or fast foods as much as possible. In the Good Gus series fresh fruits and vegetables were a way of life. At one point, Pecos as the major supplier of cantaloupe. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. If you would like to buy a book for a child in need, please contact me and I will donate it to a child with your name inscribed. “Misplaced Trust is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Recovering from depression is not easy. If you don’t want to remain on pills, you need to find ways to stay on track for a full recovery. I read today that anxiety and depression are major causes of disability worldwide. That was surprising. When you think about it, there are many reasons people develop depression and anxiety. The obvious are loss of employment, genetics, stress at work, problems in a relationship, family difficulties, poor health, loneliness and a death. If a person grew up with low self esteem, they tend to carry it into adulthood. There have been changes in the medical profession to accommodate the higher volume for psychological needs. The best ways though is to help yourself. Recovering from depression takes effort and hard work. Many people use self help programs or techniques specifically designed to help them move forward. One of the ways I would think that would help is physical activity and exercise. An article I read stated the same thing. It promotes endorphins in your brain. Exercise tends to stop your thinking in a negative way as you are focused on the activity. I find it works great whenever I am writing a new story and it clears my brain and new ideas and thoughts begin to flow. If your health is poor, a simple walk or one of the new exercise machines that will move your feet may help. Most people who are recovering from depression know what they need to do but don’t feel like it or have the motivation. They are just too sad. The easiest way is to take one small step at a time until you want to do things. This includes socializing. In the Good Gus series there were no characters recovering from depression. The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There are new theories about health assessments. However, are they really helpful? Whenever you go to urgent care, they are in rush particularly in the cold weather season. There are so many sick people that the wait is several hours. The medical staff tries to do quick health assessments to take the people with the worst problems first. They also take older people much faster. However, they aren’t always accurate in their health assessments. For example, I waited over three hours the other day for a specific virus that needed to be treated. The first step was obviously my health assessment. Then eventually they moved me to a room. The physician’s assistant tried her best. The first prescription made me violently ill. Worse than the virus I had caught. The urgent care called me and argued with me when I explained how badly I became ill from the first medication. Then we went back and forth for a few days and they gave me a second one. Then, they discovered that I had an infection that needed a third medication. However, they tried to convince me to go back to the first. I refused. So today I went to the pharmacy for a third attempt. I hope they are right this time. There are also articles about changing the health assessments for the possibility of dementia. They are attempting a new process to help determine if a person has dementia or Alzheimer’s sooner. In the Good Gus series, health assessments were taken seriously. The doctor’s office wasn’t full of sick individuals so it was easier to take their time and find out what the real cause was for the illness. They didn’t have the technology, so they basically gave it their best efforts. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. You can also locate “Misplaced Trust” online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The World Health Organization calls the resistance to antibiotics a global health epidemic. Over the years, antibiotics were developed and looked upon as a life saving product. However, the pharmaceutical companies, with their greed, pushed their products and made billions while ignoring the consequences of their actions. Now, without realizing it, numerous doctors have over prescribed antibiotics to the point where they are no longer effective. As new diseases and conditions appear, there are no medical cures as people’s bodies cannot fight them nor can the antibiotics cure them. It’s a dilemma that we all dislike. The medical community believes it is a crisis. Over the past several years doctors have been limiting their prescriptions in an effort to deter antibiotic resistance. However, for many it is too late. According to the CDC over thirty-five thousand people die every year because of too many antibiotics over the course of their lives. Their bodies are rejecting them and the infections are destroying their bodies at the same time. Many of the pharmaceutical companies are now filing bankruptcy because basically the good old days are gone. They can no longer develop a product, research it, do studies, and then if it’s a reasonable fix, put it on the market. You have to notice that will all prescriptions comes pages of possible side effects that the companies are no longer responsible for. For many people, the old fashioned methods still work along with new supplements to help us remain in good health. In the Good Gus series, there was little in the way of antibiotics. It was too new. The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is easily located online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
A heart doctor is now claiming that if you have low energy, the reason is leaky gut. According to a Dr. Gundry, certain foods tear the linings of our stomachs which causes them to leak. It can cause many issues including low energy, digestive problems, weight gain, bloating, aches, pains, fatigue, and even food cravings. It can also be caused by food allergies. There doesn’t seem to be a real reason why this occurs. It does tend to let bacteria and toxins into your system. If have any of these symptoms how do you cure it? Of course, there are nutritional supplements that may help. If you start off with low energy and then any of the other symptoms I just mentioned begin to creep into your daily life, take a second look. Many doctors don’t even recognize all the symptoms. They may contribute it to stress in your life. We all have stress. When it’s excessive, we automatically have low energy but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we have a leaky gut. If you think you might have what are the best options of foods? It all goes back to eating a healthy diet. You need plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean means, fish, nuts, seeds, and cultured dairy products such as yogurt and kefir. None of the dietitians recommend basic dairy from cows such as cheese and milk. Balboa Park was a resounding success today for Miss Patty. We are beginning to have bookstores in both California and Texas interested in carrying the Good Gus series. Both the series and “Misplaced Trust” are online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.