Time for a True Change
There are certain elements that make health care expensive. The media wishes to blame it on insurance companies. We all know that insurance companies represent one of the most lucrative, wealth possessing sectors of the economy. However, they also are a reflection of costs that do appear. Those costs are determined by doctors, hospitals, suppliers and medicine. Medicine has become a large portion of those costs in the form of prescriptions. Those prescriptions often create more medical related problems than imaginable.
According to the American Medical Association the number of deaths per year is over 100,000 people from death causing reactions to medication. In addition there are over 2,000,000 hospitalizations due to severe reactions to prescription medications. The number of people having a bad reaction that requires them changing their medication is in the high millions.
The prescription business profits are staggering and their general over prescribing for every possible condition, pain, and problem leaves little room for any other alternative. The medical industry supports its perspectives and provides this wasteful and deadly statistical reality. How can that BE?
The Founding Fathers of America were quick to point out the tremendous danger of the medical profession becoming monopolistic. Benjamin Rush, a physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, wanted an amendment protecting medical freedom. He feared "the time will come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship.." and in a sense that has happened. Medical care is no longer mindful of preventative medicine for everyone, only the few educated who are aware of it.
The alternative forms of medicine need to be heard and protected, the conventional mode of medicine needs to be re-evaluated and reports made public- protected from outside financial influences that have distorted facts. Everyone should read Michael Murray's latest book, "What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You And Your Doctor Doesn't Know".
follows is a long entry that helps explain the elderly lady in the cartoon
above- a most remarkable story! - By
Trish Mahon, Jarrow Formulas
On March 19th, 2009 Ella Bess Baker Jackson, known as “Betty” turned 100 years old in Laguna Woods, California. In reaching her hundredth birthday, Betty has taken her place among the ranks of the more than 84,000 unflappable American men and women that now sit at the century mark. Betty has a secret, however. While she has practiced good nutrition all her life, she firmly believes that her strong faith and her use of a very special coconut oil hold the key to her longevity.
Betty was born in rural Texas in 1909. It was the year that Ernest Shackleton located the South Pole, construction began on the RMS Titanic, the US Navy founded Pearl Harbor, the Indianapolis Speedway held its very first event, the NAACP was formed, and Joan of Arc was beatified. In 1909 you could buy a dozen eggs for about .26, two rolls of toilet paper for a nickel, rent a three room apartment in New Jersey for about $15 a month, and take the train from New York to Chicago for $27 round-trip.
As a child, Betty worked in the cotton fields of Texas but had always wanted to teach. She enrolled in Teacher’s College right after high school. It was during her college days that friends began calling curly-haired “Ella Bess” by the name of “Betty” after the popular, animated cartoon character “Betty Boop.” She has been “Betty” ever since. She would go on to teach religious education to all grade levels in a one-room, Texas school house.
Betty met the love of her life in the local soda shop! She eloped with Clarence Paul Jackson and had two daughters in the 1930’s. As The Great Depression descended upon America, the young family looked to California for new opportunities, a new life, and a new faith.
Clarence’s first job in The Golden State was driving a construction truck with bad brakes from the very top to the very bottom of The Hoover Dam. After that, he brought his family to East Los Angeles where he sold Hoover Vacuums, worked in a battery factory, and finally settled with The Richfield Oil Corporation in Wilmington, California.
In 1941, with a $300 down payment, Betty and Clarence bought a home in Carson, California. It had a chicken coup, rabbit pens, and a WWII “victory garden.” It was in this house that they would start a church and hold Sunday school classes. Betty would also return to teaching and was soon hired by the US government to teach Japanese-American children detained on Terminal Island in San Pedro, California. She would remain committed to religious education for the next 4 decades.
Betty and Clarence had 19 wonderful years of retirement together until his death in 1987. In 1989 she moved to a new home in Laguna Woods. At 80 years old, she painted her new house and even made her own curtains. It was that same year that Betty discovered the riveting health and wellness secrets of coconut oil.
Betty uses coconut oil on her skin, including her face. She also puts coconut oil in hot tea, but it’s not just “any” coconut oil. She uses a very special coconut oil made by Jarrow Formulas, a supplier of superior nutritional supplements based in Los Angeles.
Jarrow Formulas carries an extra virgin coconut oil that Betty claims has an “anti-wrinkle effect, is soothing to skin irritations, and boosts the immune system when taken internally.” Jarrow Formulas’ coconut oil is organic and made from the fresh flesh of the coconut palm fruit. It is 100% unrefined and expeller pressed in a controlled, indoor environment … a special process that uses no artificial solvents. It can also be used for cooking and baking.
Known as a highly nutritious and healthy oil, coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties. Researchers also credit the MCFA’s found in coconut oil with stimulating the metabolism to promote weight loss. Betty claims that she has been using Jarrow Formula’s Extra Virgin Coconut Oil “for as long as they have been making it.” Since the company was founded in 1977, that is a considerable amount of time.
And time, is what Betty has had on her side. Her amazing life spans two World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Middle East conflicts, the tragedy of 911, the advent of the car, the plane, the television, the internet, the cell phone, Facebook, and Twitter.
She has been a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a great-great grandmother, a teacher, a painter and a woman of great faith. When asked what she would still like to accomplish after her more a century of life, she says to have her message about the wonders of coconut oil reach thousands of people.
Betty has had a long and colorful journey and offers this compelling advice to young people during these difficult times, “have a strong spiritual base, never give up on anything, always maintain a sense of gratefulness … and don’t forget the coconut oil.”
Betty remains today the teacher that she has always been. It is up to us to learn from her.