Buscopan: An Under Touted Treatment for IBS

buscopan

I have suffered with IBS off and on for years, often quite miserably.  In all those years of poking, prodding and pills which had little to no effect, there was indeed a pharmaceutical that was available.

I now largely control my IBS herbally and via the use of a potent probiotic called Bio K Plus.

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http://www.biokplus.com/

But sometimes, when I’m required to take antibiotics or my stress level gets too high, I get nausea and stomach upset which my regimen can’t compensate for.  Often one Buscopan tablet will quell the outbreak before it gets out of control.  Why no one ever told me about it, and I’ve been to many Gastroenterologists and doctors, I’ll never know.  I found out about it when I saw a brochure for it in my physician’s office when I was there on an unrelated matter.  When I mentioned it to him he said: “yeah, you can try that, but don’t take it consistently.”

By the way, there is no foundation for this advice not to take it consistently that I can find, either from the company itself, nor the official prescribing information.  As it turns out I never need to take it for more than a short spell at a time.  Buscopan is a very old antispasmodic and has a good track record.  If you suffer from cramps and nausea as a result of that cramping, Buscopan might be a good option for you.  It is available in Canada without a prescription and is located behind the pharmacist’s counter.

The Corruption of Banking is Going Mainstream

RAGS make paper
PAPER makes money
MONEY makes banks
BANKS make loans
LOANS make beggars
BEGGARS make RAGS

— anonymous 18th-century English poet

(Note: rags, not wood, in the 18th century were the primary constituent in paper.)

I was first introduced, in horror, to the atrocities of banking by a documentary called “The Money Masters”.

The documentary was quite long and for many would be quite boring but it was the most informative 3 hours I’ve spent.

I followed up by reading a book by G. Edward Griffin titled “The Creature From Jekyll Island”.

creature

The evils of banking are rife throughout history with the most modern incarnation having its origins in 1600’s England.  There are many attempts to obfuscate this evil from the general public, but the information is out there to those who seek it.  Indeed, the information was available to Henry Ford who commented:

Henry-Ford-Banking-and-monetary-system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literary allusions to banking corruption and practices are found in literature as well.  For example, in the Wizard of Oz, Oz is a direct reference to an ounce (oz) and there is no doubt that the yellow brick road is a reference to gold.  For more, see “The Secret of Oz”.

Also, Annie makes mention of the corruption and Daddy Warbucks was a direct allusion to Paul Warburg, a noted banker of the day.

Now, when I have these conversations with family and friends, I am often dismissed as a crackpot conspiracy theorist, despite the overwhelming evidence I present.  Now mainstream media is coming out with open discussions of the corruption.

Ron Paul is open and unending in his calls for an audit and dismantling of the Fed:

Recently, former Cabinet Minister (Canada), The Hon. Paul Hellyer has released a book on the topic “The Money Mafia” which is an expose on the topic.

To add to the changing winds of exposition, Pope Francis has called Capitalism “a new tyranny”.  Francis continues, as part of an 84 page apostolic exhortation:

How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.
Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be a part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised – they are no longer even a part of it. The excluded are not the “exploited” but the outcast, the “leftovers”.
In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.

(Full text:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html#I.%E2%80%82Some_challenges_of_today%E2%80%99s_world)

The Pope is the religious figurehead of some 1.2 billion Catholics world wide.  As more mainstream media revelations are made, the question becomes, how much longer before we all perk up our ears and start to listen — then, dare I say, act?

 

Teresa Tucci – Why Was I Born – Sweet Adeline (Kern, Hammerstein)

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Teresa Tucci appearing as Annie
Teresa Tucci appearing as Annie

 

I had the fortune of taking in a local production of “Annie” at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. (http://steppinout.ca/)   Annie was played by Teresa Tucci.

Teresa Tucci
Teresa Tucci

Her performance was excellent but I had a feeling that the acoustics were not working in her favour.  I had a feeling there was more breadth to her singing acumen and indeed, a short google search yielded this gem:

Here the 16 year old performer singing Jerome Kern’s (lyrics: Hammerstein) inspiring ballad “Why Was I Born?” from “Sweet Adeline”:

It was a true pleasure taking in her performance and I personally wish her the best and will watch her progress with interest.

 

 

16 Words which Led to War With Iraq

In the film: “Fair Game” former US Diplomat Joseph C. Wilson (played by Sean Penn) asks a classroom: “Who knows the 16 words which led us to war?”  The room is full of blank faces.  He then asks: “How many of you knows my wife’s name?”  A flurry of hands raise quickly.  (Wilson’s wife Valerie Plame (played by Naomi Watts) had her cover exposed by a malicious leak intended to damage Wilson’s reputation)

Wilson then goes on to explain that the lack of questioning of our government is leading to the downfall of democracy.

Here is the scene:

And here are those very 16 words which led the US to war:

(If it isn’t abundantly obvious, those 16 words, through various reputable sources were shown to be lies after the war.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3056626.stm )

Here is the New York Times article written by Wilson which led to the conflagration between the White House and the Wilson’s:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/06/opinion/what-i-didn-t-find-in-africa.html

"Scooter" Libby
“Scooter” Libby

Scooter Libby, the White House Chief of Staff, who leaked Plame’s identity went on to be the highest ranking US official to ever be indicted (specifically for leaking Plame’s identity):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Libby

Angiogenesis: Eating Foods that Starve Tumors

Dr. Judah Folkman
Dr. Judah Folkman

Dr. Judah Folkman, a mentor to many, myself included, pioneered a field of Cancer research known as ‘Angiogenesis’ which is study and eventual prevent of blood cell growth in a tumor.  Dr. William Li has picked up the torch and started to examine drugs and diet that can prevent cancer growths from growing blood cells and hence starve or remain controlled at the very least.  An interesting observation emerged from Li’s work in that simple foods, foods in everyone’s kitchen are on par with many leading pharmaceuticals.

Here is a graph produced from Li’s work.  The smaller in this case, the smaller the line, the better.

Angiogenesis

Generally we see that foods are interspersed between Cancer drugs and other common anti-angiogenesis drugs indicating that they generally share a common ability to stifle the growth of feeder blood cells to tumors.  Also we see that common kitchen foods such as parsley, berries, soy, garlic and are towards the top of the list.  (Also note the power of soy extract.)

For those interested in learning more, Li’s TED talk can be found here:

 

 

Ava Gardner and Annette Warren Singing “Bill” from Showboat

1951 Production of Showboat

In the 1951 production of Jerome Kern’s “Showboat” Ava Gardner’s voice is dubbed over by Annette Warren during her performance of “Bill”.

 

Annette Warren
Annette Warren
Ava  Gardner
Ava Gardner

 

Here for comparison are both renditions:

Annette Warren:

Ava Gardner:

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From “Ava: My Story”

“Now, I can sing. I do not expect to be taken for Maria Callas, Ella Fitzgerald, or Lena Home, but I can carry a tune well enough for the likes of Artie Shaw to feel safe offering to put me in front of his orchestra. But since Julie’s two songs, “Bill” and “Can’t Help Loving That Man,” are so beloved by everyone, I decided to work as hard as I could to fit the bill. I even found this marvelous teacher, who’d worked with both Lena and Dorothy Dandridge, and we slaved away for several weeks and produced a test record of those two songs.

Then, rather nervously, I took my life into my hands and gave the record to Arthur Freed himself, God Almighty of musical productions. I don’t think the son of a bitch ever even listened to it He just put it on a shelf and delivered the usual studio ultimatum: “Now, listen, Ava, you can’t sing and you’re among professional singers.” So that settled that one.

Or did it? Because the singer they’d chosen to dub my singing had a high, rather tiny voice, totally inappropriate when it was paired with my own speaking voice. The studio spent thousands and thousands of dollars and used the full MGM orchestra trying to get this poor girl right. I mean, there was nothing wrong with her in the first place, except for the obvious fact that she wasn’t me.

Finally, they got Annette Warren, this gal who used to do a lot of my singing off-screen, and they substituted her voice for mine. So my Southern twang suddenly stops talking and her soprano starts singing – hell, what a mess.

When it came to the album version of the movie, things got even worse. Being a great fan of Lena’s, I had copied her phrasing, note for note, on my test record. So they took my record imitating Lena and put earphones on her so she could sing the songs copying me copying her.

But Metro soon found out that they couldn’t legally release the album with my name and image, as they called it, without my voice being part of the package. So then I used earphones to try to record my voice over her voice, which had been recorded over my voice imitating her. I did it note for note, they wiped Lena’s voice off the album, and the record was a success. That’s the way they worked in those days. And I still get goddamn royalties on the thing!”

From Hugh Fordin’s book “The World Of Entertainment!”:

Ava had made up her mind to sing her two numbers herself: no dubbing. Both songs, Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man” and “Bill,” not only require a voice but vocal skill of a high degree. Coaching her, Fdens knew from the very start that his efforts were in vain. Accompanying her at the piano, he recorded a test which turned out to be pale, thin and tentative. He decided to audition voice doubles: Marni Nixon, Anita Ellis, Carole Richards and Annette Warren. He found Warren’s singing voice best suited as a match for Gardner’s speaking voice.

When it came to the prerecordings Gardner still insisted on singing the songs herself. As a precaution a set of tracks was also made by Warren.

After a couple of weeks of screening the two scenes for a number of in- and outsiders, Annette Warren was called back to rerecord the songs, now to Gardner’s lip-synch. What ensued until after the production had closed was a kind of a parlor game. Warren’s tracks were in; Warren’s tracks were out. Gardner’s tracks were in, and then they were out; and so on and so forth, depending on the comment of whoever had seen the sequences last.

Before starting the dubbing of the picture, vocal director Lela Simone asked music director Roger Edens “And who is singing?” The answer was a not very enthusiastic: “Ava.”

The picture was previewed on March 22, 1951. The one change that was made afterward was that Gardner’s voice was out and Warren’s voice was in. At the second preview on April 3, the change had a very noticeable and positive effect on the audience.

When Simone asked and Jesse Kaye discussed the forthcoming soundtrack album he felt that for reasons of exploitation and sale Ava Gardner’s name on the cover would be an added plus. Simone took great pains in the dubbing of Gardner’s tracks, backing up her voice with the accompaniments to make her sound more palatable.

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCsYSS6ddT4

 

Darwin’s Evolution in the Bible

 

“And therefore the monkey looks like man, and is an example of a generation of men which were created and made but were only wooden figures.”

                                                                                                   — Popol Vuh 

If you started reading this hoping for chapter and verse quotations such as Genesis 10:20 “And the Lord made dinosaurs” followed by Genesis 20:30 “The Lord then made monkeys from which he made humans” you’re going to be disappointed.  Of course if such blatant quotes were available, there would be no need for this article.

The reader will need to jump through some theological hoops to find Darwin in the Bible.  However, the reader will be pleasantly surprised that those hoops are not as insurmountable as one might expect.

The first hoop come in accepting that the Quiche Maya are offshoots of the Israelites.  The Quiche Maya are of course from Central America and the Israelites were from the Middle East.  Modern historical dogma claims that there were no interactions between these two peoples.  For a detailed explanation of how this cultural exchange is plausible please see:

http://www.martincwiner.com/extensive-semitic-presence-documented-in-pre-columbian-america/

I’ll offer a short summary of the top 3 points as to why this theory is plausible:

1) One author of the Popul Vuh (The Mayan Sacred Writings) declares:

I, Don Fransisco Gomez, first Ahzib Quiche, write here on this paper of the coming of our fathers and grandfathers from the other side of the sea [ocean] whence the sun rises.” 
(Note: The sun rises in the east.)
http://books.google.ca/books?id=NQnJQR6LQuwC&lpg=PP1&ots=ALQTK0MinL&dq=popol%20vuh&pg=PA14#v=onepage&q&f=false

2) A signature biblical story… splitting the sea and crossing it dry shod appears in the Popul Vuh:

And it is not clear how they crossed over the sea. The crossed as if there were no sea. They crossed as if on some stones, stones piled up in the same. They give the stones a name, Rock Rows, Furrowed Sands was the name for the place where they crossed through the midst of the sea. Where the waters divided they crossed over.
http://books.google.ca/books?id=NQnJQR6LQuwC&lpg=PP1&ots=ALQTK0MinL&dq=popol%20vuh&pg=PA183#v=onepage&q=sea&f=false

3) There is an odd copy of the Ten Commandments in the New Mexico desert called the Los Lunas Decalogue Stone.  This is thought to be an artifact of ‘Calalus’, an Israelite colony in the New World circa 700CE.

http://www.martincwiner.com/extensive-semitic-presence-documented-in-pre-columbian-america/

If we can accept that the Maya are an offshoot of Israelites, we reap the rewards of finding references to Evolution in the creation myth of the Maya.  In essence, the Bible tells of the creation of man out of dust of the earth.  The Mayan version fills in the blanks between drafting room and final product.

The creation myth of the Maya closely parallels the Biblical one.  The interpositions of additional narrative is likely to be the preservation of details from the precursor myths to both the Bible and the Popol Vuh.  This is the second and final theological hoop one must jump through.

It is in one of these interpositions, the story of the creation of man, where we find Evolution in the Bible.

In the Mayan creation myth, the creators seek to create creations which can speak and adore their creators (self aware, and aware of creators).  First they fail with the animals:

But they could not make them speak like men; they only hissed and screamed and cackled; they were unable to make words, and each screamed in a different way.
http://books.google.ca/books?id=NQnJQR6LQuwC&lpg=PP1&ots=ALQTK0MinL&dq=popol%20vuh&pg=PA85#v=onepage&q&f=false

They go on to try again with the animals and fail.

The first attempt at man:

Then was the creation and the formation. Of earth, of mud, they made [man’s] flesh. But they saw that it was not good. It melted away, it was soft, did not move, had no strength, it fell down, it was limp, it could not move its head, its face fell to one side, its sight was blurred, it could not look behind. At first it spoke, but had no mind. Quickly it soaked in the water and could not stand.
http://books.google.ca/books?id=NQnJQR6LQuwC&lpg=PP1&ots=ALQTK0MinL&dq=popol%20vuh&pg=PA86#v=onepage&q&f=false

Here we have another attempt at man:

And instantly the figures were made of wood. They looked like men, talked like men, and populated the surface of the earth.

They existed and multiplied; they had daughters, they had sons, these wooden figures; but they did not have souls, nor minds, they did not remember their Creator, their Maker; they walked on all fours, aimlessly.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=NQnJQR6LQuwC&lpg=PP1&ots=ALQTK0MinL&dq=popol%20vuh&pg=PA89#v=onepage&q&f=false

A great flood (similar to Noah’s) destroys the wooden creatures.  It is said that the monkeys (primates) descend from these beings.

So was the ruin of the men who had been created and formed, the men made to be destroyed and annihilated; the mouths and faces of all of them were mangled.

And it is said that their descendants are the monkeys which now live in the forests; these are all that remain of them because their flesh was made only of wood by the Creator and the Maker.

And therefore the monkey looks like man, and is an example of a generation of men which were created and made but were only wooden figures.

http://www.meta-religion.com/World_Religions/Ancient_religions/Central_america/popol_vuh.htm#ixzz14x3rU0IG

So here we have textual evidence of a creationist-evolutionary tale found in the sacred works of the Maya.  We have strong narrative correspondence between the Bible and the Popol Vuh suggesting that the interposed narratives are preserved from the antecedent myths of both works. 

It is a perhaps bitter irony that in order to find textual evidence of Evolution in Biblical narratives, we must accept cultural evolution and migration of the early Israelites to Central America.