Our Tiny House

Monday, November 11, 2019

When do THEY decide you are a throw-away person?

Before the recent (yesterday’s) medication, the patient could stand up, walk around, take herself to the bathroom, have dinner, look out the window, and on occasion, visit with somebody.

Daughter dear is caring for an Alzheimer patient, who pops in and out of lucidity. Now the patient had been placed on hospice care, has been given mood-altering medication, and is whacked-out on morphine.

From managing (with help) one day to unconscious the next. 

I’ve had high regard for hospice people for I had heard such good comments from family members. And I knew they could prescribe morphine that could be a god-send for people in pain.

But this person was not complaining of pain. And, I’m shocked that morphine is prescribed as a matter of course.

Is that a good idea?
Did the patient ask for it?

Well, at least our culture sedates an old person before setting them on an ice flow. (Oh, oh, I’m slipping into sarcasm.)

I once read a story about a young man who lived in the cold North who decided it was time for his father to die. However, in a moment of compassion the son gave the father a blanket, but the father cut the blanket in two and only took half. 

“Father, why are you taking only half a blanket when I gave you a whole one?” asked the son.

“Because I’m saving the other half for you.”

The old man lived out his days in the warmth of the igloo.

I don’t know the Alzheimer patient’s history. I know she is elderly, lives still with her husband who is uncommonly kind to her given he has a temper. When he shows his temper, she ships out. (That tells you something, doesn’t it? When did she learn that shipping-out behavior?)

We must not wait until Hospice comes sweeping in the door to lose control of our bodies, our minds, our environment, and our peace of mind. You know what they say, “If you don’t choose for yourself, somebody will choose for you.”

Before I had my babies, I read a book called “Awake and Aware,” that followed Dr. Fernand Lamaze’s principals of natural childbirth. 

Lamaze was encouraging women to be awake and present during the birth of their child. He was giving them tools to manage what can be a frightful and painful event. There in the hallowed halls of a hospital, you could follow protocol, use your techniques, and experience pain, joy, whatever. (But, don’t embarrass the personnel.)

How about the outside world? Are we sedated?

A sedated person is easy to manage. Many a shut-in who watches television all day is sedated without chemicals, and probably angry to boot. No wonder the old man husband wanders around complaining about the state of the world, about blacks, about women. He’s angry. And he needs someone to blame. 

Not good for our society.

I once read that in an extremely crowded Oriental country where the streets are crowded, the shops are crowded, and families live together in a small space, that finding one moment of privacy is almost impossible.
However, there is still one place you can go where you are free. 

That is your mind.

Perhaps that is the reason the use of meditation is so prevalent in the East. Go to a quiet place where your mind can become still. Go where you can experience the silence. “Prayer,” so I’ve heard, “is talking to God. Meditation is God talking to you.”

I think one’s awareness should be the last thing to go.

But then, that’s only my idea.

Any input?

P.S. Thursday I’ll talk about something more pleasant—that is, if it presents itself.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Always Remember

 Art by Charlie Mackesy

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted to paint a rosy picture, then someone threw gloom all over your pretty watercolor?

Not into watercolors? Well, I’m not talking about them anyway, I’m talking about how people get beaten down by the complexity of life.

And there is that person standing in front of you venting, complaining about how bad it is, and you stand there wondering how to maintain a happy medium—listen to them, calm their fears, yet save your own sanity.

You can walk away, but if the voice you hear is coming from the earth--it’s coughing, from the marketplace--its yammering, from the military--its booming, from the deranged people that are doing bad things, or from people who have given up hope, you can’t walk away.

James Fenimore Cooper said,“To find the medium takes some share of wit, so tis a mark fools seldom hit.”

But we’re not fools, and we are making a momentous try to follow the Hippocratic oath, “First do no harm.”

Second, we’re searching for answers on how to clean up the messes we’re already made. 

It astounds me when I look into technology. My14-year-old grandson knows more about scientific concepts I don’t even know the meaning of, like nanotechology, quarks, blending, fractals, see, what in the heck? 

Look at the wiring of the space capsule and you wonder how in the world they can ever untangle that spaghetti of wiring, and now instead of wires, it's done with Micro chips soldered into little boards. Those microchips have so much information packed into them it reminds me of the old argument, “How many angels can stand on the head of a pin?” Now they would say, “How many bits of information can you stack onto a microchip?”

If we have people within our culture who understand such technology, then we have people who can understand at an earth level, how to address global warming, how to grow healthy food, how to teach people to be kind, and there are those who will teach us that we came here for a reason, that we have a gift to give, and that the world needs that gift.  

Look-it there at all that talent going to waste. 

We're so into comparing ourselves to others, believing the dribble that many are called few are chosen, meaning try as you might, you probably won’t make it (artists, writers, painters, musicians). Get a job. (Contribute to another’s dream instead of having your own.) 

Don’t listen to them.

Give your gift.

You are what the world needs.

I so love Charlie Mackesy's artistry that I had to buy his book, The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse. What wit, wisdom.

"The world that I am required to inhabit is this one, but the world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created."
--Elizbeth Glbert

Thursday, October 31, 2019

"They Say that I'm A Dreamer..."

"But I'm not the only one."
--John Lennon

We used to live in downtown Eugene, Oregon. Our front yard contained some Rhododendron bushes and once in awhile the land--remembering that it used to be forest—allowed a poison oak plant would creep into the yard. At the time I read that nature provides an antidote for our physical ills and that Rhododendron tea applied to the skin would help heal a poison oak rash.

I steeped some tea and applied it to my skin--after I did acquire a rash--and although it’s been so long that I don’t remember if I tried any ointment along with the Rhody tea, I don't have a poison oak rash anymore.

This knowledge that nature provides antidotes dovetailed perfectly with the Hippocrate's quote that food is medicine, and that the Hemp plant--the true subject of this post, may provide some valuable healing.  

(Do not drink Rhododendron tea! I do believe it is poison, so see, I don’t think just because something is natural it is good for you. Let’s get reasonable here.)

So onto the subject of Cannabis:

This morning I was thinking that the prohibition of Hemp was to people like trying to put your cat where you want him. He has a mind of his own and will go where he wants.

I was cleaning the refrigerator really.
Prohibition of alcohol didn’t work, neither did prohibition of Hemp. It sure wreaked havoc for 80 years though. Imagine this: President Nixon placed 24-hour-a-day surveillance on John Lennon after his concert in support of John Sinclair who was serving a 10-year sentence for selling two joints.
The words Hemp and Cannabis are used interchangeably. The law states that it is legal to grow Hemp, therefore Cannabis, the genus name for hemp, must come from hemp--which it does). 

While hemp and Cannabis have the same taxonomy, they contain different components. The growers know this, and grow accordingly, like how to get more female plants that produce buds and flowers that contain both TCP and CBD. 

I don’t think that the makers of the 1937 Marihuana Tax Law (yep with an “h”) knew that chemists could extract the CBD, the non-psychoactive portion of the plant. It’s bizaare, too, for a law to use the word Marihuana, for it was meant as a racially-biased slang term to cast disparaging association on the use of pot, but it doesn't sound like terminology lawyers would use..

Now we know more. And if we look into our bodies, we will find cannabinoids, (CB’s) in virtually every major system from your brain down to your toes and including your skin.

And we know that Cannabis has two components. One: TCP that works on the nervous system, and gives the “high.” Two: CBD, that works on the immune system.
I mentioned on the October 17 post, that over time, with aging, this endocannabinoid system eventually burns out. Fewer cannabinoids are released, so the body’s cannabinoid levels deplete. The results are that we get age-related symptoms, like memory loss, blurry vision, joint discomfort, and aches and pains.
But help is on the way in the form of CBD substances.

That the plant’s genus name Cannabis,and that we have a system in our bodies called cannabinoid is another astounding coincidence.

 Yesterday I slipped my husband’s loops over my head, and adjusted the eyepieces so I could read a label that must have been printed with .0 font.

 “*Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp
“Other ingredients: Virgin organic Hemp seed oil, vitamin E.

*” Phytocannabinoid rich hemp.” Yea sure, phyto meaning it came from a plant and yes, hemp is naturally phytocannabinoid, but that doesn’t mean this oil contained any CBD.

I was duped.

And hemp-seen oil has no CBD.

It’s a super-food, but no CBD.

Beware of Junk CBD.

 Only products labeled CBD are guaranteed to contain a legitimate quantity of CBD. The majority of hemp oils contain only trace CBD and hemp seed oil products do not contain any CBD.

“If you are looking for a quality source of CBD, you want products sourced from the resin-producing flowering segments of the hemp plant. Hemp seeds provide zilch usable CBD.

“Even if your hemp seed bottle label is flashy, don’t let it fool you. Unless CBD is listed in the ingredients.
“Bottom line: Hemp seed products do not contain CBD oil in them, despite how they may be advertised.
“If a label doesn’t disclose its CBD content, it is basically non-existent.--    Kanibi.com
When purchasing CBD products look to a company that has full transparency, meaning they label their ingredients, tell where it was sourced, have it triple tested by an outside testing company, say that it has been grown organically, has no GMO’s, and is preferable grown in the U S. It appears that Colorado, Kentucky and North Carolina are the best. (Oregon growers might stake issue with this.)
Research suggests cannabinoids might:

  •      Help maintain healthy blood sugar regulation

  •       Support optimal cardiovascular health

  •       Support healthy skin

  •      Help neutralize free radicals

  •     Help maintain a healthy immune system

  • ·    Support optimal digestive function.

  •       Reduce or relieve pain

  •       Improve sleep quality.

  •       Help counteract neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s by removing plaque that blocks the neuron signals.

  •       Reduce cigarette and alcohol addiction

  •      Reduce muscle spasms, cramps.

  •       Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy

  •       Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth

  •      Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS Help maintain healthy blood sugar regulation.

  •       Help counteract neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s by removing plaque that blocks the neuron signals.
  •     Reduce cigarette and alcohol addiction
  • Reduce muscle spasms, cramps.

Medical marijuana received a lot of attention a few years ago when parents said that a special form of the drug helped control seizures in their children. The FDA recently approved Epidiolex, which is made from CBD, as a therapy for people with very severe or hard-to-treat seizures. In studies, some people had a dramatic drop in seizures after taking this drug.

(To get a little glimpse into why Hemp has been denied to us for over 80 years check into https://makingsenseofcannabis.com

"I need new skeptics, my old ones became believers."