Knocking Alternative Medicine

Just because American medicine, with the exception of heroic interventions and emergency procedures, is terminally broken, doesn’t mean that just any alternative is automatically a better option.

In the past 40-odd years, Americans have gone so far down the path of embracing alternative therapies that the road is paved with radical, nonsensical variants undeserving of attention. Heartland Healing is supposed to be in favor of alternative healing arts. And in general, we are. But there is a cogent argument demanding closer inspection of therapies that appear to be making their mark just because they can be called “alternative”.

IFTTT Life isn’t as simple as computer programs. It’s simpler. I have a gadget that starts our 1960s-era coffee…

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Turn Out the Lights, or the Party’s Over

Lists are popular this time of year. Let’s persist. One thing prompted consideration of the types of pollution we endure as we traipse through our ecosystem. Even deniers claiming that climate change isn’t anthropogenic still endorse the scatological maxim: “Don’t shit where you eat.” Polluting is just that and we’ve been overachieving in the past hundred years or so. Here’s a list worth changing in 2014. Some may surprise you.

The obvious: Air, Water, Land, Chemical

Biggest air pollution offenders are coal-fired power plants, farting cows (seriously, the livestock sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases), transportation, agriculture. Tilling topsoil to grow corn for inefficient ethanol production causes more pollution than it saves and spraying toxins…

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What’s in Store for Two-Oh-One-Four

Glow, little glowworm. Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactor turned 40 in August of 2013. Plagued by a plethora of dangerous malfunctions, it looked like it might not see 41. The nuclear pile went to operational criticality at 5:47 p.m. on August 5, 1973, making it one of the oldest plants in the world and incorporates the same antiquated design as the melted down reactor at Fukushima, Japan. Ft. Calhoun shut down in 2011. But against all odds and at a ridiculous cost of $200 million, OPPD squeezed a square peg into a round hole, patched up the reactor and plans to fire it up. The price of the patches exceeded what it cost to build in it 1973. The ancient…

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Wha’ Happened!?

 

That was it? That was 2013? Whew! Well, let’s hope hindsight, being 20/20, converts to foresight with similar acuity in 2014. Find links to all these referenced stories at http://www.HeartlandHealing.com/2013
January: Ow! Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council reported Americans live sicker and die younger than any other developed nation, despite spending over twice as much on healthcare than any other country. Solution? Live in America but don’t live like Americans. Also: ethanol plants closing.
February: USDA reports show grass fed beef sales soaring. Grass fed beef is better than mass-produced grain-fed beef, both for people and the planet. Also: Al Gore admits ethanol is a bad idea.
March: Where would…

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Thanks and No Thanks

“Gratitude is an attitude,” the aphorism goes and there is a lot to recommend a cheery outlook on life. Evidence predicts that a positive attitude is healthy and certainly is a happier way of looking at things.
Conversely, we’re cautioned that judgment is a treacherous task, destined to dismay. No doubt, when something is judged, opportunity arises for assigning lack. So the admonishment not to judge seeks to save us from the negative response of disappointment. But how do you avoid noting an obvious failing without judging? When something is amiss, can you just “Turn it off,” like in the song from the play The Book of Mormon? Deliverance from this conundrum comes by way of discernment.

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Real Obamacare Problem

Most of October, Americans have had their panties in a bunch because a website is crashing. Wow. Humans are so easily distracted; like kittens with a ball of yarn or puppies with a tennis ball. “Ooooh! Shiny!” Like we dropped acid and now stand in front of the biggest, blinking-est Christmas tree in town. Yes, healthcare.gov isn’t working as smoothly as Amazon.com. But that’s not the real problem. Hell, it’s a website for chrissakes! And before you say, “Yeah, it’s Obamacare that is the problem/solution,” forget that, too.

Besides, where did this “Obamacare” moniker come from? I’m no Obamapologist, far from it. For better or worse, I still think he gets a rotten deal having his name attached…

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Time Travel: Fall Back

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Accepting the challenge


Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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