Steve Jobs, Ron Paul and Yoda

I enjoyed working with many Japanese groups during my tenure as a recording engineer and producer. Then and on trips to Japan, I made several friends and business acquaintances. We relied on each other heavily for contacts, sources and ideas, East-to-West and vice versa.

In the early 1980s, one friend solicited my help. Japanese industry was easily on a par with America’s then. In technology and engineering, Japan was seen as superior. Sony, Toyota, Pioneer and other companies owned American consumer interest.

There was one area where Japan continued to lag, my friend told me. Despite all the intellectual and empirical horsepower they could muster, Japan still envied the creative genius of companies like Disney and other…

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News You Can Use

Time for another installment of "News You Can Use," highlights of news around the world that points out how we might want to consider alternatives to the way we’re doing things, especially in areas affecting our health.

Another Top Forty “Hit” for American Medicine - American medicine was able to crack the Top Forty statistically in August. Details emerged that infant survival rates for our high-tech, high-cost method of delivering babies has plunged us to a worldwide ranking of #40. That’s right. We're on a par with Qatar. Want to know where you should live if you want to have a better chance of your infant surviving childbirth? You could move to Slovenia. Or you could move to Lithuania,…

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Supplementary, My Dear Watson

The fictional super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes was known to chide his simplistic sidekick, Dr. Watson. When explaining obvious steps in his line of deduction Holmes uttered that it was, “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

It would seem fitting that we paraphrase Mr. Holmes when it comes to the obvious: The market for nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals, health food products and items sometimes folderol, has exploded in the past decade, becoming far more than elementary.

Fifteen years ago it would have been tough to find the selection of herbal supplements and vitamin derivatives now common in great numbers at the typical Walgreen’s and in even greater numbers at a Whole Foods or No Name Nutrition. How do we wade…

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Who’s Your Bodyworker?

The audacity! Johnson & Johnson, one of the largest drug companies in the world, has launched a television ad that touts the “healing power of touch” then goes on to shill their latest Tylenol product. Talk about bait and switch!

The ad draws the viewer’s attention by using the appeal of a natural, safe and effective way to relieve pain that has been known for millennia: human touch. But within a few seconds, we realize touch has nothing to do with what the new Tylenol product is about. They’re trying to sell you a cream containing methyl salicylate, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, carbomer, cocoglycerides, distearyl ether, edetate disodium, ethylparaben, fragrance, glyceryl laurate, glyceryl stearate, methylparaben, myristlyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben,…

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The Dirt on Soap

Legend has it that around 2,500 years ago, along the banks of the river Tiber, on the lower slopes of mythical Mt. Sapo, handmaidens would wash clothes. Upstream was a temple, the site of ritual animal sacrifice. On days following rain, maidens noticed the river water produced whitish clumps. When fabrics were rubbed with the clumps, the whites were whiter and the colors were brighter. Legend continues that upstream, rainwater mixed with ashes and melted fats from the sacrificed animals, forming a natural soap. The maidens were the unwitting beneficiaries.

Lye, fat and water give five parts soap, one part glycerin. Glycerin is a natural emollient and an important part of soap. In modern commercial soap making processes,…

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The Economy is Bankrupt Because the Planet is Bankrupt

They hover around glowing flatscreens with the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth. Numbers and readouts declare the prognosis grim. Blips and beeps, numbers blinking indicate things could get worse before they get better. Then again, the situation could even be terminal. Watchers wonder if life support is the last chance.

Are "they" doctors and nurses worrying about a patient in intensive care? Relatives watching heart monitors and respirators as a loved one struggles? No. The scene describes stock analysts, broadcasters and most of the rest of America watching CNN and FNN as the stock market heads downward. It’s not a human being they are worried about. Instead, it is the very real sickness that afflicts our…

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News You Can Use

Time again for another installment of News You Can Use, highlights of news around the world and headlines that point out how we might want to consider alternatives to the way we’re doing things, especially in areas affecting our health. First, let’s start off with headlines about why hospitals are exactly the places you want to avoid if you want to remain healthy.


Caution: Hospitals are hazardous to your health. We think of hospitals as safe places to go, especially if when sick. But if we stop and think about it, many of us have stories about a friend, loved one or relative who went to the hospital for a minor health issue and because of…

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