Saturday, July 25, 2009

Synovial Fluid

A lubricant for bone articulation and useful focus for joint care is synovial fluid. It lubricates, cushions, and carries nutrients. A principle constituent of synovial fluid is hyluronic acid. Seems it is real important to keep that fluid where it is needed. A doctor may treat a painful joint by injecting the fluid there.

We might ask how we can get more of it to where it is needed by ourselves, say, through nutrition or exercise.

There was a time when in many, perhaps most, kitchens a stock pot was kept.Vegetables, meat, fish or fowl were boiled down for later use in soups an sauces.The resulting concentration of nutrients was called stock. One stock was for bone broth where bone ant cartilage was cooked down into as liquid stock.

I have made quite a bit of stock over the years. I still simmer the chicken bones left from cooking a chicken to make tasty chicken soup. In the process of cooking and eating chicken I have noted that i have developed a taste for the ends of leg and thigh bones. Could my body be telling me I need more cartilage?
I also still cook a pork bone well into the beans.

Recently I have heard that bone broth, sell simmered beef,pork, or poultry bones is very rich in hyaluronic acid. Could the gods want us to get the hyaluronicc acid for our synovial fluid from tasty broth rather then from a needle?

I have heard that egg shells and the membrane left in them also contains a high percentage of hyaluronic acid and other nutrients. But I'm chicken about using egg shells for stock. What is left on them bothers me and that which is put on them bothers me even more.

We might benefit by better 'knowing our onions' about egg shells and hyaluronic acid. However, you have my word that bone broth added to soup doesn't hurt the taste a bit.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Taking Care of Ourself

It sometimes seems hard to take care of oneself.
Even little things sometimes seem difficult.
Sometimes every little things seems difficult.
Might it be that taking care of oneself nearly everything?
Finding and keeping a doctor may seem hard.
Keeping a good medical record may seem hard.
Seeing blood pressure jump up for no apparent reason seems hard to deal with.
Realizing that one has had nearly continuous pain for a long time seems hard.
Getting enough exercise to keep metabolism up and weight down seems hard.

Other things seem much easier. for example:
1. taking chicken soup for a cold
2. not getting most vaccinations
3. avoiding protracted bed-rest
4. exercising enough to control restless leg syndrome
5. washing ones hands often
6. drinking plenty of fluids

We don't all find the same things hard or easy, but we all find some things easier than others.

Then there are things that fall in between. For me its:
1. tetanus and diphtheria booster shots
2. icing a headache; putting ice where the pain is.
4. licking a wound.

There are hard and easy things to in situations that don't involve physical health.We also assume the task of taking care of the economic, spiritual, social, political and emotional self. We take care of the home and family self. the church and work self. Where does it all end. We do get to be with the happy satisfied self and to indulge the R and R self.

A Healthy Housewife

Not many years ago this was a common picture.

Today she is pursuing a career or out working.

I wonder if she is smoking on the job.

I wonder how the children are.

Is that an anachronism on the counter?

I wonder if anachronism were available then.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

"To Know"

"To know" is a verb.
As our 6th grade teacher said, "A verb is an action word."
Knowing is a activity we engage in.
Knowing is a process that we learn.
Knowledge or knowing is not a thing to have, it is a doing, it is a purposeful stirring of your energies.
To know is a learning process.
To know is an experiencing of reality.
Where there is no action, knowledge is not.

Mago Bill Sheehan

My sister, Gerry Hook, is gathering a lot of genealogical information about our family. She insists on a high quality of documentation. Unfortunately, for me, documents like tax rolls and death certificates don't tell me much of a story. However, from a newspaper obituary for Mago's wife which Gerry found and copied I understand that....

Mago was well liked by "the river men."

Of course, to be sure of that, you'd have to believe a newspaper man writing at the beginning of the century before this one.

Concealed Weapons

Now is the time to ask questions;
because if you:
walk into my house,
come onto my property,
come into my town,
enter my State,
with a concealed weapon,
I am likely to shoot first and ask questions later
and I'm likely to not be the only person to do so.
Sneaking up on me is not part of personal rights, property rights, or State rights.

A man of honor carries a weapon where it can be easily seen.
If you are a decent man you will carry your weapon where I can see it. Men long carried staffs, slings, bows, knives, and swords. Most men carried those weapons where they could be seen. A good man who carried a weapon carried it where it could be seen.
I remember the time when it was not unusual for men to carry sidearms openly in the countryside of California, Arizona, and Nevada; especially in mining country. A man who concealed his weapon was considered to be the lowest form of criminal.
As youngsters we carried rifles downtown. We checked them at the door of the soda fountain or movies theater. We obeyed our law and could not imagine ourselves as a low life gun concealer.

Carry your weapon where I can see it or leave it at home.
I'm for personal rights.
I'm for property rights.
I'm for states rights.
I'm against concealed weapons.
When I'm at home, downtown, or traveling around the State, I don't what to feel I have to shoot first and ask questions later.
Let's ask the questions now.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Enemy Way

The Navajo have "The Enemy Way."

What do we have for our fighting men?????

(bad word) you! Get over it.

The problem has been known and dealt with for millennium. Yet we let our young men go to hell.

What kind of people are we?

Could This Be

A Polish ballad

"A girl, in a winter coat and cap
Firmly grasps here hand grenade;
A girl, with soft and silken face,
Is going on her first raid."

in wartime?

Militia and sharpshooters of our American Revolution have been called
irregulars, guerrillas, bushwhackers,
partisans. Some were women and children, but they were fewer then they are now.

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