Category Archives: Health

the interconnectedness of agribusiness and you

Gambling with your health and well-being for the sake of more profitable hamburgers.

One of the main purposes of genetically modifying food plants such as wheat and corn is to make them resistant to a weed-killer called Roundup, which is sprayed on food crops several times in a season ~ including right before harvesting to dry the crop out.  The principal active ingredient of Roundup is a chemical called Glyphosate.  Of many lies told about glyphosate is that it was discovered by Monsanto in 1970.  In fact this nasty chemical was first patented as a descaling and chelating agent for boilers and pipes by the Stauffer Chemical Co. in 1961.  It’s a drain cleaner.

Glyphosate is a poisonous organophosphorus carcinogen.

When I was a boy, learning about farming, I was told about field rotation, (or crop rotation), which is the practice of changing what the farmer grows on any piece of land on a four-year cycle.  This prevents such nasty things as soil erosion, soil exhaustion, soil poisoning, and poor soil fertility ~ all of which lead to poor crop yields.

Modern agribusiness doesn’t practice crop rotation, instead it uses monoculture farming.  This destructive method of land use requires large amounts of artificial fertilisers and pesticides to make it work, and it leads to an unbalanced and unsustainable ecosystem.  Agribusiness in the USA does not work in harmony with the land, instead it beats the land into submission to produce larger and larger amounts of poisonous food and drink.

These are very similar farming practices to those which caused the Great Plains dust bowl of the 1930’s, except modern farming practices are far more intensive and artificial than anything dreamed of by the farmers who helped cause the Great Depression.  Today, agriculture is based on very capital-intensive heavy machinery.

If a farmer in a typical high plains farming community decides to eschew intensive chemical-based monoculture and embrace more ecologically sustainable organic agriculture, he / she is likely to be ostracised by the rest of his / her community.  Peer pressure is a powerful thing and very difficult to ignore.  Most farmers are in denial about the damage they are doing to the soil, the rivers, the sea, and the wider environment.  Not to mention the poisons they are putting into your food and drink.

These chemical fertilisers and pesticides can take decades to completely clear from the environment.  The half-life of glyphosate in soil and water is much longer than Monsanto would like to admit.  Monsanto is a German company.

Some say they would never shop at a farmers market or buy organic produce.  And some people don’t believe that intensive farming practices are killing them.  All I know is that in 1945 about 45% of American food was grown in people’s back yards.

And, by the way, probiotic drinks are very bad for your health. The live bacteria in probiotic drinks originated in cows.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

anything made with grains is bad for you

unless it’s organic, then it’s not so bad

you are your own enemy

We are each our own devil, and we make the world our hell.

You decide what to eat, how much alcohol you’re going to drink, how much rest and sleep you are going to get, whether you’re going to smoke cigarettes, how much fresh air and exercise you’re going to have, whether or not you’re going to take drugs (illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over the counter medication), and how much stress you’re going to put yourself under before you stop and maybe meditate for a while.

And, more likely than not, you know what you should be doing for a healthier and longer life, as opposed to what you are actually doing with your life every day.  The chances are that every day you’re putting your body, mind, and spirit under extreme stress by doing exactly the wrong things on purpose.

Our bodies are designed to self-heal, but if we keep putting our body, mind, and spirit under stress, then we are going to degenerate, get sick, get old, look old, become unfit and overweight, and die painfully long before we should.

Yet I know that everyone reading this wants to be fit, healthy, and happy ~ so why do so many people subject themselves to so much fucking crap, every single day?

  • Be your own best carer.  Too many of us spend too much time taking care of other people, when what they should be doing is practicing self-care and putting themselves first.  If you make yourself ill, unfit, mentally sick, stressed-out, then you’re not going to be of much use to anyone else.
  • Get back to nature.  Get outdoors, get some fresh air and sunshine, breathe deeply of clean air, drink at least 3 pints of fresh clean water a day, enjoy the far horizons.  If you spend a lot of time indoors, using a computer, drinking coffee, then the tiny electrical signals that actually operate your mind and body get screwed, so you’re tired and can’t think properly by the end of the day.
  • Get plenty of sleep.  Most people need 7 to 9 hours of good quality deep REM sleep.  Don’t fall asleep in a chair in front of the TV.  Make your bedroom a blackout zone.  Go to bed the day before you get up.  Don’t drink too much booze right before bedtime.
  • Eat the right amount of good quality, healthy, organic food.  Avoid processed foods.  Drink those 3 pints of good clean water every day.  Eat a high water content diet.
  • Stop sabotaging yourself.  Commit to self-care and practice it every single day.  If you are addicted to anything: cigarettes, booze, drugs, gambling, binge eating, self-harm, anger, stress then find a cure.  Be prepared to do whatever it takes to recover from your addiction.

Some say that they hate themselves.  And, some people act as though they really do hate themselves.  All I know is that these days I am a very cool guy, living a really great life.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

recently I stayed at the best B & B in all America

Love’s No Friend Of Mine

Love can be the infinite curse of a true heart.

If you believe that you love someone, then there’s no rhyme or reason about the way you think, feel, or behave.  All of your various emotional and happiness chemicals just take over.  Scientists say that there are 4 sets of these; dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and the endorphins which accentuate the effects of everything else.  But, you have to add to that a whole bunch of other mind – brain – body stuff happening when you think you’re in love ~ such as an adrenaline rush every now and again.  Add to that not eating, not sleeping, and drinking too much, and no wonder we get messed up when we believe we are in love, (or we are consumed by desire).

Our own default subconscious personality type also has a big part to play.  For most of my life I suffered from an intense fear of abandonment caused by a serious psychological illness called Borderline Personality Disorder.  This fear of abandonment thing either makes you utterly destroy a relationship you’re in, or hang on to a dysfunctional relationship long past the point you should have called it a day and walked away.

So this deep interest in / deep affection for / sexual desire for a particular person caused me no end of problems, because none of it was real.  Multiply that by several women over time and you can see how a polite and generous Englishman could become seriously screwed up.  And ‘screwed up’ is putting it very mildly.

If I tried I could probably work out how much these false love affairs / relationships / marriage had cost me in time, money and lost opportunities, but being a banker I’ll make a stab at how much ‘being in love’ has cost me in hard cash over the years.  Roughly, to the nearest $100,000 ~ about $2.75 million.  Thinking I was in love, with the wrong woman, has cost me more than most people will earn in a lifetime.

And what did I get in return?  Bad sex.

Ah well, t’was ever thus.  A fool and his money are soon parted.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

you would think I should have learned my lesson by now

Health and Well-Being

To enjoy a comfortable and happy life ~ stay fit and healthy.

If you want to live a great life, then you first have to show up.  If you want to live a great life, then first of all you have to drag yourself out of bed at a decent time in the mornings.  If you want to live a great life, then don’t spend your time smoking, getting high, drinking, over-eating, or having casual sex.

That’s unless you think that sleeping late, hanging around in bars, taking drugs, and fucking casual pick-ups constitutes living a great life.  Trust me ~ it doesn’t.  Live down there in the gutter like a slut or bum and you’ll die young and unhappy, and nobody at all will care.

Others may think that their lives are good, even though they spend all their time at home alone on social media, or on sex sites, or watching porn, or ‘enjoying’ other disreputable online activities.  Those people are quite likely to go from one day to another unwashed, unshaven, without putting on a clean change of clothes, hair uncombed, and if they’re a woman without a touch of makeup.  Their place probably looks like a pigsty, and they most likely stink too.

To live a truly great life we first of all have to be fit enough, healthy enough, and mentally alert.

And there are some easy steps to take;

  • Stop using drugs ~ and that includes pot and unnecessary medication, such as sleeping aids.
  • Stop smoking ~ I saw a documentary the other day, and a lot of older people were interviewed, people who had lived in the generation when everyone smoked cigarettes.  Fuck!  They looked horrific, especially the women.  Smoking destroys your looks, your health, and then it kills you.
  • Stop drinking so much ~ you may think you’re intelligent, sensible, and funny after several drinks.  You are deluding yourself.  After a few drinks you’re just embarrassing.
  • Go to bed at a decent time every night, and get up at a decent time in the morning ~ every fucking day.
  • Eat healthy ~ there are a million diet suggestions on the internet, for example try the Mediterranean Diet.
  • Get some fresh air and sunshine ~ just don’t try to be one of the children of the night.
  • Exercise ~ preferably in the fresh air and sunshine.  For example, try walking 10,000 steps a day.  Get out of your fucking car and walk to the store for a change.
  • Learn to meditate ~ yoga, and walking meditation are good.
  • Have some pride in yourself, learn to like and love yourself, and stop lying to yourself and others.

Everything I have written above is true.  I should know, I’ve been to all of those bad places.  Today I am really cool guy, living a great life, and I follow the simple programme I have outlined above.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

always hanging out in the moonlight is just for vampires and fools

Boxing Day ~ British

A day between the insantity of Christmas and the drudgery of normality.

Boxing Day isn’t an old tradition here, only going back a couple of hundred years or so.  What’s supposed to happen today is that we give servants, postmen, errand-boys, chimney-sweeps, and milkmen their ‘Christmas Box’ of maybe a sixpence.

What actually happens is a lot of sport and a hell of a lot of shopping.  The Sales start today and about twice as much money gets spent here as on the recently imported ‘Black Friday’.

I will admit that I plan to visit some of the better local stores today because I’m working on being the best version of me that I can possibly be.

So WTF has that got to do with shopping?

I want to change my look, my health, my place ~ and that means out with some of the old and in with some better new stuff.  I’m trying a different, maybe more fashionable, but certainly more ‘English’ and preppier look in clothes ~ even to wear when I’m a visiting tourist in other countries.  Why would I want to look like a Californian when I’m in California, or a Frenchman when I’m in France?  (OK I have no objection to looking like a cool Italian guy anytime, sans the man-bag.)  And, as Shakespeare said; the clothes maketh the man.

As for buying stuff to help improve my health and fitness…..  I hate to admit this, and don’t tell a soul, but I want a blender because I have accepted the health benefits of the whole ‘smoothie’ thing.  I know, neither manly, nor English.  But sometimes a cool guy needs to bend a little.  It seems that if you want to get the full benefits from spinach you need to have it in a smoothie.

My place needs some new art, lighting, and bed linen.  Probably I will need to look further afield than this one-donkey town to find that stuff, but I’m used to doing that.  For example, I always bought my silk ties in either Florence or Sienna, (which is also where I usually bought an annual boot-load, (trunk-load), of olive oil and wine).

So, sometimes even a cool guy should spend a little time shopping.  The trick I find is to know what I want before I venture out, and never, ever get stressed.

Stress will kill you.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

let others get stressed if they wish

Rituals and Habits

We are what we repeatedly do.

If you are at rock bottom, deep in the slough of despond and fighting off depression, then sometimes you can see no way out.  Everything seems hopeless and pointless, and you may feel helpless and aimless.  There may come a time when you don’t even want to get out of bed ~ unless it’s go and get your next drink or other drug of your choice.  Sometimes, late at night I’ve seen disheveled individuals shopping for booze, obviously wearing a coat over whatever they last went to bed in.

When it’s that bad, may I suggest a way to get yourself back onto this planet with the ordinary people?  Try to develop some useful rituals and habits that will stick with you for the rest of your life.  Perhaps in order of bringing you back to normality, do these things every single day;

  1. Get yourself out of bed at the same ‘reasonable’ time every day.  Say, eight in the morning.
  2. Go to the bathroom, have a wash, and if you’re a guy get a shave.  If you’re a woman, do something with your hair.  Do this every morning.
  3. Every single fucking damn day, find some clean clothes and get dressed.  If you went to bed dressed, get changed.
  4. In the kitchen, drink a pint of water.  Try some tea, coffee, and something to eat too.
  5. Take out the obvious trash, and then walk to the nearest store. Do Not Drive.  While you’re there buy food and fruit or vegetable juice.  Do Not Buy Booze or Medications.
  6. After lunch take a couple of hours to nap on the sofa or in the chair.  Make it an unbreakable ritual to take an afternoon nap.  If you can meditate, make it an unbreakable ritual to try to meditate during that time.
  7. After your nap telephone someone to tell them you’re alive and doing better.  It might be a while since they spoke to you when you were sober, so they’ll be pleasantly surprised.  If you don’t know anyone phone AA, or NA, or the Samaritans, but for Gods’ sakes talk to someone.
  8. Always go for an afternoon stroll.  Don’t go into a bar, or the store, or any of your usual haunts.  Walk in the park, or by the sea, somewhere peaceful.
  9. Read something difficult, useful, inspirational, helpful ~ if you have nothing to read, find a big book, or a Bible, or a discarded newspaper, or join the fucking damn library.
  10. Eat an evening meal, every single fucking damn day.  Eat a meal even if you feel like throwing up ~ you need the calories and other nutrients, or you will die.  Drink a pint of water with your meal
  11. If you have been to a 12-step meeting before, go back.  Attend regularly.  If you haven’t been to a 12 step meeting find one that suits your particular problem.  If you can’t find something that matches your current form of self-harm, go to AA.  If you can’t get there, phone them, and they will send someone to get you.
  12. Go to bed at the same time every day.  Say ten o’clock.  Drink a pint of water and then get changed before you go to bed, even if that means sleeping nude.  Go to the bathroom before you go to bed, wash, clean your teeth, examine yourself for injuries that might need treatment tomorrow.

If you have never been where I’ve been, where some still are, the above 12 rituals and habits might seem bleeding obvious.  But, if the last thing you drank was booze, and the last thing you ate were pills, then those 12 habits might just keep you alive, sane, and on the road to recovery.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

you may think you look as cool as this when you go to your bar

you don’t

 

The Sins of the Fathers

The sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children…..

Our parents told us to be wise, look ahead, be strong, don’t look back, get a job, be cool…..  That’s if we were lucky.  If we were unlucky they mostly ignored us, left us to fend for ourselves while they were out doing adult things.  If we were very unlucky we witnessed a dysfunctional relationship, totally filled with an utter lack of love.  For some it was worse than that, with one of their parents being an abusive alcoholic while the other merely acted as an enabler.  There will be blood on the lawns of those homes.

Children who had abusive parents, or were from dysfunctional families, would grow up with all kinds of mental problems; Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety and Depression.  Alcoholism, drugs, gambling, and other addictions are also common among adults who suffer from mental health problems created in their childhood.  The likelihood is that they will struggle with their own psychological and spiritual problems for all of their adult lives, mirroring the lives of their parents.  They too will find themselves in dysfunctional or abusive relationships, treatment centres, rehabilitation centres. and hospitals of one kind or another for one reason or another.  If they are wise they will not have children of their own.

I know this because I have suffered some of this, and I have also known many people who have suffered a less than ideal childhood and have turned out to be less than perfect adults and parents.  Sadly many of the suffering people I used to know are dead; alcoholism, drug use, accidents, sundry medical problems, suicide…..

If you’re suffering from anything I’ve mentioned above, you will also know that the caring professions are mostly fucking damn useless at helping people with mental illnesses or addictions of any kind.  You may get talking therapies, and you will probably be prescribed all kinds of nasty medication, neither of which will be of much help.  You may have tried 12-step recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Al-Anon.  Not many stick around these 12-step groups for long.  But there is something that helped me.

One thing often said in these 12-step groups is; ‘fake it until you make it’, or ‘fake it to make it’.  In other words if what you want to be is a kind, caring, sober person, then ‘act as if’ you were that person.  This technique is widely accepted in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming.  And, keep telling yourself; ‘I am a kind, caring, sober guy’.  If you believe it, then you actually are that guy.  Self-talk does work.

It turns out that I believe my own self-talk ~ ‘I’m a cool and charismatic guy, living a really great life’.  I can be anyone and anything I want to be.  I can manifest any kind of life I want, need, desire, or dream of ~ providing I don’t give in to lusts or base emotions.

There has been blood in my garden, blood helps the flowers grow.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

in your race for self-destruction

stop to smell the flowers

Being the Better Man

Make your life a journey of being who you want to be.

Better than what?  Being a better man than who?  Just who am I if I am being a better man?

Well, I’ll tell you what Being the Better Man means to me.  It means that today I will be cooler, kinder, more mindful, and more in touch with life than I was yesterday.  And tomorrow I will be just a little bit better than I was today.  Being the Better Man, the guy that makes other people feels good about themselves, is a journey, not a destination.

Being the Better Man means being better than I used to be, and NOT being better than other people.  The only guy I am measuring myself against is myself.

Being a really cool guy, living a really great life, also means losing all those negative defects of character that blighted my life for all of my life.  I have managed to lose jealousy, envy, judgmentalism, paranoia, spite, resentment, self-pity, egotism, impatience, insincerity, lust, anger…..  And hey, I’m not perfect so all that crap still visits me from time to time, but the dark side doesn’t live with me anymore.  Negatively is no longer the driving force of my ego.

All of that horrible and hurtful behaviour came from my childhood, when my innocent subconscious mind soaked up all the bad examples set by the adults around me.  Particularly I learned from all the bad attitudes and behaviours and lovelessness exhibited by my parents.  Not that my parents were particularly bad, but to a small child anger is a far more powerful emotion than love.

It turns out that it’s impossible for anyone to consciously control their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours twenty-four hours a day, (well the hours you are awake anyway).  Ergo, what is needed is to implant newer and better thoughts, feelings, and behaviours into your subconscious mind, because your subconscious mind is actually running the show 95% of the time.  And, you do that any way you can, any way that truly works for you; hypnosis, counselling, group therapy, Alcoholics Anonymous, Heart-Brain Harmony, acupuncture…..  But not drugs, not under any circumstances.  The instant you take any drug or medication you are not you anymore, you are just the drug.

But, if I can change my subconscious mind, then so can you.

~

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

self-talk is a very powerful thing

Recovering From Addictions

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter if it’s alcohol or marijuana

In yesterday’s post 10 things successful people do, I said that successful people stay healthy and overcome their addictions ~ well, it’s impossible to stay healthy in the long-term if you have a drugs habit, drink too much, or smoke.  Alcoholism, drug abuse, and smoking will all kill you, especially if you are prey to all three.  Most addicts have multiple addictions.  Add gambling into the mix and you will die a horrible death, after you have lost everything you have.

There are NO exceptions to that rule.

You may think that you drink a little bit, use pot or coke just now and again, take a few too many of your prescription drugs, smoke the odd cigarette when you’re feeling stressed or happy, go to Vegas to gamble every once in a while…..  It could be you have a problem you’re not admitting to yourself, and lying about to everyone else.

Denial is not a river in Egypt.  Denial will kill you.

The very first step in overcoming an addiction is to admit that you have a problem.   The first step in all 12 step recovery groups is to honestly admit that you have a problem.  Your problem with booze, drugs, smoking, gambling, unsafe casual sex, erotica, pornography, dangerous pastimes, sugar, food….. may not be so bad ~ YET.  Let me tell you, your problem will only get worse, unless you do something about it.   And what you have to do is STOP drinking, smoking, using drugs, gambling, or whatever.

There is no such thing as controlled drinking, drug abuse, gambling…..

And, if you cannot stop, and if you still lie about it to yourself and others, then you are a true alcoholic, drug addict, compulsive gambler, long-term chain smoker, and you’re going to lose everything you have, and die horribly.  Things may only be a little bit rocky now, but that’s ok for you, missing work once in a while isn’t so bad.  Let me tell you, it is going to get worse if you do not completely stop drinking, using, smoking, gambling…..

No matter how bad thing are now, they will get worse.

What to do?  A good start is to go and see your doctor, and tell him / her that you have a problem.  But, the chances are that, unless you have an exceptional doctor, they’re not going to be much help.  Do Not just accept more medication from your doctor ~ drugs in any form are bad for you.  Also, the chances are that if you have a propensity to addiction, then you also have an underlying psychological problem.  What you probably need is ‘talking therapy’ to deal with your underlying Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD……

Admit you have a problem, and talk to people who understand.

From bitter personal experience I can tell you that there are only two things that work when it comes to recovering from the problems of an addiction;

  1. Completely stop drinking, using, smoking, gambling, binge eating…..
  2. Talk with people who truly understand.  Ask for their help.

If you are an addict, then you will never, ever be cured, all you can do is begin to recover from your addiction.  You will never be able to go back to drinking, or whatever…..

Some say that being an addict means that you are a morally weak degenerate lunatic.  And, that all addicts are hopeless cases who will just die sooner rather than later.  All I know is that it is possible to begin to recover from Borderline Personality Disorder and Alcoholism.

(further reading;  The Big Book of AA, The Road Less Travelled, Under The Influence.)

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

addicts are not lunatics,

but they may well have a psychological problem

 

10 things successful people do

Life can take us down unexpected and difficult paths.

Through painful experience, I have learned that to be very successful in your life, there are some things we must do.  Most of them are difficult, bordering on the impossible, but all of these 10 things listed below are actually achievable.

There are two types of people who will tell that you cannot make a difference in this world; those who are afraid to try, and those who are afraid you will succeed.  ~  Ray Goforth.

I firmly believe that these are the most important of the rules we must follow in order to overcome life’s challenges, and ultimately win out:

  1. Stay Healthy.  It’s almost impossible to be successful if you’re often ill, spending time in bed, or in hospital.
  2. Overcome Addictions.  Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Gambling, Smoking….. to name perhaps the most dangerous of all possible addictions.  If you drink too much you will lose almost everything.  If you drink and gamble you will lose everything.  If you drink, gamble, smoke, and take drugs, you will lose everything, and then you’ll die ~ horribly
  3. Stay Within the Law.  If you get involved with illegal activities, including taking drugs, drink driving, illegal gambling ~ sometime or other you will have a run in with The Police.  A criminal record does your chances of living your dream life no good at all.
  4. Say Goodbye to Toxic People.  Toxic relationships will make you unhappy, corrupt your mind and soul, and prevent you from realising how much better things can be.
  5. Seek Out, and Take, Good Advice.  If you’re physically ill see a doctor, if you’re suffering mentally see a counsellor, and if you’re just struggling seek out your closest and wisest friend.  Whatever advice you’re given, really take it to heart.
  6. Do Not Waste Time or Money.  Too many people throw their money away without thought.  Almost everyone wastes their time on unimportant activities.  A fool and his money are soon parted.  Time is the most precious resource we have.
  7. Stay Romantically and Sexually Faithful.  Affairs, casual sex, multiple partners, using sex-workers, are all going to waste your time and money.  You will get into trouble, and if you’re married, you will be asked for a divorce.
  8. Keep Learning.  Nobody can know everything, but most people don’t even try to improve their mind and knowledge once they finish their formal education.  The internet and a million books are out their, and something you learn may just give you the edge you need to become successful.
  9. Focus On Things You Can Control.  God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  And, don’t let me try to change people, because that never works.
  10. Follow Your Dreams.  Dreams are the fuel for your success.  Without dreams there can never be any meaningful and lasting success in your life.

Some very smart people can ignore some of these rules, some of the time, and still be successful.  But you can’t ignore all of these rules, all of the time, and still have a hope in hell of making a success of your life.  And, never worry about failure, just make certain that you pick yourself up and start again.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke is a success,

and he loves Bentleys and Jaguars

 

 

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