Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Boy Scout Cheers and Yells

British Rank Yell: Be Prepared! Be Prepared! Shout! Shout! Shout! Tenderfoot! Second Class! First Class Scout!

Alka Seltzer Cheer: Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh what a relief it is.

America: A-M-E-R-I-C-A, Boy Scouts, Boy Scouts, U-S-A!

Pack/Troop Cheer: Razzle, dazzle, never frazzle, not a thread but wool. All together, all together, that's the way we pull.

Fire Engine: Divide the group into four sections: (1) Rings the bell fast, DING; (2) Honks the horn, HONK, HONK, HONK; (3) Sounds the siren, Rrrr, Rrrr, Rrrr; (4) Clangs the clangor, CLANG, CLANG, CLANG. Have all four groups do their parts together.

Apollo: Shout: Countdown, 10 - 1 !! BLASTOFF! then with your hand gain orbit and even out. Then say, "BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP."

Archery: Mimic shooting an arrow, then call out, "Bull's Eye!"

Big Hand: Leader says, "let's give them a big hand" everybody in the audience holds up one of their hands with the palm up.

Black Powder Cheer: Pretend to have black powder in your hand. Pour powder down the barrel. Stamp it down, raise the gun and fire saying, "Click, BANG!"

Blast-off: Start counting backwards from 6 to 1. Bend the knees a little more on each count until you are in a squatting position. Then, while saying, "BLAST OFF!", just straight up in the air.

Dip Stick: Pretend to get under the hood of your car, find the dip stick, pull it out, and say, "OH, NO, YOU'RE A QUART LOW!!!" Variation: Add to the above: You could sure use an oil change and pretend to put it back, close the hood with a SLAM!!!

Golf: Shout "FORE" and pretend to hit the ball, place hand over above eyes to follow where the ball went. Variation: Add: Duck and cover your eyes saying: "OH NO! I HIT SOMEONE!!"

Gondolier: Make a motion as if polling a boat, singing out: "O, SOLE MIO"

Good Turn: Stand up and turn around.

Hay DD Straw: Divide the group into two sections, tell one group that when you point to them they are to yell, "HAY". Tell the other section they are to yell, "STRAW" !!! Vary the speed in which you point to the different groups. Variation: When the leader yells hay or straw, the group responds with the opposite word.


Paper Bag: Make motions to simulate opening a paper bag., forming neck, blowing it up and pop it, saying "POP" loudly.

Six Shooter: Point finger in the air and say "BANG" six times, then blow smoke from the end of the gun.

Three Strikes: Turn head to the side sharply while saying, "Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3!" Do these three times and end with, "You're out!"

Trumpet: da-da-da-da-dada-da-da-CHARGE!

Two-Handed Saw: Everyone pairs off into two's. Each pair sticks their hands out with their thumbs up. Alternately grab each other's thumbs until all four hands are each holding a thumb. Move arms and hands back and forth as if sawing.

Snowball Applause: Pretend like you are picking up some snow and forming it into a snowball. Then “throw” your pretend snowball and say “Splat!”

Group 1: When you hear the word “cold” say “BRRRRRRRR!” and shake like you are shivering

Group 2: When you hear the name “Paul Bunyan” say “Mighty!” and make strong man arms

Group 3: When you hear the name”Babe the Blue Ox” say “Swish swish” and move your arm like it is a swishing tail

Group 4: When you hear the word “ton” say “Heavy!” and pretend you are lifting something heavy

Now read the following story. When you get to a _____, pause so the group can do their sound and action.

One winter it was so cold _____ that the snow was blue. It was so cold _____ that if you talked, the words came out of your mouth frozen. To hear what somebody else said, you had to pick up the words and take them over to the fire so they would thaw.

During that cold _____ winter Paul Bunyan _____ went out walking. He heard a sound coming from the blue snow. He dug around a little and found a tiny ox. It was completely blue. So Paul Bunyan _____ took the little ox home with him and he named it Babe the Blue Ox _____ .

Just like everything else that Paul Bunyan _____ was with, the creature grew and grew and grew. If you watched him you could see him growing. Babe the Blue Ox _____ ate a ton _____ of hay for breakfast. He ate another ton _____ for lunch. And then he ate another ton _____ for dinner.

Paul Bunyan _____ used Babe the Blue Ox _____ to haul a load of logs. Babe the Blue Ox _____ loved the cold _____ winter because logs would slide easier on the icy road. The giant beast did not like summer as much. So Paul Bunyan _____ took a ton _____ of butter and smeared it all over the road. So then Babe the Blue Ox _____ like the summer as much as the cold _____ winter.

Monday, July 28, 2014

9 Great Problems

1. True Religion
No Blood Atonement
Agency vs Animal 
Repentance and Covenants
Welfare and Virtue
Temperance, Family
No priestcraft, lay ministry, prevents conflict of interest. Church must call to repentance.

2. Constitutional Government
Monarchy vs Republic
Rights and Privilege
Separation of Power
Real Rule of Law
Religion: Welfare and Virtue
Enumerated rights
Due Process
No Socialism
State Jurisdiction = harm to others
Church Jurisdiction = harm to self

3. Economic System
Safety Society System: Full reserve, non-profit, fee-based loans, treasury creates all money, local banks administer loans, currency backed by real estate, no inflation, no speculation. On-demand money creation. immediate equity, Reverse mortgage. "All things common" and cost not based on quantity and quality of labor and not scarcity.  Not a fear-based economy.

4. Independent Power
Renewable, Local, Safe, Clean
Scandium-Zirconium SOFC: Bloom box 
T. Henry Moray- Direct Betavoltaics/Alphavoltaics
 Farnsworth fusor/polywell

5. Health
Nutrition- vitD, sulfate, sunlight, niacinamide, no nitrites, no calcium, no fluoride
Life Extension- Telemorase
Cancer- BCL2 inhibition = Vermox, Vit D, sulfate, antioxidants, Metabolic manipulation = metformin/DCA, iron chelation = desferoxamine
Resurrection- Priesthood
Sepsis - Antibiotic + iron chelation

6. Food production- don't waste land growing drugs: tea, coffee, opium, etc. Local production. Coop farms. Sulfate fertillizer and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide.

7. Water purification and desalinization. Vacuum Vapor Compression 
Biolet: don't poop in the water

8. Housing Construction- build on as you grown construction. 

9. Transportation- antigravity, magneto-plasma dynamics

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sulfate and Chronic Disease

Inorganic Sulfate is one of the most abundant anions in human and mammalian plasma. Sulfate plays an important physiological role in detoxifying xenobiotics, activating steroids, cholesterol, vitamin D, neurotransmitters, and bile acids. Sulfate is needed for the biosynthesis of glycosaminoglycans, cerebroside sulfate, and heparin sulfate.  Sulfate conjugation is a major liver pathway necessary for detoxifying and excreting toxins in the body and bloodsteam.  In mammals, sulfate homeostasis is regulated by the kidney. The majority of filtered sulfate is reabsorbed in the proximal tubules, and only 5–20% of the filtrate is excreted into the urine.

A few recent scientific papers are making a possible connection between serum sulfate levels and several chronic diseases including: osteoarthritis, preeclampsia, dementia, inflammatory bowel disease, peptic ulcer disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, DIC, asthma, eczema, lupus, chronic fatigue, wrestless legs, multiple sclerosis, autism, heart disease and cancer. How could all these different conditions be related? Well, the thinking is that all these chronic diseases are related to serum sulfate deficiency, and the specific disease process depends on where in the body sulfate is being scavenged/cannabilized from. 

Interesting point here is that sulfate-containing medicines are already used in many of these disease processes. Magnesium sulfate is already used in preeclampsia, hypertension, and asthma. Vitamin D has been shown to improve symptoms in autism, multiple sclerosis, dementia, inflammatory bowel and numerous other autoimmune conditions. Chondroiton sulfate is used in osteoarthritis, and heparin sulfate is used in DIC.

What is the connection between vitamin D and sulfate?  Turns out sun exposure not only activates vitamin-D but also is required to produce cholesterol sulfate and vitamin-D sulfate. Cholesterol sulfate is then incorporated into cell walls and endoplasmic reticulum to increase cell wall plasticity, protect from oxidative damage, facilitate transmembrane glucose transport, and protein post-translation modifications. 

Tragically, despite its importance, sulfate metabolism is not discussed much if at all in modern medical education.  Also, serum and urinary sulfate levels are not routinely measured in the hospital or clinical settings. In fact in all my medical career, I have never seen or heard of a serum or urinary sulfate level being checked.  Sulfate concentration is easily measured using a barium assay.

Furthermore. there are several factors that can lead to deficiencies in sulfate levels.  1. Penicillin antibiotics kill nitrate-metabolizing bacteria in the gut but not sulfate-metabolizing bacteria. Sulfate-metabolizing bacteria overgrow and reduce whole-body sulfate levels. 2. Aluminum (Alum) containing adjuvant vaccines can lead to deficiencies in serum sulfate, vitamin D sulfate, and cholesterol sulfate.  3. Consumption of Alum-containing foods such as pickles, iodized salt, and baking powder can exacerbate these disease states.  4. Fasting followed by the consumption of a carbohydrate-only meal can lead to a significant 50% drop in serum sulfate levels. 5. Statins inhibit cholesterol syntheses in the liver and brain. 6. Oil-in-water squalene vaccines can result in anti-cholesterol and anti-vitamin D antibodies.  7. The increased clearance of vitamin D and cholesterol by the immune system because of either Alum or squalene adjuvants can lead to decreased total body serum sulfate levels. 8. Tylenol (acetaminophen) ingestion causes decreased sulfate levels due to liver detoxification via sulfate conjugation (phase 2) and consumption of the sulfur-containing glutathione antioxidant.

The key to treating many of these disease states may be simply to supplement the diet with magnesium sulfate or Epsom salt and vitamin D3.  Epsom salt is safe to consume orally except in those with kidney failure. Ingesting too much MgSO4 will be eliminated by the kidney or not absorbed at all, resulting in diarrhea. Like sodium, potassium, and calcium, it is important not to take more magnesium than the body needs and can excrete.  Despite what advertisements claim, sulfate is not absorbed in any significant way by adding MgSO4 to the bath water. The only benefit of an Epsom salt bath is that you can stay in longer without getting pruney.

A safe daily dose of Epsom salt is about 1/2 tsp MgSO4 in 8 oz. fluid.  This works out to be about 2.5 gm MgSO4.7H2O or 250 mg elemental magnesium (10%).  In addition to supplemental sulfate, 5000-10,000 units of vitamin D daily is also recommended.  For comparison, 10 minutes of sun expose produces 10,000 units of Vitamin D. However, in addition to vitamin D supplementation, getting at least 10 minutes of sun exposure daily is necessary to produce cholesterol sulfate.  

*****1 tsp MgSO4.7H2O (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) = approx. 5 gm/tsp = 10% elemental Mg = 500 mg per tsp.
*****RDA of Magnesium is about 400 mg daily.

As far as cholesterol itself goes, the liver already makes 1-2 gm daily which is much more cholesterol than you could ever ingest by eating eggs (300-500 mg).  However, eating eggs is still important because the lecithin in egg yoke is required for efficient transport of cholesterol out of the liver. 

You might wonder why you can't just get enough sulfate in your diet without supplementing. The answer is because most food is grown using inorganic fertillizer which, except for Austrailia, does not include sulfur.  Even organically grown food can be sulfur deficient because the chickens and cattle that produce the manure are fed a sulfate poor feed (soy and corn) and consequently produce a sulfate-poor manure.

I believe God did not create the human body to have the myriad of chronic health problems we are now seeing. Even among those who try and eat healthy and exercise regularly are seeing an explosion of chronic disease. The way I see it, either God designed a flawed human body or we are ingesting something harmful (nitrites) and/or missing something essential in our diets (sulfates).

According to the Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board 2004 "Dietary Reference Intakes: Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate", they give no recommended daily intake of sulfate. They list a long but still incomplete table of sulfate-containing biochemicals in the body.  However, their conclusion is that recycled sulfate from protein and dietary protein is probably enough. They also say sulfate is an industrial pollutant, tastes bad in well water, and could give you diarrhea. Also, they say supplemental sulfate could lead to ulcerative colitis. This assertion is based on a study finding of sulfur-metabolizing bacteria in the gut of patients with UC. (this dismissive attitude against sulfate makes me a little suspicious)

But as I point out above, the sulfur-metabolizing bacteria actually lower overall sulfate levels which is more likely the cause of UC and not the presence of the bacteria and the resultant hydrogen sulfide gas itself. For one thing, treatments targeting the bacteria do not cure the disease.  Correlation does not equal causation.

My argument in advocating for sulfate supplementation is precisely for the reason stated in the Institute of Medicine guidelines paper.  They say you don't need sulfate because you can simply cannabilize it from protein and other molecules.  This cannabilization I believe is precisely the cause of many of the chronic diseases we are seeing today.

FYI: I do not generally advocate vitamin or mineral supplementing.  I think in most cases, taking excess vitamins and minerals can cause more harm than good and studies have not shown benefit but increased harm (manganese, vitamin E, etc).

In mice lacking the vitamin D receptor (VDR), NaSi-1 expression in the kidney was reduced by 72% but intestinal NaSi-1 levels remained unchanged. In connection with these findings, urinary sulfate excretion was increased by 42% whereas serum sulfate concentration was reduced by 50% in VDR knockout mice. Moreover, levels of hepatic glutathione and skeletal sulfated proteoglycans were also reduced by 18 and 45%, respectively. (Yan et al., Critical role of vitamin D in sulfate homeostasis, 2004)

According to the national guidelines, the body metabolizes up to about 3 - 6 gm inorganic-source and organic-source sulfate daily. According to the article, at least 1.5 - 3 gm comes from inorganic-source sulfate in food and water and 1.5 -3 gm organic-source sulphate comes from digestion and breakdown of sulfur-amino-acids. However, they make a point that total dietary sulfate can be much less than 1.5 gm.  Soy and corn are poor quality protein sources precisely because of their low sulfur-amino-acid content.

MgSO4.7H2O -- Mg: 24, SO4: 32 + 16 x 4 = 98, 7H2O: 16 + 2 = 18 x 7 = 126
Total mass per mole = 248
% Mg = 24/248 = 10%
% SO4 = 98/248 = 40%

Interesting that 1/2 the mass of MgSO4 is water and there can be variation in how much 1 tsp weighs depending on humidity and storage from 4.5 gm/tsp to 6.5 gm/tsp.   But anyways, assuming about 1 tsp = 5 gm, then SO4 would be about 2 gm SO4. 1/4 tsp would be 500 mg SO4.

A study of Vets measuring serum sodium measured got a range of 0.2 mM to 0.5 mM.  It would be really super hard to predict an increase in serum levels by 500mg or 2 gm oral Sulfate because of considering absorption (80%), and elimination and whole body distribution. Like other electrolytes like Mg and K etc, the serum levels are only a tiny fraction of the whole body stores.  But I think that it is good when you are thinking about taking a supplement that you are within the ballpark. (considering normal kidney function).

Im curious if pernicious anemia (B12 deficiency) could be another manifestation of sulfate deficiency. If the body is sulfate deficient then it starts to scavenge it from various places in the body. When you don't get enough dietary sulfate the body will begin to cannibalize parts of the body to get it. Homocysteine is an inflammatory breakdown product of protein that then must be converted to sulfate via folate, thiamine, B12 etc. Elevated homocysteine can be a sensitive marker for B12 deficiency. Unless a patient has a deficiency in intrinsic factor, more B12 may not be the only answer. It may be that an elevated homocysteine level and low B12 indicates a catabolic state.