Category Archives: civil rights

A U.S. Congressman is concerned about safety of glyphosate

“New questions about the safety of Monsanto weed killer Roundup are deeply troubling. I worked on the glyphosate issue last term and I believe consumers should immediately stop using Roundup, whose core ingredient glyphosate has been labeled a likely carcinogen and has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. We need to find out if Monsanto or the Environmental Protection Agency misled the public.”

-U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu,  “US Congressman Calls for DOJ Investigation into EPA-Monsanto Glyphosate Collusion” Mar 17 2017 – by Sustainable Pulse,

http://sustainablepulse.com/2017/03/17/us-congressman-calls-for-doj-investigation-into-epa-monsanto-glyphosate-collusion/#.WMv1yjvytPb

An employee of the EPA may have colluded with Monsanto to suppress investigation of the safety of glyphosate and the herbicide Roundup.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

“Give me liberty or give me death” -Patrick Henry

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

A link regarding ISIS and the Yazidi people:

Hussein said his emirs, or local Islamic State commanders, gave him and others a green light to rape as many Yazidi and other women as they wanted. “Young men need this,” Hussein told Reuters in an interview after a Kurdish counter-terrorism agent removed a black hood from his head. “This is normal.”

A different prisoner stated that his life would have been at stake if he hadn’t joined the terrorist organization:

“He said he and his brother joined Islamic State because otherwise, as state employees, they would have been killed by the group.” – http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-mosul-prisoners-idUKKBN15W1MY

It is not normal for all terrorist groups however to use horrific methods of torture or rape as ISIS/daesh. Many such groups have learned that less extreme violence leads to less resistance from international forces.: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-abrahms-isis-smart-terrorist-20161106-story.html

And a link about global trade and the enrichment of developed nations. They may donate to the developing nation but the amount of resources and profit moving out of the developed nations on average is more than the amount that is donated by developed nations.

“Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people.”

– Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the U.S; led the United States in World War I and secured the formation of the League of Nations (1856-1924) [link]

Globalization has value in sharing skills and cultural innovations, however it should not be purchased at the expense of indigenous people located around the world.

Investing in wind and solar energy can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and end the need to rely on Middle East oil or environmentally risky projects using fracking techniques or tar sands. ISIS needs to be stopped by a large international boots on the ground force that sticks around long enough for locals to point out who isn’t a local and who might be harboring a Yazidi person as a captive wife or slave or one who as a boy was captured and was forced into acting as part of a terrorist group.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

The Yazidi story is complicated; a link

The Yazidi population that escaped capture by ISIS terrorists have not been allowed to return to their original homeland by the Kurdistan / Iraqi government. They are trying to work with the local government to try to restore some independence and to be allowed to return from refugee camps and rebuild in their former territory which is no longer under control of ISIS (and hasn’t been for a while).

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Yazidi women also hope for the US to stop supporting terrorists

There are usually always two sides to a story, two view points to consider. A large protest occurred the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. The protest was known as the Women’s March against Trump and his history of verbally disrespecting women and other minorities. On the other side of the world a minority group has different hopes regarding the new President of the US – they hope he will stop supporting the alleged moderate rebels as most locals that are interviewed are not aware of any moderate rebels, only ISIS terrorists and groups affiliated with them.

Reporting on events in the Middle East are limited in mainstream sources and it is not always clear what to believe on alternative websites but the events occurring to Yazidi people at the hands of ISIS have been covered by more traditional news sources as well as the alternative site: Yazidi Girls Sold as Sex Slaves while Women March against Trump – This is a misleading and inflammatory title, as the Yazidi girls are likely to already have been sold as sex slaves by ISIS terrorists and other rebel groups and to be in captivity during the time the Women’s March was occurring. But the girls and women are being horribly mistreated and some do express hope that US support of the rebel groups will end. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9824/yazidi-sex-slave-women-march#.WIz9B3Pxvo8.twitter

The Yazidi population is a Kurdish speaking minority group in the Middle East who do not follow a Muslim or Christian religion. ISIS rebel groups took over the Sinjar area of northern Iraq in 2014 [link] where many of the Yazidi lived and the men and older women were killed, younger boys were sent to be trained as terrorists, and girls and women were considered captives of war and were sold or given away as sex slaves. The captive Yazidi girls and women would be encouraged or coerced into converting to the Muslim religion so that they could then be married to the ISIS terrorists who had bought them. Any who refused to give up their own faith continue to be at risk of more severe mistreatment. Many try to commit suicide or to escape.

More about the Yazidi history and their pre-Islamic faith:

An Yazidi woman in Iraq named her newborn son Trump shortly after Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States.

For baby Trump, in hope of peace in the Middle East and rescue of the Yazidi women and children.

For baby Trump, in hope of peace in the Middle East and rescue of the Yazidi women and families.

The baby’s father: ““We have been going through a never-ending genocide over the last two years at the hands of ISIS, and Obama failed to take out ISIS or help liberate the thousands of Yazidi women and children that are still enslaved by ISIS,” said the father of Dilbreen and Trump, translated by Kejjan. “I hope President Trump will at last take out ISIS so we can return home and rebuild our lives.”  

ISIS is reportedly holding 3,200 Yazidi women and girls as sex slaves. Over 5,000 have been killed and 400,000 displaced by the terror group. These numbers reflect only the towns liberated by Yazidi and Kurdish fighters backed by US- and British-led coalition air strikes.” Adlay Kejjan is a Yazidi woman living in the U.S. who has been working with a few nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the plight of the Yazidi people still held by ISIS terrorists.  https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/11/13/why-a-yazidi-woman-in-iraq-named-her-newborn-son-trump/

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

The ‘Stop Arming Terrorists’ Bill would prevent US funding terrrorists

Overthrowing the Syrian government has not been a goal that the US congress or US people have voted for directly. However our government has been supporting extremist groups covertly through aid to other nations or moderate groups who do support ISIS and other terrorist groups.  Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is an Iraq war veteran and an Army Captain who has recently visited Syria on a peace mission. She has submitted a bill to Congress that would prevent US government agencies from providing funds or equipment to terrorist groups. The “Stop Arming Terrorists” Bill will need bipartisan support.

Phone calls to your federal congressional representatives can help show that their is constituent support for or against a bill. The AFL-CIO has set up a hotline that directs your call to your congressperson’s phone with the goal of sharing your support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – 1-888-865-8089. I mentioned my support for both the ACA and the Stop Arming Terrorists Bill. [Re the ACA, and re a proposed change to the ACA in Minnesota]

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

A TEDx talk about SPECT Scans and Psychiatric Diagnosis

Psychiatry is a field that relies on talking and questioning patients about their symptoms and lives for the purposes of diagnosis. A pioneer in the field has been using a method to scan the electrical activity of the brain for the purpose of more accurate diagnosis with the goal of providing more accurate treatments.

Dr. Amen shares his findings from 83,000 SPECT scans taken over many years of his clinical work helping individual patients improve their health and quality of life with individualized diagnosis and treatment recommendations. While his findings have helped many patients with a variety of conditions, autism spectrum disorders are not a primary focus of his work. The scans can help clarify diagnosis of ADHD and many other psychiatric conditions and may be helpful with autism disorders but that will likely require more time and more patients. It is a private clinic that expects payment to be paid in full at the time of the appointment. The fees may be able to be covered in part by your health insurance company but you would have to submit the bill and work with your insurance company yourself – and it may require preauthorization so check with them first if you hope for some reimbursement.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Additional Post election addition

The election results were very close in several states including Michigan. A recount effort has been initiated by Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for President. The stated goal was to assure the voting public of the validity of the election results, however the Michigan Sate Attorney General has denied the request. The denial is being appealed.

Problems with the voting machines in the city of Detroit has already been revealed. As many as 87 voting machines may have failed to record the votes for the Presidential race. Ballots for approximately 87000 voters were recorded as having voted for down ballot races but recorded no vote for President and these type of votes were primarily located in the Detroit area — which suggests to me that a problem occurred with the machines rather than that many voters in only one area all decided to turn out to vote but not to vote for President.

Voters deserve to be able to have trust in the results. hand counting the ballots would allow actual humans to view what was written on the paper ballots before they were scanned into the computer system.

It may be against Michigan law to recount districts where exit polls didn’t match results — which doesn’t make sense to me but I don’t write the laws: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2016/12/06/broken-voting-machines-could-wreak-havoc-for-wayne-county-recount/

Michigan recount: officials admit 87 vote counting machines broke in Detroit on Election Day

Regarding my own candidacy and health issues — if I had been elected then I would likely have been able to have a cooperative physician prescribe a synthetic cannabinoid medication that can be taken orally and if my health and mood issues were not able to be stabilized and impacted my function too much then I would resign. Government is important for many reasons, too important to not expect accountability and reasonable level of health from our elected or appointed officials.

Our nation’s health and longevity statistics are getting worse while our nation’s spending on health care is the most costly per person compared to other nation’s average spending. Eventually health of our citizens and our environment will have to take priority, I hope that occurs sooner rather than later because preventative health care needs to happen before irreversible damage has occurred. We can’t fix everything with more money or more pharmaceuticals.

The previous “Post Election Addition” and campaign platform points are available on my website, http://www.jenniferdepew.com/ but I’m not sure if this additional edit was saved so I’m copying and posting it here.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Nutrient content found to be different in GMO soy; a link

Glyphosate tolerant GM soybeans were found to contain high residues of glyphosate and AMPA, a breakdown product of glyphosate. Nutrient content was also found to be different between the glyphosate tolerant GM soybeans and organically grown soybeans. The GM soybeans had less sugars, protein and zinc than the organically grown soybeans and had more omega-6, a less beneficial type of fatty acid.

Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans.

    /Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

    End the War on Peace

    My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

    • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
    • Economy & more Green Jobs.
    • Environment & more Green Jobs.
    • End the War on Peace.
    • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
    • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

    Ending the War on Peace would require work on a number of fronts. The War on Terror is the obvious battleground but even that is diffuse with the increase in security measures in most public areas now, the battleground is all around in the sense of increased worry and watchfulness. In the literal sense half the GDP is being spent on military and much of it is going into drone bombs that are feasibly protecting us from a potential terrorist target but may in fact be killing random civilians who happened to be on the literal battleground instead of the potential terrorist. It would help the environment to not blow up as much stuff as well as the bombs themselves. Burning modern buildings and other infrastructure tends to create volatile chemicals which can be bad for health. An international coalition, a large one, needs to send in ground forces with small teams to help reinforce local self-policing efforts to find and remove Daesh terrorists. With limited supplies and back up villagers may have rebels in their area that they are unable to deal with in fear of retaliation. I would hope that refugees would be able to return to their homelands at some point.

    On the homefront ending the war on peace would require treating all children equally in preschool and throughout their education. The ‘Preschool to Prison’ pipeline needs to end. Children of color may be treated to increased rates of suspension and visits from police officers as young as preschool for misbehavior that other children wouldn’t be punished for as harshly. This kind of early negative experience can leave children more at risk for behavior problems later in life. Treating all citizens equally and ending profiling and entrapment arrests could end up helping the economy by allowing more individuals to become tax paying workers instead of becoming prisoners, parolees or people with a prison record and a difficult time finding work.

    Effective health care could help promote peace by promoting increased mental health and improved stress coping skills throughout the lifespan.

    Ending the war on peace on the homefront, and elsewhere, may also require an increased acceptance for each other’s differences and increased recognition and acceptance for our own natural tendencies to be more accepting of people who are similar to ourselves and to be less accepting of people who seem different. We are all different but we are also all human. By valuing our differences and supporting them we may achieve innovations that could help the economy, the environment and who knows what else? The sky isn’t even the limit when we work together, we’ve made it to the moon and past!

    That was a little perky but drone bombs aren’t. Optimism helps get things done because problems can be seen as solvable instead of impossible.

    To be con’t.

    Hat tip to Leo Tolstoy author of the book “War and Peace.” [Available online, you can even skip ahead to the last page. ]

    Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

    Environment and Green Jobs

    My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellence.

    • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
    • Economy & more Green Jobs.
    • Environment & more Green Jobs.
    • End the War on Peace.
    • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
    • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

    Our environment supports our health and our economy. Business as usual is based on having a steady supply of natural resources as well as having safe roads and transportation available to get products from their natural state into something available for the consumer’s use. Cleaning up waste created during each stage of production through the final use and discard of the product by the consumer needs to be accepted as a responsibility of all of us and would create jobs. A clean environment supports safer food and a more biodiverse population of wildlife – and biodiversity has been associated with healthier wildlife including the insects – which could help promote health through reduced rates of infection. Protecting our environment protects health through reduced exposure to toxins. Reducing invasive plants and wildlife can help protect property or other financial interests of businesses. Management of invasive species without use of potentially harmful herbicides or pesticides is likely to require significant manual labor – which would benefit more workers in need of manual labor jobs. Green jobs could incorporate education and assistance of younger helpers or college-age interns with projects that connect students and educators with industry tours or invasive plant management (aka weeding).

    Individual goals for protecting the environment and managing our use of resources include:

    1. End subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, redirect the money to renewable resources and research and development in areas such as more sustainably sourced biofuel and improved batteries for windpower or for solar powered vehicles. More on this point was included in the Economy and Green Jobs section.
    2. Strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Clean Water Act and require the fracking industry to follow the Clean Water Act and other environmental standards and to monitor and report what chemicals are being used and created in the fracking process.
    3. Create jobs in soil and hazardous waste remediation throughout urban and rural areas wherever hazardous conditions have been identified. (Urban areas tend to have lead in the soil due to increased amounts of traffic during the years when leaded gasoline was in use.) Clean up the radioactive waste remaining at the Hanford, Wash. location and any other sites where nuclear waste or other nuclear power plant hazards have been identified.
    4. Climate change is already happening. Plan ahead for it when possible and rezone areas that are likely to become increased flood risks to reduce building in the area and/or require more flood resistant types of construction to be built in low lying areas. Support research and development of construction ideas for use flood zones (forget about the mousetrap we need a better houseboat and factory boat and gardening boat).
    5. Support increased construction of bikelanes and bike share programs in urban areas.
    6. Support increased use of reusable diapers or biodegradable diapers by subsidizing the purchase of those types of products and/or by providing those types to low income caregivers or senior citizens. And support the use of reusable menstrual products or more biodegradable menstrual products to low income women and girls and requiring prisons to provide adequate supplies of either type to female prisoners based on their preference. Having adequate menstrual products has been found to improve school attendance by girls in research based in Africa. [citation needed, I think it was mentioned in the book Half the Sky.]
    7. Effective health care based on prevention of chronic illness and use of less screenings and surgical procedures and pharmaceutical based treatments would also likely add up to less waste being added to the environment. Banning several food additives and agribusiness chemicals and crops was also included in the Effective Health Care section. Chemicals that are hazardous to humans are also likely to be increasing sickness in wildlife and farm animals that may then risk spreading to humans. Increasing infertility in humans may suggest that the entire food chain may be experiencing problems with infertility. Malformed genitals and increased homosexuality may also be associated with increased estrogen mimetic pollutants in the environment. A food supply based on less use of chemicals and more use of hand labor would help protect the environment and provide more jobs.
    8. Create jobs in invasive species control that include positions for manual labor and for education positions for training and supervising student volunteers in the manual labor required for invasive species control.

    To be con’t.

    Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.