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If elected President I would also be very surprised

As a citizen over the age 35 and born to U.S. citizens I have a right to run for elected office but my health was never that good and it got worse. Being President always seems to turn the President’s hair white – that can be an affect of stress as well as aging. [1]

So while I care a lot my skill set is not well-rounded and my health leaves me with difficulties finding food that I can tolerate and leaves me sick if I’m in the sun very long or get overheated – so traveling in southern areas would be even more difficult for me.

And then there’s the alleged issues that no one is supposed to talk about – making it difficult to talk about me – as the alleged issue that no one is supposed to talk about.

I apologize for having had mental health symptoms in the privacy of my home and a few other places and for writing about them online – likely painful to experience even by proxy.  I apologize for having other issues in the privacy of my home and a few other places and for writing about them online – also likely painful or uncomfortable to experience even from afar.

Filing with FEC was primarily to show that I have always been serious about the need for change in the nutritional care of our public and for compromise among the parties. But I also recognized a long time ago that I had been mistaken about my abilities, I may be willing but I may not be able to keep up with the demands of such a difficult job – I would try because it is important and I would seek skilled help but even that would be difficult for me as I don’t have an established network of contacts already in place.

Government work is often hard work and frequently very important to stuff like water pipes – boring stuff that may seem minor until it goes wrong.

So I may not be a typical candidate, or an ideal candidate, but I care and I do learn from my mistakes and from advice. I may not always follow advice but guidance is helpful. I have two dogs that I love very much and share loving and caring for them with someone else. I’ve been working towards changing my own situation but my health was a significant problem and loving the dogs is a joy.

It would actually be a huge relief to file a termination report with FEC, I almost did it once already but it wouldn’t have counted because it was a paper form and I have to file electronically because that is how I began the process. it is a process – don’t try it at home is good advice because the directions to fill out the forms are miles long – not quite, but lengthy, and there can be penalties and fees if you’re late or fail to file something that you had overlooked in the fine print.  Hug a Treasurer – they deserve some kudos.

  1. Stress is to blame for grey hairs,” by Hayley Dixon, June 11, 2013, [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10112656/Stress-is-to-blame-for-grey-hairs.html]
  2. Myocardial infarction (MI) and nutrient deficiency info, not quite what I was looking for but interesting – and about magnesium, l-carnitine, antioxidants and B vitamins helping reduce risk of death if used during early stages of MI, the search engine found experimental stem cell treatment is included as well: “Novel Treatment Measures of Myocardial Infarction: A Review,” P. K. Dhakad, et al, (2015)  [http://www.idosi.org/aejts/7(2)15/2.pdf]
  3. Also not quite what I was looking for but also a bonus search engine treasure – blue green algae helps detoxify heavy metals like lead, Excerpt: “Some of the free amino acid peptides found in AFA may be responsible for helping to detoxify our bodies of heavy metals. Dr. Gillian McKeith reports in her booklet Miracle Superfood: Wild Blue-Green Algae that in her clinical experience AFA algae has been effective in chelating (removing) dangerous, toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. She recommends consuming 0.21 to 0.35 ounces to AFA blue-green algae daily for severe cases of heavy-metal toxicity.” AFA = Aphanizomenon flos-aqua (AFA) blue-green algae, And it may help protect against HIV and Ebola virus by interfering with their ability to enter human cells – an excerpt: “Researches have discovered that a blue-green algae protein reduces the ability of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) AND Ebola virus. The antiviral protein, known as cyanovirin-N (CV-N) can extend the survival time of the Ebola-infected mice. There is currently no treatment for Ebola infection, which causes severe and often fatal hemorrhagic fever. “CV-N is extremely effective against a broad range of HIV strains” said Barry O’Keefe, PhD of NCI’s Centre for Cancer Research, one of the authors of the study. “CV-N is the first molecule known to inhibit Ebola infection by interfering with the virus’ ability to enter cells”.
    CV-N inhibits HIV and Ebola infection by binding to the outside of the virus and physically blocking it from entering healthy cells. The protein attaches to a particular sugar molecule on the virus surface.”  And it may help boost our natural stem cell production, an excerpt: “The rare, blue-coloured phycocyanin helps inhibit the growth of certain cancer colonies, reduces inflammation of the colitis, fights chronic inflammation, supports the liver, protects against free-radical damage, improves the production of neurotransmitters, and aids production of rejuvenating stem cells.” And a summary about a review of literature study: “…scientists affiliated with the University of Illinois. The team was composed of one board-certified forensic examiner and microbiologist, one surgeon, and three physicians. More than two hundred cases were reviewed in this study. The study concluded that AFA appears to be effective in treating various viral conditions, chronic fatigue, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), depression, inflammatory diseases and fibromyalgia. The study suggests that AFA acts on the immune and nervous systems and prevents inflammation.Studies done on AFA have demonstrated that it stimulates the migration of stem cells from the bone marrow into the blood and brain (mainly due to the actions of the blue pigment phycocyanin), stimulates white blood cells, and inhibits COX-2 activity, preventing inflammation and improving nervous-system health, as well as one’s overall mood.” Regarding how much might be an effective dose – it also helps mood while promoting weight loss at approximately 10 milligrams per day, excerpt: “Drapeau references a study in Primordial Food that indicates oral doses of PEA at the rate of 10 mg per day decreased symptoms of depression in 60 percent of the patients tested. In addition, PEA did not cause the patients to gain weight, as most people do with antidepressants; instead, they actually lost weight. AFA contains approximately 2 mg per gram of PEA. AFA concentrates are now available that contain 10mg of PEA per gram. PEA has no side effects; chemical dependency issues and tolerance limits over time (ie, doses may stay the same over long periods) are not a concern.
    PEA appears to be the primary active ingredient that inhibits appetite and helps people to lose weight when they consume AFA blue-green algae. In a double-blind crossover study involving human patients, supplementing the diets of obese outpatients with 2.8 grams of blue-green algae three times daily over a four week period resulted in a statistically significant reduction of body weight.”From: AFA Super Blue-Green Algae
    Primordial Food from Klamath Lake, Oregon., stemcellnutrition.net[ http://www.stemcellnutrition.net/afa-super-blue-green-algae]
  4. I was looking for information about B vitamins, magnesium and stem cells – I got lucky. Might be time for a spirulina drink, spirulina is the blue green algae that I’ve mentioned as a possible protection against radiation, likely most blue green algae have some similar nutrient benefits – quality of the company would be important though to avoid contaminants or toxins from bad water sources the article in [3] discusses safety of the Klamath Lake product – it is not selling a product though, it is just an article. I take some of the dry green powder in a capsule, but as I’m loading the empty capsules by hand, I then dip my green fingertips in my glass of water — it is a very pretty color of blue green and it tastes slightly sweet and very green like a barley grass green drink – so not really bad but not a root beer either.

/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./

Vitamin C helps prevent bruising too easily

Vitamin C is one of the earliest vitamins to be discovered. The nutrient is essential for helping strengthen the walls of capillaries, the smallest type of blood vessels. Moderate deficiency can make it easy to minor bumps to cause capillary damage and result in visible bruising from small bumps or scrapes. A chronic deficiency can cause a painful disease called scurvy which is characterized by skin and skeletal lesions. Connective tissue like collagen which is found within the skin, cartilage and bone requires vitamin C for formation.

The nutrient’s discovery dates back to the early exploration of the oceans when sailors would develop a sickness after months at sea when supplies of fresh foods were long gone.

In the 15th to 18th centuries, sailors commonly developed scurvy when only non-perishable food could be stored in ships sailing overseas.1 Scurvy occurred when people had little access to foods containing vitamin C for extended periods, e.g., the great Potato Famine in Ireland in 1845, the American Civil War, the exploration of the North Pole, and the California Gold Rush.2,3,4 The last major documented outbreak occurred in Afghanistan in 2002 after civil war and a severe drought.5         [Velandia, Centor, and Shah, et. al, JGIM, 2008, 2]

Vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient so the body can’t store extra vitamin C for longer than four to five months in adults. [1] Potatoes and citrus fruits are good food sources. The Great Famine (1845–1852) that occurred in Ireland was due to a plant blight that ruined the potato crop. Research studies of victims of the famine suggests that males and taller individuals may have needed more of the nutrient than more petite individuals. [1]

“The results indicate that scurvy indirectly influenced famine-induced mortality. A sex and stature bias is evident among adults in which males and taller individuals displayed statistically significantly higher levels of scorbutic lesions.” [p 2, 1]

Approximately one serving of citrus fruits or two servings of potatoes would provide a minimum daily recommendation of 45 mg for adults. [1] At the time the potato crop could not be stored for more than ten months so supplies would typically run out by the end of winter and the poorest people would go hungry before the next crop would be ready at the end of summer. The Great Famine is estimated to have caused one million deaths  between 1845 to 1852 in Ireland and caused another million people to emigrate from the country, which combined represented approximately 25% in the total population of Ireland at the time. [1]

A painful condition resembling the symptoms of scurvy was first described there in 1845:

One of the earliest accounts of the disease was of people in the town of Naas in County Kildare, who in November 1845 were described as suffering from “rose-colored patches,” which would have been due to ecchymoses, and severe pains in their bones and swollen muscles “so acute that the patients [winced] on the slightest pressure” (Crawford,1988: 286).

This account provides a graphic description of the severe pain suffered by those afflicted with scurvy. Excruciating pain is known to develop early in the disease and often results in pseudo-paralysis. Other clinical consequences include gingivitis, tooth loss, swelling of the lower extremities, and perifollicular hemorrhages (Sullivan,1903).

Additional symptoms involve alternate feelings of being hot and cold, vertigo, faintness, profuse sweating, hemorrhagic spots in the eyes, xerosis, hyperkeratosis, bent and coiled body hairs, and impaired healing of wounds (Hodges et al.,1969; Hirschmann and Raugi,1999).                                        [Geber and Murphy, Am J Phys Anthropol. 2012 Aug;148(4):512-24.  page 6, 1]

Today the disease is fairly rare in developed countries due to the availability of many foods that are naturally good sources of vitamin C or are fortified with the nutrient. The supplemental form of vitamin C is well utilized by the body. [3] However ten to fourteen percent of the adults in a 1994 health survey were reported to have scurvy in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Elderly and other individuals with limited fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet may be more at risk for developing scurvy. Others at increased risk include individuals with chronic alcoholism and those with mental illness or chronic illnesses. [Velandia, Centor, and Shah, et. al, JGIM, 2008, page 2, 2]

Good food sources of vitamin C in addition to potatoes and citrus fruits include strawberries, black berries and raspberries, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, guavas, papaya, pineapples, tomatoes, broccoli, fresh green peas, okra and raw onions. [4]

Vitamin C may also be important for strengthening the immune system:

“Although the influence of Vitamin C on the immune system is not yet fully understood, experiments have shown how ascorbic acid influences the neutrophil chemotaxis and acts as an immunostimulant. This occurs through an increase in T and B lymphocyte proliferation and as a result of migrating cells reaching sites of infection. Viruses and bacteria are also more susceptible to destruction as a result of the influence of ascorbic acid (Anderson,1982; Hemilä,2003; Ronzio2003). As discussed above, scurvy appears to have significantly influenced the mortality pattern in the Kilkenny Union Workhouse population and it seems likely that this impairment of the immune system was a contributing risk factor in the acquisition of infectious diseases such as measles, scarlet fever, typhus, relapsing fever, smallpox, tuberculosis, and cholera (see Geary,1996; Patterson,1997; Kennedy et al.,1999; Mokyr and Ó Gráda,1999) which, for many people at that time, resulted in death.”       [Geber and Murphy, Am J Phys Anthropol. 2012 Aug;148(4):512-24.  1]