Move consciously and be mindful of every ATP used. Conscious Movement is the brand created by Dr. Ryan Cecil to help inspire people to relearn how to move the way our bodies were designed to move. In early 2019, I met back up with my old friend, Ryan Cecil. Dr. Ryan is a chiropractor and biomechanics specialist. This man put me back together and taught me that I wasn’t broken. Working with Dr. Ryan inspired myself to start working in the field of healthcare and I am ever grateful for his impact on my life.
Dr. Ryan taught my body how to move. I relearned to walk, crawl, squat, bend over, and lift properly. I was a person just moving throughout my day with pain and I thought that was normal. Here I thought I knew how to do these basic movements, especially considering the years I spent both in Physical Therapy and training with top level athletes, but I was severely mistaken. Dr. Ryan reconnected my entire muscle fascia and helped me become the best version of myself. I’m not perfect and still have a long way to go, but I am conscious of how I move through my life.
Dr. Ryan’s training started with the most basic moves to help my biomechanics move in congruence with my entire body. On the first day of training Dr. Ryan noticed my inward facing gate. He immediately started to train my knees forward while building up my glutes. It blows my mind the number of scans and professional medical professionals who were completely inept in helping arguably the most basic level of the human biology. Luckily, when I was around 16, a chiropractor I was seeing, Dr. Ladeena Russel-Hall, recommended an anti-inflammatory diet. No other MD ever came close to mentioning a change in diet. The diet has helped me mediate the pain through the years but it is no cure by itself.
As for the back story, I dealt with tendinitis in my knees since 4th grade. In high school, the pain had radiated up my hips through my back with additional wrist, shoulder, and ankle problems. I ended up having hip surgery at the age of 19 causing me to give back my full ride scholarship. I’ve lived with pain pretty much my whole life and it wasn’t until I was 26 did I learn how to move as my body was intended. I went to different doctors my whole childhood regarding my knee and hip pains. By the time a doctor at Emory found something, I had already trashed my hip sockets and my career was over.
My point for this post isn’t to bash the Medical Doctors, rather to push the need for people to see a chiropractor regularly. Now that I work in tla Hostpital as a PCT, I often take care of patients who are in serious need of chiropractic care. I can literally feel their spine out of alignment as opiods are being used to suppress the nerve pain. Asthmatic patients with Thoracic subluxations that are present are being neglected. Patients with occipital pressure are given Tylenol (a neurotoxin for young children) instead of dealing with the problem at hand. Patients with intestinal disorders dealing with lumbar and sacral subluxations go untreated. There have even been studies proving enhanced immune function via increased White Blood Cell activity from chiropractic care. We must fix the broken system that profits from the perpetually sick population.
Chiropractic works directly on the musculoskeletal side of the body. One of the major unintended consequences is the enhanced connection of the nervous system. The nervous system is your electrical circuit that communicates with every cell and organ system in your body. A major distinction of Dr. Ryan’s work is his incorporation of biomechanics training. This is a major flaw in much of the Chiropractoc philosophy in that all you need is an adjustment. Although, if not always, usually just an adjustment is far better than no adjustment at all. Moving the bone neglects the scar tissue build up, muscular inflammation, or tendon/cartilage repair. Implementing training programs like Yoga and Plyometrics can help hold your adjustment so that it doesn’t continue to slip back out of place. Some may say that Chiropractors depend on the residual patients just like the western medical doctors but I think it is more of negligence than it is a business choice. I have heard some Chiropractors claim that they want to focus on their craft and have other specialists do their job which I can fully understand and respect. I would argue this is the same mistake the Western Medical Doctors make.
As time goes on, I would like to see a larger movement in the direction of preventative health than there currently is. Much of the preventative health field entails conversations like medication and vaccines. I believe that if we focused on the movement, nutrition, mindset, and lifestyle, we could elongate lifespans, increase the quality of life, and decrease the cost of care per individual in a given society. Perhaps we can curate a preventative health insurance-type group that connected dietitians, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, physical trainers, hobbyists, counselors, MD/DOs and herbalists with the general public. We could build an education catalog and weekly newsletter to distribute functional health knowledge.
We must see the body as an entire system. When one screw gets loose, the entire system becomes unstable. Each specialist has a purpose, but often times, specialists overlook a certain aspect of their area of expertise because of the interrelationship of other organ systems’ malfunction. This battle we have amidst the medical field is nothing new. The Salem Witch trials, the Nuremberg Trials, and the war on drugs are all examples of the continuous abuse that the holistic health field has endured over the last century. At the end of the day, no cellular makeup is the same. No skeletal structure is the exact same. In order to build a healthier society, we must lose the ego and personalize medicine. We must take risks and challenge the old ways. I could point fingers at HIPPA or Copyright laws that inhibit further technological advances, but it must start with the individual making their own choices. One person at a time, sharing their story, sharing their perspective and sharing their current state of knowledge is how we grow.
-I recorded the video in this article with Dr. Ryan in 2019. We bartered his chiropractic and physical training with my video production and business development knowledge. The logo on his video is a graphic design from a photo of him that I converted into a logo although he no longer uses this logo, I haven’t had the time nor bandwidth to go back and edit his videos with the new logo. Thanks for the read and I hope you get inspired to become more conscious of how you move. #letsgrow #growmycommunity #holistichealth
Gut health is huge. One of the main reasons I see people coming into hospital and one of the main reasons I see people pass away is from issues with their colon. Whether they have cancerous ulcers or a bowel is twisted/blocked, people with gut problems are in some of the worst pain possible. There is a concentrated amount of nerves in the gut meaning when it gets irritated, it hurts. Many doctors do not entertain the damage the “medicine” they are prescribing to the internal organs. Damage to the internal organs is a slow death, one I would not wish on anyone. Other times, after treating, doctors do not advise appropriate diet change. The unfortunate reality is that often times, the patients are educated and they refuse to listen and do as told by their doctor. As your gut health declines, as does your energy level, immune system, and also mental health! This is something we should be streaming on every news channel. We could prevent far more deaths than what Covid cost us if we did these few things.
I once had a patient come in to the ER after eating spaghetti for having seizures. She had already had her vagus nerve snipped in a previous experimental surgery. I couldn’t believe a surgeon chose cutting a nerve permanently over changing diet. Perhaps diet was changed and it didn’t work, but I guarantee it would have helped.
Some major takeaways to keep your gut happy. Go get your allergies tested! This will save you a lot of time and help you cut things affecting you the most right off the bat. Drop the fried food right meow. Eliminate the gluten and potato starches yesterday. Eat more organic (Chick-fil-A please don’t sue me). Eat less processed. Cooking is a process but how many processes did your food go through? Many of times, more natural food has bacteria that can be beneficial to the gut but is instead bleached out in the process or cleaning the food. Drink water. PH + water is a plus. You can easily throw a little baking soda in your water to raise the PH. Omega-3 and anti-oxidants are essential so keep these 2 nutrients at the top of mind when choosing what to eat. My 2 favorite general diets are the Mediterranean diet and also the anti-inflammatory diet. Both diets are friends with the Keto diet as well. Lastly, be nice to every meal you eat. Be thankful for every meal. When you eat with gratitude, you are able to rest and digest the food you are eating. When you eat your food in an ungrateful state, your cortisol levels are active and your digestive system is no longer acting at full capacity. The last thing to consider is to get out and move around throughout the day. Increasing your circulation will help your digestive system as your circulatory system works hand in hand with the digestive system. Your body is a system so let it work together.
This week, a patient rudely asked me what I’m doing with my life when I grow up. I told her I’m grown. I went on to say that I’m a Writer, Artist and Patient Care Tech who is currently taking care of her. She was an insanely ill-mannered human and although her intentions may have been innocent, I am sick of people asking me at my place of work what I want to do when I grow up. I’m almost 30 years old for goodness sakes and I’ve had my own company for over 5 years since graduating college on the side of every job I have worked. Every place I have worked IS a possible career choice. Had that lady asked me a week earlier, I would have stumbled my sentences trying to explain all the things I do and my idea of an unknown future career that I’m taking classes for. Luckily, she didn’t. I am so happy I have found myself and stopped trying to put a square peg into a round hole.
Last week, I was up late (for a night shift worker) working on homework in my office on the other side of my son’s room while he was playing with legos. I found myself overflowing with anxiety that borded the feeling of anger all the while my beautiful and optimistic son played happily next door and my fiancé cooked a delectable dinner. “What the fuck am I doing?” -I asked myself. “Why am I torturing myself for classes that aren’t even directly associated to what I may end up doing in the future?” -I carried on internally. At the very moment that I found myself angry at my online professor, I stopped myself from acting like an uncontrolled toddler, closed my laptop, went into the room next to me and played with my son’s legos. After we finished playing together, I had a delicious dinner with the family and snuggled my fiancé to sleep, anxiety free and truly happy.
I went back to school to knock out some prerequisites for a different job than what I’m currently doing in the field of health and wellness that would pay more. I’m already a Patient Care Tech and hospital screener with access to as many hours as I like. As a screener, I am able to write and draw during my shift. The screening job has given me the ability to work on writing my books and learn whatever I want. The job itself is extremely easy but it is the perfect balance to offset my intense PCT shifts. I really do enjoy what I do as a PCT though. Comforting people, helping them while in pain, keeping them alive, and simply making them feel human in a cold world is enough to make my heart full. Currently, I don’t really want to work any other job in the hospital for a number of reasons regardless of the pay. I already make enough money to live good (not extravagant). I am also missing out on my son’s childhood as well as precious time with my fiancé. On that day last week, I stopped trying to be someone else. I decided that I am an artist and writer. My life is already enough. I will not sacrifice time with my son and partner for the petty pursuits of ego and money.
A path is only a path until you pave it and turn it into a road. Don’t worry about whether your path is more or less traveled. In the process of building a road, some trees may be sacrificed for the bigger picture. Since entering into the age of adulthood, I had yet to feel fully in my own skin throughout the many paths I have crossed. That is until now. Perhaps it had been my low self-esteem from losing my identity as an athlete. Maybe it was financial insecurity, or it could have been due to the fact of becoming a father at an age where I could barely take care of myself. Regardless of the cause to my discomfort, I continued to make myself more uncomfortable in pursuit of finding meaning and value within my own life. I finally know who I am and I am proud to be myself.
I have touted the idea that I like the feeling of being uncomfortable for years. I believe there are a couple origins behind this seemingly bizarre outlook on life. There is a quantum relationship to the human experience and the concept of energetics. In order to produce energy, one must spend energy. This analogy feeds in to the idea of investing into your future. I believe one reason to my attraction for discomfort goes back to the feeling of euphoria caused from pushing through extreme pain as an athlete. This shortsided and manic way of pursuing goals landed me injured and unable to perform competitively. I respect the Goggins approach as it has its place but I do not agree with most of it and describe much of his actions as ignorant and reckless.
Putting myself in undesirable situations, such as being the youngest person in business networking events or doing demeaning jobs, has helped calcify my immature feelings of caring too much about what others think. It is purely nerve racking being a broke young 20 something trying to talk to seasoned business professionals who think of you as an imbecile. As important as it is to not let your sense of self be dependent on other people’s perspective, listening to how others think of you is an incredible skill set to utilize. I have put a lot of mental energy into not appearing as arrogant. This happens to be an almost impossible task as the space between humility, arrogance and confidence is a fine line of tone, timing and word choice that takes years to understand and implement. Even after perfecting this artform of communication, subjectivity will always leave room for judgement, especially in the case of a writer who shares his perspective and beliefs. Putting yourself in a humbling situation is a way to kill arrogance off the bat. I insist on writing and sharing perspective because I am frequently intellectually challenged with opposing views which gives me a reoccurring taste of humble pie. Writing also encourages me to expose myself new information that could potentially help other people. Keeping life spicy helps the natural motivators in the mind stay alive. Pushing yourself is necessary for finding purpose, comes with its perks and is necessary for the progression of life but balance is the key to longevity and happiness.
Balance had fallen off the wagon in my life. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends of the wick for too long. School, sleep, multiple jobs at once, family, and other relationships are all battling for a time to shine within my 24 hour day. Unfortunately, self care has been pushed to the back of my priority list during my journey to an outdated idea of success. I’m not shooting up McDonald’s by all means. I still eat well but eating healthy is merely a fraction of the many parts of a happy and healthy life. Working night shift has destroyed my natural sleep patterns. I also haven’t been physically active lately. This inactivity is beginning to take a toll on my energy level and mental clarity. I miss precious time with my son on my days off from work because I’m trying to do school. I am done with not being happy with my life. I am done not being fully present for those that matter the most. You have to make your mind and body strong in order for your soul to be fed. Your spirit must be present in order to strengthen your mind and body.
I can’t wait to start my new life with confidence and solidarity with my own identity. Saying no to school gives me so much more time to focus on my happiness. The comical reality is that the things that bring me more happiness can also potentially bring in an income in some form or another. Working out, gardening/farming, writing, drawing, podcasting, pottery and whatever else that I deem interesting are now possible tasks to enjoy throughout the week. I would like to warn of attempting to do an artform for a living for you can lose touch with what you loved about your artform as I did with video production. This is why balance is key as to not burn out.
I can finally say who I am, an Artist and Writer. I can finally not feel insecure about my career and place in this world. Education will be a lifelong pursuit of mine, however education comes in many forms. Perhaps one day, I’ll find my way back into the formal University System, but only when I find something that inspires me. Until then, I’m happy in my own shoes. #Letsgrow a happier world, one passion at a time. Let the fruits of your labor bring you happiness and fulfillment, not more labor and depression.
This is one of my first videos ever produced. I began my career in video production to promote a business/Nonprofit venture called Grow My Community. This organization is an effort to localize and organize information and resources to help prevent monopolization and increase internal growth within each localized area. At this point, Grow My Community is simply a part of my story. I intend on making it a life long goal to be a part of helping communities everywhere become more self sustainable and successful individually, socially, and economicly. GrowMyCommunity.org is a mockup site for my hopeful venure. Feel free to add to the directory.
I. What is a community? And what is your community?
II. Hello everyone, my name is Garrett Livingood. I am the founder of an upcoming social community network called Grow My Community. In this script, I will discuss the general concepts of a community and give you a better understanding of who your community is and what it can be.
III. So, let’s start by asking, What is a community?
A Community is:
i. A part of you
ii. It is where you invest your time, energy, and money
iii. Your community
iv. Your culture
v. Your friends
vi. Your interests
I typed in the term community to find a concrete definition of the term in Google search bar and two definitions came up:
i. The first definition states that a community is, “A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.”
ii. The following definition states that a community is, “A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”
IV. My definition of a community is a collection of individuals that consists of similar or complimentary characteristics and resources. These resources and characteristics help develop and support an ecosystem of people by giving them a sense of purpose and belonging. For example, Music in itself has its own culture, sub-cultures and communities, but a musician alone does not constitute a community; however if a musician is able to connect with other musicians, then a subculture and sub-community can be formed. Along with this newly formed subcommunity, complimentary interests such as sound engineers, videographers, fans, producers, and even entertainment venues can all grow into this singular network. And this is why I named the organization Grow My Community.
See, People are disconnected from each other in a time where society is more connected than ever before. This individualized society has caused outrageous numbers in depression, addiction, poor health, conviction rates, and even poverty. People lack a sense of belonging by lacking real relationships and concrete interests. People sit on social media sites all day but find it hard to be social. Many people want to be philanthropic but don’t have the financial capacity, time in their day, don’t know where to start or where to go, and people may vote but find it hard to support and impact the local government beyond posting one sided statements on their Facebook account.
All people have common interests. We want what is best. But when we live in an individualistic society, we don’t have the capability to see other perspectives and situations. People don’t have the ability to find commonality and understanding. So we must break the walls of society and find real relationships and build up from those around us.
So ask yourself, how do you invest your time, money, and energy? What is your community involved with? Who supports you and who do you support? And what community would you like to join or create?
I hope you enjoyed your time here learning about your community. Stay tuned to learn how to Grow Your Community through Grow My Community.
The clock is stopped as the anxiety begins to pulsate from the back of your brain to the tips of your fingernails. Stop. Breathe. Be present.
Too often, we get so caught up on an idea of being someone else, somewhere else, the idea of perfection, or something else rather than being present and actually enjoying the moment as a someone just doing their best to be their best self however you want to measure it. We put an enormous emphasis on being right, being accepted, and getting ahead. Rarely in today’s world do we praise the present moment by laughing and indulging in an old fashioned face to face conversation. Anxiety of what could be has grabbed us by the balls and won’t let go until we break the cycle.
Anxiety is a tool but we have weaponized this natural process in the name of medicine. Anxiety is an emotional memory that is triggered to prevent future pain in response to previous interactions. It even seems as though some emotional memories are transferred genetically in the form of instincts. Depending on the species, there are innate tendencies to be weary around distinct smells, environments, and other creatures that parents do not have to directly teach their youth. Anxiety lives in the crevices created by inadequacies. If an animal feels unsafe or inadequate, anxiety becomes a likely reaction. Your mother’s anxiety and her mother’s anxiety is exactly how your genetic lineage has survived this far in life, so remember to thank her for stressing out next time you see her.
Anxiety activates the sympathetic nervous system. When anxiety hits, it is hard to focus on anything as your senses are heightened to help keep you safe. The amygdala, the reptilian brain, has taken the drivers seat. Often times, anxiety and ADHD are complementary as they both effect the body in a strikingly similar fashion. Your digestion is obstructed in order to move the blood away from the stomach and into the skeletal muscles in case the boogeyman decides to show his face and you need to escape. Over 70% of your anti-anxiety neurotransmitter, Serotonin, is derived from your gut microbiome. If you have a problem with anxiety, then perhaps you should see a professional and start working on your diet. I am not a big believer in anti-anxiety medicine as it becomes incredibly addictive and can cause a rebound effect whereby you have even more anxiety. I do however believe in short term use of such medicine in extremely rare instances. This use of psychiatric medicine is flat out dangerous and completely corrupt from the policies to education to the pharmaceutical monopoly. The real solution is getting with a professional who can help you process the emotional memories that haunt you, learn breathing techniques to move through the anxiety attacks, lastly, assess a quality diet and lifestyle for preventative measures.
Social anxiety is a growing problem in recent years. Part of the cause of this I attribute blame is the censoring nature of the festering cancel culture. Cancel culture has taken away the ability to be honest and fully present but it has also made us hyperconscious of our actions. We are too afraid of being our authentic selves in this artificial world but no animal walks around entirely oblivious of its environment. The more that honesty is expressed, the more risk that is endured in social situations. How often do you crack a joke with your friends that you wouldn’t dare say at work or online? How often do you have a political stance that is squandered because it goes against the grain of the mainstream culture you are immersed in. Learn to converse and connect with anyone. When you perfect the art of conversation, social situations become exciting moments rather than a phobia of doing the most human thing, communication. In the pursuit of being right, don’t forget to listen to others point of view and take the chance of being wrong. Anxiety can turn a mouse into a chatterbox in a jiffy so make it a goal to evoke words from your partner/s sharing the conversation with you. It is unfortunate people are so sensitive nowadays, but for what it is worth, a good man aims for greatness, not inadequacies nor indecency. Being liked can go a long way but I would argue that being authentic goes even further.
Anxiety is a conversation with yourself. Anxiety acts as the angel on your shoulder. If I were your angel, my solution is to be wise with your expressions and words. In Buddhism, there’s what is called, “The Noble Eightfold Path” and is as listed: right view, right resolve, right conduct, right speech, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi. These 8 sacred reminders help me keep my ducks in a row and remain positive in nearly every situation. Know your audience and remember to implement the classic statement, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” When you notice someone swaying away from the The Eightfold Path, don’t ridicule them. Attempt to guide them into a conversation that is constructive. Otherwise, get lost in your own mind and don’t involve yourself.
Get off your phone and be present. Studies have shown direct correlation to screen time and anxiety so be conscientious of the content your are consuming. When you get emotionally roused up, your brain doesn’t process logic nearly as well. Another helpful tip is to act as though every negative interaction with other humans is interrelated to the other person being special needs. It helps lower your anger levels when someone is incapable of controlling themselves. This sounds like a cruel joke, I promise you it works. Next road rage incident, tell yourself, “that poor guy is bipolar. I’ll pray for him.” Just like that, you have processed that emotional memory and stored it in a way so that you don’t endanger yourself and everyone else on the road. Let go and let God as they say. Don’t get caught up overthinking. Stagnation breeds bacteria so don’t let laziness build up into feelings of anxiety either. Break all tasks into micro actions. I recommend always starting with deep breaths. This helps lower the anxiety by making the task at hand easier to handle mentally and also physically. Changing your breathing patterns literally helps regulate your parasympathetic system. Practice training your anxiety with cleaning your room. Yes, Jordan Peterson’s brilliant response to ending chaos in one’s life. Break down the steps to clean your room into single tasks. One item of clothes at a time, then vacuum one strip at a time, then wipe one dresser off at a time. Before you know it, your room will become spotless. Keep your composure and become confident in what you believe. The more anti-anxiety skills you practice, the more confident you become. The more confident you become, the better posture you acquire as Jordan Peterson so brilliantly explains through the Lobster story. A productively happy man deals with his anxiety, not medicates it. Also, don’t be a dick either. Be the best version of your self and don’t stop progressing. Shoot the shit when the time allots it. Don’t give a shit when time doesn’t allot for it. Know your environment to become the most fit wherever you are. Be You.
Comedy, Drama, Honesty = Truth These are the interpretations of the world. With one thought, one idea, and at times, one word, we can make the world of an entity, or we can lose trust and respect for him/her entirely. Our perception is either expanding or narrowing on the path for Truth, but the timing and place is essential. What we believe is what we understand to be true. But what happens when we can no longer sense the difference. What happens when the data is wrong? What happens when the wrong message is pushed?
We lean on what we trust. But when you are a child/citizen and you lose trust in your parental figure, who and what do you believe? When you don’t believe in anything, you sail off in wafty waters like an old man in the sea. Like the feeling I felt after watching Zeitgeist while in high school. I felt like my whole was a lie. The same feeling I felt, when I realized Santa wasn’t real. It is enough to penetrate a soft skinned human.
Everyone has a limit. Everyone has a filter. No matter how hard you try to remove it, you eventually find reason to reapply it, because things like the sun will eventually burn you.
You have to speak with confidence and fight as a samurai. Believe in what you are fighting for, not just because it gets a lot of likes. Understand all knowledge is at it’s root a believed theory based on the availability of current information. And a pivot is necessary to stay afloat. We now live in a state where our beliefs are treading water and everyone is sticking to their guns. The institutions we grew up in are corrupt. It is a top down reality. The food system is corrupt, not the farmers. The teachers don’t have any say. The Doctors don’t have any say. The Cops don’t have any say. Voters don’t even have any say. We are engineered to live in smaller groups because we should only empathize and sympathize for what we can control over. It is infuriating when things affect us directly that we can’t control. We look outside of ourselves for solutions. We begin to obsess about that anger as it leaches on our soul and sucks our happiness dry.
We forget to be human. We need to start doing human things again. We need to step back and analyze what makes us happy. So many people have ostracized our lives so deep into the rabbit hole, we begin to suffocate in the bull shit.
Bull shit is a part of the process. You need fertilizer to grow. You have to become creative in designing your life. These social platforms serve a purpose to an extent but how much of your dopamine receptors are dependent it. We in infovores. We eat information, but there is more than one way to do that though. There is more than one way to write a sentence but what has the most impact? What had the greatest reach? How can you speak with enough direction and force to enact change? You perfect your art form until you can become a master. You don’t have to live with trial and error anymore so you don’t have to stick to one thing either. However, focusing on one art form at a time is how you develop the precision needed to become great at what you do. Eventually you can apply these archetypes in life to benefit you in all areas. Before you can find your voice, you have to experience the world. Once you can diagnose a means for happiness enjoy it, master it, then get back up and look for more.
That is the pursuit of happiness. Are you pursuing it, or letting the system take control over you.
(This essay is reposted from my Facebook post back in 2020)
You reap what you sew so make sure to tend to your own garden. There is a reason countless sayings incorporate something related to gardens and plants. Gardening is a life force. However, where there is life, there can also be snakes and sin. Gardening has always been a part of the human experience, that is until recent years. Unfortunately, modern culture as a whole has decided to pursue shallow endeavors such as convenience, taste and low price rather than holistic attributes such as nutrients, source, and quality. Gardening has become a favorite past time of mine that I wish more people would indulge in. I find gardening to be a reason to work up a sweat, manage stress, and simply get out of bed. Getting out and gardening also trains the brain to recognize and crave real food for both medicinal and quality of life purposes. Fall in love with what makes us humane, gardening.
Food is culture and culture is how we raise the next generation. I think it is fair to say that we have completely poisoned modern culture, especially on the West side of the globe. Our culture thrives on sugary highs with little to zero regard for sacrificial efforts towards longterm initiatives. Our obsession with the short term has created a breeding ground for toxicity both personally and universally. It seems the majority of modern people have become cheap like a whore and lazy like cow as their food embodies a perfect representation of such a sinful way of living. We have wiped out the good in our culture in an attempt to erase the hunger similar to an antibiotic destroying both the good and bad bacteria. Our culture lacks culture, flavor, nutrients, and purpose while having a surplus of ignorance and negativity. At the root of culture is reoccurring themes of organized historical knowledge. These areas of focus are herbal remedies, spiritual pursuits, communal responsibilities, entertainment and also education. Recently, these systems of culture have become a corrosive bastardized repulsion from the original beauty and purpose that resides within culture. The content we consume will hardwire our biochemical makeup. Choose wisely, your survival and happiness depends on it.
The survival of the fittest is a concept that no longer applies to the species of the Homo Sapien. Darwin’s theory has officially ran out of steam. As society became more advanced, niche tasks were assigned to appropriate contributors to the tribe. Thence a hierarchy was born. Communal tasks were given a cost benefit analysis in relation to the well-being of the community. Under this social structure, people became disconnected from one another as money became a representative value of each person in the culture/society rather than the physical work/labor they produced. People became invisible compared to the mighty dollar. People no longer cared about the quality of their work nor the impact of their work, they just wanted to survive. People slowly stopped taking care of their community directly and indirect economic relationships arose. I believe it is likely that the erosion of communal relationships originated when people stopped being responsible for their own food. With our disconnected food and economic system, people have lost a sense of value to place on food entirely. Gluttony became a natural byproduct since there was no longer personal and social responsibility related to the food consumed. As the quality of food declines, so does the sense of respect for oneself and his/her neighbor. It seems mighty convenient that in a day and age where people seem to be the least empathetic and grateful towards one another, we are simultaneously the most disconnected from the source of our energy via food as well.
Our current food system is unsustainable and flat out unethical. I try to push the least amount of blame onto the political stage regarding problems in our world, but there is some undeniable credit deserved to the FDA and USDA among other politically oriented groups/organizations for the broken food web and unethical dealings of our food and environment. A quick political solution would be to subsidize local healthy foods and implement higher taxes on unhealthy and unsustainable foods. Herbs and spices are basically forms of microdosing for an assortment of immunological and nootropic functions but the AMA has put strict obstructions to the freedom of speech to share such information. Other huge benefits from gardening is the excess Vitamin D absorbed while outside. Both physical health and emotional well-being are heightened when a sufficient amount of Vitamin D is present in the body. Your body also prefers to eat seasonal foods since our digestive organs have adapted to this annual schedule over the many eons. In a day and age where a culture has lost communication with the past, scientifically tested cultural remedies are also lost in translation. Beyond the direct correlation of gardening to personal well-being, the inverse reaction to not gardening is detrimental. We are ruining our planet with microplastics surging into our wildlife and pollution caused by unnecessary transportation of food across the entire world and back before hitting the shelves. A simple solution would be large scale greenhouses locally built. I recently saw a Nordic country implementing this technology proving it to be more efficient and environmentally savvy. We can use temperature controlled greenhouses to replicate any type of weather on this planet. There is simply no need to grow food in an unsustainable manner on the other side of the world to put into a grocery store where 1/2 of it is thrown away. If we developed a more functional supply chain, we wouldn’t have to use the amount of plastics nor preservatives that are currently in use while eradicating the waste produced by our current system. If we got back to our roots, we could plant our feet and grow an optimum future.
Listed below is my current gardening process. I am not an expert, but I am happy to share my setup and get some feedback. I am a true believer that everyone should share what they think they know. Knowledge is meant to be shared for a number of reasons. Not only is this how you become aware of your own misunderstandings/fallacies, it can also bring about innovation. In the pictures listed above are seeds from the past 2 years that are sealed in air tight containers. I have been storing the seeds under my house since the temperature remains around 55-75 degrees year round. From what I’ve read, you can also freeze or burry your seeds as well. I am about a month behind my preferred schedule of starting my seeds as I had hoped to start closer to December, but better late than never. Last year, I built an 8×6 greenhouse allowing me to germinate my seeds sooner and also grow herbs year round. For the germination of the seeds, we wrote the name of each type of seed on a disposable plate and spread out the seeds in between 2 wet paper towels per each type of seed. Each pattern had around 50 seeds on it. In roughly a week, I will cut out the separate germinated seeds out from the paper towel as the seeds will start growing through the fabric of the paper towels and put the hatching seeds in their own small cup of soil to finish out their seedling stage. My plan is to use the greenhouse that I built last year to slowly introduce the plants to the outside weather so to not shock them when I bring them outside. Our soil is a blend of Georgia red clay, compost, chicken poop, top soil, and store bought fertilizer. We keep a compost but most of our table scraps are fed to our neighbors chickens that we help take care of. A few of my beds have sand blended in them as well, mostly for the potatoes. Throughout our garden, we use hoses that leak water to create a drip system. This lowers the amount of water we use while also simplifying the daily task of watering each and every plant. Surrounding 1/2 our garden is a privacy fence with chicken wire stapled to the inside of the fence and the other 1/2 is just chicken wire. This helps keep the critters out, especially our dogs but also those pesky little rabbits. In total, I have 7 beds ranging from 4×4 ft to 12×4 ft. My goal is to eventually become 100% self sustainable. Although this house will not be my self-sustainable dream home, I take this time to make mistakes, learn techniques, acquire equipment, and simply enjoy my time. Take control of your food chain and fall in love with life by learning to love gardening.
Not at the table, not at work, not with your family, not in public, better yet, just don’t do it. Be political, that is. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”(-Eleanor Roosevelt) A political mind knows who he is talking to and entertains that person as the politician meets his/her audience where they are at. Politics is merely a social game of charismatic charades. Political topics are conversations regarding something the majority is actively conscious of. Hot topics if you will. People who can dominate these media driven talking points will accel in the social paradigm. People who oppose these social constructs end up being forgotten by the algorithm and/or neglected by the rest of the herd. You simply cannot have a great democracy when it is filled with small minds. There are a couple of personality types and a politician (aka a people pleaser) is one of them. I don’t want to universally paint a politician as a bad person in this essay. A successful social creature is persuasive but when the persuasion becomes purely selfish, you find the meaning of persuasion devolve into manipulation. My goal is to try and persuade you to think for yourself.
See, people connect based on commonalities. Whether it is the commonality of time, place or a thing regarding an interest and/or experience, people vibe across race, gender, and generation. A politician knows how to say what people want to hear. This is where politics weasels its way into the modernized mechanical heart. Media and journalism are partially to blame because they create narratives that emotionally affect personality types, cultural truths, and income level/job types. We are pegged as Me vs. You because it is much easier to divide and conquer this way. Another reason is because journalism is selling their content rather than sharing it with an altruistic approach. It is also much easier to paint a simple picture in a unidimensional manner than it is to explain all the layers of unintended consequences and related factors that have an effect on a situation or thing. This act of laziness and also pursuit of the dollar has caused a world of disinformation, a generation of uninformed constituents, and a political state whereby politicians entrust their honor and duty towards the multi-billion dollar industries that are technically running our country rather than what is best for the people and Earth.
The majority of people act with their amygdala rather than prefrontal cortex. This becomes a key weapon in the eyes of political initiatives. Competition creates comradery and euphoria creates empathy. Empathy isn’t always good and euphoria isn’t always pleasing. Empathy turns sour when virtue signaling becomes the method of showcasing empathetic feelings. Empathy can be a tool to gage and understand morals as well as perspective but it can also be a mechanism to excuse hatred in the name of supporting a cause that you don’t fully understand. Comradery on the other hand becomes toxic like cancer when it leeches onto ignorant stances that which both the left and right political parties push due to the lazy work ethic and business minded approach by the media. It isn’t that I believe in some grand conspiracy that lizards are trying to take over the world, rather I believe we are being shafted by the egomaniacs that control our supply chain driving the people to succumb to an inefficient, irresponsible, and depressive country.
Political topics entail all things that effect the population. Economics, Moral/Cultural Philosophy, Innovation, Education, Wellness, and even personal truths. There are two goals in conversation, to share an experience or idea and to listen to an experience or idea. All information is at some level theoretical and a belief. We must believe our eyes/ears, believe the data, believe the entity sharing the information, and remember the information at hand correctly. We are living in a day and age whereby people take information as a matter of fact. When dealing with policies that effect people’s lives, you must be as certain as possible. It is vital to remain humble when it comes to what you know. Specialists in every field are proven wrong in their own field daily, so who is to say that a processed piece of information spewed out by a tainted political narrative holds any validity at all?
Metaphors and similes are my favorite ways to explain something because it gives room for the creative spirit to understand without having to explain every little detail. This use of correlating themes expedites the learning curve and also gives insight of comprehension. It seems that memories and relationships have much more in common than previously considered. Memory is formed by circles of neurons that entail information almost like segments of code from a website. As more information gets piled into the cranial cavity, the brain makes the best use of ATP (biological energy) by branching off old memories to build new structures of neurons. Memory is formed by the association of relative sensory inputs. Relationships amongst people, similarly branch out of common interests and the level of convenience in meeting. You are who you surround yourself with but you don’t have to be. Don’t be cheap with the information you believe and don’t be fake like a politician saying what is only wanted to be said. Become an artist with your words so that you can delineate your thoughts appropriately and effectively.
I wonder if there is some kind of intimate quantum entangled neurological intercourse when two individuals divulge in a conversation they are equally interested in as if the memories, endorphins and neurotransmitters have their very own language. The more time spent together, the more the entangled memory cells expand causing a more severe emotional reaction as a larger part of the brain becomes dependent on the other neurological structure as much as its own cranial cavity. What if everyone’s secular memories were connected in some universally conscious mechanism? Perhaps the tragedy and deceit portrayed by both the media and politicians alike can awaken a source of community that brings people together based on our common experience of abuse rather than having the weak-minded masses take the bait of divided hate funded by the Technocrats, Democrats and Republicans making us all inmates in the name of USA and the economy.
My political stance is more of a criticism to the current political narrative per each dividing topic. Borders shouldn’t necessarily exist, but at the same time, people need to be accounted for by the governing body and there ought to be a process when someone moves from one legal system to a different legal system so they are properly oriented into the new set of laws and cultural norms. Education should be free, but not when it doesn’t produce a career and executives are making millions of dollars funneled through state grants and scholarships. I believe war is horrendous but we must fix the infrastructure of the country first before cutting off resources from around the world. We must stop supporting slave wage both in our country and also with the companies within our country. We never won a war on slavery, we won a war to outsource it. The health of the planet is essential and we must take action but we cannot cripple our economy by disrupting the supply chain of basic needs so it doesn’t cause more harm than it helps. I believe Healthcare should be free but it can’t be “free” when you have insurance companies and legal firms cherry picking billions of dollars off the top, executives making millions of dollars annually with a nation full of unhealthy and sick people who refuse to take care of themselves. I believe drugs should be legal and safe but we also need enough preventative health/mental health investments so that people don’t need medicine/drugs. All this to say that our political system is a joke that isn’t here to help the people. The compartmentalized governing system is too inefficient and too corrupt to sustain much longer.
There is a balance between individualism and collectivism that is attainable. We must utilize respect, accountability, honesty, integrity, and creativity to find the middle point. It is important to remember there isn’t always a win-win solution, but there is always a better solution. History becomes a necessary memory to help avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. The singularity is coming, but it doesn’t have to be through a microchip, rather it can be through common understanding and common goals.
I don’t vote in a broken system. I am A-Political and will remain A-Political until we create a system that acknowledges the people and the environment of the people. I believe we should dissolve the United States and bring back states rights because the United States is too diverse both geographically and also culturally. A small town has very different needs than a big city. I believe we should not vote for politicians, rather vote for professionals in an array of areas similar to the cabinet representatives, except the people would elect each cabinet member per each region. I also believe it would be wise to create a public discussion board to allow research to be organized and shared in regards to each policy at hand so people do not get stuck in loops of pre-written rhetoric provided by the media. Mixing a direct democracy with a representative democracy could truly work if done properly. At the end of the day, Voltaire said it best when he directs his readers to “[tend to their own garden.]” Lead by example in all social environments and only worry about what you can change. Keep yourself busy and do something with your time that helps more than it hurts. Most political conversations are typically outside of your power so allow these intense spaces to be a space of creativity rather than 2 opposing lectures. People working together in grassroots movements can make a difference. Become political enough to reach people’s heart and soul but retain your integrity enough to not be a fake politician. Do what you believe is most right but always remember at some point you will be wrong. Don’t be a sore loser when you are wrong either. When a government fails, there is no winner, we all suffer. Let’s start winning as a community again. This is no will to end America. I believe our constitution grants us the abilities to do pretty much all that I mentioned. I don’t vote because the vote doesn’t reflect policy action at all. The system we have right now works regardless of how we vote. The big corporations that employ the masses are the real policy creators. Perhaps it is for the best since they are technically the “professionals” per each policy. I support those that vote on both sides and thoroughly enjoy hearing both sides. I could see myself voting for an intellectual that strikes a chord with me and all hope isn’t lost in our current democratic system. You don’t have to agree in order to respect one another and believe in a common ideal of a better, safer, happier, and free society.
They say home is not a place or thing, it is a feeling. We have been homeowners since 2018 and are finally getting around to the remodeling side of homeownership. One of the strongest motivators to remodeling is the idea of the accruing more value rather than the actual enjoyment of the new asthetics. Regardless of the reason, updating a home is quite a fulfilling task, especially when you get to enjoy the new renovations yourself. These renovations, specifically, are enjoyed every time I greet Mr. Hankey (Southpark reference) so it was definitely worth it no matter how long we stay.
2 years ago, I worked with a general contractor for roughly 3 months. During this time, I was project managing 2 different subcontractors. Of all the places I have worked, these subcontractors were the most jolly coworkers that I have ever worked alongside. They were Hispanics consisting of both Guatemalans and Mexicans. Their favorite time was “Luncho!” These guys worked their tails off through the heat, never complained, and could fix anything from plumbing to electrical to carpentry but when lunch time came around, it was 1 hour of communal jokes and rest.
While working alongside these talented professional artists, I picked up a lot of construction knowledge which has proven to be extremely useful. The most functional tip in construction is to learn to use a new tool and you will learn to fix a new thing. I have fixed my porch along with my step-dad’s help, put up a fence surrounding my garden, built a greenhouse, and now I have remodeled both of our bathrooms. Next will be replacing the rest of the flooring throughout the house. The master bathroom was the first to be worked on. I began by taking out the vanity. Initially, I intended to not need a plumber but as I was pulling out the master vanity, I clipped the cut off valve and a tiny leak began dripping. In the middle of the night, Susan got up to use the restroom and noticed a puddle accumulating in the floor. She rushed to turn the water off in the house and when I returned home from work in the morning I attempted to replace the cutoff valve. After replacing two valves and still leaking, I noticed the vanity would not fit with the pipes coming through the floor. In the guest bathroom, I could simply cut the bottom of the vanity so the pipes could fit through, however, in the master bathroom, the vanity has a pull out drawer making it impossible to cut holes out for the pipes. With the valve leaking nonstop and the vanity unable to fit, it was time to phone a friend.
Susan went on to the Next Door app and asked for a trusted plumber in the area. A friendly man in his 60s was referred but remember that in this business, you get what you pay for. In this case, we sacrificed speed for cost. It took the kind man roughly 4 days to finally reroute the pipes and stop the leak but for the price of $150, I’ll take it. That could have easily cost me $600. In the second bathroom, we were able to cut out the bottom of the vanity to not need to reroute the pipes.
After the floor was complete in each bathroom, the mirrors and lights were installed. Lights are surprisingly easy to install and cost us around $50 each. All you have to do is twist the matching color wires and screw the light in. Always make sure to cut the fuse before touching the electrical wires unless you are trying out home made shock therapy. As for the mirror, simple drywall hooks did the trick. Both mirrors were bought at Hobby Lobby for under $80 each. In total, we spent roughly $600 for both bathrooms. The value of the house went up approximately $7,500 so I would say that we did well for a bunch of newbies.
Learn to be productive. Learn to do things, fix things, and build things. The Nike saying, “Just Do It”, really is one of the best slogans because you simply have to initiate in a task in order to learn. Once you begin the learning process, you approach the learning curve whereby momentum potentially accumulates into a never ending artistic pursuit of perfection. The first couple times doing something will be awkward and you will probably mess up. This experience of inadequacy can be humiliating and frustrating. As these feelings of discomfort are felt, resilience and confidence are also developed. Life is an investment. Beautify your surroundings and find reasons to be proud of who you are day in and day out. Remodel your dreams.
A world full of a dis-ease, few live with ease. It is a crying shame to have a name for something with no one to blame, making people unable to tame nor sustain. Inflammation in the brain causes some to go insane, mostly teachers complain as the doctors campaign, parents say God’s name in vein, and the food web is contaminated like it’s animated, hyperactive cells activated until the child is lacerated, in prison, and castrated. We must wake up. Add up the hype, and dis becomes the order of the next generation.
I have studied ADHD and similar neurological “dis-orders” for quite a few years now. My son has been through the ringer when it comes to this diagnosis and my fiancé and myself have struggled with attention since being a kid, however I didn’t see a doctor until trying Adderall my senior year and my fiancé didn’t get off her meds until I met her and helped encourage her to do so. A couple things to preface before getting too deep in this topic is that no person’s neurological makeup is the same and no one knows their mind and body like themselves nor their parents. It is a very easy solution to the problem of modern parenting to just say that kids nowadays need a good ass whooping. In fact, abuse could be the problem and simultaneously, that statement could hold some merit. I share my thoughts, my perspective, the information I have come across, and personal beliefs because perspective is how we build consensus. I don’t share this story to hurt anyone nor act like a parent isn’t doing enough. I hope you can extract something useful out of this piece of work.
To start, I would like to redefine the idea of autism and other neurological “dis-orders” while making the point that no brain is truly neurotypical. In my opinion, everyone deals with spouts or levels to psychological disorders. All humans are on the so-called spectrum. Neurochemistry is still a fairly new field relative to Biology. It is important to understand that neurodiersity is vital for a successful culture because it allows for specification of skill sets. Much of the medication we prescribe to promote a “neurotypical” activity in this space uses a trial and error methodology that excludes many other contributing factors that I will indulge in throughout this article. Neurochemistry deals with digestive health, circulatory health, environmental security, social/relationship health, while also carrying a genetic component that which I believe he genetics ultimately play a much smaller role than the scientific community assumes. Atypical neurological makeups are really a situation where the inputs from sensory neurons do not communicate directly with the prefrontal cortex (decision making part of the brain). To further explain this, I will further dissect the way dyslexia works because dyslexia and ADD are very similar in how the brain processes the information. Dyslexia occurs when the auditory and visual cortexes do not send information back to the prefrontal cortex for appropriate use of the data received. The signal gets “lost” as it travels around the left brain (the creative side). This action is exactly what makes engineering geniuses, savants, artists/creators, athletes, and almost every imaginable person that exceeds societies standards of normal. Now that I have established the framework of areas that this diagnosis entails, I’ll share my story about persevering ADHD both as a parent whose child is dealing with it and as a person with it.
Neuroplasticity is a term meaning you can change the pathways of the neurological connections, essentially meaning we aren’t just born with a certain amount of neurons, rather we can grow our neurons just like a regular muscle. Brain mapping is a tool to help create new memory circles that can streamline logic and appropriate use as well as comprehension of sensory inputs. Memory builds from previous memories. I’ll explain this network formed by a point of reference neurological network. Memory cells become stronger the more points of referential information that is retained. During the summer, my son began working with a dyslexia teacher, Tabitha Molina, who actually utilizes this technique of brain mapping. She uses spacial memory, rhyme schemes, history of language, color triggers, catchy phrases, physical touch, and much more to help build the memory of information which will help develop and reinforce the pathways of information received. There are more limitations to the neurological growth compared to skeletal muscle whereby pretty much anyone can tone up and stack on more muscle. That is unless they have some type off degenerative disease. Neurological connections are more of tendencies rather than an exact determined fact. After seeing my son ending his 2nd grade year not knowing the entire alphabet to being able to read chapter books within just a few months, I believe we are just getting started in the revolution of the mind beyond the broken psychological/psychiatric institutions that have monopolized our ability to parent.
Can I get a Kale Yeah!? Yes, diet is more than important. It is a crying shame that our society has made children’s food the most toxic and unhealthy while slandering natural, healthy, and wholesome foods as a trendy scheme from parental scoffs at greens during dinner to televisions effort to make unhealthy cool. Our culture has also damned every single holiday with candy and deserts while pumping every meal full with carcinogens and inflammatory foods. Almost every item directed towards kids in the average supermarket is filled with neurotoxins and inflammatory reactants. At the average restaurant in America, you see zero vegetables, extra processed foods, and an incentive to get soda and sugary juice cocktails. Parents are causing mental illness in their kids under the guise of keeping them fat and happy. Inflammation is the brains biggest enemy as it restricts circulation to hungry neurons leading to mental decay. If the neurons do not recieve proper blood flow, they will accumulate plaque and you will lose actual memory, hormonal control, physical abilities, and eventually death. This brings about the most important part of neurological health, diet and hydration which will be the first animal to tackle.
“Let food be thy medicine” -Socrates. Diet is a 2 part approach. In one direction, you have things that promote the removal of toxins and prevention of inflammation. In the other direction, you have nutrients to fortify and help promote healthy metabolic and enzymatic processes. I liken this concept to the two ways people are motivated, towards an idea/goal/pleasure and also away from an idea/failure/danger. Getting an allergy test is a great place to start. Another thing to do is get blood work done to see your nutrient and electrolyte levels. Things to cut out immediately are gluten, starch, simple sugars, fried food, dairy (lactose is a type of sugar) and processed foods. I do not intend to get too hairy about the field of nutrition but I will certainly lay out a basis for supplements, vitamins, and minerals that I have noticed helps.
Drink water! If you drink too much water, you can actually deplete necessary electrolytes so don’t think that drinking gallons of water will fix anything. Drinking higher quality water with a slightly high PH will be much more absorbent. You can add a pinch of baking soda to your water to fix that problem. The higher PH will help combat the additional acid produced by inflammation as well. Drink water 1st thing in the morning to clean out the gut. Your body absorbs water best on an empty stomach. Now that we have established the importance of water, supplements and foods that are essential for maximum brain power. If you look at at the every day multivitamin, you will see almost everything your body needs. The problem is that most of that pill is shit right back out and very little is absorbed, especially if your microbiome is depleted. Stack on the Omega fish oils! Cold water fish are the best to eat. Recent studies from the Mayo Clinic show massive improvement of neurological function after consuming high grade fish oils. DHA fish oil is key for the brain. The brain is a hungry little monster and it needs fat! Throw in some avocado, coconut oil, high grade olive oil like what “Olive Tree and Vine” in Cartersville Georgia offers, and an array of nuts to bulk out these Omega fats in the system. The next food group to consume are Antioxidants. Antioxidants help replenish cells by removing free radical oxygen molecules which act like shrapnel from an explosion inside the body. These free radicals cause inflammation and can even cause the formation of cancers. For the foods to eat that help with free radicals and other nutrient deficiencies, consider enjoying Berries (Elderberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, etc), Citrus fruits (grapefruits, lemons, oranges), leafy green vegetables (Kale, Spinach, Cabbage, Bak Choi etc.), Roots (Ginger, Carrots, Tumeric/Curcumin, Beets, Garlic, Onion, etc), and additional herbs/teas (Basil, Sage, Cinnamon, Chamomile, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Green Tea, Ginko Biloba, CBD, and more). Bacteria, Molds, Viruses, and Fungi can all increase inflammation in the body, so consuming these foods listed above will help your body fight off these toxins. It may seem a little weird at first when you snap into a raw vegetable for a snack, but that will reside the more you realize how weird opening up a plastic container filled with pesticide sprayed, preservative filled, processed fake food that causes far more problems than it helps. If you claim, “my kid won’t eat that.” Then you have failed as a parent because I guarantee you that a hungry human will eat food given to them. If they go on a hunger strike, then that is their problem. It is extremely hard to watch your kid struggle, but that is the way to show Agape, the fatherly love. Take the Hippocratic Oath with your own kids instead of taking the modernized easy way out by pushing the problem into the Doctor’s hands which are tied by the constraints of both the pharmaceutical companies and legal frameworks. Food is culture and a way of life. We must get back into the kitchen and garden to relearn the value that food brings into the human experience. Gut health is essential in helping produce the necessary neurotransmitters appropriate per each situation. Do your best to eat GMO and pesticide free. We are not at the whims of our biology, rather our biology is at the whims of our everyday actions and lifestyle.
Dope, I mean hope, I mean soap, clean like bleach, I say nope. I digress. I am a huge supporter of natural health while also acknowledging the value of western medicine. While on the topic of natural medicine, I would like to recommend chiropractic care as it helps support a properly functioning nervous system helping the parasympathetic system activate and align sensory inputs. Pharmaceutical industries do some good, but it could be argued that they cause as many problems as they fix. You could also argue that the way it currently functions completely violates the Nuremberg code established to disallow the use of human experimentation while also violating the Hippocratic Oath. The treatment for ADHD is typically an amphetamine-type substance. This is borderline Meth. Of course it isn’t the same stuff being smoked on the streets, but it is one small chemical away. Adderall is a popular Amphetamine used that can cause psychosis, dehydration, inflammation, insomnia, stomach ulcers, depression, digestive problems, and many other abnormalities. These aren’t rare occurrences either. The idea is that Adderall will activate the Dopamine receptors, also known as the motivation neurotransmitter, located in the prefrontal cortex. This means it artificially activates a part of the brain that is almost nonexistent in younger children. Let me say that again in a different way. We are diagnosing and prescribing dangerous Drugs to treat something that is a natural process of development. Men’s PFC (prefrontal cortex) develops at a much slower rate which would make sense why boys are more often diagnosed with ADHD than females in elementary years. In recent years, I can even tell an immense difference in my own mental clarity since reaching the age 25. Motivation is also a key component. I guarantee you that if a tv show is on with your ADHD child that they like and are interested in, they can sit there and pay attention like a grad student prepping for his MCAT. The kids are simply not interested in sitting down all day learning how to do adult things like read. Kids need to move and develop their social muscles (also in the PFC). Movement and heart rate variability (training physically), actually increases the neuroplastic activity in the brain. Let the kids run around and play. We are raising a generation of zombies who are learning to be addicted at a young age. Screen time is also a major problem when it comes to the ADHD epidemic. Looking at a screen also artificially activates the PFC, so be aware of how much time you are letting the TV babysit your kid.
Lastly, we have environmental factors. You have two types of modes your body switches from, fight and flight, also referred to as the sympathetic and parasympathetic system. When you in an unsafe environment, your parasympathetic system shuts off and your sympathetic system is activated. This hereby, raises cortisol levels and increases the heart rate lowering your ability to digest food as all the blood runs away from your stomach and into your skeletal muscles to help you escape the dangerous environment. Learning breathing techniques are a great way to hijack the parasympathetic system and calm the nerves. I’m very interested in the use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers for ADD to help with neurological activity as shown by The Mayo Clinic while working with dementia patients. When you live in a toxic environment, your brain cannot process information effectively because it is not focused on a coloring book or creating a future career, rather it is trying to build an escape plan. My son was living in a toxic home before living with me full time and the more time he spent at our home, the more his nerves could calm and the better his attention became. This isn’t to bash his mom at all because she does love him immensely and still get regular visits with him. For anyone who wishes to bash her can go fuck off because she did the most selfless thing by letting me have him full time. She knew I had a strong support system and a loving home to help our son. If you are a parent and cannot communicate with your significant other, get out and get help! I swear my son’s mother and I get along better than most married couples. We haven’t always agreed, but we always try to respect one another. It is not fair to the child for parents to not get along. Grow up and communicate. Children learn from the parents. If the parents throw big tantrums all the time for stupid little things, guess what the kids will do? You guessed it, they too will have tantrums too. Simply beating your kid will only cause more trauma instead of setting him/her straight. Be patient with your kid, teach them manners, patience, love, respect, and do so with your tone, body language, and eye contact. Get down on their level and speak directly to them. Spend the time to explain the rules to help the child understand cause and effect on an intellectual manner as well as physical reality. I believe there to be an incredible amount of research to be done on prenatal care in the form of epigenetics. To all the pregnant mothers out there, it isn’t just your body so please don’t be selfish. Love yourself enough to be able to love another life enough to make the hard choices. If you are a mother with an Atypical child, it very well may not be your fault but there is still something you can do to help.
I always like to say it is called Attention Deficit Disorder because many of times the child is deficient from attention. When you touch, look at, and talk to someone, you are engaging with their prefrontal cortex. This truth is one major issue I have with the mask debate but that is for another day. It is important to give attention now. In Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, people must move through each stage. If a child is inhibited from moving through a certain stage, they could be stuck there for life. I like to correlate and layer Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to help facilitate the needs of a human in order to progress and become their best possible self. This idea of being stuck in a mental state would make sense of the data showing the correlation to mental illness and poverty.
Being a parent is tough and we must start becoming held accountable to the next generation that we are raising. There are broken institutions raising our children and we must stand up against them. Acting as a community and a neighbor is a great place to start. Find friends that support your healthy lifestyles and put distance (not necessarily cut off) with those that are more or less considered toxic. Eat healthy, be happy, sleep (removes plaque in the brain and increases mental clarity), obtain stability, love in all the ways the Greek language uses the word love and get help when things are outside of your control. Perhaps there is a place for short term use of Amphetamines to help fire new pathways. I often go back and forth between the use of nootropics to increase neurological function and the acknowledgement of them used as drugs with horrendous side effects. At the end of the day, at least try. Try essential oils, try diet, try chiropractic, try getting into a safe environment, just simply try and don’t give up. Don’t be so hard on yourself either. Lead with Love. Follow your gut. Believe what seems probable and forgive yourself when you are wrong.
PS. I’m not a doctor so this is not medical advice. I’m not making any money sharing my experiences and information that I have come across. Always be sure to check with a Healthcare professional as some vitamins and herbs can cause unintended consequences just like pharmaceuticals on account drugs are made to replicate chemicals that naturally occur. On a side note, I find it incredibly illegal via 1st amendment to enact punitive charges against someone for sharing information and experience, no matter the topic of discussion. You cannot have authoritarianism and science in one system because science is inherently built to prove itself wrong in the name of becoming more precise.
Yoga is something we could all incorporate into our lives. In today’s ugly world, it is vital to take time to observe the beauty that is still surfacing on a daily basis. Your focus becomes a key tool to gaging what to do and what not to do. Yoga gives our mind the time to let the chaos around us quiet long enough to focus on things we have control over while also letting the things we lack control over fade away into the distance. Tatiana Mark is a true inspiration for sharing her thoughts about Yoga. #Yoga #NaturalHealth #Movement #Workouts #Wellness
If there was ever a hippopotamus in a small room, I think the Healthcare system would take the wedding cake and the main course when it comes to problems in our society. To take on this subject, I will do my very best to approach it with extreme honesty and as gently as I possibly can. I’m absolutely not qualified to the standards of the AMA to really talk about this subject so let this sentence be my disclaimer that this is an opinion piece and not medical advice. Healthcare is a personal situation, cultural phenomenon and also a series of systematic organizations that should work in sync together for the betterment of humanity. At the end of this piece, I will weigh in on the covid conversation. I hope to escape the idealism role in our political and social stratospheres and enter more into a direct implementation of the most agreeable truths. At the end of this article, I shared my favorite drink to Kickstart my immune system.
Before delving too deep into the state of Healthcare affairs, I believe the single most important issue to tackle is the unhealthy nature of our country as well as world. The concept of cost benefit analysis is an essential function to weighing the pros and cons of everyday actions. People are both more unhealthy than ever while also living longer than ever before in the history of humanity. This conundrum has created quite a difficult solution, especially as you incorporate government policy, economic vs philanthropic philosophies, personal vs social decisions, and all of the emotional angst amidst it all.
In my short time working in the hospital, I’ve noticed there are only a couple main reasons people pass away. In no particular order, the first way is trauma. Car wrecks, brain trauma, loss of blood or something of the sort would be the theme of this cause of death. The next major cause of death is via infection. Infections can come from a number of issues, from a simple cut, intestinal infections to cellulitis or a common infection from a virus that goes south. When someone with diabetes gets an infection, their body has a really hard time both fighting the infection and also healing the wound. Another big problem with infections is the case of becoming resistant to antibiotics. Some of it is due to doctors preemptively over prescribing them for good reason and also the fact that antibiotics wipe out the gut bacteria which is one of the key sources of the immune system and also mental health. Diabetes is a great segway into the next general cause of death, obesity. Obesity is a lot of things. It isn’t just genetics, or a simple caloric equation of inputs and outputs. Many of times, people are dehydrated and mistake thirst for hunger. I also understand there to be a neurological relationship as well as hormonal influence on the outcome of obesity. Once someone is obese, their circulation becomes restricted, starving cells of proper metabolic function causing a build of toxicity and acidity in the body. A couple of terminal things can go wrong from here. Firstly, a lack of oxygen and circulation can lead to brain matter decay, also known as dementia or other neurological disorders. Cancer can form from the inability to excrete waste. Necrosis can form from the lack of oxygen and nutrition to the cell. Many of times, necrosis comes as a type of cancer too. Organ failure is the other closely related problem when the circulation is obstructed. There are other ways such as allergic reactions, but even this example relates to the previously mentioned circulatory restriction as a mechanism of death. In some ways, gluttony is literally suicide in slow motion. Freak accidents and genetic variances will always strike us sideways and give us moral quandaries to contemplate. Modern medicine has given us the ability to manage the vitals enough to enable us to live in an unhealthy manner. It has also enabled us to not let common colds eradicate an entire population. In some ways, perhaps this is the pursuit of happiness, to have a cake and eat it too but I believe health is a true standard for actual happiness. Being healthy is vital for not just living, but livingood. Consuming an appropriate amount of vitamins, becoming aware of allergens and food sensitivities, getting active, seeking chiropractic care, retaining emotional health, eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, sleeping, having shelter, and having healthy relationships are the keys to a happy lifestyle.
Death is half of life. The darkness however creates a higher level attention to light. The contrast of life beautifies all realities. It seems that by prolonging the inevitable has inadvertently caused us to become hypersensitive to the point of potential life long trauma upon every occurrence to death. Memory has given us the ability to not make the same mistake twice so we do store an experience extra deep into our hippocampus that could prevent the end of one’s genetic lineage. Culture helps retain such rich information through the means of story. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that urge me to write. Regardless, with the topic of culture in mind, we must accept how much culture plays a role in the health of our nation. One of my favorite quotes of all time is “Lead By Example” in reference to parenting as emphasized by Psychotherapist, Meghan Toups. Our culture says money is more important than health, convenience is more important than health, taste is more important than nutrients, and unnatural is better than natural. Before we can fix the healthcare industry, we must first prioritize what really matters. We must lead by example individually and collectively.
Lastly, in the topic of health care, we have the systematic beast to grapple with. Firstly, the reality that economics is the driving force behind health care decisions is a major ethical violation. With the amount of debt that Healthcare practitioners have to gamble with makes an understandable argument on their behalf, but this argument is short-sided if you were able to fix the education problem. I’m not saying college should be entirely free per say, but higher education should at least be affordable and for those going into such industries that help people directly, these employees should never have to deal with economic hardships. I quiver at the idea of being a Doctor with $400,000 in debt. This was almost me had I continued my graduate program in Chiropractic. Additional issues with the education system is both the inability to steer people in a career that society needs and can make a livable income and also the limited amount of students allowed in these programs. I could go as far saying that the stringent GPA requirements is also a problem as it measures a very singular type of intelligence while neglecting other types of thinkers. Insurance is the biggest scam our world has ever seen. Insurance as an ideal is great, but when it comes to Healthcare, we should implement the concept of “the law of large numbers” and enforce a sales tax. Personally, I believe we should utilize the “sin tax” in relation to all toxicities and nutrient deficient foods. This would be a direct accountability program to the causes of people getting sick. In addition to the taxation of unhealthy items in our economy, I think subsidies for healthier options could also help completely eradicate the myth of it being too expensive to eat healthy. Another unique angle I would like to introduce into the conversation is the idea that patents are in fact atrocious in their nature when it comes to anything relating to helping save people’s lives. The world of patents in fact withold scientific progression in the name of individual ego and economic selfishness. Not only does it disallow the market system to drive down costs, it inhibits the speed of further innovation to the technology or disease at hand.
The entire Healthcare Industrial Complex is dealing with a broken and compartmentalized approach to help the whole person. Hospitals are a very progressive concept when it comes to efficacy and convenience. It is great you can come to one place and have immediate results for lab work, get a multitude of scans, have a baby, and even get your prescriptions, however convenience can come at a cost. The main problem with this level of convenience is the accidental exposure to contagions. I do think it would be wise for there to be two different types ocontagious for this exact reason. The first hospital would deal with infections diseases such as Corona Viruses, Rhino Viruses, the Flu, other stomach bugs, and other viruses/bacterial infections as the other hospital would deal with emergency trauma-like situations. There are two other types of facilities that need major funding that could alleviate the current Healthcare system immensely is elderly care and also mental health. As far as mental health goes, the criminal justice system would have to be brought into the conversation. Rehabilitation is another dimension of mental health that is in serious need of both scientific evolution as well as treating and preventing. The DARE program in Elementary Schools and The War Against Drugs are both treacherous failures that need to be reassessed and addressed. Helping the overall state of well being and helping assure people have all of their basic needs would be a great place to start when talking about the mental health institutions and reducing the healthcare system in general. There is a massive presence of the homeless population that consumes beds in the hospitals. For elderly care, we should invest into Healthcare professionals in this industry. The elderly care centers have a massive misappropriation of funds by understaffing the staff to the point of the staff being unable to care for their patients as they take on sometimes a 20/1 ratio of patients to Healthcare professionals. There is a revolving door between patients both in elderly care facilities and mental health facilities to hospitals. This poor planning of public funds and professional talent is depleting limited resources in an already famished industry. One of my favorite quotes I have heard online regarding the current state of Healthcare goes along the lines of it isn’t the building’s capacity to hold people that is the problem as to why it takes so long for a group of people to enter into a building at the same time but the limited accessibility points into the building. We have a plethora of doctors with private practices that depend on insurance for patients, not the supply/demand of sick patients. Most people don’t even know where to go when they are sick besides the Emergency Room. We must take a look at the entire picture of Healthcare including the frame if we want a real chance at helping the maximum amount of people in the most effective and efficient manner.
One huge deal breaker in the agreeability of the healthcare conversation is the argument to force others to do something for the greater good. When it comes to doing it out of respect, it should be a no-bainer, but when it comes to trusting information, we pile on a whole other level of unrecognized detail. Vaccines and Diet become almost opposing directions to this topic. More recently and still relative to the vaccine/diet debate is the Covid-19 debacle. To quarantine and risk economic collapse and depression for the sake of not over running hospitals and infecting at-risk patients. To read the literature on masks and wear them in public areas with the belief that it will slow the risk of transmission or not wear a mask from the research that shows their ineffectiveness and potential cause of other illnesses. To remain 6 feet a part and disengage from the necessary action of human to human touch for the idea of the greater good, or retain the culture of affection and handshakes. I believe vaccines do have their place but I also believe they could be safer and should never be rushed. I do not believe rushing vaccines nor forcing vaccines should ever be allowed on an ethical level unless we were facing an illness with something closer to a 25% death count. A final point I would like make is that we have a problem with our freedom of speech pertaining to this topic at hand. You are legally bound to not share ideas or information regarding someone else’s Healthcare situation. If I read something online or have lived through something myself then decide to share that with someone else, I could get sued and possibly jailed for practicing medicine without a license. Although I do see the reason this law was created in terms of assuring bad advice is not given, on the contrary many of times this law inhibits the ability to try new or “untested” methods. This also stops many Healthcare workers from having a voice in a time where perspective is needed more than ever. If big pharma cannot profit on it, you better believe there will not be an evidence-based approach developed for health professionals to utilize. This became a huge problem when it came to taking preventative measures via supplements and diet (Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Quinine) which was especially important amidst the “Fake News” obsession during the pandemic/plandemic. These vitamins/minerals have always been my goto when getting sick. I did in fact use this combination this year when I believe to have gotten Corona Virus 19 and almost immediately started feeling better. The hospitals are full, but they typically remain fairly full anyways. Any uptick in the amount of patients can cause massive wait times. The dependence on a strict budget causes hospitals to treat their staff like a restaurant, cutting the staff on typically slowerly times and pushing the staff to their limit. For the first time ever, I did see a commercial funded by a public organization promoting healthy and preventative measures for type 2 diabetes and I have also recently noticed an increase in commercials on vitamins and minerals. I believe that science will find a way. It is unfortunate that we have lost trust in science and the medical system, but when you have secret courts for vaccines, doctors prescribing meds instead of preaching lifestyle, surgeons doing unnecessary surgeries or persuading patients to use their area of expertise over someone else for the sake of money and ego, pharmaceutical companies running/sponsoring Continuing Education programs as well as incentive programs, lawsuits of damage caused by drugs that come out the same year patents become public domain such as Lipitor, by Pfizer, who is one of the CoVid-19 vaccine manufacturers and most importantly, the use of skewed and falsified research for the sake of selling methods to treat someone’s illness without considering or simply suppressing the dangerous side effects. Historically, I have been a staunch speaker against the modern Healthcare system, however since beginning work in this field, I have a much greater sense of empathy to the barriers in place preventing the best care from being given. The Healthcare system is a slave to the legal system as we treat lawsuits as much as patients. At the end of the day, we are living in a sick world with a massive disconnect from what we should do compared to what we are actually doing. My hope is that people begin to take their health more seriously and our government starts choosing to make laws for the people over big pharma and the stock market.
Listed below is a recipe for what I call “Witches Brew,” an immune booster. Boil for 30 minutes: -6 cups of water with Green Tea and/or Hibiscus Tea -3 Tablespoons of Tumeric -3 Cloves of Garlic -1 teaspoon of Black Pepper -2 tablespoons of Cloves or 10 whole Cloves -2 teaspoons of Cayenne Paper -10 thin shavings of Garlic -1 teaspoon of water solvable Magnesium -1 teaspoon of Cinnamon -2 tablespoons of Raw Local Honey -1/2 Diced Onion -Elderberry syrup at the end or a handful of whole Elderberries boiled -Whole Grapefruit (including peel) -Whole Lemon squeeze -1 Oz of Apple Cider Vinegar -1 teaspoon of gelatin
Strain it and mix it with Orange Juice to enhance the flavor and add some extra vitamin C. You can also add EmergenC for additional vitamins/minerals and flavor. Be careful if you have issues with blood pressure when taking this blend. As mentioned before, I am not a medical professional with the licensing ability to treat sick patients. I can tell you this recipe is full of antivirals, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory remedies, antimicrobials, antifungal, and immune supporting vitamins/minerals. There could always be unintended consequences to taking anything outside of health professional’s knowledge or recommendation but that doesn’t stop people from putting a honey bun in their mouth or drinking a mix drink at the bar.
Live long and prosper. Thanks for enjoying the read. -Garrett Livingood
What to do in a world that eventually proves you to be wrong? History is the story of science unfolding with relics of art and data of information beholding the idea of what used to be. There are many ways to study humanity and life itself, each with a scientific catalog to store the body of vocabulary terms to name each observation made by a demigod on the timeline of mankind. Upon each layer we peel away, we find a more convincing theory to prey our beliefs on. Tears fill our eyes in the wake of cognitive dissonance as if it was an onion we were peeling back. The truth is, it’s a mask you eventually unveil.
We all quake when faced with the true essence of life, death. Historically, death was a commonplace. People were faced with difficulties beyond finding toilet paper. Most simply didn’t make it to adulthood. Centuries would pass as lifestyles and ways of life would remain constant. What we knew was simplicity. We knew survival. We were fit. Now, we are tredding in a bowl of jello with self destruction being our main course for Life.
Since the industrial age, we have built a relationship with technology that has made us completely dependent on a broken system. From our homes that are unsustainable to our inefficient communities to our useless jobs that typically do little to nothing to progress and protect our species. We as a species arguably work harder, at the very least longer, than ever before as we spend less and less time doing what we enjoy with who we love and care for. Time keeps on slipping into the future of the dark matter that really ends up not mattering at all.
We are slaves to an idea few understand. We are engaged to thoughts that few respect. We are in love with actions that erode our brain matter. We are killing ourselves softly with the cameras rolling in the live feed. We are neither living as monsters, nor dying as heros. We are effortlessly turning grey in a world that is losing its saturation and contrast with the lines blurring in and out of consciousness until we become enlightened enough to not be fake woke. We are humans of the 21st century and we are sorry for being so wrong about everything.
What to do in a world that eventually proves you to be wrong? My solution is transforming an interest into an artform. Do whatever you find interesting and become better at it each day. For starters, practice the art of focus. It seems that focusing is a muscle that we have lost touch with. Once you have developed the skill of focus, diversify your time with things that make you happy, things that make you feel confident, things that are complicated, and things that are pleasing. Don’t let the comfort of gravity pull you to submission of breathing rigor mortis. Focus on building your internal structures of health and neurological development in order to break the bonds that keep you happily ignorant of the poisons we dose up on daily. Observe your set point for self satisfaction sky rocket as you build a better world starting with yourself. When we reach a point of creating societies whereby everyone attempts to follow these basic principles, we will become proud to have the DNA sequences we were born with. -Cheers humans
It is the 1st of the year in 2021 as I decide to build this blog. I’ve been writing over the past decade while maneuvering through my early 20s. I have found writing to be a form of therapy in addition to a way to externalize thoughts and ideas that keep me motivated and interested in an assortment of subjects from Multi-Media, Health, 3D Art to Philosophy and Physics.
Currently, between working, college classes, and parenting, I’m in the process of publishing my 1st book as I work on my 2nd and 3rd book. Starting this blog is a way to continue to publish my content outside of the normal social media platforms to assure I don’t get “cancelled” and also to give myself the freedom to share my thoughts without the ridicule from the woke class of ignoramuses.
In 2020, my company GMC Productions was put to rest. Susan, my fiance, and myself started GMC Productions in 2015 as a merger between her photography and my video production. We had a blast working together even through our most abusive clients. Building a company focused on branding could have been my single most successful failure ever accomplished in my short time here on Earth.
At the age 28, I’ve become competent in accounting, legitimating companies, marketing, sales, online platforms, design, storytelling/copy writing, real estate, insurance, law, construction, health and wellness, and simple time management. I’m no expert yet, but I am competent enough to decipher between a sales pitch and an unbiased source that is laying out pure data. It would be nice to call it luck that I landed such a wide range of clients to learn about their industry but I’m not a believer in luck. I have worked incredibly hard to learn what I have learned and obtain the information I have been exposed to.
Many people dread the name of 2020, but for me, it was a year of being reborn. Not in the way of a Christian, but I did endure a form of Ego death. I lost my funding for the Doctorate of Chiropractic program I started in 2019. I definitely struggled in the program. In fact, that program was one of the hardest tasks I have ever taken on. I lost my funding due to my drop/pass ratio going into my 3rd quarter. This dose of reality struck deep as an entire vision of my future disappeared once again amidst my wishes to simply take a semester off as the Covid outcry shutdown all of my study spots with an internet that couldn’t support the live streamed classes. I remind myself that I chose the choices I made. I am exactly where I am supposed to be with each day, gaining more clarity and optimism than the last.
With the 1st of January coming to an end, I sit in the ER of a local hospital working as a Patient Care Tech, writing this piece. I’ll begin taking my remaining prerequisites over the next 5 semesters for a different Health Science program at a local Community College, Chattahoochee Technical College. The exact program I will start in 2022 isn’t completely decided upon but a Medical Lab Technician is in the top of my choosing. I do not however intend on stopping my education with my next certification or license.
Lastly, my family. I’m engaged with my love of my life and our wedding is set for June 30th 2021. My son is with me and Susan full time and doing better than ever before. One thing is for sure, I am happy. I am whole.