Sunday, November 22, 2015
Over the years, we can get the jest of where Obama stands on free speech. Firstly, he is a proponent of free speech so long as others agree with him. Secondly, he is a proponent for lying and manipulating speech in an effort to make his administration look good. And finally, he condones the use of violence to protect his point of view. John Kerry recently said the Charlie Hebdo terror attack was “rational”. Okay, so it is rational or justifiable for someone to kill twelve people over a picture or cartoon? And Obama’s non-reaction to the attack tells all. The US was the only major country not to condemn the attack and send representation to the funerals. Obama’s response was much different following the recent attacks in Paris highlighting a distinct difference in the two attacks, at least in Obama’s mind. This means the Obama free speech doctrine condones violence to protect his viewpoints. Obama wanted to implement the fairness doctrine to quiet conservative speech on the radio. However, Obama was not open to implementing a similar policy on other mediums such as the internet or on TV that are dominated by liberal viewpoints. The Obama administration has lied to the American public about the Benghazi attack and about how America is doing in the war against terror – especially ISIS. After the passing of ObamaCare, Obama wanted to quiet opponents of the law and tried to implement a “snitching” policy where citizens could report any “bad mouthing” neighbors. Obama targeted media persons and outlets that did not report on issues in a favorable matter towards the administration (Benghazi). James Rosen (FOX) and Sharyl Atkinson (CBS) were probed by the DOJ. Obama bad mouths FOX News every chance he gets. However, the DOJ never investigated the NY Time and its reporting of sensitive national security material over the killing of Bin Laden and the Stuxnet virus used to slow the Iranian nuclear program. Hence, national security leaks are permissible if and only if it makes the administration look favorable. Obama targeted conservative groups trying to get tax exempt status through the IRS. Obama wanted to eliminate any effect these groups and their money would have on the 2012 election. Obama declared the Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” decision as one of the worst in U.S. history. Obama does not feel “money” is free speech, but free speech is also freedom of expression. And people use money to express themselves every time they buy a product or service. Once again, Obama wants to narrow the meaning of free speech. Obama’s non-tolerate free speech doctrine has reached the minority community and our college campuses. Dozens of times conservative speakers have been turned away from universities. A Halloween costume sparked outrage at another school. Black Lives Matter hate speech of killing police officers and their view that only black lives matter is a direct result of Obama prejudice. Obama speaks openly about perceived injustices on blacks only (especially by whites and the police). It is no surprise that violent crime is up in most major cities and against police officers nationwide. How self-centered are these university protesters? They believe their movement is above life. This was apparent when they complained the Paris terrorist attack took media attention away from their effort. Free speech has been limited in the past, especially during times of war. For instance, in the Supreme Court ruling on Schenck v. United States, the justices stated leaflets containing draft resistance propaganda was a criminal offense. This was a horrible but unanimous decision. The Supreme Court found the basis for their decision from the newly passed Espionage Act of 1917 by Congress which was drafted once the U.S. entered WWI. And it is important to note that the United States was in a declared war at the time of the Schenck ruling. Today, the US is not in a declared war nor is there any type of legislation like the Espionage Act on the books. Remember, Obama moved unilaterally to go to war in Libya and now Syria, so the U.S. may be in a war, but it is not a declared war by Congress. In other words, there is absolutely no reason to mitigate free speech in the US at this time. However, Obama attempts to do it on a daily basis.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Does BFS / CFS affect people randomly? The answer to this question is surprisingly yes and no, in my opinion. If we divide people suffering from chronic BFS / CFS into two groups: Those people who have BFS / CFS induced, triggered, and or exacerbated symptoms from stress and those people who have BFS / CFS induced, triggered, and or exacerbated by some other reason (Vaccine, Prescription Drugs, Spine or Neck Injury, History, Exposure to Chemicals, Illness, Excessive Exercise etc.) we can have two answers. We will call the first group “Stress Induced” and the second group “Other Induced” respectively. To answer the question, Stress Induced is not random and Other Induced is random. Obviously people inflicted with chronic BFS / CFS symptoms from a neck injury, vaccine, prescription drug, exposure to chemicals, and an illness all seem to be random events that could happen to anyone. Hence, understanding the root causes of these types of induced BFS / CFS is not an easy undertaking. In fact, it may be outright impossible. One thing that is clear from my study on BFS / CFS, people inflicted with these types of BFS / CFS may see their symptoms increase over time and finding remedies to mitigate symptoms much more difficult. The key group of people to evaluate and understand is the Stress Induced group, because their infliction with BFS / CFS is not random, hence there must be something linking these individuals – they must have something in common, a common thread. That common thread is personality type. I have done a brief survey of some of the survey participants in my study and found that over 90% would classify themselves as a Type A personality. And a majority of them would say they are extreme Type A personalities. And it should come as no surprise Type A personalities endure much more stress than Type B personalities. Here is a breakdown of BFS / CFS trigger statistics taken on 710 survey respondents (560 after outliers are removed): Vaccine: 8.8% Chemical Exposure: 4.7% Prescription Drugs: 20.0% Spine or Neck Injury: 9.8% Illness: 28.8% Excessive Exercise: 25.4% History: 21.1% Other: 20.8% (Something other than what is listed in the survey triggered the symptoms) Stress / Anxiety: 70.5% Stress / Anxiety exacerbate symptoms: 89.6% People that have Stress / Anxiety induced and exacerbated symptoms: 66.4% A few things can be obtained from these statistics. First, Stress / Anxiety induced BFS / CFS is the most common type and secondly, these induced BFS / CFS percentages add to more than 100% (209.8%) because people can choose more than 1 thing that induced symptoms. Hence, on average, people select about 2 triggers. The results also note that 66.4% of the survey participants have stress induced BFS / CFS and also have their symptoms exacerbated by stress. We also may be able to conclude that people with more than one trigger including stress should be classified as random and is not predictable BFS / CFS type (ie. stress and illness). Only 17.4% (a little more than 1 in 6) have stress as their only trigger. I would theorize their BFS / CFS symptoms are predictable and tied directly to their personality type. Especially the 15.5% of the people who claim their symptoms were triggered solely by stress and stress exacerbates symptoms. In conclusion, it is a reasonable hypothesis to theorize that there is a common thread between many BFS / CFS sufferers and that is personality type. About 1 in 6 people in my survey have stress as their only trigger and say stress exacerbates symptoms. Over 90% of the people surveyed say they suffer from Type A personality. And nearly 3 quarters of them classify their personality type as A+ or A squared or A cubed. Hence, it is reasonable to assume that many of these strong A type personalities may solely contribute to about 1 in 6 of the total cases of BFS / CFS. I personally, have a super strong type A personality, but I also believe there could be more triggers to my BFS / CFS. So, I may not belong in this category, but we may seek further help to see if we can control that Type A personality. For me, I have tried most everything and nothing seems to calm my brain activity. Unfortunately, one thing that may help are drugs that inebriate us and that is no good. I came up with this hypothesis because I converse with dozens of people with BFS / CFS who reach out to me. I started to realize that most of these individuals sound a lot like me: successful, driven, responsible, accountable and so forth. These are all great traits that I wish more people had. However, our personalities can be killing us, making us less healthy because of all the stress we put on ourselves. In fact, if we are so stressed out it places our entire nervous system out of whack; that is serious. And it deserves some needed attention from the individuals and the medical community.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Is it possible to have more than one peripheral nerve disorder? Three years ago I would have said it is highly unlikely – like a 1 in 10 million chance. However, today, I am convinced the prevalence of a peripheral nerve disorder is much higher than I originally anticipated. It would seem the likelihood of getting a peripheral nerve disorder would be much less than 1% (1 in 100). If 1% were the case, they garner more attention. But I am starting to believe that 1 in 100 is much closer than my original estimate of 1 in 10,000. If the odds are 1 in 100 then the odds to have more than one peripheral nerve disorder is 1 in 10,000, meaning up to 32,500 people in the United States can have two peripheral nerve disorders. Several years back one neurologist opined that I have both Raynaud’s Syndrome and BFS. I thought the two were related and the symptoms were caused by just one peripheral nerve disorder. I told the neurologist that the chance of that happening was 1 in 10 million! I still believe I was right in that case, I only had one peripheral nerve disorder, but my math was wrong. I changed my mind about the probability of having a peripheral nerve disorder a few years back when I was diagnosed with a muscle contraction issue. It is very prevalent in my quad muscles. Essentially, my muscles do not contract fluidly, they contract like a sponge. It is estimated my quad muscles contract about 12 times slower than normal. My theory is that this issue has basically eliminated any fast muscle twitch I had. I notice when I cycle I do not accelerate into a sprint very well. Once I get myself into a set pace, I am fine, but to change speeds it seems I am much slower than my competition. Other than this, I do not see any negative effects on my lifestyle from this anomaly. Hence, it is highly plausible that more people may have muscle contraction issues but may not have seen a doctor about it. Why? It does not affect their lives. Mine was only discovered because I was being evaluated for BFS/CFS type symptoms. I suspect, disorders such as rippling muscle disease are more prevalent than 1 in 10 million. BFS is a muscle firing problem caused by an imbalance at the potassium channel at the nerve endings whereas contraction issues are caused by an imbalance at the calcium channel at the nerve endings. They are mutual exclusive and therefore, I do have more than one peripheral nerve disorder. This was verified by neurologist who said he has seen dozens of patients with BFS and none of them have contraction issues with their muscles as a symptom (I am unique in this respect). He tested me for lots of potential causes but like my BFS, the origins are unknown. This really got me to believe the probability of getting a peripheral nerve disorder is much higher than I originally anticipated and I believe these odds are increasing over time. This is a hypothesis, and I cannot prove it, but the quantity of people in my BFS survey is a little bit of data to support this theory. I posted a very brief video of me punching my quad muscles to show that they react much differently than a normal quad muscle – they are not fluid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M59D3jQtMgQ The below video (very brief) shows what appear to be fasciculations in my right quad. However, I have quad muscle flexed (okay do not laugh at my chicken legs) and generally you cannot see fasciculations when the muscle is flexed, just when it is relaxed. That is why I am not sure what you are seeing is fasciculations – I actually believe when my leg is in this state the muscles are confused as to whether contract or fire and it cause a fluttering motion (much more prominent in person than on film). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOM2XXcnZPs&feature=youtu.be
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Everyone has their keys to training. I have not read any books on it, but having a neurological disorder I have found the following works training plan works for me: Go – You may not feel like working out, but once you start you will get into it. If you do not get into a bad habit of missing days, then you will train your body and mind to want physical activity and it will feel deprived on days you miss a work out. I sleep worse on my days off – it is like my body did not get what it needed during the day. Get a computer – Having a computer on my bike has helped me immensely. It tracks my workouts on GPS (gains and distance), speed, cadence, power and heart rate. These are great pieces of information that will enable you to put together a great workout plan. It helps you compete against yourself anyone else who may have done the rides or runs you do. For instance, data from a hill climb race I saw how much time I lost over the last 1.8 miles to other riders. I did great up to that point, so my hill climbing endurance is not where it needs to be. The downside is that a computer may take you away from enjoying rides and focusing on the beautiful scenery. Work Out Hard – I lived on the philosophy of riding and training hard every day. I am not that gung ho anymore – I do some recovery rides and take some rest days. But most days, I really do push myself. Some think I over train, and that may be the case. However, I am willing to have shorter workouts if I work hard (1-3 hours). I do not think that is any different than people going on 3 to 5 hour rides at a medium rate of intensity. Compete – The best way to learn and push yourself is to compete. The more I compete the more relaxed I became about doing it. This is key to me, because stressing out only makes my symptoms worse and it makes it impossible to sleep. I have to try to stay away from that vicious cycle. Work Out Alone – I do not ride with others. It may become too easy to draft off others and not get as good a workout. There is plenty of time for drafting in races. On the other hand, riding with others does teach you how to handle riding in groups. Riding in groups can be intimidating, but competing will address that. Cross train – Anything that works on your core is good. Unfortunately, for me, I cannot do many of the exercises I enjoyed in the past – so I stick with just cycling and some strength lifting and exercises. Get a Coach – If that helps motivate you or gets you the tips you need to train correctly and improve. Train at altitude – It has really helped to expand my VO2 levels. This is one way to naturally dope your body with red blood cells. Get good gear – It is very easy to be stingy and get cheaper gear. Good gear is better. I have not spent anywhere near what others spend on the race circuit. They have multiple bikes for competing. I have one bike, but it is a good bike. I convert it between a time trial bike and road bike. I still do just fine without a specialized time trial bike, but the key is that I got a good bike. Enjoy pain – The few times I have ridden with others I can hear them say “Oh crap here comes a hill” while at the same time I am saying “Oh boy here comes a hill”. I accelerate to the hill with joy while others put their heads down before they even hit the hill. Maybe it is easy for me to enjoy pain because I already live in pain – so what is the difference? I probably suffer more after similar workouts than others so I do not know if that is a good reason. However, I can tell the difference between good and bad pain and more good pain is a definitely a good thing especially if it masks bad pain. Improve – I am not happy if I am not improving. If you are not improving change things up. Competing is a sure way to get better. Enjoy life – I am grateful for every day I get. I had my scare that I was dying of some neurological disorder. Now I understand that I am lucky, I get to live with paresthesia in the hands and feet, irritable bowls, and muscle pain, fatigue, stiffness, and cramping. This may not sound like a bunch of joy, but there are so many people that have it worse than I do – so I truly believe I am really lucky. Listen and Learn – A lot can be learned from other more experienced people in your sport. Evolve – If one sport is not working out so well, do not be afraid to try other sports. I found cycling after other sports washed up for me. It sounds crazy that I can bike but at the same time I have a tough time walking without lots of pain. I have pain in cycling but trust me it is so much more tolerable than the pain I have from other activities. Live in the Moment – I used to fear how long I could cycle – I figured it was just a matter of time before that became too painful or dangerous due to paresthesia symptoms in the hands. That day may come much sooner than later, but right now I am going to live in the moment and try to enjoy what I have. Never give up! – It is easy to quit. I could have quit a long time ago. Instead, I quit some other activities and moved on to another section of my life.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
What is this country coming to? I cannot stand it and liberals are behind it. Just in the past week we have seen the following nonsense: Harry Reid asking for Marco Rubio to resign from the senate for missing too many votes. I wonder why he didn’t feel that way about Obama, Clinton, or John Kerry when they ran for president? Liberal moderators at conservative debates (John Harwood) lied and passed judgement in their questions to presidential hopefuls. Hillary Clinton has already used the “sexism” card against her opponent – Bernie Sanders. Hillary Clinton was caught in several lies during her Benghazi hearing. She knew it was a planned attack from the get go; she claimed Sid Blumenthal was not an advisor; and she said 90 to 95% of her emails were archived at the State Department. Her emails tell a much different story. Still the media and the Left said Clinton’s testimony was brilliant. Obama placed ground troops in Libya to fight ISIS. Yet, he has still not asked for congressional approval to go to war. How does Obama get around this and avoid backlash from the left and media? He changes the definition of the word “combat”. The troops are there to fight ISIS, but are not combat troops, so in his view, he is not in a war. I bet if George W. Bush pulled this stunt there were would be a much different reaction. In fact, Obama claimed the first US military casualty fighting ISIS in Iraq was not in combat when he engaged ISIS to free over 70 hostages. MSNBC anchor, Melissa Harris-Perry, redefined the definition of “hard work” as only applying to slaves working in cotton fields. Hence, the word “hard work” should not be used in present day speech. Actor Quintin Tarantino came off his pulpit to declare police are murdering black civilians just days after a black police officer was murdered in New York. The actor was pouring more fuel onto an already highly combustible situation between blacks and the police across the country. During the Democratic debate, candidates took turns at offering “free” things to the American people. We all know nothing is free – someone has to pay for it. None of them offered their plans on how they will pay for all the free stuff. Obama continues to deceive people by saying our national deficit is decreasing. That is true, but our debt is still increasing at a record pace. Obama is trying to trick people by talking about deficits and not debts hoping that they can confuse the two. This is another crafty ploy of the Left. Obama offered this verdict on the Hillary Clinton email scandal before the FBI finished its investigation. A partisan investigation by the DOJ cleared Lois Lerner and the IRS of any wrongdoing in the IRS targeting of conservative groups scandal. I wonder why the media did not mention this investigation was partisan, but they had a lot to say about how partisan they felt the Benghazi congressional committee was. Muslims get 240,000 thousand dollar settlement for being fired after refusing to deliver beer because it was against their religious beliefs. On the other hand, Christians refusing to hand out gay marriage licenses or baking a wedding cake for a gay wedding are be being sent to jail and persecuted by the left and media. So, if you are caught in a lie or want to deceive the American public, just change the meaning of a word and the liberal media will support it. Selective amnesia also helps to make a point: War is bad when Republicans do it, but not so bad when Democrats do it; The VA scandal was not so bad; and Republicans are held to a higher standard (Rubio) than Democrats. And when all else fails, use the race or gender card to win your argument.