What is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RPS)?

Sharon Kleyne interviewed Trudy Thomas (N. Las Vegas, NV), host of the Living With RSD radio show on October 18th, 2010.

Trudy Thomas lives in Las Vegas and has a call-in radio show called “RSD Radio.” RSD stands for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. This is a chronic, incurable disorder of the nervous system that you have to simply find ways to live with.

The syndrome can be caused by something very minor and can then affect your sympathetic nervous system for the rest of you life. Basically, your nervous system does not recognize that the injury has healed. Symptom are constant pain and heightened adrenalin and endorphin output that also travels to other injuries. Too much adrenalin can cause circulation impairment.

There has been some progress but the condition has not been well researched. 50% of RSD patients also have fibromyalgia. It can occur at any age and pain killing drugs tend to not help very much. If you do go into remission, a small injury can send you back. And like fibromyalgia, some doctors will not recognize RSD as a legitimate illness.

Because doctors know so little, self-treatment is critical. You need to take excellent care of yourself, learn as much as you can, eat well, exercise and drink plenty of water.

Trudy believes that the radio show is invaluable in sharing with others and not allowing the disease to define who she is. Although the suicide rate is very high, she had discovered that with the right attitude, although she has limitations, she can still do many things.

*The Sharon Kleyne Hour is a radio talk show, initiating discussion about important health and environmental issues. Guest’s opinions and statements are not endorsed by the Sharon Kleyne Hour.

Fit and Trim without Dieting

David Robinson, DC (Providence, RI), author of “Transforming Body, Mind and Spirit – The Non-Diet Way to Live Fit and Trim” was a guest on the Sharon Kleyne Hour on January 4th, 2010. Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour, interviewed him.

Dr. David Robinson is a Rhode Island Chiropractor involved in personal training and exercise instruction. He is concerned about the number of overweight, unhealthy people he encounters, many of whom think they are OK but aren’t. Too many are highly stressed and overburdened by unhealthy priorities.

The first step, according to Dr. Robinson, is to step back and spend some time alone. If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.

When he sees a new patient, he asks questions that not only reveal their state of health but their attitude towards life and health. He is then able to tailor a health and exercise program to take them from where they are to where they desire to be.

He says we should live our lives “above, down, inside and outside” because as you think, your body will manifest. Illness is physical, emotional and spiritual and worry about flu can spread the disease as much as the actual virus (which may be why it is called “influenza,” which is Italian for “influence”).

Regarding the importance of water, the body is 70% to 80% water and every body process involves water. At least some of the water you ingest each day should be pure rather than mixed with coffee, tea, juice or soda. Dr. Robinson recommends drinking 12 ounces of water every hour or so during the day.

He also recommends meditation (but not while operating heavy equipment). He has a self-rating quiz to measure the stress load of your work and home life.

Sleep at least six hours a night, preferably seven or eight. Meditation can help with this, also, and should include breathing exercises.

Children need to be calmed down at night so they can sleep better. In their activities, computer games are better than TV but books are better still and playing outside is essential. It is important in their activities, that children utilize their own talents and creativity rather than the toy or game designer’s.

Dr. Robinson suggests that one hour be set aside each day as “electronic free.” Athletics, obviously, are far better for health than electronics. He mentioned Aldous Huxley’s “automatons,” who were so controlled by conditioning that they lost their individual personalities.

Regarding diet, Dr. Robinson recommends fruits and vegetables in their “natural packages.” White flour and sugar should be avoided and water should be pure. Whole grain pasta is better than white grain pasta (unless you are an athlete undergoing short-term “carb loading”).

If you screw up your diet for a day, you can do better the next day and make up for the bad day by drinking 16 ounces of water every hour instead of 12.

Website: www.DrDavidRobonson4Health.com

New Strategies for Rain Harvesting

Pam Lott, MLA (Ashland, OR), American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, “Using rainwater to alleviate water shortages.”

Pam Lott has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and is accredited in rain water harvesting systems by the American Rainwater Catchment Association. Their objective is, through building and landscape design, to capture, collect and store rainwater and put it to positive use.

Ms. Lott notes that in Southern Oregon, winters are very wet and summers are very dry. Hence, the need to trap and retain seasonally renewable water.

There are active and passive catchment systems. They include the building of cisterns (passive) and landscaping in a way that retains moisture (active).

Soil with a high organic content retains up to three times as much moisture as purely mineral soil.

Collecting and using near where the rain falls saves transportation costs.

She encourages dryland farming and gardening methods – don’t plant on raised berms but in the ditches between berms, where moisture collects. “Slow it, spread it, sink it.”

Plastic and fabric barriers can be helpful in reducing weeds and retaining water but mulching is much better. The best way to water is by hand with a hose because you can adjust the amount of water each plant receives.

Drip irrigation is the most efficient. However, it can be expensive. Mist watering is also efficient.

Planting appropriate plants for the amount of natural rainfalls is also helpful in utilizing water.

Website: http://www.valleyrainharvesting.com. Also the ARCSA website.

August 20, 2010

The Tragedy of China’s Yellow River

Art Bernstein, MS (Gold Hill, OR), writer and naturalist. “China’s Yellow River, a study in neglect.”

Sharon Kleyne and Art Bernstein talked about the situation with China’s Yellow River. Sharon noted that people commit suicide by jumping into the river, which is one of the most polluted in the world.

According to Art Bernstein, the Yellow River is 3,395 miles long, second longest in China and #7 in the world. It begins on the Tibetan Plateau (Bayan Har Mountains) in the “Three Rivers National Preserve,” where China’s longest river (Yangtze) and third longest river (Mekong) also begin. The Yangtze carries by far the most water.

From its source, the Yellow River flows across China’s North Central Plateau, also called the Loess Plateau. Loess is a kind of soil formed from wind blown dust. It is extremely fine and saturates the river with silt, causing its distinctive yellowish color. The Loess Plateau also happens to be China’s industrial heartland and most polluted region.

For its final 500 miles, the Yellow River flows across the vast North China Plain before emptying into the Bohai Sea south of Beijing. In this region, the extreme silt content has created a perched bed and natural levees making the river is above the level of the surrounding plain. When these levees are breached due to high water, it can flood vast areas and cost thousands of lives.

The pollution problem is not recent and Art Bernstein suggested that the place to start is to cleanup the surrounding industry. Factories are no longer allowed to dump effluent into the Mississippi or Great Lakes and they should not be allowed to dump into the Yellow River. 33% of the Yellow River is not fit for drinking or irrigation and getting it on your skin can be toxic. The river is navigable, however.

The Yellow is considered an environmental bell-weather. Clean it up and others will follow.

(Bernstein, Art, Weird Hikes – Second Edition, Falcon Guides, 2011)

Why World Financial Markets Are Imploding

John Perkins (Seattle, WA), economist, Huffington Post contributor and author. “Transforming global economics away from predatory capitalism.”

John Perkins is an economist, Huffington Post contributor and author of Hoodwinked and Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. He believes that our current economic crisis is unsolvable without dramatic systemic changes in the way we do business.

John Perking explains that the world today is a global empire run not by nations but by multinational corporations. This is not a backroom conspiracy but completely out in the open. It is motivated by profit regardless of economic impact or consequences. Upper level executives for these companies are mercenaries who move from company to company and always make millions, no matter how the company fares. There is little incentive to be a corporate “good neighbor.” The companies also affect legislation and get people elected.

The United States has 5% of the global population and uses 30% of the world’s resources while workers in other countries starve. This is “predatory capitalism” as advocate by Milton Friedman, and it is failing.

Sharon noted that these are “publicly held” companies in business to make money for shareholders. She also noted that the greed may not lie in the company itself but in top level (“golden parachute”) management and portfolio managers.

John Perkins notes that we all know who the corporate bad actors are and that we have the power not to buy from them. When we choose company A over company B, we should let both companies know. For example, many US oil companies do not use OPEC oil in their product. The public should insist on corporate responsibility as a condition of profitability, as it did with trans fats, apartheid, aerosol cans, dumping mercury into the Great Lakes, etc.

Sharon observed that current business accounting systems are based on the Milton Friedman model and that components of a company’s investment can have value without necessarily generating bottom line profits. She also notes the Nike had to go out of the country because with labor unions practicing the same corporate greed, they could not be competitive and manufacture its products in the United States.

John Perkins noted that instead of giving Tiger Woods $40 million, they could give him $5 million and the rest to their workers. And that Tiger Woods also could insist on this if he wanted to (Note: Since 1996, Tiger Woods has been paid at least $145 million by Nike and has generated $600 million in golf related sales for them).

It was noted by John Perkins that the power base is controlled by corporations in the United States, China, Japan, Israel, Europe and elsewhere. The main exception is Latin America, which has a recent history of standing up to corporate exploiters. These same countries (such as Argentina) had to overthrow CIA backed dictators. Brazil is an excellent example of a thriving, democratic economy based on locally grown ethanol (made from sugar cane) rather than petroleum. Brazil respects its indigenous people and understands the need for all species to survive and thrive on the planet.

The goal is a sustainable, just and peaceful world. If Nike chooses to utilize workers in Indonesia, they need to pay them a living wage, not exploit children and treat them fairly.

Nike is very powerful and could change these things.

Website: http://www.johnperkins.org.

(Perkins, John, Hoodwinked, Crown Business, 2009)

Health Care Reform and Your Insurance

Larry Bofman (Phoenix, AZ), LUTCF, Insurance Agent and radio talk show host. “Evaluating Obama Care.”

Sharon Kleyne noted that proper diet and a healthy lifestyle can save your life and is far less expensive than medical care. She advocates a “business plan for life” to get people more proactive about their personal health.

According to Larry Bofman, the primary issue in health care is cost, which directly impacts insurance rates. Rates will not decrease until medical costs decrease. And government subsidy of insurance tends to drive costs up, not down.

On the other hand, Sharon Kleyne noted, insurance companies are mostly publicly held and in business to make a profit.

Under Obama Care, 45 million more people will be able to get insurance, insurance will be available for many more preexisting medical conditions and parents may carry their children on their insurance up to age 26 rather than 24. These are all excellent ideas but paying for them requires either massive government subsidy or increased insurance rates.

Larry Bofman is opposed to “single payer” national health insurance. He believes that competition and a free (or freer) market will ultimately drive rates and costs down. Insurance cannot be profitable unless costs are reduced, especially under current regulations. Mr. Bofman does not object to a reasonable profit as long as claims are paid. Again, the key is to reduce costs, duplicity, fraud, needless overcharges, and waste.

Sharon Kleyne is concerned that there is no unifying business plan for government intervention in insurance. It is merely a potpourri of random ideas tossed into a giant 2,000 page hopper. While many things need to be fixed in the present system, overhauling the entire system is not the answer. And everyone’s needs are different.

The goals of Larry Bofman’s radio talk show is to advocate for individuals to help them navigate the insurance maze and avoid rip-offs. There is a better way.

Larry Bofman’s website: http://www.yourinsurancematters.com.

Water, Global Warming and International Boundaries

(Note: World Water Week, sponsored by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), is an annual global conference that takes place in Stockholm each August. It’s focus on the global water crisis, healthy water and sanitation, water and natural health, water diseases, worldwide drought, climate change and natural health is compatible with the mission of the Sharon Kleyne Hour. Flavia Loures is a specialist in International water law and policy for the World Wildlife Fund, which is vitally interested on the impact of the global water crisis on human and animal health and demographics.)

Ms. Loures lives in Washington DC and was interviewed from Stockholm, Sweden, where she was participating in World Water Week – 2010. Her topic was “Transboundary Water,” or water that crosses international borders (she was born in Brazil). Flavia has been attending World Water Week since 2006 and believes that it is creating global awareness and momentum.

There is an extensive body of international law regarding shared water between nations and the world could come together, if the countries involved were willing, to settle most regional water wars. In Stockholm, they tend to take an “internationalist” point of view whereas on the ground, people tend to be more fiercely nationalistic. Continue reading “Water, Global Warming and International Boundaries”