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Complacency in America is coming to an end. Those who are complacent will not fare well through coming economic, cultural and political turmoil, as they will be forced to adapt and learn new skills. People who are adaptable, self-reliant and determined will find plenty of success in whatever follows our nation's upcoming changes.

You have more options than you may think. You are not stuck in any particular job or health status. You can change your circumstances by making new, improved, high quality decisions. You have the resources within you to set a new course for the rest of your life. Allow THAT mindset to trickle down to the rest of your family and friends!

Step up and take responsibility for yourself. The government will not save you. Socialized health care (disease care) will not solve your personal health problems.

"The future, after all, is what we make of it. And those with the brightest minds and the deepest determination hold most of the power in shaping our collective future."
--Mike Adams

The best way to have a bright future is to accept the reality of what's coming (whatever that may be), and then prepare for a more challenging future. By preparing for big changes, you can turn a potentially negative situation into a positive opportunity.

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Comment by OCNaturalDoc on July 28, 2009 at 11:04am
kitty,
"needing help" is broad, which was exactly the point of the dialog between zendog and me.

i will use myself as an example:
i used to smoke cigarettes. i needed to bail myself out of that unfortunate, unhealthy, low quality lifestyle choice. so, i got help. but no one did it for me.

that's a far cry from an injury suffered in combat serving our country.
Comment by Kittycat on July 28, 2009 at 5:06am
Wow, aren't you holier than thou? Hope you don't ever need help. With your way of looking at things, if you do need help some day, someone that you turn to for that help may just say to you "It was your choice that got you into this situation. Now you can choose to get yourself out of this situation by yourself."
Comment by OCNaturalDoc on July 27, 2009 at 11:43pm
inducements? are you kidding?

how about a little 'self control'? if you don't control yourself, someone else will...and many americans are sick because they are led (controlled) by tons of slick and inviting ad campaigns to suck you in to eat all kinds of crap. we live in a country of excess, which requires above-average skills in choice-making in order to maintain a well-balanced life. so, just say 'no' to the junk. it's really that simple -- just as simple as saying 'yes'. and if you can't do that, turn off the tv and go see a movie. or read a book. or meditate. feed your spirit and your mind, as well as your belly.

being a responsible grown up is about discipline, self control, common sense, self respect, exercising good judgment, etc.

don't blame the manufacturers. they're trying to make a living. they don't care about you, they don't check you out in the mirror, they don't fight to squeeze yourself into those jeans and they don't pay your medical bills. so, are you going to be the sucker who buys crap? or make good decisions that will improve and enrich your life?

the choice is yours.
Comment by OCNaturalDoc on July 27, 2009 at 11:30pm
no, zen, that's not what i said. and my intention is not invalidate anyone.

but to your point, sometimes it IS someone's fault that they're sick. face it -- many people don't take care of themselves. many don't accept responsibility for their own health and well being. many ignore warnings about obvious health hazards and do what they please -- even at the expense of others, like smoking, driving drunk, abusing drugs (be they street or pharms), etc. it's all just irresponsible.

these are some of the things that have drained our system for years....people (over) consume, get sick and we all have to pay for it. and it's unfair to those who take care of themselves. it's also disrespectful, to themselves and to others --- especially, as you mentioned, those who have served our country to protect the freedoms our citizens continue to enjoy, and became sick due to extenuating circumstances.

it's no secret that many people take advantage of the system, which is one of the reasons we're in the mess we're in now. people eat junk. i think junk and fast food (same thing) should be highly taxed. for that matter, all low quality and pre-packaged and processed foods should be highly taxed (for example, hamburger helper should cost $20). cigarettes should cost $25/pack. diet soda should be illegal. all of these, and more, cost us big money.

these taxes would accomplish two missions:
1) we'd be out of debt in no time, and
2) people who can't afford to eat the crap will eat high quality foods and feel better.

there could even be incentives for people to take care of themselves. you know i'm not a fan of mandated 'socialized medicine', but let's say we create a true health care plan -- all gym memberships are paid for by the plan. anyone who is sick and receives a cash award...the sicker you were, the more cashola you get. i have tons of ideas. it's just a matter of flipping the way we've been programmed to view the issues.

i've never fought in a war, but one of my brothers served in vietnam. i get it. but even in many cases, there are ways to feel better, and it largely starts with the belief system of the patient. if one believe they are sick, they will continue to be sick. if one believes they feel better, they feel better. the mind is very powerful, and the human spirit rises, and is able to conquer injuries.

environmental factors range from breathing smog to agent orange. you mentioned auto emissions....yes, but it's not like we're sucking on tailpipes, either. and many cars have that button you press to have your air circulate within the vehicle, so you don't have to breathe that crappy bumper-to-bumper traffic jam air. but let's discuss every day living choices.... the food we eat, the water we drink, exercise, what we focus our minds on, laughter, time with friends, developing and nurturing relationships---you know, love is one of the greatest healers of all.

and there are choices we make....to live in a smoggy city, and to fight in a war and live with post-war related stresses and illnesses. there hasn't been a draft since the 70's, so enlisting in the military is a choice -- a brave choice, but a choice, nonetheless. i get it...my nephew is currently preparing for his 4th tour of duty in afghanistan.

i've chosen coastal living since i was of age to have my own place. i learned what works for me and what doesn't. i'm just like everyone else, but i won't allow myself to feel stuck....ever. no reason to. we live in a (relatively) free country. so live free and enjoy!

btw, what did you mean by this last statement?
Which can become a convenient means of avoiding responsibility at the community, national, even corporate level.
Comment by ZenDog on July 27, 2009 at 10:17pm
Obesity comes to mind. We can't solve that problem by saying the problem lies entirely with the obese. We have to consider the induceements for sugar and salt that are sold every day.

Environmental Conditions . . . I'm not the only one saying it.

I may be alone in screaming about neural linguistics as a form of behavioral advertising and other various forms of non-verbal communication - but these too, are environmental conditions. And even if I am alone in saying it, I know there are others out there thinking it - it's all over the air waves . . .
Comment by ZenDog on July 27, 2009 at 9:56pm
and no, you don't have to be sick.

If you are saying that both the mind and behavior can have tremendous and positive affects on a person's health, I would agree. And yet -

Such a blanket statement completely invalidates the real life experience of every veteran who served in the first Gulf War and came back with Gulf War Syndrome - Congress concluded in '96 there was definitive evidence of widespread chemical exposures and that these exposures resulted in Gulf War Syndrome.

These exposures were what you might call environmental conditions and as such they included everything from depleted uranium to pb pills.

My point here is these Environmental Conditions which we all have to deal with and over which, individually, we have little control. Tail pipe emissions from automobiles. We could make a rather extensive list.

And so my point becomes this: it isn't just veterans of the first Gulf War whose real life experience you seem to invalidate with such a blanket statement, but everyone who becomes ill due to environmental conditions.

It's like saying if someone is sick, it must be their fault.

Which can become a convenient means of avoiding responsibility at the community, national, even corporate level.
Comment by stillgoing on July 27, 2009 at 9:22pm
Change is status quo.

You may not like it but deal with it......how did we all get here again...Oh yeah a change.
Comment by OCNaturalDoc on July 27, 2009 at 8:06pm
quinn,
sounds like fear to me. and i understand. unemployment is scary. the state of health care (disease management) has been scary for years...this is nothing new. but it's all about choice. no one has to be stuck...it's a choice you make.

and no, you don't have to be sick.


zendog,
you, of all people, would know i'm all about change...it's what you fight me on at every opportunity. and i have no problem with it. i've always been about change.....and long before this election. seriously, the only thing that's constant in life, is change. this is not a revelation. and i write about change....whether people 'get it' or not.
Comment by ZenDog on July 27, 2009 at 6:34pm
Lets see, how to answer that question . . . I would say there have been some positive signs as well as changes . . . none of which will be lasting or permanent unless we begin a serious dialogue around the shape and form of society.

On a national level, I note that on the news this evening there was discussion around environment and it's impact on obesity, so that's a start. It's really a tip of the ice berg, but it is all integrally connected, so it's a start.

We have got to push harder - I only wish I knew how . . .
Comment by ZenDog on July 27, 2009 at 6:00pm
Well, we could focus on the postive . . .

at least she's embraced the mantra of change . . .

and I do believe change is comming, ready or not . . .

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