DO MOST PEOPLE GET CANCER? by James Marshall

DO MOST PEOPLE GET CANCER? by James Marshall

Yes. Everyone gets cancer. In fact, if you are reading this, then technically you have had, or will have cancer, some time today. Let me explain.

 

Cancer is a failure of the biological mechanisms that govern the normal lifecycle of cells in your body. For a range of reasons, the biological mechanisms that govern cell division, cell growth and cell death occasionally go wrong, resulting in cells growing and dividing uncontrollably. Cancerous cells may take over normal cells in surrounding tissue or detach, enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. Uncontrolled cancerous cell growth can cause other complications in the body, which can ultimately result in death.

There are various failures that can take place in the otherwise normal biological processes of cell lifecycle that can result in cancer. For example, a cell may receive an incorrect biological message from other cells telling it to multiply, a cell may not divide properly or a cell may fail to die as it was biologically programmed to do. The underlying causes of these failures is damage to cell DNA, which can in turn be caused by a wide range of factors including old age, random mutations, viral damage, the presence of particular chemicals, exposure to particular radiation energy etc.

Every minute, millions of cells in your body die and are replaced by new cells. This process goes wrong in a very, very small percentage of the time each and every day. However, in the vast majority of instances, the body’s own immune system or the cells’s own programming recognizes the failure and destroys the affected cell before cancer can take hold. In this respect, we all get cancer every day, but it is nothing to worry about because our bodies are capable of dealing with it.

Occasionally the body’s immune system fails to properly detect or manage these failures. For example, it may be that the form of cancer is such that the body does not recognize something has gone wrong; it may be that the damage is so widespread that the body’s immune system is overwhelmed or it may be that the body’s immune system is not working properly. When this happens, cancerous cells may take hold, resulting in a form of cancer disease.

So just to clarify, not everybody gets a cancerous disease, but everybody gets cancerous (or what are often referred to as pre-cancerous) damaged cells. Many people die from many other causes (including nothing more than old age) without experiencing a fully developed cancerous disease.

Minimizing exposure to things that have been associated with cancer, such as smoking, carcinogenic chemicals, excessive ultraviolet radiation, etc, can reduce your risk of developing a cancerous disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating, exercise, healthy levels of exposure to sunshine, good sleep patterns and stress reduction will give your body’s immune system the best chance of fighting off any cells that do go wrong and would otherwise threaten cancer.

[James Marshall, Accountant, analyst, hotelier, sci fi geek, philosopher.  Featured on Medical Daily; upvoted by Ricardo StrangMD, MSc., Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Full member of Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery. … and Alexey DanilovGraduated Krasnoyarsk State Medical Academy in 2005. 10 years in ortho surgery. This article is reprinted from Quora.]

I COULDN’T QUIT by Beth Rankin

I COULDN’T QUIT by Beth Rankin

So about a second after I announced Can-Do Real Food unfortunately had to stop because of health issues I began to feel like that was NOT the best solution.

In 2017 I canned lots of fruit and veggie recipes but I also expanded what we were doing with with dehydration. I became fascinated how we could develop meal mixes. not just dried fruit or leathers. We asked shoppers at the downtown farmer’ market to taste and comment on some new concepts, like dried tomatoes. People responded well by offering suggestions like putting herbs on some, salt on others. One guy said, “Yup, it tastes like tomatoes and I hate tomatoes.” He was a good sport!

We had some disappointments. For example, a recipe we first prepared fresh and thought a winner did not work the same when dried, so we had to let that one alone.

But, others were winners. Our Mole Mix, for example, always sold out each time we prepared a batch.

 

And always, we stayed with our mission and obtained surplus produce from farms, helping reduce food waste. We will continue to purchase produce from our farm partners.

Meanwhile, in my private life I was watching my daughter Lisa and her dude go on their back country adventures. They backpack, mountain bike and ski, often in places few people go. They carry their food, their water, and their fuel as o wood fires are permitted any monger because of the threat of wildfires.

I listened to their comments about the dehydrated foods available on the market. There were some they loved and others that were never going to be repeated. Lisa also combined some things together herself to supplement the prepared mixes because they were things they liked and could not purchase. They already had told us how they enjoyed the Winter Squash Coconut Curry instant soup mix and challenged me to develop more foods that could be edible with a short fuel usage to bring water to boil. Our Mole Mix will do that, too.

We will be in the test kitchen in the next few months to see if we can develop a powered version of the canned Loaded Pasta Sauce. We believe we can come up with something definitely different in texture and a bit different in taste but still really good. The cause can be used with the dried zucchini noodles we make from those squashes that get away from the farmer and become watermelon size.

So, in 2018 Can-Do Food will be preparing canned products ONLY for contracts with our farmers or others and about 3 or 4 savory dehydrated offerings and a number of fruit based dried foods.

For example, when we processed one of our farm partners’ garden huckleberries into a syrup, we milled to separate the the berry skin from the juice. We then took the solids, added a bit of sugar (in this case only because garden huckleberries are NOT sweet) and dried the mix. Because of the lumpiness of the skins, we could not make a fruit leather, but we ground it to offer as an add-in to oatmeal or yogurt.

The backpacking community will enjoy this, as well as other campers who want a break from preparing a meal from whole foods. In addition, a supply of some of our foods would make sense to anyone who loses power at home several times a year. If you have a grill, you can heat up water and then you can prepare he mix into a good meal.

We will NOT be at the farmers’ market as we have been the last two summers. Instead we may have a table one week in September when we have built up an inventory during the harvest season. Generally we will market online and be able to easily mail these lighter weight foods.

Please let me know if you like to be on a special email list to announce when we will be at the market or when foods are available online. Anyone who is interested and wants to be on this special email list, the address is:  Beth Rankin, 859 SW Sitka Drive, McMinnville, OR 97128.

[Beth Rankin is well-known to our readers. She is the CEO, along with her husband Graham, of Can-Do Foods. Beth is an entrepreneur, businesswoman, blogger, and social activist. They live in McMinnville, Oregon.]

 

UNDER SIEGE, GOP DIVERTS TO CLINTONS by Milt Hankins

UNDER SIEGE, GOP DIVERTS TO CLINTONS by Milt Hankins

When Republicans find themselves in hot water, they dredge up an old Clinton scandal. For months we heard nothing but Benghazi. Since it was determined that Hillary Clinton couldn’t have prevented the Benghazi tragedy and the Republicans won the 2016 election, Benghazi became a dead issue.

As the Trump-Russia scandal gains momentum and indictments (also arrests) have been issued by the Mueller Investigation, the Republicans have turned to an old Clinton “scandal” that really isn’t a scandal at all I’m talking about the Uranium One deal, which we’ll be hearing about ad nauseam in the coming months.

On Nov. 14, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions “raised the possibility that a special counsel may be appointed to investigate potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, specifically suggestions that a U.S. government panel approved the sale of a large uranium firm to Russian interests in exchange for donations to the foundation.”

This is the issue.

ROBERT MUELLER

Recently, as the Mueller investigation gains momentum, conservative media and President Donald Trump have focused on the Uranium One deal to divert attention.

Briefly, the deal concerns the sale of a Canadian company, Uranium One, which has uranium holdings int he U.S., to Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom. The transaction took place in several states “beginning in 2009 when Rosatom purchased a minority stake in Uranium One” (remember it’s a Canadian company). Then, in 2010, Rosatom obtained 51 percent share of the company, and in 2013, a third purchase gave full ownership of Uranium One to Rosatom.

The controversy revolves around the State Department signing off on Rosatom’s purchase and the fact that several of Uranium One’s owners were donors to the Clinton Foundation–to the tune of $145 million. Critics are alleging Clinton “greenlighted the sale to appease donors to her family’s charity.”

According to Politico, “there is no direct evidence of a quid pro quo among Clinton, the State Department, Rosatom and the Clinton Foundation donors with ties to Uranium One.” Clinton insists that “such approval was granted at lower levels of the department and would not have crossed the secretary’s desk.”

Keep in mind that the sales involved required “approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., an intergovernmental agency that includes input from the Departments of State, Treasury, Justice, Energy, Defense, Commerce and Homeland Security, as well as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative,” Politico reported.

“Jose Fernandez, who was the assistant secretary of state for economic, energy and business affairs when the Uranium One deal was approved, told the Times that Clinton ‘never intervened with me on any (Committee on Foreign Investment int he United States) matter.'”

HILLARY CLINTON

According to Snopes, “Allegations of a ‘quid pro quo‘ deal giving Russia ownership of one-fifth of U.S. uranium deposits in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation are unsubstantiated.”

As far as I have been able to ascertain, Fernandez says Clinton “never intervened in committee matters. Clinton herself has said she wasn’t personally involved.”

“This ‘scandal’ is not real. It’s a distraction.”

As Joe Conason has said, “You can’t go broke going after the Clintons.”

[Milt Hankins is a columnist for the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch. He is the author of three books and is the publisher and editor of Columnist With a View (columnistwithaview.com). He lives in Ashland, Kentucky with his wife Deborah.]

 

 

WE NEED A CLEARER DEFINITION OF “FAITH” by L. Milton Hankins

WE NEED A CLEARER DEFINITION OF “FAITH” by L. Milton Hankins

In some ways, faith is a simple concept; in others, it’s a rather complicated, obscure word, especially for Bible translators.

The most famous quotation regarding “faith” comes from Hebrews 11:1 (New International Version): “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Then, it is translated in the New American Standard Version: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The second version is closer to the King James Version.

In the KJV, “faith” is not “being sure” or “assurance,” but it is the “substance of things hoped for” and “the evidence of things not seen.” The word “substance” (in English) most generally refers to things that are real and solid.

Today, most believers do not get this deeply invested in a word like “faith.” One says, “What is your faith” meaning, what particular religious persuasion do you follow? If you say “Presbyterian,” for example, the one who asks the question can make the immediate assumption that you believe, to some degree, in predestination. If you say “Assembly of God,” for example, they might immediately assume that you are more charismatic and may, for example, practice glossolalia. If you respond “Baptist,” then it is generally assumed you do not believe in infant baptism and are heavily invested in missionary efforts (of the Baptist variety).

H. L. MENCKEN, AMERICAN JOURNALIST

The American journalist and satirist H. L. Mencken, one of the most influential American writers and prose stylists of the early 20th century once said, “Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.”

So, if someone says they have “faith,” what do they mean specifically? It’s hard to say, but, we can be sure they have no more idea what the word implies or means than anyone else. Frankly, to say, “I have faith,” is a vague, obscure and unintelligible assertion.

Likely, if you engage a person in a discussion about faith and what it means, the discussion will probably conclude with one of the aforementioned expressions from the New Testament, or, an ad hominem argument (attacking the person as opposed to arguing the concept).

It is truly astounding the number of times the ambiguous term “faith” enters into our conversation.

I’d say, most of us have faith that the sun will rise in the east in the morning, despite the fact that the classical meaning of the term seems to denote something that is neither particularly certain nor with any solid evidence.

I contend that talking about faith in our day and time is an exercise in futility. When it comes to our religious affiliations, creeds, and personal persuasions, we would be better off talking about what we believe to be true in our own individual minds and avoid making general assertions about such an indecisive word as “faith.”

We are, I believe, living in post-denominational times with a rapidly declining interest in religion, per se. What we need is a new, solid definition of “faith” that will meet the needs of our modern ways of thinking.

[L. Milton Hankins is the editor and publisher of Columnist with a View. He is a weekly op-ed columnist for the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch. His latest book is “A Sensible Theology for Thinking People.” It is available through Amazon.com and local bookstores by order.]

LET’S MAKE SEXUAL HARASSMENT A THING OF THE PAST by Milt Hankins

LET’S MAKE SEXUAL HARASSMENT A THING OF THE PAST by Milt Hankins

Husbands, ask your wives if they have ever been sexually harassed in the workplace. You may be both surprised and angered. I asked my wife, and here’s the story.

According to my wife, many years ago when she was a young teacher in a Pulaski County, Virginia school system, it appeared that the administration wanted “to get rid of her.” They ran into a problem doing so because they had absolutely no documentation that she had done anything worthy of dismissal. She was called into her principal’s office, apparently for an interview. While she was there, the principal put his feet up on his desk, and as she relayed it, in full view “started pulling at a string in his crotch.”

My wife said she thought it was strange behavior, but she didn’t recognize it as a sexual overture. In her words, “I was clueless!”

I couldn’t imagine a man doing that in the presence of a young lady without it being a power play, sexual harassment and/or intimidation. The fact that my wife was clueless is immaterial to the principal’s behavior. She thought he was simply being “rude.”

This raises a question in my mind about the number of young women who are subjected to inappropriate behavior while not having a clue about what is going on.

I recall taking a job with a church (incidentally, also in Virginia) where rumors had circulated that the church secretary I inherited had an “untoward” relationship with the former pastor. Of course, some wag told me about this pronto lest I fall into her clutches. I laughed about it; but, shortly after moving into the study, I called the secretary in and had a frank discussion with her on the subject. The story, of course, was totally false; but I made it clear that as long as we worked together, there would never be any hint of unsavory intimacy between us. Both of us were embarrassed that this “clearing of the air between us” was made necessary by a disgusting rumor!

As it turned out, she was the most proficient and efficient–no, outstanding–secretary with whom I ever worked. When I left that church, on my last day following about five years of service there, she came into my study, locked the door and gave me a wonderful, loving, warm hug. I asked her why she locked the door. She said, “Well, I didn’t want anyone to walk in and get the wrong impression!”

That secretary, her family and I maintain a long-distance friendship until this day. She has since retired from her job after at least thirty years of faithful service to that congregation.

This essay, full of personal information, is written to point out that women (and perhaps men, for all I know) in all professions are subject to harassment. It is important that we not let the subject slide. In the past few weeks, we have seen important, well-known men in the entertainment industry and government accused by numerous women of gross, indecent behavior.

Finally, and worst of all, we have a president in the White House who has been accused by several women of disgusting, perverted behavior. We have heard from his foul mouth the words of a harasser in the Access Hollywood tape. Let’s take these stories at face value; let’s make this type of disrespect in the workplace a thing of the past!

[Milt Hankins is a theologian, former pastor, author, columnist, and the publisher/editor of Columnist with a  View (www.columnistwithaview.com). You may contact him at the following e-mail address:  amsmilt@windstream. net. You can also send manuscripts or write to him at P.O. Box 913, Ashland, Kentucky 41101.]