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March 27, 2013

What color were Dr. Josef Mengele’s eyes?

Filed under: Health, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 9:58 am

With nothing better to do, I got to thinking about the color of Dr. Josef Mengele’s eyes.  Why was Dr. Mengele obsessed with changing brown eyes to blue?  Was it because he had blue eyes and he wanted everyone to have the opportunity to have blue eyes?  Or was he sad because he had brown eyes and he wanted to learn how to change the color of his own eyes?

To find out Dr. Mengele’s eye color, I started my search by re-reading the book entitled Mengele, The Complete Story by Gerald Posner and John Ware. I had to re-read the whole book because the index does not include the words “eyes” or “blue.”

I found the following quote in Mengele, the Complete Story:

The memory of this slightly built man, scarcely a hair out of place, his dark green tunic neatly pressed, his face well scrubbed, his Death’s Head SS cap tilted rakishly to one side, remains vivid for those who survived his scrutiny when they arrived at the Auschwitz railhead. Polished boots slightly apart, his thumb resting on his pistol belt, he surveyed his prey with those dead gimlet eyes, Death to the left, life to the right. Four hundred thousands souls — babies, small children, young girls, mothers, fathers, and grandparents — are said to have been casually waved to the lefthand side with a flick of the cane clasped in a gloved hand. Mengele was the chief provider for the gas chambers and their crematoria. He had a look that said ‘I am the power,’ said one survivor. At the time, Mengele was only 32 years old.

What are dead gimlet eyes?  I had to look this up on Dictionary.com which gives this meaning for the term “gimlet eye”:

“an eye that appears to give a sharp or piercing look”

It seems to me that the words “dead” and “gimlet” combined into one description does not make any sense.   Dr. Mengele had sharp, piercing eyes, yet his eyes appeared dead?

Dr. Josef Mengele had brown eyes

Dr. Josef Mengele had brown eyes

Ruth Elias, a survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, who wrote a book entitled Triumph of Hope, described Dr. Mengele as follows:

Mengele was an attractive man. A perennial little smile showed the gap between his front teeth. Immaculately dressed in jodhpurs, he wore a cap bearing the SS insignia and carried the obligatory riding crop, constantly slapping it against his gleaming black boots. Whenever he spoke to me, he was very polite, giving the impression that he was interested in me. It was hard to believe that his little smile and courteous behavior were just a facade behind which he devised the most horrific murderous schemes.

From this description, it seems that Dr. Mengele was “an attractive man” because, as the old saying goes: “Handsome is as handsome does.”  All of the survivors of Auschwitz agree that Dr. Mengele was very charming and polite.  The photo below shows that Dr. Mengele had a pleasant demeanor.

Dr. Josef Mengele is the man in the middle of the photo

Dr. Josef Mengele is the man in the middle of the photo

As far as I am concerned, Rudolf Hoess, the man on the right was better looking than Dr. Mengele, who is shown in the middle of the photo. But to get back to the color of Dr. Mengele’s eyes, the color photo below shows that his eyes were brown.

Color photo of Dr. Josef Mengele shows he has brown eyes

Color photo of Dr. Josef Mengele shows that he had brown eyes

Posner and Ware did not mention in their 325 page book that Dr. Mengele had brown eyes.  Why not?  Was Dr. Mengele “pure German”?  He had dark brown hair and dark brown eyes, which indicates that he might have had a trace of Jewish blood in his bloodline.  Was this why he was obsessed with eye color?

This quote is from page 15 in the book by Posner and Ware:

In July 1939 Mengele married Irene, then almost twenty-two years old, at Obersdorf. The wedding took place after a hitch that at one stage threatened to damage his career.  In Mengele’s submission to the Rasse-und Siedlungshauptampt, the Central Office of Race and Resettlement, to satisfy the SS that there was no trace of Jewish blood in Irene’s family, doubts were raised about her grandfather, Harry Lyons Dumler, an American diplomat, could not be found.  In the absence of proof that Dumler was the father of his wife’s son, the suspicion remained that the real father might be Jewish.  Thus Irene might have inherited Jewish blood.  A search by the German consul in the United States failed to resolve the crisis.   But photographs of Irene and her ancestors and glowing testimonials from friends of her “very Nordic ways” finally won the day and the marriage was allowed. Yet since Mengele was unable to provide clinching proof that Irene had “pure Aryan blood,” much to his chagrin, he failed to qualify for the ultimate accolade of racial purity — a place in the hollowed Sippenbuch, or Kinship Book, for those who had been able to prove, chapter and verse, that their ancestors were pure Aryan at least since 1750. Thus was the arch disciple of racial “hygiene” himself deprived of a certificate that his wife and future children would be racially “clean.”

Posner and Ware do not say in their book whether or not Dr. Mengele could prove that his ancestors, back to 1750, had no Jewish blood, but it is implied in the book that Dr. Mengele himself was racially “clean.”

Why is all this important?  Dr. Mengele was doing experiments at Auschwitz, trying to find out how physical defects are inherited. He wanted to find out how hereditary diseases, such as Tay-Sach’s Disease, are passed on.  This was a terrible insult to the Jews and that is why Dr. Mengele is the number one “war criminal” as far as the Jews are concerned.  The results of his experiments at Auschwitz are kept in a vault at Yad Vashem in Israel, never to see the light of day.

But what about changing brown eyes to blue?  I don’t think that Dr. Mengele was trying to CHANGE eye color.  In my opinion, he was trying to find out how eye color is inherited, but more importantly, how physical defects are inherited. Tay-Sach’s disease is caused by recessive genes, and blue eyes are also recessive.  People with Tay-Sach’s disease don’t live long, making it hard to find subjects for experiments, so Dr. Mengele was studying eye color instead.

This quote is from the website about Tay-Sach’s disease:

How do people inherit Tay-Sachs disease?

This condition [Tay-Sach’s] is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern, which means both copies of the gene in each cell have mutations. The parents of an individual with an autosomal recessive condition each carry one copy of the mutated gene, but they typically do not show signs and symptoms of the condition.

Dr. Mengele had a Ph.D. in Anthropology as well as a degree in medicine, which he received in July 1938 from the University of Frankfurt. He earned his Ph.D. in 1935 with a thesis on “Racial Morphological Research on the Lower Jaw Section of Four Racial Groups.” In January 1937, Dr. Mengele was appointed a research assistant at the Institute for Heredity, Biology and Racial Purity at the University of Frankfurt. He worked under Professor Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, a geneticist who was doing research on twins. As the war-time director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Anthropology, Human Hereditary Teaching Genetics, located in Berlin, von Verschuer secured the funds for Dr. Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz. The results of  Dr. Mengele’s research on twins was sent to this Institute. The grant for Dr. Mengele’s genetic research was authorized by the German Research Council in August 1943.

You can read here about how Dr. Mengele pulled a family of dwarves out of the gas chamber at Auschwitz, and saved their lives.

January 27, 2013

Survivors of the Ebensee subcamp of Mauthausen claimed to be subjects of medical experiments

Filed under: Dachau, Health, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:00 pm
Army Signal Core photo of Ebensee survivors, May 7, 1945

Army Signal Core photo of Ebensee survivors, May 7, 1945

You can check here to confirm that the photo above was taken by the US Army Signal Core at the Ebensee sub-camp of Mauthausen.

This quote, concerning the photo, is from the web page, cited above:

ARC Identifier: 531271
Title: Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. The camp was reputedly used for “scientific” experiments. It was liberated by the 80th Division., 05/07/1945

Creator: Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 – 02/28/1964) ( Most Recent)

Type of Archival Materials:
Photographs and other Graphic Materials
Level of Description:
Item from Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 – 1982

Note that the description of the photo says that the camp (Ebensee), where this photo was taken, was reputedly used for “scientific” experiments. Reputedly?  Sorry, not good enough.

This same photo is shown on this web page, but without a caption.  The text adjacent to the photo reads as follows:

In Auschwitz experimental medicine was tried by doctors (namely Dr. Helmuth Vetter) on sick patients, mostly typhus.  However, even when it was obvious the patient was being hurt, the experiment would continue.  Many patients lost their lives and few were saved.  Even worse, the experiments were not trying to cure the patients but to see bodily reactions to the disease and different medicine.

(survivors from the medical ward)

In conclusion, by carrying out these experiments and trying them on inmates in the camps, the Nazi physicians broke their Hippocratic Oath (stated in the Introduction) that had been put in place and followed for almost two thousand years.  They not only broke their promise as a doctor but they killed and injured many innocent prisoners for the simple reason of wanting to find out how individuals would react to different amounts and types of medicines.

The photo of the Ebensee survivors is shown in the space next to the words (survivors from the medical ward).  The web page that shows this photo and identifies it as the “survivors from a medical ward” is from the website of the University of California at Santa Barbara, specifically from the website of faculty member Harold Marcuse.  The article, written by Professor Marcuse, concerns “The book Nazi Medicine: Doctors, Victims and Medicine in Auschwitz by Howard Fertig explores the role of medicine and those affected by it in the Auschwitz concentration camp.”

Even though the photo might show survivors of a medical experiment, the men in the photo are probably not survivors of the medical experiments in Block 20 in Auschwitz, which is what the article is about.  The survivors of the Auschwitz experiments might have joined the “death march” out of Auschwitz, and they might have ended up at Ebensee, where there was a typhus epidemic in progress, but it is highly unlikely.

The photo below, which is also included in the article about Nazi medical experiments, was taken in the typhus ward at Dachau; American doctors are caring for the typhus patients.

Prisoners in the typhus ward at Dachau

Prisoners in the typhus ward at Dachau

The above photo was taken by the US Army Signal Core at Dachau; yet it is used in a history course by the University of California at Santa Barbara to illustrate Nazi medical experiments.  What’s wrong with that, you ask?  Substituting photos is totally disingenuous and should be against the law.  The photo should be identified, on the UCSB website, as being a photo taken in a typhus ward at Dachau.

As for the Ebensee camp, here is the real story, which the students at Santa Barbara should have been told.

Gate into the Ebensee subcamp

Gate into the Ebensee subcamp

The photograph above was taken on May 6, 1945, after Ebensee, a sub-camp of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp, was liberated by soldiers in the 80th Division of the US Third Army on May 4th and 5th.

The banner, written in French, reads “The French prisoners Salute the Allies.” It was erected by the anti-Nazi resistance fighters who were imprisoned here after being captured and accused of doing acts of sabotage during the Nazi occupation of France.

German Ebensee prisoners welcome their liberators

German Ebensee prisoners welcome their liberators

The photograph above shows a sign that was erected by the German prisoners in the Ebensee camp. The English translation is  “We welcome our liberators.” Among the German prisoners were some who were condemned criminals that had been released from the regular prisons and sent to work in the concentration camps.

The prisoners at Ebensee worked in underground factories which manufactured Messerschmitt airplanes. German engineers and civilians also worked in these factories. The Ebensee site was chosen because there were natural caves which could be enlarged into tunnels so that the munitions factories could be protected from Allied bombing raids.

According to Martin Gilbert, the author of a book entitled Holocaust, Ebensee was an “end destination” for Jewish prisoners who were evacuated from camps farther east as the Soviet Army advanced toward Germany. In the last months of the war, the Ebensee camp was seriously over-crowded with these exhausted prisoners, many of whom had just arrived in the weeks prior to the liberation.

Children at the Ebensee camp after it was liberated

Children at the Ebensee camp after it was liberated

Martin Gilbert wrote the following regarding the evacuations and the death marches:

Jews who had already survived the “selections” in Birkenau, and work as slave laborers in factories, had now to survive the death marches. Throughout February and March [1945] columns of men, and crowded cattle trucks, converged on the long-existing concentration camps, now given a new task. These camps had been transformed into holding camps for the remnant of a destroyed people, men and women whose labor was still of some last-minute utility for a dying Reich, or whose emaciated bodies were to be left to languish in agony in one final camp.

According to Gilbert’s book, a train loaded with 2,059 Jews arrived at Ebensee on March 3, 1945. They had survived the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau and had first been sent to the Gross Rosen concentration camp, then on to Ebensee. Forty-nine of the Jewish prisoners died on the train, and on their first day in the camp, 182 died during the disinfection procedure. New arrivals had to be disinfected to kill the body lice which spreads typhus. There was a typhus epidemic in Mauthausen and the sub-camps and, according to Martin Gilbert, 30,000 prisoners died in these camps in the last four months of the war.

According to Martin Gilbert, the last death marches of the war began on May 1, 1945 as the American Army approached; prisoners from the main camp at Mauthausen and the sub-camps at Gusen and St. Valentin were marched to Gunskirchen and Ebensee. Hundreds of them died from exhaustion, or were shot because they couldn’t keep up, or as they attempted to escape. When American troops in the 80th Infantry Division arrived on May 4, 1945, there were around 60,000 prisoners from 25 different countries at Ebensee.

You can read more about the Ebensee camp on another blog here and here.

January 2, 2013

U.S. Senate voted against UN Convention on the rights of Persons with disabilities — could this lead to another Holocaust?

In an article which you can read in full here, Richard Hermann wrote, regarding the proposed United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

Had such an international compact been in place in the mid-1930s, the U.S. might have had both the moral authority and the gumption to challenge Nazi Germany’s euthanasia program, which resulted in the murder of several hundred thousand disabled individuals and served as the pilot program that matured into the Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibor and Chelmno gas chambers of unspeakable horror. There are plenty of countries today that discriminate against their intellectually and physically challenged fellow citizens. Without being a treaty participant, the U.S. will have no international clout with respect to influencing them to do the right thing.

The problem with this is that America had an euthanasia program before Hitler gave permission for euthanasia in Germany. Schloss Hartheim (Hartheim Castle), where the Nazis euthanized “disabled individuals,” has exhibits which show that euthanasia was being done in America.

Schloss Hartheim in the town of Alkoven, Austria where disabled persons were euthanized by the Nazis

Schloss Hartheim in the town of Alkoven, Austria where disabled persons were euthanized by the Nazis

One room, in the exhibit area in the Hartheim Castle, has posters from America, as shown in the two photographs below. These posters promote the idea that heredity is to blame for the mentally and physically handicapped. In Hitler’s Germany, deformed and mentally retarded persons, who had been institutionalized by their families, were sent to Hartheim Castle or the five other euthanasia centers, where they were killed. The Nazis kept track of how much money the government had saved by putting these people to death. After the war these documents were found by General Patton’s army. The total amount saved by killing over 70,000 handicapped people was 885,000,000 Reichsmark or 3 billion dollars in today’s money.

Exhibit at Hartheim Castle

Exhibit at Hartheim Castle

Exhibit at Hartheim Castle

Exhibit at Hartheim Castle

The Nazi euthanasia program began in August 1939 when a five-month-old baby boy, named Gerhard Kretschmar, was “put to sleep” after the boy’s father made a request to Adolf Hitler for a “mercy killing.” Hitler sent his personal physician, Karl Brandt, to conduct a medical examination before giving his permission for the infant to be given a lethal injection.

Karl Brandt was put on trial at Nuremberg in the “Doctor’s Trial.” In his testimony, Brandt said that the baby’s father, Richard Kretchmar, had written to Hitler’s office in early 1939, asking for permission to kill his blind and deformed son. The following quote is from Brandt’s testimony:

“The father of a deformed child wrote to the Fuhrer with a request to be allowed to take the life of this child or this creature. Hitler ordered me to take care of this case. The child had been born blind, seemed to be idiotic, and a leg and parts of the arm were missing.”

An estimated 8,000 deformed children were killed by the Nazis in the same manner, some without the consent of their parents.

The Nazi euthanasia program was code-named T4, named after the address on Tiergartensstrasse in Berlin; this was the street address of the Privatkanzlei des Führers run by Philip Bouhler. By the beginning of 1940, six hospitals were involved in these “mercy killings.” Records discovered in 2003 show that the euthanasia program was eventually extended to 296 medical facilities in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland where mentally and physically disabled children and adults were injected, gassed or starved to death.

The Nazis made a documentary film of some of the adult victims before they were killed. Many of the victims, who were crippled by a birth defect called spina bifida, are shown in the film, walking on all fours. This film is not shown at the Hartheim Castle Memorial Site.

The following quote is from Richard Hermann’s article:

On Dec. 4, the Senate voted against ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which had previously been approved by 155 nations. The treaty was signed by President Obama in 2009 and is strongly supported by every living ex-President.

The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

This is the dire menace that 38 Republicans object to in the treaty, consumed by the far-fetched and utterly absurd and baseless notion that this might be a threat to U.S. sovereignty and — get this — to the right to home-school children! Moreover, the language of the treaty is based wholly on the 22-year old Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed by President George H.W. Bush, which jumped America to the forefront of world leadership with respect to guaranteeing disability rights. The treaty itself takes its direction from the ADA, toward which goal it aims to point the rest of the world’s nations.

The title of the exhibits at Hartheim Castle is “Wert des lebens” which means “the value of life” in English. This was also the theme of the Memorial Site when I visited it in 2003. The Memorial Site promotes the concept that handicapped students should be mainstreamed in the schools. The exhibits put the issue of the handicapped into a positive perspective; they are shown as being “worthy of life” and as people who should be treated with respect.

Before sending each victim into the gas chamber at Hartheim Castle, the Nazis took their photograph. Instead of showing the photographs of the pathetic, institutionalized people who were killed at Hartheim, there are present-day photos of 3 handicapped students and two mentally or physically challenged adults who are leading normal lives.

The Memorial Site at Hartheim Castle promotes the idea that the Holocaust grew out of the German euthanasia program.  The photo below shows an exhibit about Franz Stangl, one of the men who worked at Hartheim Castle and was later involved with two of the “death camps” for Jews.

Exhibit at Hartheim Castle shows Franz Stangl

Exhibit at Hartheim Castle shows photo of Franz Stangl

Franz Stangl was appointed by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler to be the superintendent of the T4 Euthanasia Program at Schloss Hartheim in 1940. He was later transferred to the Sobibor “extermination camp” in Poland in March 1942 where he was the Commandant until September 1942. He was then transferred to the “extermination camp” at Treblinka. Stangl is pictured on the poster above; his photo is on the far right in the left-hand column.

The Nazi euthanasia program was code-named T4, named after the address on Tiergartensstrasse in Berlin; this was the street address of the Privatkanzlei des Führers run by Philip Bouhler. By the beginning of 1940, six hospitals were involved in these “mercy killings.” Records discovered in 2003 show that the euthanasia program was eventually extended to 296 medical facilities in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland where mentally and physically disabled children and adults were injected, gassed or starved to death.

The Hartheim Castle Memorial Site has a ramp through the “gas chamber,” where the handicapped were allegedly killed by carbon monoxide.  The three photos below show the entrance, the gas pipe and the exit from the alleged “gas chamber.”

Entrance into the Hartheim Castle gas chamber

Entrance into the Hartheim Castle gas chamber from the reception area

Pipe for carbon monoxide inside Hartheim Castle gas chamber

Pipe for carbon monoxide inside Hartheim Castle gas chamber

Exit from Hartheim Castle gas chamber

Exit from Hartheim Castle gas chamber

The photo immediately above shows the exit from the Hartheim Castle “gas chamer,” which is a reconstruction.  On the far left is the pipe for carbon monoxide and in the background is a light shining on the spot where the one cremation oven stood.

The official version of the Holocaust is that the genocide of the Jews grew out of the German euthanasia program.

This quote is from Wikipedia gives the official history of the Holocaust:

The Nazi euthanasia program was code-named T4, named after the address on The T4 programme is thought to have developed from the Nazi Party’s policy of “racial hygiene”, the belief that the German people needed to be “cleansed” of “racially unsound” elements, which included people with disabilities. According to this view, the euthanasia programme represents an evolution in policy toward the later holocaust of the Jews of Europe.

Update, 1:12 p.m.

It should be noted that the “gas chamber,” which is shown to tourists who visit Hartheim Castle, is a reconstruction.  In April 1989, Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. visited Hartheim Castle and made a report in which he said that the alleged “gas chamber” in the Castle could not have been a gas chamber. Leuchter had been commissioned to do this report in connection with his testimony as an expert witness for the defense in a criminal case in Canada in which a Holocaust denier, Ernst Zündel, was charged with “spreading false news” when he published a booklet entitled “Did Six Million Really Die?”

The following quote is from Leuchter’s report on the Hartheim “gas chamber”:

It appears by construction that this facility would not lend itself for use as a gas execution installation, the walls being too thick for the installation of gassing equipment. Certainly, because of the construction, any changes would be visible, and not easy to conceal. There is no provision for a gas stack for evacuation of the gas-air mixture and no way to install one. The window would certainly leak, allowing large volumes of deadly gas to escape. No samples were taken at this location because of the extensive remodeling to the facility which decidedly would obscure any test results.

For the record, the alleged gas chamber would have held only some 24 persons, utilizing the nine (9) square foot rule. Without an exhaust system this room would require at least one week to vent (refer to Dachau).

Resultant to an indepth investigation of this installation, this investigator categorically states that in his best engineering opinion this facility was not ever utilized for, and could never have supported gas executions. The actual use of this room is unknown to the investigator. Based on a comparison with its mirror image on the other side of the facility, it could have been a store room.

Update 1:37 p.m.

Why do I write blog posts like this one?  Am I a revisionist, the polite term for a Holocaust denier?  No, I am not a revisionist, nor a denier.  I am just trying to reach students like the group who went on a trip to Hartheim Castle; the trip was reported by this blogger.  This quote is from a blog post about the trip to Hartheim Castle:

Our guide Stephan toured us through the castle, explaining the history and horrific function the castle once held. The students and I shuffled behind, saying little, letting Stephan’s confident and rehearsed commentary help us to comprehend what our eyes could not: the files full of statistics and tallies documenting the dead, and the colorful and meticulous graphs and charts declaring the capital, potatoes and manpower saved by a society no longer having to tend to the needs of the disabled. Our throats closed as we hustled through the narrow room with peeling paint that served as the gas chamber, and our stomachs clenched tight as we passed into the adjoining rooms which had held piles of rigid corpses waiting to be fed into the now-dormant ovens which once burned hot, day and night.

July 20, 2012

Undocumented single mother, arrested while selling tamales, faces deportation

Filed under: California, Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:53 am

You can read all about the “tamale lady” who was arrested on June 28th, for trespassing, in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in Sacramento, CA here.

I first learned of this tragic story when I read it in the Sacramento Bee newspaper. The woman has been on her own since she broke up with her “common law” husband four years ago, according the the Bee.

For two years, this undocumented immigrant has been eking out a living by selling her authentic Mexican “chicken, pork and chilli cheese” tamales.  On a “good day,” according to the Sacramento Bee, she was making $15 dollars profit on the sale of 50 tamales.  On this small income, she has been feeding her two children, paying her rent, and maintaining a 1996 vehicle.  Of course, she doesn’t pay taxes, but how in the world does she support herself and her children on $15 per day?

After she was arrested for trespassing, and kept in jail for 12 days because she had no money for bail, it was learned that she was undocumented.  Now she faces deportation as an “illegal alien.” Her two children are American citizens because they were born here.

I predict that this woman will not be deported.  No, she is now on her way to fame and fortune.  Obama himself will very likely step in and save her.

I have eaten a few tamales in my day.  A Mexican-American citizen in my neighborhood used to make them and hand them out as Christmas gifts every year.

First of all, the tamale lady is badly in need of some marketing advice, which I predict will soon be forth coming.  $1.00 for a tamale made by a Mexican from an authentic Mexican recipe?  No way, Jose!  She should be selling her tamales for at least $3.00. I would seriously suggest that she sell them for $5.00 each.

I would not buy a tamale for $1.00 from a make-shift stand in a parking lot, but I would buy a $5.00 tamale from a food van (aka a “roach coach”).  Food vans are popular, even in England, according to an article which you can read here.

America is a country of immigrants.  Everyone here is either an immigrant, or descended from an immigrant.  Many of the immigrants were sent here against their will.  For example, people from Africa were bought here against their will and sold as slaves.  People from Ireland were put on “coffin ships” by the British and brought to America against their will during the so-called “famine” in Ireland.  Men from the German state of Hesse were sold to the British who sent them to America against their will to fight as soldiers in the American Revolution.

There are many Americans who favor open borders in America.  Let anyone come here, at any time, no need for citizenship papers.  If America had had open borders between 1933 and 1945, all the Jews in Europe could have come to America and there would have been no Holocaust.

The tamale lady has been in America for 16 years, according to the Bee.  Yet, she still needed help from her children when the police arrived because she can’t speak English.  Why should she?  There are enough people who speak Spanish in California that there is no need to learn English.

May 6, 2012

How to make Chinese turtle soup for medicinal purposes

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:42 pm

Turtle soup is highly recommended by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as the best possible medicine to revive failing kidneys.  The kidneys control every organ in the body, especially the heart and the pancreas.  Weak kidneys can cause high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and Type II diabetes.   When your kidneys are completely failing, you have two choices:  turtle soup or a kidney transplant.

To make turtle soup, you will need a huge stainless steel pot, big enough to hold a ceramic pot placed inside it. You can buy these pots at a Chinese market.  In Sacramento, CA you can buy the pots, along with all the ingredients for the soup, including a live turtle, at Welco Supermarket. The clerk at the market will chop the live turtle into pieces with a huge cleaver, and then package it up so that you don’t have to look at it.

It will take a minimum of two days to prepare and cook the soup.  First, you start by making a broth from a whole chicken and some Chinese herbs. You will need a third pot for the broth.  The chicken and the herbs must cook for a minimum of 8 hours.  Then you put the turtle, shell and all, inside the ceramic pot and cover the turtle with the chicken broth.

Place the ceramic pot, filled with the turtle and the broth, inside the stainless steel pot and fill the stainless steel pot up to within one inch of the top of the ceramic pot.  The turtle soup must cook for a minimum of 12 hours, but longer cooking is better.  After a few hours of cooking, you can remove the ceramic pot and place the turtle soup inside your refrigerator, then continue cooking it the next day, if you do not want to stay up all night watching the soup.

Recipe for Turtle Soup

Make a broth from these ingredients:

1.  One ounce Dioscorea (Shen Yao)

2.  One and a half ounces Radix Astragali (Huang Qi)

3.  One and a half ounces Codonopsis Pilosula (Dang Shen)

4.  One half ounce Medlar (Qi Zhi)

5.  8 dried Chinese dates

6.  One whole (dead) chicken with the feathers and feet removed. Include the liver, heart, gizzard and neck in the broth.

When the broth is done, remove the chicken meat and the bones, but not the herbs.

Put the chopped up turtle (including the shell) into the ceramic pot and fill the pot, up to one inch from the top, with the chicken broth.

Place a towel or some chop sticks on the bottom of the stainless steel pot so that the ceramic pot does not touch the bottom of the stainless steel pot.

Pour water into the stainless steel pot, and allow the soup to simmer inside the ceramic pot for 12 hours at least. Do not allow the water in the stainless steel pot to get into the ceramic pot, which has a small hole in the lid.  Cover the stainless steel pot with a tight-fitting lid and allow the soup to simmer for up to 7 days.

To serve the soup, remove the pieces of turtle shell.  You may also remove the turtle meat.  You do not have to eat the turtle meat, as all of the medicinal properties will be in the broth. The amount of broth that you are required to drink depends on how much you boil it down.  Normally, about 12 ounces of broth will be enough to have a good effect on your kidneys.

Turtle soup can be eaten once a month until your kidneys recover.  For people who don’t have weak kidneys, the soup can be eaten once a year to maintain good health.

How will you know if your kidneys have improved, after you have eaten the soup?  A TCM doctor can tell you how well your kidneys are working.  When your kidneys are working the way they should, you will have not have to get up at night to go to the bathroom, and you will have no tell-tale symptoms of failing kidneys, like dry mouth.  You will have renewed energy and your blood pressure, and blood sugar, will be normal.

March 12, 2012

Glen Campbell and Alzheimer’s disease

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:01 pm

Yesterday, I watched a repeat of a Fox News special, hosted by Shepard Smith, which first aired on Feb. 18, 2012; the show features an interview with Glen Campbell about his battle with Alzheimer’s, and also shows him singing on his current tour.

Glen Campbell is 75 and he looks damned good for 75.  If Glenn has Alzheimer’s, how can he remember the lyrics to all his songs?  It is Shepard Smith that I am worried about — he has changed in appearance in the last year or so and now looks very unhealthy.

By sheer coincidence, I had just read an article in the latest edition of Sacramento Magazine entitled You Must Remember This, Six Things to Keep in Mind about Memory Loss. 

According to the magazine article, “Short-term memory problems are the most concerning kind. […] In Alzheimer’s, short-term (memory) is the first aspect of memory to be lost.”

According to the magazine article, Dr. Michael McCloud, of the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, says that most people, who fear that they have Alzheimer’s, don’t have it.  Dr. McCloud, who specializes in healthy-aging, says that one out of every four Americans older than 65 have MCI (mild cognitive impairment). Dr. McCloud recommends mental stimulation, such as doing crossword puzzles and learning a new language, to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Glen Campbell is currently on his Farewell Tour.  If he ever gets to Sacramento, he should see Dr. McCloud at the U.C. Davis Medical Center.  I believe that Dr. McCloud would tell him that he has MCI, not Alzheimer’s.

Here is a quote from the Sacramento Magazine article:

Other things that have been shown to battle memory loss and improve brain function: blueberries, tumeric, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins B12 and D.

I eat blueberries almost every day and I eat walnuts for Omega-3 every day.  I take tumeric capsules with every meal, along with Vitamin D pills.  I don’t take vitamin B-12 because the B vitamins should always be taken together.  I think I get plenty of B-12 in my food.

I sometimes walk into a room and forget for a moment why I went into the room, but Dr. McCloud says that this is normal.  Dr. McCloud says that age-related cognitive changes in our seventh decade of life are normal. 

I’m not going to worry about all this.  I’m just going to have a bowl of oatmeal with walnuts and blueberries and take a couple of tumeric capsules.  And then, I’ll go for a walk.  Dr. McCloud says that exercise will help to prevent Alzheimer’s.

The most important symptom of Alzheimer’s is when you start asking the same questions more than once in a short span of time.  I have instructed my family members to take me to see Dr. McCloud, whose office is only 5 minutes from my house, if I ever ask them the same question twice.


January 6, 2012

Dr. Oz show: Eating sauerkraut will prevent stomach cancer

Filed under: Germany, Health, TV shows — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 8:12 am

Yesterday I was surprised to hear on the Dr. Oz show on TV that eating sauerkraut will prevent stomach cancer. If this is true, then there should be no stomach cancer in Germany where sauerkraut is the national dish.

On the same show, sauerkraut was mentioned as one of the foods that are high in sodium.  Two experts on stomach cancer, Dr. Peter Kozuch and Dr. Robynne Chutkan were guests on the show. They told about the warning signs and symptoms of stomach cancer, and also the risk factors.  Dr. Kozuch said that salt can damage the mucosa lining of the stomach, which means that too much sodium can cause stomach cancer.  Dr. Chutkan said that eating meat products that contain nitrate is also a cancer risk factor.  She said that eating a hot dog occasionally is O.K. but not every night.  If these experts are right, then everyone in Germany is at risk for stomach cancer because the Germans eat a lot sausage and sauerkraut.

Now I’m confused.  Should I eat sauerkraut to prevent stomach cancer or should I avoid sauerkraut because it is very high in sodium and might actually cause stomach cancer?

Dr. Oz also recommends sauerkraut as a Belly Blaster food.  He says that sauerkraut is great for getting rid of belly fat because the way the gut metabolizes food controls how we get calories into our body.  If you do not have healthy bacteria in your gut, then your body tends to absorb more calories, so Dr. Oz says that he is a huge fan of taking probiotic supplements.  But Dr. Oz also says that another way to get probiotics and healthy bacteria into your gut is by eating fermented foods like sauerkraut.  On his show, Dr. Oz suggested putting sauerkraut onto a turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, instead of eating hot dogs with sauerkraut.

But if sauerkraut prevents belly fat, there should be no one in Germany with a big belly.

Another food that is very high in sodium is Miso soup, a famous Japanese health food. Dr. Oz says that one of the reasons that women in Japan might be so skinny is because they eat so much Miso Soup. Or is it because the Japanese just naturally have a higher metabolism?

Now I don’t know if I should eat Miso soup because Dr. Oz says it is a belly blasting food or if I should avoid it because a high sodium diet can cause stomach cancer.

January 3, 2012

John Edwards medical issue: heart attack or panic attack

Filed under: Health — furtherglory @ 8:20 am

Years ago, I got hooked on the National Enquirer and have been unable to quit.  This year I made a New Year’s  resolution to quit, but I just had to buy one last issue on December 31st.  On the cover was the headline “John Edwards Heart Attack Drama.”  I don’t know how old Edwards is, but he looks too young to be having a heart attack. I had to read the story.

When I read the article inside the Enquirer, I noticed this statement from a friend of John Edwards:  “Although John was told that it was just a panic attack and not heart-related, the incident shook him and he requested trial postponement. He’s still afraid he’s going to die from a heart attack.”

As a survivor of a panic attack, I can tell you that there is a big difference between a panic attack and a heart attack.   (more…)

November 8, 2011

How did Andy Williams get bladder cancer?

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 7:49 am

I’ve been reading in the news that Andy Williams has bladder cancer.  I am a big fan of Andy Williams so I was very sad to hear this.  Hmmm?  Bladder cancer?  Where have I heard about this recently?  Oh yeah, now I remember.  There have been a lot of TV ads by lawyers who are looking for people with bladder cancer who took a drug for diabetes.

Here is the text from one of the ads about drugs that might cause bladder cancer:

Patients taking the diabetes drug Actos for more than a year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer, according to an FDA interim review of an ongoing epidemiological study.

The warning comes just days after two European countries banned use of the drug. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has yet to release any guidance on use of Actos.

Actos is now the second medication in the thiazolidinedione (TZD) class to be associated with serious side effects within the past year. Last fall, the use of Avandia was severely restricted in the U.S. because of concerns about an increased risk of heart attack.

If you or someone you know has taken Actos for over a year and has been diagnosed with bladder cancer, please call us immediately for a free consultation. You can also fill in the confidential client information form on this page and an attorney will call you within 24 hours.

I avoid all prescription drugs for fear of getting cancer or some other dread disease. I rely on the recommendations of Dr. Oz who says that strawberries, bok choy and cooked tomatoes (among other foods) will kill cancer before it advances to the stage where you need medical treatment.

Dr. Oz recommends a low fat, high carb diet to prevent cancer.  He particularly  recommends papaya to prevent cancer.  Dr. Oz says that beets and cashews have tumor starving ingredients. On the other hand, Dr. Oz says that cancer causing foods include processed meats that contain nitrates.  One of my favorite foods used to be pickle loaf, but no more pickle loaf for me.

October 25, 2011

Forsythia mentioned in new movie “Contagion”

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 4:06 pm

I went to see the new movie “Contagion” today.  It was a bit boring until I heard the word Forsythia, which caused me to perk up and pay attention. Unless you are an avid gardener, you have probably never heard of Forsythia which is a tall bush which blooms with yellow flowers in the early spring.  You see a lot of it along the roadside in Germany.

In the movie, the word Forsythia is used in connection with homeopathic medicine.  What was not mentioned in the movie is that Forsythia is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Here is a quote about the medicinal use of Forsythia from this website:

Uses of Forsythia
Forsythia has been used for treatment of bacterial infections and upper respiratory tract infections, although the clinical evidence supporting its use is limited.

History
Forsythia fruits are widely used in Chinese traditional medicine for antipyretic and anti-inflammatory activity in the treatment of bacterial infections and upper respiratory ailments. They are commonly combined with honeysuckle flower  (Lonicera ) and other ingredients. Forsythia fruits are also reputedly used as a diuretic and as a cardiovascular tonic.

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