My letter to President Obama about The Affordable Care Act.

Dear Mr President

I would like to begin this letter expressing my boundless admiration for the job you have done as President.  I have been in constant praise of your even temperament in the face of unrelenting personal attacks and constant barrages launched at you and your administration from the right.  I have told many of my friends that I am in awe of the way you handle these attacks, much like Kane did in one of my favorite TV shows, Kung Fu.  Sometimes I even think you may have grown up watching that show, as I did, and adopted his life view.

So I am writing this letter with mixed feelings and hope you understand why.  Your work in getting the Affordable  Care Act enacted will go down in history as one of the most important acts in our country’s history!  As I see it, it is the beginning of moving our country into the modern world with affordable medical care for all, along with most developed countries.  I know that this program is in its infancy and needs continued improvement, but there is a particular aspect of this program that worries me more than others: the cost that this is placing on the middle class.  As I talk to my friends and neighbors who are paying, in my opinion, much too much for their private health insurance, I am seeing a trend that is very disturbing.  The cost of insurance for these individuals is approaching levels that are simply beyond their reach. For example, today I talked to a friend who is a  farrier who must purchase his own health insurance for his wife and himself.  He has a $2500 deductible and is paying $1347 a month!  He told me that he has never met the deductible and so is paying out-of-pocket for all his medical needs!  I asked him if a higher deductible were applied, would it help?; he said emphatically, “NO.”  You and I, Mr President, who are on government insurance programs, do not experience this problem as so many like him do.  My friend, although he continues to find the money to make these payments, is being stretched close to his financial limits.  I am talking about middle class America, not the Trumps of the world. I feel certain you would agree with this.

On a more practical and current note, the present belief of many middle Americans is that the Affordable Care Act must be eliminated or replaced.  Much of this fear and uncertainty emanates from the enormous expense middle class individuals are being forced to pay.  At this point in time I understand there is little you can do to correct the problem, but this will certainly be a hurdle that Secretary Clinton will have to navigate in the coming years.  It would also make a great political opportunity for her to use her many skills to address.  I understand that you may very well never see this letter; nevertheless it is my hope that you may, because I believe your heart is always in the right place. I feel that you believe that Americans deserve to have much better health care at a price that will not do damage to their life-style, their sense of security and the well-being of their family.

I am sending this letter to you as well as posting it on my Blog, which is found in our local newspaper at http://www.hampshirereview.com under blogs and Cosmic Charley.  Again, thank you for doing an outstanding job as President of our great country.  I will miss you and your family.

Monsanto, roundup, cancer and grass fed beef, is there a connection?

About two years ago I decided, with the help and encouragement of my son, to become gluten-free.  This has led me to an alternative approach to eating that has changed my entire outlook on diet.  Several months after becoming gluten-free, I noticed that my enlarged prostate, along with all its life-altering effects was no longer a problem.  I also lost almost 15 pounds in a little more than two months.  As to the long-term effects, I think they are more difficult to identify but I feel strongly that there will be benefits.  Maybe as I approach senior citizenship, I will experience more benefits of this style of eating.

During this adventure I discovered what many refer to as either The Caveman or The Primal diet.  The primary belief in both of these diets is to only eat things that come from the earth, nothing altered by man and chemical free.  We sometimes call this organic, but that word is abused routinely by the food industry.  One particularly important and essential aspect of these diets is the requirement to use grass-fed as opposed to corn-fed beef.  Being the skeptic I am, I failed to see the importance of eating meat that was grass-fed which is what I intend to explore in this story.

Most of the meat consumed in this country and the rest of the world is raised or ‘finished’ on corn and grain.  This is contrary to the natural evolutionary eating habits of these animals.  Cows and other grazing animals are designed to eat grass, not grain.  Recently I met a former student of mine who is involved in the meat industry.  She shared her observations gathered at a meat processing facility, sometimes referred to as a rendering plant.  What she passed on to me was rather disturbing. When beef is grass-fed, all organs and other meat are red and appear normal; when the cow is grain-fed, the meat and organs are discolored and do not have the same natural appearance as grass-fed meat.  I had read this in a couple of books but took it with a grain of salt.  Now, someone who has personal experience with this is confirming what I learned from my reading!  For  the last several weeks this idea has been festering in my brain.  Several days ago I was reading an article called: ARE GMO’S TOXIC?  Slowly, during the next few days, the pieces fell together for me.  This is a tricky piece of logic, but I think I can get through it clearly enough to make sense.

*Almost 40 years ago Monsanto began producing ROUNDUP, its product is used to control  weeds.

*Near the same time genetic research progressed enough to create ROUNDUP READY  seeds.

*With this advancement, fields could be sprayed with ROUNDUP to eliminate weeds and in a few days seed could be  planted with Roundup ready seeds which were bred to be resistant to the killing effects of Roundup.

*This is called NO-TILL farming which reduces erosion and any disruption to the soil. At first, This seemed like a great idea at Monsanto and to farmers.

*Someone figured out that farmers could save money by spraying crops with ROUNDUP before harvest to eliminate  weed residue in the harvest.

*The amount of ROUNDUP used on a crop has proliferated over the years due to the increasing resistance of weeds and the increasing reliance on herbicides.

*The active chemical in ROUNDUP is GLYPHOSATE which has recently moved onto the ‘possible carcinogenic’ list.

*The allowable levels of GLYPHOSATE in food recently has recently been increased by government agencies.

*Along with being a herbicide, GLYPHOSATE is an endocrine disruptor and an antibiotic.

*GLYPHOSATE has been shown to accumulate in all organs of the body, animal and human.

*ROUNDUP is used on corn, grains and other crops which are fed to animals used for human consumption and fed directly to humans.

*Despite the fact that meat has been a staple of human diet since the beginning of human time, meat has become the bad boy at the market, because it has been implicated in many major human diseases, most notably heart disease.

*Current acceptable levels of GLYPHOSATE in meat has risen to 400 parts/million which is considered high by critics of Roundup.

The above are the facts and the chain of events as I see them.  No doubt someone will wish to rebut them, claiming that there is insufficient concrete data, and they would be right.  There is no absolute data at this time because these types of environmental pollution are insidious and work very slowly on living beings.  What you do with this information is obviously up to you, but it seems that there is a strong connection between meat consumption and human disease, and maybe, just maybe, that is due to the much higher levels of GLYPHOSATE in our meat and other foods!  Maybe the consumption of grass-fed meat as an alternative is a good idea!  Maybe it is the GLYPHOSATE that is causing all the problems.  As always, we are the guinea pigs participating in one of many long-term experiments that we did not sign up for.  Based on the data, I think eventually GLYPHOSATE will be removed from the food chain because public sentiment will grow exponentially or someone will win a lawsuit or two against Monsanto.  This will happen after many millions of people will suffer in a wide variety of ways.

Here are a few charts showing a possible relationship between GLYPHOSATE and various serious diseases.  This is indeed scary! If you click on Google images and write GLYPHOSATE graphs you will see many more graphs correlating this chemical to various human diseases.

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Now that you have this information, what can you do to protect you and your family’s health?  You can begin by writing your representatives and letting them know your concerns.  We need GMO labeling on all products and a major push for the eventual removal of ROUNDUP from the environment!  At present, you need to switch over to products that are GMO free.  I can remember stories of people drinking DDT and washing themselves down with it to demonstrate how safe it was to humans, Ha Ha on that!  You can see this video on YOU TUBE if you would like.  This is a war!  Monsanto is one of the richest companies on the planet and plans on staying that way even if it means inflicting great human suffering!

West Virginia, the raped state.

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Come one, come all, to the great mineral resource sale of the century!
Yes, come to Wild Wonderful West Virginia where you 
can cut it down, dig it out of the earth or punch holes through our 
fresh water supply in search of cheap natural resources. Over the last 
100 years,West Virginia has witnessed the destruction of its beautiful 
countryside in every way possible.  It would seem as if our leaders have 
turned their heads in response to the continued egregious abuse of our 
beautiful state. Our story begins about one hundred years ago when 
someone discovered that our state was a virtual wonderland of large 
virgin woodlands.The northeast industrial giants (the Rockefellers et al),
came here in large numbers anxious to harvest the rich abundance of 
hardwood and softwood trees that carpeted our mountains.  They used every
technology available to denude the land. The remaining abandoned 
deforested land required many decades to reforest. This destruction of our
forests continues even today but to a lesser degree.  At the same time 
our forests were being devoured to meet this nation's need for wood for 
homes and public buildings, coal became the primary source of energy 
for an emerging industrial revolution. Coal was an ideal source of 
large amounts of BTU'sand was relatively easy to extract from the Eastern 
Appalachian Mountains. The first large deposits of coal were abundant and 
nearthe surface. As time passed, the easy coal was used up and the deeper,
harderto get coal became the target as the destruction of the land and 
water continued at an ever increasing rate. Even today we can drive 
through the wastelands that cover much of our state and see the results
of the pillage. Gas and oil were discovered near the coal fields, so 
West Virginia soon became a source of oil for the industrial machine. 
Natural gas, which was simply burned off in the beginning, soon became 
itself an energy source. One good thing about oil andgas mined in the past 
is that there was very little site-based pollution from
the mining process.  That is not to say that the burning 
of these fuels does not produce large amounts of CO2 which is ushering in 
climate change,but the destruction at the site was minimal. 
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  Today we have a new threat to our state: the extraction of natural gas.
In the past we simply drilled a hole into the earth and the gas came out.  
Today we use a new process called hydro-fracking which has the potential 
of destroying our water supplies. Gas companies are canvassing the state 
buying up mineral rights tosecure areas that have the potential to produce 
large amounts of gas.  This is where it starts to get interesting.  Our 
legislature is toying with (with unprecedented pressure from the energy 
companies) the idea of taking away the landowners' rights and invoking a 
system known as 'group forced pooling.' Under this program, gas companies 
can force land owners to give up their mineral rights even when they own 
those rights. 
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Compounding the land owners problem is this: the gas 
company can drill horizontally in any direction with little 
regard to property lines and mineral rights, thus, the landowners have 
virtually no protection from the gas corporations; additionally they may 
have their water sources contaminated and deemed undrinkable, leaving their 
property unusable. I guess the real issue here is money and the wealthy 
gathering it up in any way possible.  If that means destroying our beautiful 
state, then it's a done deal. When it comes to natural resources, there are 
no laws that can stand up against the industrial giants and their multitude 
of lawyers. To industry, laws are simplythings that need to be changed over 
time to allow them to sell us what we have been taught we so desperately 
need. Maybe If we all were a little more interested in the preservation of 
our planet and a little less interested in the plethora a junk we acquire, 
our world would be a cleaner place to live and at the same time we could 
preserve the natural beauty and resources of our state.