Cajun Cough Syrup

Here is my mom’s recipe for Cajun Cough Syrup (aka Dragon Juice).

I also like to add a drop of Oregano essential oil. Other good oils are: Lemon and OnGaurd (aka Thieves Oil).

I make a large batch and store it on the cupboard in a honey bottle. No need to refrigerate. Serving size is about a 1/4 cup (~57g), or a shot glass. Take as often as needed.

Great for colds and coughs. Half the fun is swallowing it down. The faster the better, in my opinion.

1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tbsp honey (12g)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (15g)
2 tbsp hot water (30g)

Shake well and serve warm.

Dragon Juice (aka Cajun Cough Syrup)

Thoughts on Wellness as I treat Strep

My kid has strep. Being the curious type, I did some research about strep. Here are some interesting things that I found about strep on the web.

“Strep throat will go away in 3 to 7 days with or without treatment.” – WebMD

“Although waiting to treat strep throat may prolong the time you have the illness, delaying treatment for a few days does not increase the risk of rheumatic fever or other complications.” – WebMD

“-Strep throat is self-limiting and resolves within a few days.
-The rationale for antibiotic treatment is prevention of suppurative infection, prevention of rheumatic fever, and reduction of communicability
-The antibiotic of choice is penicillin because no increase in resistance has been seen for the past 50 years
-Despite appropriate antibiotic treatment, chronic strep colonization is common. Children can be chronic “strep” carriers (i.e. strep present on culture without any signs of infection) for up to 1 year after infection, but there is generally no need to treat chronic carriers because they are thought to be at low risk of transmitting disease or developing invasive GABHS (strep) infections.
-In summary, strep throat will go away on its own without antibiotic treatment and we only treat to reduce side effects that don’t occur that much to begin with.” – epmonthly.com

“There have been only two other cases of rheumatic fever ever reported in a pharyngitis study, both in 1961. In fact, despite large, contemporary studies tracking tens of thousands of strep throats in the general community, many of whom received placebos or no treatment, there hasn’t been a case of rheumatic fever reported in a study for nearly fifty years. When the incidence dropped to less than one per million in the general population in 1994, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped tracking rheumatic fever entirely.” – epmonthly.com

In my few years on this planet, I have thus far come to the conclusion that God has given us medicines, and for a good reason. I have also come to the conclusion that medicines are over used and over prescribed. Wellness of a human body is affected by a great many things. Medicine and surgeries have their place, but they are not the answer to every problem, nor should they be. In the same line of thought, herbs and other natural remedies have also been given to us by God, for a good reason. Natural remedies also have their place, but just like medicines and surgeries, they are not the answer to every problem, nor should they be.

It is my belief that true wellness comes from a proactive approach to living and eating. How active we are and what we put into our bodies, in the way of food, both play a great part of how well we feel. The saying, “we are what we eat”, is correct on so many levels. If live a sedentary life, our bodies will atrophy. If we put poor excuses for food into our bodies, our bodies respond poorly. Simple truths.

Medical doctors are not the answer for every illness. Chiropractors are not the answer to every ache. It is my opinion and belief that health practitioners should be more about health and wellness education than they are about symptom treating. As a society, we should seek health advice before we are sick, so that we do not get sick. If our health and wellness practitioners were used to help us be more aware of how to care for our bodies, we would be more healthy. This is already proven if we compare the ignorance of people hundreds of years ago to the little common knowledge that we now have.

I think the best health care system would be to combine EVERY form of health treatment and medicine.

Instead of shunning methodologies that we do not understand or consider to be quackery or witch doctory, we should learn more about them and incorporate them into our health care systems.

As an analogy, let us think of how many tools there are in the world. If your mechanic decided that a hammer was the best tool and decided to use only the hammer to fix things, he may have some success in fixing things, but he would create a lot of collateral damage. If he would learn about and embrace the idea of a wrench, he could be much more efficient.

This is the same for medical doctors and chiropractors. They have certain tools that they have discovered to be useful. Yet by not learning about alternative tools they are limiting their effectiveness to heal while also practicing potentially harmful activities because “that is what is accepted”.

With that in mind, here is a short list of other tools that health practitioners could use to help people be well: Iridology, acupuncture, low-level laser therapy, meditation, aroma therapy, Chinese medicine, dance therapy, music therapy, massage, herbalism, therapeutic touch, yoga, osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, and homeopathy. (Wikipedia)

The Death Sentence

Someone sentenced with death should not have to wait for death. Nor should society have to continue to pay to keep that person alive. A death sentence should be carried out immediately. That is the consequence of a death sentence. If a person, sentenced with death, sits in a cell for 20+ years, what was the point of the death sentence?

What if that person gets released on good behavior? That person now goes out into society and is a walking time bomb. What do others in society learn from this? They can go to prison, do some time, get free room and board, and then go out to wreak so more havoc. If a death sentence is carried out immediately, the lesson is learned by others in society that if they do something worthy of the death sentence there will be no reprieve.

Give the person a week to get his affairs in order, say goodbye to the world, and ponder his actions. Then send him off. If someone has earned the death sentence, let him have it. Use the space and money for rehabilitating other citizens.

In fact, I think that perhaps the death sentence to be given to far more criminals that it is current given to. Perhaps pedophiles and drunk drivers who kill someone while intoxicated should also be deserving of death.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Prisoner Restitution

Citizens of the United States of America have rights. Such as the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

When a citizen commits a crime, they do so in trade for some of their rights. In other words, were I to kill someone, I would give up my rights to liberty and the pursuit of happiness and depending on the scenario, I could lose my right to life.

This is natural cause and effect. Every action has a consequence. Certain consequences are desirable, others are not. We learn what to do and what not to do based on receiving these consequences. This is a law of the universe. It cannot be changed.
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Guns on Planes

I am wondering what you think about allowing citizens to take weapons (such as guns) on public flights? The problem with weapon laws, in my understanding, is that those who obey the laws do not need the laws in the first place and those that break laws are going to break them anyway. In other words, if a terrorist really wants to find a way to get a gun on a plane and then tries to use it, all the law abiding citizens are at the mercy of the terrorist. If law abiding citizens are allowed to exercise their right to bear arms, ANY WHERE (including planes, hospitals, churches, etc), I would think that terrorists and other law breakers would be much more hesitant to attack, for fear of not just law enforcement officers but also average citizens.

On the topic of “what happens if someone shoots a gun on a plane, even accidentally”, Mythbusters had a great episode on that actually. They pressurized a plane and shot holes through it. Nothing catastrophic. The myth was totally busted. They had to attach a major explosive to the side of the plane to actually affect some catastrophic damage.

What are your thoughts about guns on planes?

Tax the Rich

Just doing a little math here. A true “flat tax” might look something like this:
US Population 2010: 309 million people (309000000)
US Federal budget request for 2010: $3.55 trillion ($3550000000000)

3550000000000 / 309000000 = $11,488.67/person/year

That is quite a bit of tax. Although, consider what we pay in taxes across the board in sales, property, gas, income, SS, etc, etc.

I just read some articles that I found interesting.

Tax the Rich!

“1. Poor Americans do pay taxes… including federal payroll taxes. Between gas taxes, sales taxes, utility taxes and other taxes, no one lives tax free in America.”

“[D]uring seven of the eight Bush years, the IRS report on the top 400 taxpayers was labeled a state secret, a policy that the Obama administration overturned almost immediately after his inauguration.”

“Since 1980, when President Reagan won election promising prosperity through tax cuts, the average income of the vast majority—the bottom 90 percent of Americans—has increased a meager $303, or 1 percent. Put another way, for each dollar people in the vast majority made in 1980, in 2008 their income was up to $1.01.”

Tax The Rich? 14 Facts You May Want To Consider

“The ultra-rich simply are not going to be taxed into oblivion. They will do whatever it takes to avoid high tax rates.”

“The truth is that our tax system is completely and totally broken.”

“When you crush small businesses you crush job growth in this country.

“If you wanted to truly ‘tax the rich’, you would need to completely throw out our current tax system and come up with something completely and totally different.

And actually, when you get right down to it, an income tax is not even needed to run our country. Until 1913 the United States did just fine without a federal income tax.”

“[T]he solution is to change the rules of the game so that money and financial power does not become so concentrated in the hands of just a few. Our founding fathers intended for all Americans to be able to start businesses and compete. They never intended for gigantic mega-corporations to dominate everything.”

What are your thoughts on taxes?

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