July 14, 2009

Really rang true for me

THE economic causes of the German inflation appeared long before the Treaty of Versailles. Its psychological effects were felt long after the Treaty of Locarno. Where did the story end? Not with the stabilisation recovery, for that, too, was an episode in a human tragedy; not in the following years of sham prosperity founded on foreign loans which were at last called in; not in the disastrous years of 1930, 1931 or 1932, when economists, historians and politicians were even then rushing into print to write finis to the aftermath of the Great War.

More than any other thread that links the two world wars, the history of the inflation is a reminder that for the nation which supremely promoted both of them, the second was merely an extension of the first, reinforcing the adage that the seeds of battle are planted in peace treaties. Inflation for Germany was an unwitting part of the process of stoking the emotional boilers for a resumption of hostilities when the power to wage war returned. Not only did the loss of their former affluence and status, and the destruction of the old moral ethic, sour and humiliate the human pillars and foundations of German society: in German minds democracy and Republicanism had become so associated with financial, social and political disorder as to render any alternatives preferable when disorder threatened again.

When war came back, so did inflation. With inflation alone, noted Günter Schmolders,* (The German Experience', essay in Inflation (Ed. C. Lowell Harriss, The Acad. of Polit. Science, New York, vol 31, IV, I975.)) can a government extinguish debt without repayment, or wage war and engage in other non-productive activities on a large scale: it is still not recognised as a tax by the tax-payer. Thus did Hitler resume deficit spending to finance armaments in 1938, and the experience begin again. As in the first case, the second inflation was a ten-year affair, although huge price inflation did not start in earnest until the eighth and ninth years, when cigarettes took over as the medium of exchange.

In terms of public perception, however, the second inflation travelled much faster. By 1948 the Reichsmark was abandoned, and ten Reichsmarks were traded in in cash against the new Deutschmark, while bank accounts were credited with only 6.50 Deutschmarks for every 100 Reichsmarks. Disaster had struck the holders of money values once again, but the agony was contained very much more quickly. The pass to which the Reichsmark had come in 1947-1948, the loss of nine-tenths of its value, had been achieved by its predecessor, the mark, as early as 1919.

Her new war indemnities apart, Germany was once again an almost debt-free country; and once again, with stability regained, great foreign loans were available to haul her out of her economic difficulties. Once again the repudiation of debt, conscious or unconscious, had been shown to be no more than a stage on the hyper-inflationary road. In the Toronto Star Weekly in December 1923, Ernest Hemingway described a street auction of inflation banknotes -- German marks, Austrian kronen, Russian roubles — which the citizens of Toronto were being urged to buy in the hope, of which Germans, Austrians and Russians had long since been brutally robbed, that when sanity returned the banknotes, too, would retrieve their old values:

No one explained to the listening men that the cheap-looking Russian money had been printed in million-rouble denominations as fast as the presses could work in order to wipe out the value of the old imperial money and in consequence the money-holding class. Now the Soviet has issued roubles backed by gold. None of these in the hands of the barkers …

To say that inflation caused Hitler, or by extension that a similar inflation elsewhere than in a Weimar Germany could produce other Right or Left wing dictatorships, is to wander into quagmires of irrelevant historical analogy. The comparable, coincidental, financial and social circumstances of Austria and Hungary do not, in any case, support such a notion, telling in other matters as are some of the parallels which may be found. On the other hand, the vast unemployment of the early 19305 gave Hitler the votes he needed. Just as the scale of that unemployment was part of the economic progression originating in the excesses of the inflationary years, so the considerable successes of the Nazi party immediately after stabilisation and immediately before the recession were linked (pace the observations of the Consul-General Clive) with its advances in 1922 and 1923.

It is indisputable that in those inflationary years Hitler felt his political strength as a national figure and first tried his fingers for size on the throat of German democracy. Indeed, as Mr Clive perceptively reported, 'in the course of 1923 he succeeded in rousing more passions and stirring up more bad blood than far greater men than he have done in a lifetime.' The Consul-General might with justification have added that Hitler should go far. Germany only needed a new dose of economic misfortune for the Nazis to seize power, quasi-constitutionally, the second time round.

Inflation did not conjure up Hitler, any more than he, as it happened, conjured it. But it made Hitler possible. It is daring to say that without it Hitler would have achieved nothing: but so is it daring to assert that, had enormous post-war unemployment not been held at bay for years by financing the government's deficits and by an ungoverned credit policy, bloody revolution would have occurred, leading presumably to an equally bloody civil war whose outcome can only be guessed at. In all these matters, it was anyway touch and go.

That Germany inflated deliberately in order to avoid the costs of reparations is not a proposition that bears examination. The evidence is wholly against it. First, the rate of inflation was enormous long before reparations were an issue. Secondly, industrial pressure to inflate, largely self-interested, had nothing directly to do with the war debt. Thirdly, it was correctly recognised that, although customs receipts by the Allies were perforce in paper money, reparations had to be paid either in kind or in gold equivalents: British and French war debts to America had themselves to be rendered in gold or gold equivalents, America's high tariffs making payment in goods impracticable.

Fourthly, at no time did Germany's financial authorities so much as hint, privately or publicly, that their policies derived from cynicism (which would have had to be shared by their counterparts in Austria and Hungary) rather than incomprehension and incapacity. That the government and the Reichsbank were dominated by the notion that a huge 'passive' balance of payments made constant devaluation inevitable hardly seems sufficient explanation of their total, blind refusal to connect the mark's depreciation with the money supply — yet, as Lord D'Abernon wrote even in 1922: 'Knowledge of currency laws -- particularly of the quantitative theory — is incredibly absent in all German circles'; or, as Brescioni-Turroni noted, the budgeting deficits of Reich and states alike were considered by writers and politicians 'not the cause, but the consequence of the external depreciation of the mark.'

It is irrelevant to this that the German workers who produced the reparation payments in goods or in bills of exchange were paid for their efforts in depreciating paper, with considerable though transient advantages for German industry and commerce — and frequently to the disadvantage of their foreign competitors. To that extent, reparations encouraged inflation. The 'transfer problem', involving the adverse economic effects of reparations on creditor countries, was only hesitantly being recognised by the Allies in the spring of 1923; and until then it was not suggested by them (or feared by German industrialists) that the excessive sale of subsidised exports for reparation payment purposes might lead to the erection of tariff barriers against Germany, much as other forms of Valutadumping' were castigated.* (Schacht, in My First Seventy-Six Years, Chap 21, reports Reginald McKenna, formerly Asquith's Chancellor of the Exchequer and then, in 1923, Chairman of the Midland Bank, as saying: 'Since Germany can only make payments by means of exports, she would be compelled to export to such an extent that British industry would suffer intolerably.')

While the reparations burden and the uncertainties it led to were advanced as a cause of inflation, so was inflation pressed as one of the conditions which made reparations difficult to pay — and in both claims there was a certain justice, although neither told more than a fraction of the story. D'Abernon, who did not exonerate the French government under Poincare from some of the blame for Germany's financial troubles (he accused Paris alternatively of 'Shylockism, bad information, or possibly, profound policy'), roundly condemned Berlin's 'folly and ignorance'. Indeed, it was inconceivable that Germany ever knowingly embarked on a course of economic and financial suicide to escape war indemnities, or that such motives were entertained by Rathenau. In practice, inflation proved no means of escaping foreign obligations except in so far as it contributed to the economic collapse of 1932 which wrecked the reparations programme for good.

The Reichsbank's display of naivete in its credit policies of 1922 and 1923 should finally dispel any suspicions of financial Machiavellianism on the part of Havenstein and his associates. They staunchly denied that higher discount rates would moderate the inflation and, on the contrary, opined that they would merely raise the costs of production and push up prices further. Loudly as they later asserted that these inexplicably cheap credits were given principally for 'profitable' projects, the favoured firms who benefitted from this largesse turned the money to their best advantage — either by turning it into material assets or into foreign exchange, or simply using it to speculate against the mark and drive it downwards. The only financial conditions which Havenstein understood were those which prevailed before 1914.

How great does inflation have to be before a government can no longer control it? Most economists accept that mild inflation has certain therapeutic advantages for a nation which must deal with the social and economic problems to which industrial democracies are usually subject. Most electorates still accept the statements of their politicians' pious intentions in regard to controlling ever rising prices: and yet the Deutschmark, the currency of the country which had most reason to fear inflation, lost two-thirds of its purchasing power between 1948 and 1975. The pound lost almost half its purchasing power between 1970 and 1975. In neither instance, however, did such depreciation represent a deliberate, cynical policy; which, no doubt, would also have been claimed by the German bankers and governments of the early 1920, who looked for causes of their monetary difficulties beyond their own printing press and tax system — and found them, without difficulty and to their complete intellectual satisfaction. It remains so that once an inflation is well under way (as Schmb'lders has it) 'it develops a powerful lobby that has no interest in rational arguments.' This was as true for Austria and Hungary as for Germany.

There was no moment in Germany between 1914 and the summer of 1923 when in theory currency stability could not have been secured, if necessary by the establishment of a new bank of issue for which sufficient backing was still available. Until the later date, despite the demands made by the Entente and the necessity to find substitutes for the Ruhr's iron and coal, German gold and foreign currency reserves always constituted a substantial proportion of the exchange value of the circulating paper, no matter how fantastically its volume grew. After the war was over, however, there were always practical difficulties which had little to do with the refusal of Germany's monetary authorities to see the connection between depreciation and money supply.

Long before the Ruhr invasion, and perhaps even before the preliminary meetings of the Reparations Commission, there came a stage when it was politically impossible to hah inflation. In the middle of 1920, after the brief post-Kapp Putsch period of the mark's stability, the competitiveness of German exports declined, with unemployment beginning to build up as a result. The point was presumably not lost on the inflators. Recovery of the mark could not be achieved without immediate repercussions in terms of bankruptcies, redundancies, short-time working, unemployment, strikes, hunger, demonstrations, Communist agitation, violence, the collapse of civil order, and thus (so it was believed) insurrection and revolution itself.

Much as it may have been recognised that stability would have to be arranged some day, and that the greater the delay the harder it would be, there never seemed to be a good time to invite trouble of that order. Day by day through 1920, 1921 and 1922 the reckoning was postponed, the more (not the less) readily as the prospective consequences of inflation became more frightening. The conflicting objectives of avoiding unemployment and avoiding insolvency ceased at last to conflict when Germany had both.

The longer the delay, the more savage the cure. Austria by the end of 1922 was in the hands of the receivers, having regained a stable currency only under the absolute direction of a foreigner. Hungary, too, had passed any chance of self-redemption, and later on was to undergo an equal degree of hardship and suffering, especially for her public servants. Stability returned to Germany under a military dictatorship when much of the constitution had been suspended -- although the State of Emergency was only indirectly necessitated by the destruction of the nation's finances. To all three countries stability and then recovery came. All had to be bailed out by others. Each was obliged to accept a greater degree of economic disruption and unemployment than need ever have been feared at the time when the excessive printing of banknotes might still have been stopped. In all three cases, after inflation reached a certain advanced stage, financial and economic disaster seems to have been a prerequisite of recovery.

The take-off point in the inflationary progress, after which the advent of hyperinflation was but a matter of time, the point indeed when it became self-generating and politically irreducible except for short periods, was not indeed to be found on the graph of the currency depreciation, or of the velocity of its circulation, or of the balance of payments deficit. Nor in Germany's case did it notably coincide with some ultimate crisis of confidence in the mark, at home or abroad — Rathenau's murder, or the occupation of the Rhine ports, or the London Ultimatum, all of which had immediate seismic effects upon it. Rather it lay on the falling curve of political possibility, with which was closely linked the degree of political power and courage that the government, sorely pressed as it was, was able to muster.

What really broke Germany was the constant taking of the soft political option in respect of money. The take-off point therefore was not a financial but a moral one; and the political excuse was despicable, for no imaginable political circumstances could have been more unsuited to the imposition of a new financial order than those pertaining in November 1923, when inflation was no longer an option. The Rentenmark was itself hardly more than an expedient then, and could scarcely have been introduced successfully had not the mark lost its entire meaning. Stability came only when the abyss had been plumbed, when the credible mark could fall no more, when everything that four years of financial cowardice, wrong-headedness and mismanagement had been fashioned to avoid had in fact taken place, when the inconceivable had ineluct-ably arrived.

Money is no more than a medium of exchange. Only when it has a value acknowledged by more than one person can it be so used. The more general the acknowledgement, the more useful it is. Once no one acknowledged it, the Germans learnt, their paper money had no value or use — save for papering walls or making darts. The discovery which shattered their society was that the traditional repository of purchasing power had disappeared, and that there was no means left of measuring the worth of anything. For many, life became an obsessional search for Sachverte, things of 'real', constant value: Stinnes bought his factories, mines, newspapers. The meanest railway worker bought gewgaws. For most, degree of necessity became the sole criterion of value, the basis of everything from barter to behaviour. Man's values became animal values. Contrary to any philosophic assumption, it was not a salutory experience.

What is precious is that which sustains life. When life is secure, society acknowledges the value of luxuries, those objects, materials, services or enjoyments, civilised or merely extravagant, without which life can proceed perfectly well but make it much pleasanter notwithstanding. When life is insecure, or conditions are harsh, values change. Without warmth, without a roof, without adequate clothes, it may be difficult to sustain life for more than a few weeks. Without food, life can be shorter still. At the top of the scale, the most valuable commodities are perhaps water and then, most precious of all, air, in whose absence life will last only a matter of minutes. For the destitute in Germany and Austria whose money had no exchange value left existence came very near these metaphysical conceptions. It had been so in the war. In All Quiet on the Western Front, Müller died 'and bequeathed me his boots — the same that he once inherited from Kemmerick. I wear them, for they fit me quite well. After me Tjaden will get them: I have promised them to him.'

In war, boots; in flight, a place in a boat or a seat on a lorry may be the most vital thing in the world, more desirable than untold millions. In hyperinflation, a kilo of potatoes was worth, to some, more than the family silver; a side of pork more than the grand piano. A prostitute in the family was better than an infant corpse; theft was preferable to starvation; warmth was finer than honour, clothing more essential than democracy, food more needed than freedom.

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July 8, 2009

Sleeping Easy

So many of us make choices through out our days that cost us at night. Coffee at 9pm after a late dinner. Really a lot of us do this, late dinner is one thing. The last few times I have gone out, people always end they're meals with coffee. After some not so quiet questioning, servers told me that it is the norm. Even building and timing meals around coffee.
After to much food, more drinks than we probably could make intelligent use of, we top it all off with caffeine. Eating to excess, yep I do this quite a bit- I don't consume alcohol of any kind, nope just don't. We decide to have coffee. Why? Mostly due to realities of going out to socialize.

Having fun and consuming is half the game. Yet excess only makes you glutenous. Everyone has made fun of friends who go to far. Yet we are unable to do this for ourselves. No coffee after 6pm? easy. Most drinks contain sugar and will keep you up, unless you drink to passing out.

So- about solutions. Calcium is really it. Tums, junk chalk, or simple calcium supplements. 1000 to 4000mg taken 45 minutes before you need to be asleep. Drink at least 2 pints of water with the calcium. Chew them up if you can. Now this will work on any night, and it should not be used for more than three nights in a row. If you can't sleep, don't wait until 2am to try this. If you have been lying there 30 minutes, get up take calcium and water.
As always- consult your doctor before making changes in your life.

June 19, 2009

So often we take for granted the knowledge that we posses. Knowing one thing that others do not is a thing that may be coveted, yet only for a time...
A charming ARTICLE about why we choose bottled water.
Please respond with your comments on why you drink water, and where you get it. Your preferded container?

June 17, 2009

Changing Format

At the end of this month I will be changing sites and moving on to a more specific topic. Men's health & fitness is the direction I've picked.
So to all the millions of faithful masses who followed me all these long years. What do you wish of my next effort? Note my grace and magnanimity that you have been asked and propose your questions soundly... And to you the twitterpated one- any thing you'd like?

May 27, 2009

Feel Better Fast!

You can feel better first thing tomorrow morning by doing two simple things.
  1. Drink 3liters of water- One at breakfast, one through the afternoon and one more in your last hour before bed. Feeling better has many aspects, energy, mental attitude and over health. Better hydration is one low cost way to have that fast.
  2. Take 1000mg. of high quality B-complex. Consume one with your morning meal, and another at the end of your day with water.
Feeling better is about the choice to do so. That means actually taking these simple steps to improve your health fast. Not saying that you should get around to that... Feeling better starts with two fast steps today- all for $15 or less.
Make your choice to exercise your options, to really feel better fast today! The choice is yours

May 25, 2009

Eugene Parkour Group

Me and my good friend Tim, have started a Parkour group. Training, information sharing, support and a constant commitment to safety. Please visit us at Eugene Parkour.
Happy Training and keep running!!

May 22, 2009

Eugene Parkour?

Well everyone... Tim has finally driven me to such a point of fervor that only some attempt at forming a Parkour group will satisfy. Yeah, so we are going to take a swing at this.
Rules; yes we must have some. 1-no one cares what you do at home, but you have to show up SOBER. I have zero interest or tolerance for dealing with the impaired in such a situation. 2- Must be over 18 years old. I don't care if your mom is cool with it, she would still sue me if it all go's south.
So everyone get your light kicks on, we'll be running soon...

May 21, 2009

Protein Price

Protein is arguably the second most important factor to reasonable health, and great fitness. The very word "PROTEIN" ; means most-important. Now aside from quite expensive Hydrolyzed Whey Protein, how do we get the good stuff we need? Beef is expensive, chicken can get boring fast... So having seen this cool article in Men's Fitness-June/July '09 I thought this would be awesome to share with all of you. Mind you, I think there is only 3... So save money and introduce some variety in to your diet, all while getting the protein you need!

Average Cost of 10gm.s of Protein;
Black Beans $.13
Turkey $.14
Chicken Breast $.24
Eggs $.26
Whole milk $.30
Ground Beef $.34
Ham, Boneless $.40
Cheddar Cheese $.43
Peanuts $.44
Sirloin Steak $.69
Cottage Cheese $.96
Soy Milk $1.26
By; Sara Vigneri

May 13, 2009

From one of the Masters

"A Traceur wants himself to be an imagination, a constant invention"
-Sebastion Foucan


Having long helped others with their fitness & nutrition questions; I have decided to achieve a Personal Trainer Certification. Although I am currently unsure of my desire to continue with Fitness Training as a long term career choice, maintaining the skills to do so is embraced-
So I've chosen A.C.E. as my certification of choice. They have over 20 years of training fitness pros and a almost unblemished record. Secondly, they are recognized as gold standard worldwide, behind only the A.C.S.M...
So everyone keep they're hopes up for me as I enter these last couple months of study before testing and certification.

May 4, 2009

Ground Work

As I continue to make my way in Parkour, and general fitness as a whole- one thing continues to be a priority for me. Ground work; running is the general idea here. But so much more is contained within this definition for me. Quadrupedal movement in parkour is essential and a difficult work out. Most anyone looks at it and thinks "that's nothing, I can do that easy!" This occurs because it should be easy. Yet it is not... The strain and C/R challenge is surprising and more. The idea that it is easy, comes from the fact that moving on all fours is primal- you did it a lot as a child. So why can't you do it anymore? Simply because you no longer do it. Kinda sad huh?
I do not run as often a I could. I have my own forms of laziness, just like anyone else. I have the best legs in my circles, but bicycling would be tough for me over long distances. Simply cause I rarely do it.
Try these simple ones, and get on with moving. Maintaining simple Ground Work will pay dividends through the course of your life and relationships.

Thanks and Keep Jumping!

April 24, 2009

Parkour Group?

I have been considering starting a parkour group. So my question at this point is there anyone out there who would actually show up to practice once a week? This may seem simple but most folks don't really have much drive to make this happen-
Anyone out there?
Plus I'm supposed to have a name for this group... Any ideas?

April 23, 2009

Parkour Attemps

So after many long days of only running by myself- I finally got a day to do some parkour drills. Although I would not say we went for a "Parkour Run." We certainly had fun. My good friend Timothy and I took a good stab at Rolling and Speed Vaults, with a little Tic-Tac to Cat Leap impromptu throw in at the end. Which was entirely thanks to Tim's creative eye.
The rolls went slowly at first. Due mostly to an initial fear, attached to anything new. As the practice wore on and my courage to commit to the move improved, the next real issue was flipping myself and landing flat on my back. I could still complete the roll, but it hurt. So more round and less pressing forward. Just let them momentum take me through... Eventually I got one really good set of about 6 in a row. Timothy got 2-3 great ones; when I was not looking of course:( It is worthy of note that I injured my left ankle; pushing off from the wrong foot out of a roll... Doing OK- still walking.
On to to speed vaults. Talk about failing to commit to the moves. The big problem was evenly spacing & timing my steps on the approach to the vault. Being strong enough and clearing the obstacle was no issue. Just really going with good speed and evenly launching; then landing on the same launch leg smoothly to keep up the run. Wow the is tough stuff- Not physically, just getting my head really committed. Grrr... I get a way smoother vault on my left arm. Being right handed...? Eventually we got some smooth vaults over our chosen obstacle; which may have been too tall for our first attempt.
I chose to purchase A.P.K.'s instructional video on Parkour. Enlightening and Clear. But they chose to show many of the moves in big situations. Not in small controlled ways. So looking for smaller ground to practice on is a lens one will have to cultivate to make safe use of the instruction. Let it be said that APK is doing stellar stuff, and I regularly use their site.
Lastly on our walk back Tim spotted a cool spot and we decided to give some Wall-Runs a chance. After a few good shots we decided to add a tic-tac into this and now we were really feeling like we were doing this shit! A guy came out and joined us for a few runs. Good times. Having this guy show up and have a bit of fun with us showed me how cool all this can be. The first words out of his mouth "That looks fun." Yes my man it is! We had a great time and I'll be giving it another shot on Friday. Hopefully next time we can get some pics of all this. Showing me look not so cool:)

April 14, 2009

Minerals Everyday

The established medical field has erroneously believed, and endorsed, that mineral supplements are not required for optimal health. Extensive research over the last 30 years has shown such idea's to be false and worse- detrimental.
The soil has long since been vastly depleted of minerals and we cannot possibly hope to get all the nutrients we need from the foods grown there. Anyone has the option to re-mineralize their soil, but this article will assume they have not yet. Depleted soil and the "four food groups" will not allow us to live long healthy lives. Sorry- Santa Clause is not real. When your body is assaulted by drugs, disease, pollutants and even exercise; you risk decreased vitality, increase of illness and an early unnecessary demise. Because of excessive pollutants in our air, water and food/soils we require additional minerals to safely process the toxins from our bodies. Excessive cravings for "junk food" or alcohol or drugs indicate the body is not getting all of the essential nutrients. So you'll consume extraordinary amounts of your poison of choice; drugs, alcohol, fats, sugar, caffeine... It's your bodies way of trying to get the missing nutrients.
What about those 30 years of research? No need. The U.S. government knew in 1936. Yes really- look it up.-Senate Document No. 264,74th session,1936-google it
"No man today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to require his stomach with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health... Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet defeiencies which cannot be remedied until depleated soils from which our food comes our brought back into proper mineral balence?"
"The alarming fact is that foods now being raised on millions of acres of land that that no longer contain enough minerals(and trace min.) are starving us- no matter how much of them we eat."
You should be alarmed. That is normal, if you're not then you really need some better food. I bring all this up to simply share and hopefully show us that we need better food and soil. Not drugs, not surgery, maybe therapy. Mostly good soil, clean water and healthy plants and animals- these simple realities will carry us and our grandchildren into the next century.
Be good to yourself and each other. Buy some rock dust...

Consideratios on Joint Health part 1

So few of us truly appreciate the health of our bodies. Let alone specific sections. The long term function and durability of the joints is arguably paramount. Long term function becomes vastly more important if you enjoy engaging in any physical activity. All the efforts one puts forth, let alone the long hours endured; if only to lose the function of our joints when reach a mastery of our chosen skill. Time and energy need not be wasted by age and wear. You can, and hopefully will, maintain healthy joint function through the course of your life.

First and foremost is the hardest to accomplish. Minimizing the impact… This is done through caution, preparation, controlled movement, and skilled effort. Do not drop your feet when you walk. Learn how to move, i.e. Alexander Technique, Moshe Feldenkras. Look where you are going, look before you leap, and generally avoiding the stupid things we all do. One must remain eternally vigilant to remain mentally alert.

Secondly is muscle development and maintenance. Work out with good form, within your appropriate weight limits. Push yourself but do not go beyond current limits. Do different types of exercise. If you weight lift; try yoga, Tracuers; try dance. Tango or ballet will be surprisingly challenging for most of us. Stretch. Every day. Do not let go of this type of work out, keeping the muscles and tendons long and alive will pay great dividends in the course of your life. A variety of exercise styles and routines will keep your nervous systems challenged and your muscles growing. Many of you may be familiar with the bodybuilding principle of “muscle shock”. The same principles affect your nerve and sinew tissues as well.

Thirdly, and the primary point of this article, is Supplementation. Intelligent use of supplements of good quality will pay high yields as you age. One of the first questions to address regarding any supplement is bio-availability. Quite simply, most products are just such low quality that they pass without being absorbed in any viable quantity. First and foremost is beef-sterates in tablets. The way that almost all supplement tablets are bound is with ground up beef tissue. Sounds good enough, may even have calcium, magnesium, and glucosamine. The big catch that manufactures ignore, or choose not to reveal, is that all this happens at 150 degrees F. It never gets that hot in you, no matter what your lover thinks. The body can barely break that into smaller pieces, let alone make good use of such materials. This is done due to cost choices, and yes you pay more for well designed and manufactured products. Your body deserves a Ferrari, cough up the cash. It will respond how you treat it… Secondly on bio-availability is source. Plant derived is best. No question, put rock dust in your garden and grow your own. A very few companies do this exclusively. Standard Process being the best. Youngevity is another great source for plant derived minerals/vitamins. After plant derived, is animal processed. Good stuff can come from shells, and bones. You take a risk in the form of chemicals, hormones and antibiotics being given to the animal in question. Little solid evidence concludes either way

March 31, 2009

Body Politic/ World Health

One of my most recent concerns, regarding total health for ones self, is the international health of every human. I am, however, a firm believer in disease being extremely important for humanity as a whole. The concept is a bit harsh but we need to thin the herd- and we are too emotional to do it ourselves. No, I could not do it my self...
That being said- we have a serious problem with our health perceptions and actions relating to global health. So frequently we fail to notice how extraordinarily divergent many of resource allocations for health care are. Not just the suppression of people of color, but of sexual definitions. At this point I wish relate as a male speaking about woman's body politic issues- at least as I am aware of and perceive them to be... Forgive me in advance.
The deep inconsistencies in health care between the sex's is extreme in many sections of the globe. The simple reality that we will invade nations for the purpose of greater freedoms(claimed at least). To simply free persons from perversion, sexual abuse, genital, mutilation/ circumcision, total seclusion from mental/emotion counseling, and a almost totally accepted reality that they are the whole problem.... Simply due to the fact that they are not men. Not so much that they are women, but that are NOT MEN. So strange to disavow based entirely on a simple difference. For one person it is insane, for an entire society? That is a disease. I have strong feelings that it is an unrecognized Pandemic. Could that really be possible? Is this as prevalent as T.B. or H.I.V.? Are so many men and women so entrenched in established beliefs that they are not able to recognize it as an illness?
More importantly are US citizens, as myself, so completely divorced from an attentive reality that we have failed to realize this? The many reasons why we would ignore it will not be discussed because they are known. Yet I fully do not think that my fellow citizenry recognize this type of severe and prevalent body politic as the disease it is. US pharma companies spend and make billions on mental illnesses, yet with all our enlightened perceptions an entire society is unable to see this. So conclusions and question is- Are US citizens and residents also suffering from this illness?
My only conclusion- without question we are suffering from this disease.
--Please comment on this topic or feel free to communicate directly with me at; longhardt at gmail dot com
This one is poorly wrote, I geuss. My main point; we have invaded in the name of freedom a number of times. Yet even today we have failed to address female genital mutilation or the major divide in the way medical resources are distributed. Females frequently go untreated for illness/disease based on the thought that it would be a waste. Not because a woman is female, but entirely because only men deserve care. This is simply maddness! Although these thought patterns are primarily related Muslim dominated cultures- such is not exclusive to Islam, or such nations. Nor a result of Islam. Shinto in japan practiced genital mutilation up until the 70's. Some sources say it go's on to this day there. Many portions of Asia proper and Africa continue unabashedly to to this hour. Except for a handful of small organizations, no one is fighting this! Secondly- medicine is still male dominated in the westernized world to this day. Women are still living in a world where it is socially exspected of them to put themselves last. Many partners/mothers hide or ignore their illnesses because there is unspoke social mores that they do not deserve the resources. Again -- Maddness!
As I said- for one person this would be insane; i.e. mental illness. But for major portions of the world to be accepting, and there embracing, this- it can only represent a Pandemic of mental illness. My point of view may seem extreme, and of course there are male and female exceptions, but there is six billion of us... I have no partner or children, but this issue still gets me... Strong emotions. Try looking up womens body politic, and read a book called Infidel; Ayan Hirsslii Ali. Not sure about the spelling of her middle name?
I hope this has clarified my thoughts on this matter for you. Please let me know what you think.. And thank you for the feedback :)


On Apr 14, 2009, at 4:55 PM, Danielle Cunningham <dmc914@gmail.com> wrote:

I love that you updated your blog. I read everything and really enjoyed it all. But I need you to do explain. So I don't know weather to agree or disagree. Please explain this to me in another way. Sorry!! :)

The deep inconsistencies in health care between the sex's is extreme in many sections of the globe. The simple reality that we will invade nations for the purpose of greater freedoms(claimed at least). To simply free persons from perversion, sexual abuse, genital, mutilation/ circumcision, total seclusion from mental/emotion counseling, and a almost totally accepted reality that they are the whole problem.... Simply due to the fact that they are not men. Not so much that they are women, but that are NOT MEN. So strange to disavow based entirely on a simple difference. For one person it is insane, for an entire society? That is a disease. I have strong feelings that it is an unrecognized Pandemic. Could that really be possible? Is this as prevalent as T.B. or H.I.V.? Are so many men and women so entrenched in established beliefs that they are not able to recognize it as an illness?

Danielle Marie

February 24, 2009

To Write?

Having chosen to write for this blog has been an odd experience for me. The posting of ideas is not strange, nor is sharing my thoughts- as I am generally quite opinionated...
No the oddity is my unrealistic expectations about response or feedback. There has been none and I'm not sure how to manage this. Do I boldly go forward in the hopes that somehow this work will serve some purpose someday? Or do I simply accept that it serves no purpose and I use it as a learning experience?
These questions I have been unable to answer myself, and outside input seems somehow out of reach. How dose one make use of the experience for learning alone?
Not sure kids. I'd appreciate any feedback from anyone...

February 6, 2009

Keys to a Long Healthy Life

  • Buy a Juicer and use it daily.

  • Supplement every day.

  • Once a season, do a 5 day Cleansing and Detoxification Program. Periodic cleansing ia a key to a long healthy life.

  • Move for one hour every day. Sweat.

  • Stop watching television.

  • Wear cotton and other natural fibers.

  • Eat more Raw Fresh Foods and cook in only stainless steel or glass.

  • Drink only plain purified water.

  • Walk barefoot and Breathe Deeply.

  • Begin and End each day by saying, "It's great to be alive and I love myself and I love my life."

  • Help someone everyday.

  • Throw Out or Give Away 1/3 of everything you own. Bury your possessions before they bury you....

  • Pray and Meditate.

  • Learn 1,000 jokes and Laugh.

  • Love, Love, and Love more...

By Daniel Mark Hardt N.D.


January 17, 2009


Run you fools! I don't see anyone running or exercising at all. You do not need a gym membership to use your body in a effective way, or to exercise it. I am also of the opinion that gyms are detrimental, or just non-effective, for most people. Being high pressure and often full of drugs. Go natural! So many of us, mostly males do this, just buy some cheap weight-lifting equipment and try some curls once in a while. This is not enough. Squats are far more useful in the long run and a better whole body exercise anyways...
But cardio -Whatever your flavor- will pay dividends in the long run. Overall health is really what matters the most, and cardio-respiratory is the most beneficial if your only have time for one type of exercise. By all means diversify. But do something!
I whole-heartily endorse running. Unless otherwise indicated by your health care provider or personal situation. So get out and do something. Run, bike, swim or just play. No matter what- bring your A-game and make it count.

January 16, 2009

Message From The Hopi Elders

"To my fellow swimmers:

The river is flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift, that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has it's destination.
We must let go of the shore, push off inti the river, keep our heads above water.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves,
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for."

January 12, 2009


I will be directly involving my self in the Youngevity business. More to come on this soon...

Clean Drinking Water

Water consumption, in proper quantities, is one of the simplest ways to live a healthful and energetic life. It is also one of the most over looked. A lot of professionals have made statements over the last few years that sodas, teas and other such processed drinks provide hydration and nourishment. Not true, entirely... Although several main stream products may provide a quality level of hydration, they are often detrimental in doing so.

How can they offer quality hydration and be detrimental? Simply by the ingredients they contain; salt, processed sugars/high fructose corn syrup, low quality minerals&vitamins. Adding any additional factors to a drink asks more of your body to make use of it. Or to simply pass it. Sugars, food dyes, caffeine, and even minerals/vitamins require the body to use digestive co-factors and enzymes to pass them. The body does such with all intake, the difference being absorbed or passed. So the body wastes the water passing the junk and not getting hydrated. This can be expensive, in the sense that the body gets to use very little of your food as food- it must use it to process toxins. How about minerals&vitamins? Almost all are of extraordinarily low quality. These companies, read all, know you are looking for your nutrients, they know you are a informed consumer, they know you will pay more. The nutrients they include are junk. Often derived from rocks, yes rocks. The difference being that your body cannot digest rocks. Pass yes, digest no. So although they do provide liquid, and there-by hydration, such drinks are harmful because they must make the body work extra to pass them. Often this can even result in greater thirst due dehydration from sodium intake, high digestive effort, and this simple fact that caffeine is a uretic. Also, cheap vitamins/minerals require mineral co-factors to even be passed, the body gets these by leaching them from the gut wall and bone tissue. Now I keep saying "passed or pass". Yes, that means waste, gone down the hole. Along with the extra money you spent to get the better product.

Bio availability is key. When you ingest these junk products you body gets nothing and has to expend resources to pass them. Conclusion: They do more harm then good.

What about water? Clean, unsalted, dye-free, flavor-free, no added nothing. Allow your body to have simple water and it will do it's job quite well. 3 to 5 liters a-day is plenty. Do not drink this all at one time, of course. Any consumption should be spread out through the course of the day, as best suits your lifestyle. Extra exercise will increase demand on the body, and there-by require greater resources to perform the tasks you ask of it.
Be good to yourself...

January 8, 2009

It happens to the best of us

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
-Johann von Goeth

Genius might have it's limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
-Elbert Hubbard

January 3, 2009

The New Year

Well, we've made it. At least for now. This last year has been one of my hardest and yet one of most fruitful on a personal level. On a fianancial and professional level I found my efforts lacking. Hate to admit it but I missed a lot of stellar opportunities. Let it be said that this has only galvanized me in way I never have been before.

10 things that served me well this year;

1 Drinking no less than 3 liters of water a day.
2 Having at least one cup of organic Green Tea a day.
3 Running a mile, really running-not jogging.
4 Learning to be well mannered at all times; not being reactive to others.
5 Being really completely sober.
6 Taking all the best supplements, not being cheap with my health.
7 Making time to workout, everyday. Everyday.
8 Streaching more, and more often.
9 Abiding by my Metabolic type diet; i.e. taking my own advice.
10. Being gentle with myself and others.

Now I made some mistakes. I had some stellar wins too. Consider my advice and take your own as well. Trust yourself a little more, your body and mind are good at their job You just have to feed them quality fuel and use them wisely.
Be good to yourself and others this year. Remember, they'er not as smart as you think
you are...

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