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December 2017 Newsletter


With fresh snow on the ground and temps in the 20’s, it feels like December outside.  This weather is really hard on my golf schedule!

Season of Eating
From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, I call this the “season of eating” since that seems to be the number one thing we focus on.  Parties, large dinners, potlucks, etc., are all chances to pick up parasites in the food you eat.  Anytime someone else prepares or touches your food, you have a chance of picking up parasites.  Not everyone is as careful about washing their hands after the bathroom as you are!  Not everyone is careful about keep raw meat away from raw vegetables by cleaning knives, surfaces and their hands after handling raw meat.

Holiday travel is another great way to encounter parasites and food-born bacteria which causes food poisoning.  Therefore, I recommend that anytime you eat food prepared by someone else, you take one GI Synergy pack that day to help knock out the “bugs” before they make you sick.  Take 2 packs per day if you are out of the country or eat sushi.  No one wants to feel bad over the holidays yet every holiday, many people are sick.

Immune Booster
Even if you are spending the holidays on a tropical coast somewhere, be sure to take your vitamin D.  The winter dose for adults is about 10,000 IU’s per day and half that for children.  I laugh at the things I read like, 15 minutes of sun on your arms per day is all the vitamin D you need.  There are a few of you who could get away with that but not most of us.  I came back once from a Mexico beach trip one year with a deep dark tan and test my blood level of vitamin D.  It was still under 40 and it needs to be 60-100.  You are better off to take slightly too much than slightly too little of this powerful immune booster and cancer protector.

Astroturf
Now that football season is here, we see many teams playing on an artificial surface know as Astroturf.  It looks like grass, but it is really a man-made surface that makes it possible to play football indoors without sunlight or in climates that would trash real grass during a game.

There is a new type of astroturf that is not quite so helpful.  According to investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson's definition, astroturf is:
"It's a perversion of grassroots, as in fake grassroots. Astroturf is when political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start Facebook and Twitter accounts, publish ads and letters to the editor, or simply post comments online, to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking.

The whole point of astroturf is to try to [give] the impression there's widespread support for or against an agenda when there's not. Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making you feel as if you're an outlier when you're not …

Astroturfers seek to controversialize those who disagree with them. They attack news organizations that publish stories they don't like, whistleblowers who tell the truth, politicians who dare to ask the tough questions and journalists who have the audacity to report on all of it."

Three years ago, she left CBS to pursue more independent venues of investigative journalism, and wrote "Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington" — an exposé on what really goes on behind the media curtain.

Attkisson has a great deal to say about Wikipedia, calling it "astroturf's dream come true." Wikipedia is advertised as a free encyclopedia, where information is added and edited by the public. Anyone can add to or edit any given Wikipedia page. Or so they say.

"The reality can't be more different," Attkisson says, explaining that many pages have been co-opted and are controlled by anonymous Wikipedia editors on behalf of special interests. "They forbid and reverse edits that go against their agenda," she says. "They skew and delete information, in blatant violation of Wikipedia's own established policies, with impunity."

For more information on this interview with Dr. Mercola and to watch her TED Talk from 2015, go to: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/28/astroturfing-media-manipulation.aspx

Office News
The office will be closed Thursday and Friday November 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving.  For those of you on the yeast diet, you get a free day on Thanksgiving and Christmas to eat whatever you want.  You might not feel so good the next day, though.

Christmas schedule has the office closed on Friday December 23 through Monday December 25th plus Monday January 1st. 

Every year I like to escape to somewhere warm for my birthday, so I’ll be heading to Nicaragua on Friday December 29th and will be back in office on Monday January 8th.  Hopefully, they will be up and running again after Hurricane Nate slapped them around this fall.  I do know the beach is still there even if the hotel is gone.  Might need to pack a tent!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice and Festivus!

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