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aig_logoBy Marcus Ettinger – WAKE-UP America and “please” pay attention to the fact that “your elected” politicians are flushing your future down the toilette .

“Insurance giant AIG to pay $165 million in bonuses before Treasury Department deadline.”   I am so disgusted and embarrassed that we have allowed this non-scenes to occur.   Out of 300 million people in the US, we have 299 million sheep following the Sheppard down the garden path.

Since when is validating and rewarding a down statistic (poor performer) more productive and right than rewarding and validating an up-sat (positive performer).   This present administration has and is setting a precedent that rewarding failure is a very good thing.  What lesson does that teach our children, and what message does that send to the rest of the industrialized world?  “Penalize the productive and reward the cheats” is our new 21st century mantra.

I apologize, this is not the forum for me to go further with this;  I just had to vent.  I truly hope that our present administration proves me wrong.  I seriously doubt that it will happen, but I will eat crow if it does.

I leave you with this, “don’t be a sheep, a follower, a lemming.  I am only one person out of 300 million, but they know who I am.  Do they know who you are?”

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Erica Spatz of Yale University, says “Millions more people should be taking cholesterol-lowering statins than doctors previously believed.”

The analysis of government data found that at least 80% of men older than 50 and women older than 60 should be taking a cholesterol-lowering drug, raising the total for whom the drugs are recommended to 44.7 million. That’s an increase of more than 11 million people (Original Article Here)

I say WAKE-UP AMERICA. 11,000,000 more people spending their hard earned money to line the pockets of some big-pharma fat cats, while inhibiting their CoQ10 production and killing their hearts and livers, is just pure insanity.

I think the smart thing to do would be to put the 44,700,000 people on A DIET!!! Then, the ones with familial hyperlipidemia who didn’t benefit from “a proper” diet and “moderate” exercise could take the statins. Now instead of 44.7 million, you have a more realistic number like 1-1.5 million.

Marcus Ettinger DC, BSc

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RESPONSIBILITY

Marcus S. Ettinger DC, BSc

Medical Detective and Orange County Chiropractor

During the last 50 years, our planet’s population has been witness to global terrorism, global warming, world-wide glacial melting, over-population, dwindling natural resources, pharmaceutical drugs being consumed like candy, ADD/ADHD, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Prozac, an epidemic called welfare, morbid obesity, world hunger, blah, blah, blah, and the list goes on.  Why have all of these things occurred?  The cause is a global pandemic known as, “lack of personal responsibility.”  It is an insidious little parasite, immune to all medications, responding only to pro-survival actions.

The dictionary has many definitions for the word “responsible.”  The first one fits what I feel I do as a doctor: “legally or ethically accountable for the welfare of another.”  When I graduated from college, I swore an oath to be responsible for anyone who sought my care, and I feel I have never violated that oath.

There are two other definitions that fit how I act in my personal life and how others, if responsible, should act.  1) “Involving personal accountability or ability to act without guidance or superior authority.”  2) “Capable of making moral or rational decisions on one’s own, therefore answerable for one’s behavior.”

The reason I am bringing this issue up now, is because the word responsible has been losing its meaning, little by little, year after year, most notably in the last 25 or so years.  I have been personally witnessing and feeling the effects of this, in my practice and in my surroundings, for some time now.

In this essay, I am only going to focus on the topic of “health and responsibility.”  As for personal responsibility and the other aspects of one’s life, just be honest with yourself.  If you haven’t been applying the definitions of responsibility then go for it.  The people and the world around you will see the change and acknowledge you for it.

It is my personal opinion that the vast majority of people who are experiencing health related problems are ignoring them; doing nothing or ignoring it (no responsibility); or are placing the total burden of responsibility on a doctor(s) for getting their health back (with drugs and/or surgeries) or maintaining it at a certain, sub-optimal, level (with drugs and/or surgeries). The fact is: Healthy people, I find, just take better care of themselves.

Examples: If you have high “this” or low “that”, take a pill.  If it’s clogged, send in Roto-Rooter.  If it’s too fast or too slow, take another pill.  If you think there may be a problem now or in the future but aren’t sure yet, take a pill just to be on the safe side.  If there’s a new symptom that pops-up from taking drug A, don’t stop drug A, because drug B will handle that pesky little side-effect.  It’s nothing! It’s just a side-effect to prescription DRUG.

This complacent attitude our society has developed is extremely dangerous, and has accounted for hundreds and hundreds of thousands of needless deaths and hospitalizations, and TWO TRILLION dollars a year ($2,000,000,000,000 – 16% of the USA’s GDP and more than the income produced by France) spent on medications and our American health-care system. Fact: “Medications ONLY treat symptoms, while masking the underlying condition or disease state.  Medications do not rebuild or regenerate tissue structure or function.” You can quote me on that the next time your MD writes you a prescription.

Geneticists (doctors who study and research our genetic makeup, DNA, etc…) state that we reach our genetic potential between 30-35 years of age.  This means that we are at our peak, our prime at that age.  After that, our bodies start to deteriorate.  Some of us go through this process very slowly, others quite rapidly.  The rate of this deterioration depends slightly on genetics, but the lions share rests on the level of personal responsibility you devote to maintaining your health!

It’s not the sole responsibility of doctors, family, friends, Richard Simons, or Jenny Craig.  IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Taking responsibility for your health has four main components:

First, there is EDUCATION.  Educate yourself on diet, anatomy, exercise, what it means to be healthy, or anything else that may benefit you in living a longer and healthier life. You can also hire a coach, like me or another wellness professional, who can guide you in which directions you would like to go, in becoming more personally responsible for your health and well-being.

Second is NUTRITION. The most important point here is to eat to support every cell in your body, not just for the taste or because it’s a good deal.  With that said, I am not a sadist.  Yes, please, eat for the sheer love of food, one or two meals a week.  If you don’t, that’s totally irresponsible in my book.  Life is way too short to neglect the finer things in life, and at the same time, too darn short to reduce your life-span by eating like crap.

Third is EXERCISE.  If you don’t move it or use it, you WILL lose it!  Nothing can be truer.  The surest way to get osteoporosis, arthritis, sore joints, weak muscles and tendons, a slow metabolism, dementia, or Alzheimer’s is don’t exercise – that includes your brain as well your special purpose parts.

Fourth is A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.  If you spend a prolonged period of time in an environment (work, home, a friends, in-laws….) that you don’t want to be in, because the people are chronically negative, rude, mean, antagonistic, unethical… toward you or others – get out!  If unethical or criminal behavior is occurring in any form – get out!  The stress chemicals that will be created inside of you from being in this type of environment will literally accelerate the aging process and weaken your immune system faster than any other factor.

All of the above four components when not actively followed have been proven to weaken the immune system and body, by placing undo negative stress on it.

These four components for taking responsibility of your health may seem obvious to some, and to others they may seem as foreign as learning Russian.  For those of you who are taking personal responsibly for your health, I validate your effort.  For those of you who believe your body will run forever without any needed adjustment to its present condition or believe that all those aches and pains, stiffness, inability to eat the foods you did when you were younger, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and increased weight are just signs of getting older, and that it’s “inevitable”, you’re wrong or just misinformed.

I hate to say this but it’s the truth, “poor health = “irresponsibility and good health = responsibility.”  You, yourself, have personally created your present state of health, knowingly or unknowingly, by lack of following the above four components to health. The good news is that it’s never too late to change your present condition.  Recognizing that a problem exists, and also recognizing that a positive change needs to occur is all that is required.

If you, a loved one or friend needs help or just wants an expert opinion, I am just a phone call away.  I have helped clients with conditions ranging from Acne to Zoster (Shingles), with an emphasis, lately, on diet, exercise and weight-loss.

©06 January 2009 Marcus Ettinger and AdvancedHealing.Com.

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(no portion of this may be re-printed or used without permission)

©06 January 2009 Marcus Ettinger and AdvancedHealing.Com.

All rights reserved
(no portion of this my be re-printed or used without permission)

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Discussion: Concepts of Leadership!!

Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience.

To inspire your workers into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must be, know, and, do. These do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual work and study. Good leaders are continually working and studying to improve their leadership skills; they are NOT resting on their laurels.

Sheetal Dand

Sheetal,

I agree that some leaders may have been created via the methods you mention. On the other-hand, life and living has created many more great leaders, some good, some bad.

A great leader may just have a “vision” and a captive audience. With just that, one could rally millions. Add personal integrity, responsibility and ethics, instilled as a child, by good parents and you now have a leader for the ages. This person may have been formally educated or not.

I personally feel that books, hard work, education and training don’t create a great leader, but bring out the leader in an already great person.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marcus Ettinger

Sheetal,

I couldn’t agree more with Dr Ettinger. I believe great leaders are born with that potential – they may or may not use them and may never become great leaders, but they will be leaders; with the further training & education they become GREAT!

Conversely, you can get all the book learning you want & still not be a great leader if you do not have the innate qualities – empathy, compassion, a true desire to inspire others; otherwise, you are just in charge, not a great leader.

Good Luck!

Kathleen Schnebel

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WHY?

Because it is, because it is, because it is, because it is….

Because:
My dog ate my homework, I woke up late, I forgot, a democrat is in the white house, there was no soap, the bank was closed, I didn’t want to, I am on my period, I have a kidney infection, I forgot how.   

Because it is, because it is, because it is, because it is….

Because:
It’s too hot, It’s too far, It’s too much money, it’s too much trouble, it’s too big, it’s too loud, it’s too cold, it’s too hard, it’s the wrong color, it’s not my size.

Because it is, because it is, because it is, because it is….

Because:
I didn’t hear you, I wasn’t listening, I didn’t know, I can’t read, I can’t read directions, I am a man, I had a rough day, I am tired, and just plain because. 

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